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Public Health in a pandemic year: it is not just about COVID-19!

2020 has seen Public Health front and centre like never before. You are invited to spend the morning with the School of Public Health’s researchers at our annual Research Symposium, which showcases the diversity of research in public health. Research discussed this year includes evidence-based healthcare and implementation, epidemiology, health economics and policy, environmental health, early childhood development, and big data.

This is a free event. Register now to reserve your place.

Health Matters Panel COVID-19: a public health response

You are also welcome to join the afternoon session where we are discussing Public Health and its specific response to the pandemic. We will have a Panel discussion on “COVID-19: A public health response”, followed by Keynote Speaker, South Australian Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier. You can find out more information on this Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Health Matters special presentation and register for that event here.

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Dr Catia Malvaso

Using linked administrative data to understand the crossover of young people between child protection and youth justice in South Australia

Catia is a postdoctoral research fellow with the BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group in the School of Public Health and in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide. Her research is informed by an interdisciplinary perspective spanning public health, criminology and psychology and she has particular expertise in developmental and life course criminology, developmental psychology and child protection research. In 2019, Catia was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council to support her research into the pathways between child protection, youth justice and adult corrections. Her research is also supported by national and local funding bodies, including the Australian Institute of Criminology (Criminology Research Grants) and the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation. This year, Catia was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award from the Developmental and Life Course Criminology division of the American Society of Criminology. The common theme underpinning Catia’s research projects is identifying opportunities to both prevent and reduce criminal behaviour across the life course.

Dr Blesson Varghese

Dr Blesson Varghese is an early career researcher in the field of public health and is an epidemiologist with specific interests in environmental and occupational health epidemiology. Blesson has a background in Health Science (Public Health and General Practice) with First Class Honours and recently completed his PhD with a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence within the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. His research interests include work-related injury epidemiology and prevention, climate change, workplace heat exposure, and infectious diseases. He has extensive experience conducting research using large administrative surveillance datasets, surveys, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. His PhD research was recognised by the Australian Institute of Health and Safety Eric Wigglesworth OHS Education Medal and was recently listed among Australia’s top 40 young researchers by The Australian. His current postdoctoral work is examining the burden of disease of heat-attributable work injuries in Australia.

Bianca Pilla

Demonstrating the impact of JBI’s approach to Evidence Based Health Care

JBI Global Relations Manager will talk about how JBI has used Impact Stories to articulate the policy and practice impacts of its programs, approaches and resources across the globe.

Bianca Pilla is the Global Relations Manager of JBI where she manages partnerships with 70+ Universities and Health Facilities across 40+ countries, that strive for improvements in the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally by providing the best available evidence at the point of care. Her expertise is in multi-stakeholder partnership development at global, national and community levels; communications; policy development; and program evaluation. With a background in International Development, Bianca has led development projects across diverse fields including tertiary and vocational education and training, community health, livelihoods, gender and disability. Bianca has worked in Afghanistan, India and Kenya in both development and emergency contexts. Bianca is the founding Committee Chair for World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day.

Tassia Oswald

Psychological impacts of "screen time" and "green time" for children and adolescents: Results from a systematic scoping review

Tassia Oswald is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Her background is in Psychology and Epidemiology, and she has a strong interest in youth mental health. Tassia is passionate about strategies which target both prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental wellbeing. She is particularly interested in links between the natural environment and population health, which is why she is involved with the Planetary Health Alliance as a Campus Ambassador. Alongside her PhD, Tassia is also involved with the South Australian Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is currently working on a range of research projects, in collaboration with industry, which aim to increase access to psychological therapies for Australians.

Professor Philip Weinstein

Is biodiversity conservation good for your health?

Phil is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences. With dual qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM), he has lectured zoology at James Cook University, was Professor of Public and Environmental Health at the University of Queensland, and Head of School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia. He has over 300 publications on the relationship between healthy ecosystem and human health, including water-borne, mosquito-borne, and microbiome-mediated disease. Phil was a member of the Board of Review Editors for the global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, served as Co-Chair of the International Medical Geology Association, is immediate past President of the Australian Entomological Society, and Chairs the Nature Conservation Committee at Nature Foundation SA.

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