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AITHM Seminar presentation, Assoc Professor Julie Brimblecombe, 15 December 2016

Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe of Menzies School of Health Research presented "Food Environment and Health: The Ripple Effect"

Julie is head of the nutrition program at Menzies School of Health Research.  She has a Future Leader Fellowship with the Heart Foundation.  Julie's research is providing new insights into the determinants of diet for Indigenous people in remote Australia and contributing evidence on innovative interventions to nutrition improvement.  Her currrent research focus is on supporting the capacity of local decision makers to shape healthy food environments.

 

AITHM Seminar presentation, Dr Stefan Stieglitz, JCU Cairns 8 December 2016

The Centre hosted international guest speaker Dr Stefan Stieglitz, who presented on "Social Media and Gamification".

Dr Stieglitz is professor and head of the research group for Professional Communication in Electronic Media / Social Media at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.  Stefan is also director of the Competence Center Connected Organisation. Dr Stieglitz researches Social media and concepts such as gamification becoming increasingly important in different domains such as health, economy or politics.  In his presentation, Stefan gave a short overview about this area and his research in this field, with insights into "Improving chronic disease management through social media applications (DMS)", an innovative project.

 

AITHM Annual Conference, Brisbane, 22-23 Sept 2016 - presentation by Professor Robyn McDermott

Robyn was invited plenary for the conference, her presentation title "Chronic Diseases with high prevalence in tropical Australia"

 

CHHHS Research and Quality Symposium presentation by Professor Robyn McDermott, 3 August 2016

Robyn was invited to present her research to the audience of the annual Cairns Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Research and Quality Symposium.  Her presentation title "Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing".

 

AITHM Seminar presentation by Professor Mary Steen - University of South Australia, 25th July 2016

Professor Steen shared her research with a dual presentation "Managing relationship conflict when becoming and being a parent" and "Building resilience to help pregnant women and new mothers stay well"

Mary Steen is Professor of Midwifery at UniSA and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Chester, UK.  She is a well recognised midwifery researcher who has presented at numerous national and international conferences.  Mary is interested in a wide remit of midwifery and family health issues that has led her to undertake research studies and service development projects in developed and developing countries.

 

AITHM Seminar presentation, Dr Abdullah Mamun, UQ, 21st July 2016

The Centre hosted seminar presentation by guest Dr Abdullah Mamun - University of Queensland.  Dr Mamun presented his research on "Developmental Stages of cardiovascular diseases and its risk factors: past, present and future direction"

Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun has a strong background in life course epidemiology and biostatistics.  His main focus is to investigate early origins, progression and aetiology of cardiovascular risk factors including obesity, BP, diabetes, sleep problems, unhealthy lifestyle, and mental health problems within and across generations.  His research shows that weight management and prevention of obesity and blood pressure should start as early as possible even before or during pregnancy.

 

AITHM Dual presentations, Dr Andrea Fielder and Lem Pelentsov, University of Sth Australia, 15th July 2016

The Centre hosted a souble seminar by visiting guests from University of South Australia.  Dr Fielder presented her research titled "An improved Model of Care for Substance use in Pregnancy and Parenting", and Lem Pelentsov presented "Scoping reviews: An overview and the research application"

 

Queensland Royal Society, Symposium - presentation by Professor Robyn McDermott, 30 May 2016

Robyn presented to the Symposium, presentation title "Health spending: Where it is now and where it needs to go"

 

CHHHS Cardiac Symposium, keynote speaker presentation by Professor Robyn McDermott, 27th November 2015

 

At the  Cairns Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Cardiac Symposium Robyn's presentation was titled "What do we know about healthy eating for CVD prevention".

 

AITHM Seminar presentation by Dr William Polonsky, Cairns Institute, 9th November 2015

The Centre hosted Dr William Polonsky from the Behavioural Diabetes Institute and the University of California, San Diego, who presented his research on "the psychological side of diabetes: What health care professionals need to know".

Dr Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the worlds first organisation wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes.  He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Californis, San Diego.

 

Qld Dept of Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Branch - presentation by Professor Robyn McDermott, 6th November 2015

Robyn presented on "Evidence of progress in Cardiovascular Disease management - from Far North Qld"

 

AITHM Seminar presentation by Dr Paul Gardiner, UQ - Cairns Institute, 27th October 2015

The Centre hosted Dr Paul Gardiner from University of Queensland, to present his research on "Sedentary Behaviour and Cognitive Health in older adults".  Paul's research within CREWH21 focuses on the health of older women and uses data from the 1921-26 cohort of the ALSWH.  These data will allow for examination of patterns of frailty and also trajectories into aged care packages, within this population.  A particular emphasis will be placed on translation of these findings to inform appropriate health and aged care services for older women.

 

AITHM Seminar Professor Alan Shiell and Professor Penny Hawe, JCU Cairns Campus, 24th August 2015

The Centre proudly hosted visiting researchers Professor Alan Shiell and Professor Penny Hawe. Prof Alan Shiell is a health economist and CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science in Melbourne. Prof Penny Hawe is a community psychologist and professor of public health based at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.

Both are among the lead investigators at The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre.

Their joint presentation was titled "Does 'system thinking' offer anything more than what we already know?" 

Summary: Systems language and terminology is getting more widespread. The ideas are met with cynicism and hostility by some people.  Others imbue the field with an almost mystical capability. The real promise probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Professor Shiell and Professor outlined evidence which demonstrates how use of systems concepts have improved clinical health outcomes, and implications for population-level disease prevention and health promotion in terms of intervention design and adaptation, evaluation methods and approaches to project management.

The following day Prof Penny Hawe presented a further seminar, held at Apunipima Cape York Health Council and entitled "Evaluating community level health promotion programs: general considerations and specific issues for Indigenous Australian programs"

 

AITHM Seminar presentation by Cam Donaldson, Cairns Institute, 6th August 2015

The Centre hosted leading International Health Economist Cam Donaldson, from Glasgow Caledonian University, to present a seminar entitled "Enterprise, health and garlic bread: progress in researching new pathways to health and well-being in Scotland". 

Summary: Health inequalities are persistent and widening, which, in the advanced economics of the world, may appear to contradict the fact that we have world class health care systems free at the point of delivery and also employ the very latest in public health programmes and initiatives.  After exploring new pathways to health and wellbeing, a research programme aimed at evidencing the role of social enterprise and microloans as complex, community based public health initiatives was outlined.  This work has been taking place across Scotland, including five universities and several social enterprise and microcredit initiatives.

 

Cairns Physicians Meeting, Shangri La Hotel, 15th July 2015

Snr Clinical Researcher with the Centre, Dr Malcolm McDonald, presented to the Cairns Physicians Meeting at Shangri La Hotel.  Malcolm's presentation was entitled "The Worm Turns" and he explained current research into Strongyloides Stercoralis infections in rural and remote indigenous communities and the relationship with Type 2 Diabetes.

A copy of Malcolm's presentation can be viewed here:  The Worm Turns.pptx

 

Cardiac, Diabetes and Renal Combined Forum, Pullman Reef Hotel Cairns, 4th June 2015

Presenter: Dr Linton Harriss

Topic: Case Management of high-risk and vulnerable patients to prevent avoidable hospitalisations in Cairns - a case series highlighting the achievements and lessons learned.

Summary:  Far North Queensland has an excess burden of repeated and avoidable admissions (often for exacerbations of chronic and complex conditions) among a relatively small cohort of high risk patients.  A pilot program in Cairns the "CBH Hospital Avoidance Program" (HAP) where 68 patients were intensively case managed by two Registered Nurses over a two year period (2009-12) showed a 45% reduction in ED presentations, a 60% reduction in hospital admissions, a mean reduction in average length of stay of 4.6 days per patient and 1,610 total bed days avoided.

The presentation was a series of case studies highlighting the achievements and lessons learned from this program.

 

AITHM Seminar presentation, Cairns Institute, 13th May 2015

Presenter: Rona MacNiven

Topic: Promoting Physical Activity amongst Aboriginal Australians

Summary: Physical inactivity is the third leading cause of the burden of disease for Australian Aboriginal adults. The neighbourhood and environment  are known to influence physical activity participation. Visiting academic Rona MacNiven presented data on physical activity and socio- environmental factors among NSW Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal middle and older aged adults, as well as outlined findings to date and exploratory work from other Aboriginal physical activity projects.

      The presentation can be accessed here: Promoting Physical activity among Aboriginal Australians

 

Creating Futures Conference

Shangri La Hotel, Cairns May 11th - 14th 2015

The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and AITHM are sponsors of Creating Futures 2015 – a conference in Cairns focusing on evidence and innovation in identifying and addressing the social determinants of mental and physical health and wellbeing. For more info http://cf15.conorg.com.au/

Presenter: Professor Robyn McDermott

Topic: Time to rethink Chronic Disease?

Presenter: Dr Malcolm McDonald and Dr Kenny Lawson

Topic: Doing it hard in the bush: refocussing on health outcomes

 

Far North Queensland Paramedics Research Syposium

Cairns Institute, Friday 27th March 2015

Presenter: Associate Professor Alan Clough

Topic: Alcohol Management Plans Unintended Consequences

Summary: Alan discussed the interpretation of some of the Data he and his team have gathered in relation to the impacts of Alcohol management plans in remote indigenous communities and stakeholders such as QAS have contributed to this research.

Presenter: Dr Linton Harriss

Topic: Cairns Hospital Emergency Department Data

Summary: Linton shared Cairns Hospital Emergency Department data, showing trends and discussing similarities with QAS data, as well as further research opportunities

      A Presentation covering the event can be accessed here:  Paramedic Symposium Presentation

 

Cairns Hospital Grand Rounds

Cairns Hospital Auditorium, Friday 13th March 2015

Presenters: Dr Malcolm McDonald and Dr Kenny Lawson

Topic: Doing it Hard in the Bush: refocussing on health outcomes

 

 

Past Events

Resources from our Systematic Review Masterclass in November 2014. read more


Evaluating research methods is critical in the pursuit of obtaining objective and quality data. There are many good examples that can be used as a guide when reviewing research methods.

 

Systematic Approaches to a Literature Review

11 video tutorials from the Medical Library of Yale University on how to conduct a literature search:

http://cwml-tutorials.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Systematic%20Reviews

 

Useful Links on Systematic Reviews and Quality Appraisal Tools in Research

CEBM: Appraisal worksheets for systematic reviews, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy/RCTs, PICO.  

http://www.cebm.net/critical-appraisal/

McMaster: List of various appraisal tools for quantitative and qualitative studies and systematic reviews

http://fhswedge.csu.mcmaster.ca/cepftp/qasite/CriticalAppraisal.html

CASP: List of various appraisal tools for quantitative and qualitative studies and systematic reviews

http://www.casp-uk.net/#!casp-tools-checklists/c18f8

PeDRO: Checklist for appraising RCTs

http://www.pedro.org.au/wp-content/uploads/PEDro_scale.pdf

AMSTAR: Checklist for assessing the methodological quality of systematic reviews

http://amstar.ca/

Crowe Critical Appraisal Tool (CCAT):

http://www.conchra.com.au/docs/CCAT_User_Guide_v1.4.pdf

http://www.conchra.com.au/docs/CCAT_Form_v1.4.pdf

 

 

Our Staff

Our staff speaking at conferences. read more


7-9 September 2014, Palm Cove, Cairns

Australasian Tropical Health Conference (AITHM)

Barbara Schmidt , Clinical Research Fellow Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention,  Poster Presentation – “Getting Better at Chronic Care – Improving Health Literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clients”

Rose Spencer, Research Fellow Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention  Dave Sellars and Tammy Allen Presentation: “Responding to Public Health Emergencies in North Queensland”

A/Professor Alan Clough, AITHM, “Alcohol Control Policies have unintended consequences”

 

3rd – 5th September 2014

NT Chronic Disease Conference – Equity @ the Centre: Action on Social Determinants of Health

Barbara Schmidt – Getting Better At Chronic Care  Team Poster presentation “Getting Better at chronic Care – Improving Health Literacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clients”

 

26th -29th August 2014

Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition. Melbourne

Sean Taylor Clinical Research Fellow Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Poster Presentation – “Psychological insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes”

 

21st August 2014

Tanks Arts Centre – Cairns Café Scientifique: Life in the Tropics

Professor Robyn McDermott “How would the disease detectives investigate the current global obesity epidemic”

 

15th  August 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Professor Robert Gibson, University of Adelaide “The biochemistry of fatty acids in maternal and child health

Professor Maria Makrides, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) “Clinical effects of omega-3 fatty acids during the perinatal period”

 

23rd August 2013                  

James Cook University  Cairns Campus

Dr Arindam Dey , Data Manager Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention

Perceptual Characteristics of Visualizations for Occluded Objects in Handheld Augmented Reality”  

 

13th August 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Realist Evaluation Seminar – Dr Gill Westhorpe

 

7th August 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

 Professor Jan Copeland, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, University of New South Wales

“Cannabis: brief interventions and emerging pharmacotherapies”

 

30th July 2014

Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University 7th Biennial "Are you Remotely Interested?..." Conference.

Jacqui Lavis , Centre Manager, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention “Traditional Indigenous Healing –talk to action on Cape York”

 

28th  July 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

JCU: Master of Public Health, Tropical Medicine

Dympna Leonard “Paediatric Diseases: Malnutrition”

 

23rd  July 2014

2014 PHC Research Conference – National Convention Centre, Canberra

Dr Linton Harriss, Research Fellow,  Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention,

Poster Presentation – Far North Queensland Hospital Avoidance Trial

 

23rd  July 2014

2014 PHC Research Conference – National Convention Centre, Canberra

Barbara Schmidt  “Community Health Workers as chronic care coordinators: A mixed methods evaluation of Indigenous primary health care services in far North Queensland”

 

23rd  July 2014

2014 PHC Research Conference – National Convention Centre, Canberra

Professor Robyn McDermott “Community health workers improve diabetes care in remote Australian Indigenous communities: results of a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial”

 

22nd July 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Dr Dafna Merom  Associate Professor in Physical Activity and Health with the School of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney “Challenges of evaluations natural experiments to promote active lifestyle -  experience from Australia and overseas”

 

15th July 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Professor Adrian Esterman, University of South Australia “Method comparison studies”

 

8th July 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Dr Katina D’Onise, University of South Australia “Early childhood education and  adult health: a review of the evidence”

 

3rd July 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

Lemuel Pelentsou, PhD student (UniSA) “Supportive Care Needs of Parents of Children with a Rare Disorder”

Catherine Chamberlain, PhD student (Monash University) “Postpartum care after gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: community information”

 

June 28th 2014 – 2nd July 2014

International Society for Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) Congress Stockholm 

Professor  Robyn McDermott  Very high rates of smoking, low-HDL cholesterol and renal disease among Indigenous Australian adults with poorly controlled diabetes: Implications for primary care and cardiovascular risk

 

23rd  June 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

JCU: Master of Public Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Dympna Leonard “Nutrition and anaemia prevention in early life: the Sprinkles Project

 

June 19th 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

JCU: Master of Public Health

Dr Sandra Campbell  NHMRC Early Career Researcher – Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention,  Invited Guest Lecturer “Indigenous maternal and infant health”

 

21st  May -24th May 2014

Annual conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, San Diego, USA, May 21st – May 24th 2014.

 

Dr Klaus Gebel Senior Research Fellow,  Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention,– “Perceived safety from traffic and cycling: Improved predictive validity through anchoring vignettes?”

Klaus Gebel1,2, Jorge Araña3, Ding Ding1, Chris Rissel1

1 James Cook University; 2 University of Sydney; 3 University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria

 

21st  May 2014

Public Lecture – Salt House Cairns - Science and Society in the Tropics

Professor Robyn McDermott: “Epidemic obesity: where did it come from, what does it mean, and where do we go from here?”

 

28th  April 2014

James Cook University Cairns Campus

JCU: Master of Public HealthTropical Paediatrics

Dympna Leonard  PhD Candidate “The Fred Hollows Foundation Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention project”

 

8th  April -11th  April 2014

5th Biannual International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr Klaus Gebel

 “Physical activity and all-cause mortality in 203,731 Australians: Activity intensity matters”

Klaus Gebel1,2, Ding Ding2, Tien Chey2, Emmanuel Stamatakis2,3, Wendy Brown4, Adrian Bauman2

1 James Cook University; 2 University of Sydney; 3 University College London; 4 University of Queensland

 

8th April 2014

NHMRC Forum

Dr Sandra Campbell – Panel member “Research excellence through building capacity of Indigenous health researchers”

 

28th  March 2014

Cairns Hospital Grand Rounds

Professor Robyn McDermott:  “The rise and rise of chronic disease in Far North Queensland”

 

24th  February 2014

JCU: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition

Dympna Leonard “Nutrition in pregnancy”

 

24th  February 2014

JCU: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition

Dympna Leonard “Nutrition in infancy and early childhood”

 

9th  October 2013

Public Lecture – James Cook University

Professor Alex Brown, Indigenous Health Theme Leader South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Chronic disease and the PHC response: what do we know and what can be done?”

 

10th October 2013

Apunipima Cape York Health Council and James Cook University Workshop

Workshop Leader Professor Alex Brown “Family Centred Primary Health Care for Aboriginal Communities in Far North Queensland”

 

16th  September 2013

Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference, Melbourne

Dr Sandra Campbell “Critical issues in publishing a debate”

 

28th  - 30th  August 2013

Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Annual Scientific Meeting 2013

Professor Robyn McDermott “The Diabetes Care Project: a cluster randomised control trial of care facilitation and structured clinical quality improvement in AL practice in 3 Australian States: Baseline Clinical Indicators.”

 

16th  July 2013

James Cook University Cairns Campus

JCU: Master of Public Health

Dr Sandra Campbell “Indigenous maternal and infant health”

 

15th  July  2013

Indigenous Informatics Conference as part of HIC 2013 Adelaide

Professor Robyn McDermott _  Foundation Director SA NT DataLink “Linking social determinants of health: Challenges and opportunities in Indigenous informatics”

 

9th  July 2013

Sustainable International Indigenous Leadership Conference – Cairns Tropical Institute

Dr Sandra Campbell “The importance of birthweight as an indicator of maternal and infant health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in North Queensland”

 

1st  May 2013

Apunipima Research Forum, Apunipima, Cairns

Dr Sandra Campbell “The health of mothers and babies in Cape York and Torres Strait Island communities”

 

 

 

 

 

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