Seminars in Epidemiology

PPESIG webinar - What is consumer engagement in healthcare and research?

What is consumer engagement in healthcare and research? How can we authentically engage with patients and families to ensure their voices and experiences drive and improve research and clinical care? This webinar held on 8th October 2021 and hosted by the Perinatal and Paediatric Epidemiology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Epidemiological Association explores opportunities and challenges around meaningful engagement, particularly in the perinatal and paediatric environment.  Featured presenters include A/Prof Angela Todd (Sydney Health Partners), Dr Natasha Donnolley (University of New South Wales) and A/Prof Rae Thomas (Bond University).

What defines an epidemiologist in a pandemic response?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has finally learnt a little bit about what the word epidemiology means (it’s not a skin specialist), but few would have an understanding of what epidemiologists actually do. Even if you are an epidemiologist, you may not know what goes on behind the scenes in a pandemic response. Our epidemiological training may not prepare us for what is needed from an epidemiologist in a pandemic. This webinar aims to lift the veil on what epidemiologists have been doing over the last year to help keep us safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and to discuss how epidemiology may need to change to prepare for future pandemics.

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AEA Menzies Online Symposium - Race & Ethnicity Data in Australian Datasets

The collection of race and ethnicity data in health datasets is an important element of an equitable public health system. Health statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culturally and linguistically diverse populations in Australia can allow gaps in healthcare and outcomes to be identified. This may inform the development of targeted services to be delivered to the people and places were they are most needed.

Speakers share some historic and contemporary Australian examples of when such data have not been available, the impact this has had on health and equity, and how data deficiencies have and may be further overcome. They also talk to the necessity for strong data governance to guide data collection, recording, sharing and reporting in Australia.

This session was moderated by Dr Abbey Diaz, Menzies School of Health Researcher. The speakers include: Professor Ian Ring (James Cook University), Dr Mandy Truong (Monash University & Menzies School of Health Research), Dr Jocelyn Chan (Murdoch’s Childrens Research Institute), Dr Tamara Butler (Menzies School of Health Research), A/Prof Lisa Whop (Australia National University), and Dr Kalinda Griffiths (University of New South Wales).