Australasian Epidemiological Association News

Measuring disease and injury burden in populations - QEG Presentation by Alan Lopez

The Queensland Chapter for the Australasian Epidemiological Association (also known as QEG) and Department of Health Queensland (Preventive Health Branch), jointly hosted a presentation by Professor Alan Lopez on the inside story of the global burden of disease studies, some of his personal insights, and the challenges of turning data metrics into policy and improved health outcomes for our global community. The presentation was held in Brisbane on 10 March 2017 and was attended by about 200 health professionals academics and interested people.

The presentation is available without the introduction and with the introduction.

2016 AEA Early Career Researcher Travel Award Report

Zoe Aitken, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne

I used the AEA Early Career Research Travel Award to travel to the United Kingdom in 2016. The award enabled me to attend the Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting and the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference, and also supported a month-long collaboration visit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

I have a particular interest in applying novel epidemiological and statistical analytic methods to improve causal inference in social epidemiology. My research aims to form a better understanding of how socioeconomic circumstances influence the effect of disability acquisition on mental health. The award enabled me to present my research to an international audience of experts in the field of disability as well as an opportunity to discuss methodological approaches with leading researchers in social epidemiology, which directly influenced my thinking and research direction. During my month-long visit at LSHTM, I worked with leading experts in the field of causal inference, attending seminars, discussing my research and working on shared research interests involving propensity scores and causal mediation analyses.

The award was instrumental in facilitating collaborative work with researchers in the United Kingdom which I hope will lead to productive and ongoing research collaborations. It was a very rewarding and invaluable experience and I would like to thank the AEA for making it possible.

AEA Early Career and Mid-Career Researcher Travel Award

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) invites applications for the 2017 AEA Early Career Researcher Travel Award and the AEA Mid-Career Researcher Travel Award.

AEA Early Career International Travel Award

This is a $2500 award to support a postgraduate student member of the Association, or a member of AEA who has recently completed postgraduate studies, to undertake travel for professional purposes. There is 1 award on offer this year.

Eligibility:

  1. The applicants must be financial members of AEA at the time of application.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline, or have completed a postgraduate degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline within 2 years of the closing date of this application.
  3. Previous award recipients may apply but preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received the award.
  4. The proposed travel must occur after the closing date but within one year of receiving the award.
  5. Voting members of the AEA Council are not eligible to apply.

document 2017 AEA ECR Travel Award (51 KB)

AEA Mid-Career International Travel Award

This is a $3500 award to support a mid-career member of the Association to undertake international travel for professional development purposes. The travel may include attendance at conferences, training courses, and collaborative study visits. There is 1 award on offer this year.

Eligibility:

  1. The applicants must be financial members of AEA at the time of application.
  2. The applicants must have completed a PhD more than 2 years and less than 12 years before the closing date of this application. Where the PhD was awarded more than 12 years ago, applications must provide specific and concise justification for career interruptions.
  3. Previous award recipients may apply but preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received the award.
  4. Any proposed travel must occur after the closing date, but within one year of receiving the award. The award will not be conferred retrospectively.
  5. Voting members of the AEA Council are not eligible to apply.

Requirements of Award Recipients:

  1. Award recipients are requested to write a brief report of one to two paragraphs, following the travel for inclusion in the Australasian Epidemiologist, summarising the outcomes from the award.
  2. Any publications or presentations supported by the Award should acknowledge the financial contribution of the AEA.

document 2017 AEA Mid Career International Travel Award (55 KB)

Applications close 5pm Tuesday, 30th May 2017.

15th World Congress on Public Health - Now Live

Speakers

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The World Leadership Dialogues are the 'prime time' high-level sessions held during the 15th World Congress on Public Health.
They feature internationally-recognised experts, politicians, CEOs and public health leaders in a series of moderated public debates tackling key issues related to all areas of public health.

Call for Nominations for the IEA 2017 Richard Doll Prize in Epidemiology

Dear IEA Members

The Richard Doll Prize, to commemorate his contribution to epidemiology, is awarded by IEA every 3 years. The prize is for scientific achievements in epidemiology that have advanced understanding of conditions that are important for population health.

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Prize is 21 April 2017. For further details please click Richard Doll Prize.

AEA ASM 2016 Report

The 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Epidemiological Association (2016) was held at the Australian National University from 14-16 September. The tagline was “Epidemiology for Action” promoting a focus on exploring how epidemiology can be used to engage with, and inform, public health policy. Meeting themes included epidemiological methods, biostatistics, mental health, infectious and chronic diseases, how the environment affects health, and health across the course of life.

The meeting was attended by 225 delegates over the 3 days. Highlights included the Networking Dinner at the Boat House where the feature of the evening was the invited speaker Prof Chris Baggoley who had the guests rolling around in their chairs laughing throughout his 30 minute speech. The Welcome Reception at the National Arboretum had a great atmosphere and was greatly enjoyed, despite the somewhat miserable weather. We had a fantastic mix of plenaries from academia and outside and, despite the speakers essentially choosing their own topics, they fitted so well together you might think it was all planned! AEA 2016 was a great opportunity to meet people, catch up with colleagues, and indulge ourselves in epidemiology for action.

Robyn Lucas

AEA Members can Join IEA Online for US$25

AEA members are reminded to take advantage of the opportunity to join IEA as a joint member at the substantially reduced cost of US$25. You can now join or renew your IEA membership online via the IEA website. Alternatively you can download a form from the membership section and email the completed membership application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note that IEA membership is by calendar year, ie from January to December.

IEA aims to facilitate communication among those engaged in research and teaching of epidemiology throughout the world, and to engage in the development and use of epidemiological methods in all fields of health including social, community and preventive medicine and health services administration. The Association has reached individuals in over 100 countries worldwide promoting research and teaching of epidemiology and public health.

Members of IEA experience numerous benefits, such as networking and interacting with the 2000 other professional members on a broad range of substantive and methodological areas in epidemiology and public health.  As a result of the opportunities that IEA has provided for epidemiologists to meet and discuss their common interests, several international collaborative studies have been undertaken by members of the Association. Joint members receive an online subscription to the Association’s Journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE), which is published bi-monthly.  IEA recently launched a redesigned website, making information more accessible to members.  Visit at www.ieaweb.org.

We hope you will find IEA membership exciting and rewarding and that you will actively contribute to its activities. Visit www.ieaweb.org to activate your joint membership with IEA.