Australasian Epidemiological Association News

15th World Congress on Public Health - Full Program


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 Advertising Requests now Online

It is now possible to submit notices for advertising in the AEA Bulletin and on the website online at

Alternatively, advertisements can still be submitted to the AEA Bulletin editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as a word document.

The fee to advertise in the Bulletin and on the AEA website is $100 per notice.

Recruiting, retaining and tracing participants via social media: Exploring the ethical concerns of ethics committee members and researchers to inform the development of guidelines


Increasingly researchers are using social media to recruit, retain and trace participants, yet there are few formal guidelines to assist with ethical decision making about social media. In this project, we are asking researchers for their views and ethical concerns about using social media in research. We will use the findings to develop ethical guidelines for using social media in research.

Participation in the study involves completing a 20 minute anonymous online survey. Neither the researchers nor your organisation will be identified in the survey.

We are inviting all active Australian researchers to participate.

We would like researchers to participate whether or not they have experience using social media in research.

The online survey and further information about the study, including the Participant Information Statement, can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the research, please contact Dr Naomi Hackworth, Senior Research Fellow, Judith Lumley Centre La Trobe University, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IEA-AEA Western Pacific Regional Collaboration Award 2017

The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) - Western Pacific (W-P) Region and the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), invite applications for the 2017 IEA—AEA Exchange Award. 

The purpose of this Award is to share capacity and build collaborations between Australia/NZ and other countries in the region. Applications can be initiated by IEA or AEA members (including new members), and must involve a member from each Association, with one member based in a country outside of Australia or New Zealand (AEA’s main membership base).  The limited funds available are mainly intended to support or offset travel expenses, but any justified research-related expenses will be considered.  Please see the attached application details.  Two awards will be made this year.

Applications close Friday 10th March 2017, 5pm AEST (Aust Eastern Standard Time)

Best wishes,

Tony LaMontagne (IEA Western Pacific Regional Counsellor, and AEA ex officio Council member)

Deakin University, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

document IEA Exchange Award 2017 (128 KB)

Increase in AEA advertising costs from 1st January, 2017

The AEA Committee wishes to advise that there will be an increase to the AEA advertising fees in 2017. For all bulletins published from January 1, 2017 there will be a fee increase to $75 to post a notice in the AEA bulletin. The additional fee for inclusion in the bulletin and on the AEA website will increase to $25, making bulletin and website $100,

In addition, there will now be the option to advertise to the AEA website only for the same cost as posting an item only in the bulletin ($50).

Changes to Membership Subscriptions


As you may be aware we are now processing memberships to the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) through the AEA website.

This should make updating and managing your membership easier and lead to the website becoming more interactive and central to AEA activities. In addition, membership subs will now be due annually from the date of renewal as opposed to the 1st of July which has historically been the case.

Note that the website is now the membership processing area. If you haven’t already done so, please register on the revamped website ( to:

  • Complete your subs renewal for the next 12 months
  • To ensure you continue to receive the Bulletin – this will now only be sent to members registered  on the website.
  • To access your member discount for Annual Scientific Meeting registration.

To renew your membership:

  • Visit website: and click on “Renew Membership” or click here
  • Choose Full Membership, Student Membership or Retired Membership
  • Update profile (old website usernames can be re-used)
  • Choose payment method
  • Check email for receipt

To make your membership easier to monitor and keep up to date we now offer subscription payment via PayPal or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) with no processing fee. All memberships are charged in Australian dollars and currency conversion rates (as set by your bank) will apply to non-Australian credit cards. 


  • Students: will need to specify their institution, supply their student number and register with, or supply, their student email address.
  • Subscriptions paid by your institution: there is the option of generating an invoice and paying by direct bank transfer.
  • Life members: need to register on the website - you will have received an email with special instructions on how to renew without paying.
  • Paid your subs/joined between April and June 2016:  contact the Membership Officer or Webmaster (email links available below) for additional instructions.
  • Automatically renewed you membership since May 2016: you still need to register on the website and do some additional steps for 2016.  You will have received an email with special instructions on how to renew without paying again or alternatively contact the Membership Officer or Webmaster (email links available below)

    Andrew HayenVice President and Membership Officer
    Ashley FletcherWebmaster

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

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