Australasian Epidemiological Association News

2018 Early-Career International Travel Award Report - Dr Andrea Parisi

2018 AEA Early Career International Travel Award Report Dr Andrea ParisiDr. Andrea Parisi, the Australian National University

I was very fortunate to receive the AEA Early Career Travel Award which allowed me to travel to Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam for a period of three months (July – September 2018) and collaborate on a study investigating possible sources of antimicrobial resistance in humans. In this project, we analysed antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS) isolated from animals and humans, and conducted a molecular analysis of NTS isolates studying the distribution of the main antimicrobial resistance gene groups. The outcomes of the project will be soon submitted to a peer-reviewed journal as well as form a part of my thesis.

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2018 Early Career Researcher Travel Award Report - Dr Deirdre Collins

Early Career Researcher Travel Award Report Dr Deirdre Collins2Dr Deirdre Collins, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, WA

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the field of infectious disease epidemiology. My postdoctoral research is building on the findings of my PhD on the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection. I combine state-of-the-art molecular epidemiological data with analysis of demographic and clinical data to understand, from a One Health perspective, how C. difficile is transmitted between people, animals and the environment, and how many hospital-associated infections may actually be attributable to contamination of the exterior environments of hospitals.

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AEA Mentoring Award of 2019

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) invites nominations for the AEA Mentoring Award of 2019.

This award is made to a mid-career or senior member of AEA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early-career researchers, practitioners, and others in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics and related disciplines. Its purpose is to formally acknowledge the importance of mentoring in career development and in recognition of the time commitments and other sacrifices that are involved for mentors.

The objectives of AEA include promoting excellence in the practice of epidemiological methods and advocacy for capacity building. Mentoring plays an important role in developing proficiency and increased capacity of the epidemiological workforce, and this award furthers the objectives of the Association.

document 2019 AEA Mentoring Award (86 KB)

2019 AEA Early Career Travel Awards and the AEA Mid Career Travel Awards

The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) invites applications for the 2019 AEA Early Career Travel Awards and the AEA Mid Career Travel Awards.

Applications close Friday, 31st May 2019 and are for travel between 1st June 2019 to 31 July 2020.

There are 3 Early Career awards and 3 Mid-Career awards on offer this year; each award is for $2,500 each. To reflect the different training and workplaces of epidemiologists and biostatisticians and to improve diversity, we will offer an award to each of the following groups:

  • An award for a University-based candidate (including MRIs)
  • An award for a non-university-based candidate (e.g. health department, NGO)
  • An award for a candidate who identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Māori or Pacific Islander.
  • Extra awards may be offered depending on number of applicants and funding available, and subject to Council approval.

The purpose of the award is to support travel for professional purposes. The travel may include attendance at conferences, training courses, and collaborative study visits (successful applications usually include two or more of these).

Applications will be assessed relative to opportunity and will be measured according to:

1) Impact of the proposed travel on the applicant’s career;

2) The wider impact of the travel (e.g. generating new knowledge, improving population health, advancing or sharing methods, training others, etc.); and

3) Track record tailored to the applicant’s experience, including where applicable: awards, publications, grants, translation, fieldwork, NGO work, and contribution to the discipline.

document 2019 Travel Award Announcements (17 KB)

document 2019 AEA Early Career Travel Award (56 KB)

document 2019 AEA Mid Career Travel Award (55 KB)

2019 and 2020 AEA conferences

We would like to share with you some information below about our 2019 AEA Conference in Brisbane, and the 2020 World Congress of Epidemiology in Melbourne (which will replace our usual local conference). Please put the dates in your diary and we hope to see you there!

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October 2019

The 2019 AEA Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Brisbane this year from the 23rd- 25th October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Visit for details

With its theme ‘Epidemiology in the real world’, the focus of the 2019 AEA annual scientific meeting will be on the best methods to create translatable evidence and the ways in which we can facilitate translation into policy and practice. It will highlight epidemiological investigations undertaken across a range of settings including academic, government and non-government organisations. The conference will include workshops, keynote addresses, concurrent sessions, poster sessions and special interest group meetings running across our sub-themes of Generating evidence; Translating and implementing evidence into policy and practice; and Methods.

The conference will feature expert national and international speakers presenting under these themes. Our international speakers include:

  • Prof Ross Brownson from Washington University in St. Louis, presenting on translation of epidemiological evidence into public health practice and policy.
  • Prof Christine Friedenreich from the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Cancer Control Alberta who will discuss her translational work on physical activity and cancer
  • Prof Elizabeth Stuart from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has a methods focus and will talk about use of propensity scores as well as methods to enhance the external validity of randomized trial results.
  • Prof Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, will talk about her community housing trials and their influence on policy.

Our Ian Prior orator for 2019 is Prof Paul Glaziou renowned for his work in evidence-based clinical practice, reducing waste in research and over-diagnosis and overtreatment. Keynote addresses will also be given by Prof Kypros Kypri (University of Newcastle) on research used to underpin policy on alcohol-related harm; as well as Prof Joan Cunningham (Menzies School of Health Research) on social and systems determinants of Indigenous health. Queensland’s Chief health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, will join us as our conference dinner speaker to share some of her experiences in that role.

Call for abstracts: - Opens April 15th - Closes June 16th

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in October.

Best wishes,
Susan Jordan, Penny Webb and Rachel Neale on behalf of the 2019 AEA ASM Organising Committee.



September 2020

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 22nd World Congress of Epidemiology, International Epidemiological Association (IEA) in Melbourne Australia. The World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) is held every 3 years by the International Association of Epidemiology (IEA) and attracts 800 - 1200 delegates involved in research and teaching of epidemiology and translation of findings in health, medical and related fields. The main meeting for WCE2020 will run over four days (13th-16th September 2020), with keynote speakers, and concurrent sessions of various types, workshops and posters. There are opportunities for study tours/field trips and associated meetings on or around these days.

The event theme of ‘Methodological Innovations in Epidemiology” will encourage speakers to draw on pertinent health concerns where methodological innovation is shedding light on advances in human health.
Melbourne, the home for WCE 2020, is an international gateway to the rest of Australia. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has a six-star Green rating, and is just a short walk away from the city centre, providing the ideal starting place to uncover Melbourne’s world-famous laneways, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Melbourne is a fantastic, vibrant, safe and clean city, and welcomes you warmly to WCE 2020.

The conference is hosted by the Australasian Epidemiological Association. The Co-Chairs of the conference are Professors Tony LaMontagne (Deakin University) and Linda Slack-Smith (University of Western Australia). The Scientific Chair is Professor Leigh Blizzard (University of Tasmania). We look forward to an excellent program with many excellent international speakers.

Please find a link in the attached pdf to register your interest or go to the website so you can receive updates. Please share this email with your colleagues.

Warm Regards
Professor Tony LaMontagne
Professor Linda Slack-Smith

  pdf WCE2020 Save the date (813 KB)

3 Year Membership Option for Full Members

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AEA has introduced a new 3 year option for full members.

At $315 this is a discount and guards against increases in the cost of membership.

This option is non-recurring and only available as a direct credit card payment (not via PayPal).