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ViCBiostat Summer School 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018 8:00 pm - Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:00 am
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EVENT NAME: ViCBiostat Summer School 2018

EVENT DETAILS: Victorian Centre for Biostatistics in conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria presents

Statistical Methods in Medicine and Public Health

February 19th-23rd, 2018

Venue Details

Monash University (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdy)
Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
553 St Kilda Rd

Cancer Council Victoria (Thursday, Friday)
615 St Kilda Rd


19th & 20th February - Meta-analysis (Mon & Tues)
PRESENTERS: Dr Joanne McKenzie & Dr Emily Karahalios, ViCBiostat.

21st February - Beyond the Cox model - flexible parametric survival models and extensions (Wed)
PRESENTER: Prof Paul Lambert, University of Leicester,

22nd February - Statistical methods for population-based studies of cancer patient survival (Thurs)
PRESENTER: Prof Paul Dickman, Karolinska Institute.

23rd February - Hands-on with methods from days 3 & 4 (Fri)
PRESENTERS: Prof Paul Dickman & Prof Paul Lambert

Please see website for further information about this popular event.

Sydney Considering Alternatives: Careers as a Physician Executive

Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:30 pm - Monday, February 26, 2018 2:30 am
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Career options beyond fulltime medical or dental practice are rapidly expanding. Physician Executives practice at the intersection of medicine and business – using their clinical knowledge to inform important corporate and commercial decisions.
If you have ever considered a part-time or fulltime career outside of clinical medicine, then this is the course to attend.
Hear from leading experts about the opportunities, challenges, benefits and risks pursuing a career as Physician Executive.

The Grace Hotel
77 York Street,
Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney

Advanced Epidemiology Short-Course - University of Western Australian and Western Australian Health Translation Network

Monday, February 26, 2018 8:00 pm - Saturday, March 03, 2018 3:00 am
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The University of Western Australian and Western Australian Health Translation Network are sponsoring a Advanced Epidemiology Short-Course presented by Professor Matthew P. Fox, DSC - Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University, School of Public Health.

Advanced Epidemiology Short Course

WAHTN and the UWA School of Population and Global Health are delighted to host the Advanced Epidemiology Short Course by Prof Matthew P. Fox, DSc, Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University, School of Public Health from 26 February to 2 March 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm.

The course is designed for researchers, public health professionals, epidemiologists and clinicians familiar with advanced epidemiologic knowledge, algebra, and statistical computing.

Course Pre-requisites: A course in introductory epidemiology and biostatistics. Courses in intermediate epidemiology and biostatistics are strongly recommended.

Registration Costs:
$400 for WAHTN partners
$650 for non-partners
* Note course fees are heavily subsidised

Places are limited and registration will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.

Sources of bias in randomized trials and non‐randomized studies of interventions: a causal inference perspective - Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Friday, March 16, 2018
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“ONE DAY WORKSHOP 16/3/18 - Presented by Professor Jonathan Sterne

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), Flemington Rd, Parkville

Sources of bias in randomized trials and non‐randomized studies of interventions: a causal inference perspectiveJonathan Sterne is Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology in the University of Bristol’s Department of Population Health Sciences, and Deputy Director of the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join this workshop hosted by ViCBiostat.  See flyer attached, with full details available on the ViCBiostat website, including a link to Trybooking for registration.”   Please contact Marian Chandler on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for enquiries.

  pdf ViCBiostat workshopflyer Sterne (205 KB)

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance – Statistics In Trials Interest Group (ACTA-STInG), the ACTA Innovative Trials Design

Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30 pm - Friday, March 23, 2018 4:00 am
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The aim of this workshop is to bring together statisticians and clinicians with an interest in adaptive clinical trial designs to share knowledge and information about current research in adaptive designs and their application. The morning will provide an introduction to adaptive designs, ranging from traditional frequentist to innovative platform trials, including the statistical issues and the challenges of utilising such designs. In the afternoon four researchers who have experience in running adaptive trials will present examples of their trials. The day will include plenty of time for discussion, ending with a panel discussion about “Where to from here?”

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Ella Lathan Theatre

Ground Floor, Royal Children's Hospital

Parkville, VIC, 3052

Darwin Epi group meeting

Saturday, March 24, 2018 5:00 am - 7:00 am
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Darwin Epi group is meeting 23rd March and we plan to

  1. Rebrand DREG !!
  2. See if we can set up an epi-focus monthly journal club
  3. Have few drinks and get to know each other.

The role of epidemiology in addressing health disadvantage and improving health outcomes of Indigenous Australians

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Qld HealthThe Queensland Chapter of the AEA and Queensland Health’s Preventive Health Branch will be hosting an Indigenous Health forum on the 9th May 2018 in Brisbane. The theme is ‘The role of epidemiology in addressing health disadvantage and improving health outcomes of Indigenous Australians’. The program will feature presentations by four experts speakers followed by a panel discussion. Please see the flyer linked below for further details.

pdf The role of epidemiology in addressing health disadvantage (159 KB)

Hot North Symposium - Darwin

Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:30 pm - Saturday, May 26, 2018 3:00 am
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AEA ASM Abstract Deadline - Update

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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The 2018 Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Perth, Western Australia on 23 and 24 October. The conference theme is The Future of Epidemiology: Maximizing Use of Data. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. Submissions that focus on methodological approach around the conference theme are highly regarded.

Abstract submissions will be accepted online until midnight AWST Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Statistical Issues in Clinical Research: Everything you thought you knew but…

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:00 pm - Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:00 am
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vcb right“A TWO DAY WORKSHOP hosted by The Victorian Centre for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat)

Presented by: Professor Stephen Senn, statistical consultant and clinical trials expert

Statistical Issues in Clinical Research: Everything you thought you knew but…

14th & 15th August 2018

Bio 21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute

Auditorium, Ground Floor, 30 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Day 1 will provide an overview of statistics in clinical research from several perspectives and is suitable for all who work in clinical research and have an interest in statistics. Amongst matters covered are the value of control, randomisation and blinding in clinical trials, sources of bias, including regression to the mean and some aspects of sample size determination. 

Day 2 will be more technical and provides perspectives on the use of baselines, measurement of outcomes, design and analysis of more complex trials and the challenges of personalised medicine.

This course is based on Stephen Senn's many writings on clinical trials. No punches are pulled and important issues will be frankly discussed whether they concern matters on which there is general consensus or those that attract controversy. Mathematical detail will be avoided but the value of statistics as a form of advanced common sense and a guide to rational decision-making will be stressed. The emphasis will be on practical philosophy rather than abstract algebra. The overall aim is to provide new slants on some familiar material as well as covering some more advanced topics, as a contribution towards improving discussion, debate and communication in clinical research.

See for further details including registration and Trybooking process.”

AEA NZ Chapter Annual Symposium - Cancelled

Monday, August 27, 2018
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Seminar: Estimating the benefits and harms of prostate screening - Prof Stephen Walter

Friday, August 31, 2018 11:00 pm - Saturday, September 01, 2018 12:00 am
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This talk will describe two statistical analyses intended to estimate the effects of prostate screening. First, latent class models are used to evaluate the accuracy of adjudicating possible prostate cancer deaths. This is motivated by well-known differences in the apparent mortality benefits between large randomised trials of prostate screening in Europe and in the United States, given that subjective variability in the adjudication process might have affected the results. Second, the so-called “catch-up” method is applied to follow-up data, to estimate the extent of over-diagnosis associated with prostate screening.

Stephen Walter received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. After faculty appointments at the University of Ottawa and Yale University, he joined the faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, where he is now a Professor Emeritus. Dr Walter has collaborated in research on internal medicine, evidence-based medicine, developmental pediatrics, environmental health, cancer etiology and medical screening. He is interested in several associated areas of biostatistical methodology, including: the design and analysis of medical research studies; risk assessment; evaluation of diagnostic and screening data; and regional and temporal variation in health. He has published widely on these topics (with almost 500 refereed papers) in the biomedical and statistical literature.

Dr Walter is a past Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and Section Editor for the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. He served as Chair of Biostatistics in the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), and has been involved with research capacity development in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Dr Walter is a past coordinator of the Health Research Methods program at McMaster, and has worked with about 100 Masters and Ph.D. students.

Short Course - Advanced Epidemiology, University of Melbourne

Monday, September 24, 2018 7:00 pm - Friday, September 28, 2018 3:00 am
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UniMelbThis 3+1 days short course led by Prof Tony Blakely (Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Prof John Lynch (The University of Adelaide) will provide a systematic overview of epidemiological concepts and methods, building up from sources of error (confounding, information bias, selection bias) to bias analysis methods, then a range of contemporary methods. The course is premised on a counterfactual and potential outcomes approach to epidemiology. This course is designed for participants with an intermediate-level of knowledge of epidemiology study design and analytical methods, systematic error and biostatistics.

Common attendees of this course include advanced MPH and PhD students, early career researchers, and senior investigators who want an efficient “catch up” on some of the new thinking and methods being used in higher quality research publications.

Venue: The University of Melbourne, Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton.

RCGHA Data Linkage Workshop - Hunter Medical Research Institute

Friday, September 28, 2018 7:00 pm - Saturday, September 29, 2018 3:00 am
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ALSWHUsing existing administrative data provides more bang for your buck when it comes to leveraging study data and combining prospectively collected survey data with administrative health databases opens up another dimension to health research. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH, is a national longitudinal health study involving more than 57,000 women, having collected over 20 years of data on the health and wellbeing of Australian women. ALSWH includes four cohorts of women (born 1989-95, 1973-78, 1946-51 and 1921-26), allowing for within and between generational comparisons, as well as providing linked data to several national and state based administrative health data resources.

Participants will learn about the available linked administrative datasets (MBS, PBS, aged care, hospital, cancer, perinatal), with advice on dealing with the specific data characteristics and tips for combining the ALSWH survey data with the linked data. Examples will be provided to give participants context and application for how the linked data can be utilised.

WHEN - Friday 28 September 2018
WHERE - Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Building, John Hunter Hospital Campus, New Lambton Heights (Newcastle)

- Full-time student $250
- Early bird registration $300 (pay by 10th Sept)
- Regular registration $350 (Pay on 11 Sept or later)

For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 02 4042 1621

Precision Public Health Asia 2018 Symposium - Fremantle

Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:00 pm - Friday, October 19, 2018 4:00 pm
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Precision public health is an emerging field that utilises data to guide the right intervention to the right people at the right time. Recent technological advancements have made it possible to collect accurate individual- and population-level data on genes, environment, behaviour and other social and economic determinants of health. This has been demonstrated across a broad range of disciplines including genomics, spatial data, data linkage, epidemiology, health informatics, big data, predictive analytics and communications technologies.

With the theme ‘Discover, Share, Identify and Influence’, PPH Asia 2018 will bring together a core group of specialists and stakeholders to explore the concept of precision public health and consider the impact of recent technological advancements on health outcomes. The challenges and opportunities to advance the precision public health domain will also be explored, and delegates will be given an opportunity to influence the way forward for precision public health in Asia and beyond.

Further information can be found HERE

AEA 2018 Conference

Monday, October 22, 2018 8:00 pm - Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:00 am
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Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health using Large Databases - Rome

Monday, October 22, 2018 8:00 pm - Friday, October 26, 2018 4:00 am
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Registration is now open for the October 22-25th, 2018 4-day workshop "Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health using Large Databases"  presented by the Institute for Translational Epidemiology (ITE), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana Roma!  No prior experience working with healthcare data is necessary. 

We are offering a special early-bird discount through 7/22/2018. An academic, early career, and student discount is also available. Please direct inquires to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Course Overview: This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of obtaining and working with healthcare datasets for public health, pharmaceutical, and medical research
  • When: October 22nd - October 25th, 2018
  • Where: IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana; Via di Val Cannuta, 247, 00166, Rome
  • Format: Interactive core lectures, focused learning modules, hands-on exercises.  

For more information visit:

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Paediatric and Perinatal Special Interest Group networking/ social event

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 4:30 am
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perinatleVenue: Bourbon Lounge area in the Ball ‘n’ Chain Bar at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle (the AEA conference venue)

Time: From 5.30pm, Monday Oct 22

Food: We will provide some snacks (thanks to AEA support). You will be able to purchase drinks and/or meals at the venue (see website above).

Cost: No cost unless you choose to purchase drinks/ meals. 

RSVP: To RSVP please provide your details at the following link:

4th Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium - University of Otago

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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otago logoThe Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network (PRN) is hosting a one-day Symposium in Dunedin, New Zealand, for researchers, healthcare providers, and others with an interest in the utilisation and safety of medicines and medical devices. 

The keynote speaker will be Irene Petersen, Professor of Epidemiology and Health Informatics at University College London. Professor Petersen has a number of research interests including the use of prescription medicines in pregnancy, physical health in people with severe mental illnesses, and the development of new methods for longitudinal imputation of missing data in electronic health records. 
Other speakers will report on recently completed pharmacoepidemiological research, discuss work in progress, introduce upcoming projects, and consider methodological issues. 

To register, please go to: 

To submit an abstract, please go to: 

(Closing date for abstract submission is 31 August)

3rd ANZACT workshop

Friday, November 23, 2018 9:00 pm - Saturday, November 24, 2018 3:00 am
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anzact logo110am-4pm, Friday 23rd November

SAHMRI Auditorium
Adelaide, SA

Registrations are now open: Click the link to register on Eventbrite

Wednesday 24th October is the closing date to submit an EOI to have a project included for discussion at the workshop.

More details are available on our website Click Here

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