Latest Events

Guest Lecture: Challenges of establishing a cervical cancer screening program in rural India


Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre,
A27 Edward Ford Building,
Sydney Medical School,
University of Sydney

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Professor Rita Isaac
Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA) Department,
Christian Medical College
Vellore 632209, Tamil Nadu, India

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Can we stop non-communicable diseases from undermining human and economic development? Obstacles and Opportunities.

5:00PM - 7:00PM (refreshments available from 5:00PM - 5.30PM)
Darlington Centre - enter from City Road
University of Sydney
NSW, 2006

Non communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, heart and chronic lung diseases, can threaten human development and national productivity. For individuals being poor can give you an NCD and having an NCD can make you poor. For a country, a 10% increase in NCDs can cost a 0.5% decline in GDP.

This year’s G20 meeting in Brisbane will concentrate on economic development as a means of alleviating poverty but will it recognise the pre-requisite of health in supporting economic growth and stability? And will NCDs be accorded their rightful place in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda?

Katie Dain, Executive Director of the global NCD Alliance and Marc Purcell, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development along with a panel of experts will examine the global socio-political implications of NCDs for sustainable human and economic development and how to best manage existing and foreseeable obstacles and opportunities for global policy and action to mitigate them.

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Critical Infection Colloquium 18th-21st November

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Short Course: 18th–19th November 2014
Colloquium: 18th–21 November 2014

The New Law School, University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW

The colloquium is run in conjunction with the annual short course which includes the sepsis day (18th–19th). The course is aimed at practicing intensivists and those who manage critically ill patients.

Focus areas will include septic shock and opportunistic infections in the critically ill (19th), the epidemiology and evolution of antibiotic resistant populations (20th), and the ecology and genetics of antibiotic resistance (21st), with an eye on current cutting edge diagnostic technologies.

Faculty leaders in infectious diseases, microbiology and intensive care provide a first-principles understanding of the major infections (bacterial, viral and fungal) involved in critical illness in the ICU and immunocompromised patients, with a focus on the practical management of severe infections.


Participants may choose to attend 1 day, 2 days or a combination of days of the short course and the colloquium. Concessional rates are available to Clinical trainees and RNs, Graduate students and Early Career Researchers <= 5 years of post PHD. All registrations are to be processed online. Click here to view all the options and to proceed with your online registration.

All prices include GST, morning & afternoon tea and lunch each day. 10% discount is offered when you register for more than one day.

Please email for further queries and receive updates on speakers and registration.


Tuesday 18th Nov (case-based sessions – "clinical day"/ SCCI 2014)

(Speakers: Scott Chapman, Martin Cullen, Nicole Gilroy, Jon Iredell, David Isaacs, Jen Kok, David Mitchell, Tom Solano, Tania Sorrell)

  • fungal infections in the immunocompromised and critically ill,
  • exotic biological threats and infections in travellers (including viral haemorrhagic fevers),
  • personal protection and infection control in critical care environments
  • severe pneumonia, meningitis, encephalitis, and soft tissue infections
  • transplantation and the immune compromised host
  • antibiotics new and old, and how best to use them
  • severe infections in children
Wednesday 19th Nov ("sepsis day"/ SCCI 2014)

(Speakers: Cynthia Whitchurch, Grant Hill-Cawthorne, Tom Gottlieb, Andrew Ginn, Anna Holgate, Shereen Mohsin, Amith Shetty, Neil Woodford)

  • Bacterial lifestyles and infection
  • the host response to sepsis and shock
  • the early clinical approach to undifferentiated sepsis and shock
  • the threat of antimicrobial resistance
  • antimicrobials governance and science – balancing the risks
  • modern microbiological tools, including a clinicians guide to next-gen
  • sequencing and real-time diagnostics soon to be available
  • mixer (1600-1800)
Thursday 20th Nov ("genetics day"/ CRE Colloquium)

(Speakers: Stephen Baker, Ivana Gudelj, Edward Holmes, Dillip Matthai, Sally Partridge, Nicholas Thomson, Anthony Smithyman)

  • the genetics of mobile antibiotic resistance and the genomics of the Enterobactericeae
  • the global epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and its transmissible elements
  • antimicrobials governance and science; the promise of ‘phage therapy
  • pathogen evolution, population dynamics, antimicrobial resistance and fitness trade-offs
Friday 21st Nov ("microbiome/ genomics day"/ CRE colloquium)

(Speakers: Robert Beardmore, Aaron Darling, Andrew Holmes, Kathryn Holt, Dena Lyras, Ian Paulsen, Ian Seppelt, Nicola Petty)

  • gut decontamination in the ICU
  • antibiotic cycling and adaptive responses at microscale
  • understanding opportunism: a close look at Clostridium difficile
  • bacteriophage and plasmid populations in major human pathogens
  • understanding microbiome dynamics, from oceans to the mammalian gut
  • new approaches to complex populations and relationships within them

Confirmed speakers

Australia India Collaborative Cancer Research Symposium: Clinical, Laboratory & Public Health Opportunities

Jointly hosted by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), India and Sydney Medical School (SMS), University of Sydney, Australia

Darlington Centre Conference Room
174 City Road
Darlington NSW 2006

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Topic & Speaker




Welcome and Background


Human papillomavirus (HPV) theme


Morning Tea


Cancer Imaging theme




Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

  • Associate Professor Lyndal Trevena (Associate Professor, Primary Health Care, Sydney School of Public Healt)
    Lessons from the cervical cancer and community empowerment project.
  • Dr Vikrant Sangar (Scientific Officer,  Department of Virology & Immunology, Haffkine Institute for Training Research and Testing, Mumbai, India)
    Comparative study of Post-marketing Safety Surveillance of Bivalent and Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus vaccines in Healthy Mumbai Women
  • Professor Kate White (Chair of Cancer Nursing, Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney)
    The role of nurses in contributing to prevention, early detection, care and palliative care in developing countries  
  • Panel discussion and potential project ideas moderated by Shailendra Sawleshwarkar


Closing remarks

  • Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar (Sydney Medical School)

Applications open: East Asian Medical Student Conference (EAMSC) 2015

Applications are now open for delegate positions to the East Asian Medical Student Conference (EAMSC) 2015 to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This six day conference (January 10–15) allows medical students from over 27 countries from the Asian, Pacific, Oceanic and European regions come together to discuss a pertinent topic in medicine. It is a brilliant way to undertake and present research on the international stage, get involved in a unique public health campaign on the global level, sightsee around a foreign country, and make lasting friendships with our international counterparts. An immersive social program, cultural performances and cultural exchange lead to a truly memorable and heart-warming experience. You then have the opportunity to get published, present your research or distribute your public health poster or film clip nationally back here in Australia.

The post-conference tour (January 15–18) is to be held in beautiful beached Bali!

The theme for this year focuses on a subspecialty of infectious diseases: Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Please click here for the documents outlining the application process:

For further queries contact the Regional Chairperson of AMSA International Australia Michael Keem, or the AMSA GHO Timothy Martin.

WORKSHOP: Do-It-Yourself Mobile Phone Apps For Programs & Data Collection



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25 August 2014 - Free event
26–27 August 2014 - 2 day workshop
The University of Sydney

Are you thinking of developing a mobile phone intervention? Do you want to collect data in field studies with mobile devices? Is your organization looking to improve its programs through the use of mobile phones?

You can use mobile phones or tablets to:

  • Collect data in field settings
  • Provide family planning advice and promote safe pregnancy practices
  • Monitor changes in household income
  • Prepare for an emergency response
  • Track agricultural products
  • Track school attendance
  • And more!

Dimagi in collaboration with Sydney School of Public Health is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on using CommCare, Dimagi’s open source, mobile phone-based software platform.

During the two-day workshop, participants will be walked through the basic steps of using these freely available, online tools.

For further details and to register please refer to the flyer.

SYMPOSIUM: Global & Interprofessional Perspectives on HIV Testing

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Darlington Centre
The University of Sydney

Presentations include:

  • Mobilizing Communities to Scale Up HIV Prevention: Results from NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043)
  • Dentists' Willingness to Provide Expanded HIV Screening in Oral Health Care Settings
  • Testing the Waters: Are Australian Dentists Willing to Conduct Rapid HIV Testing?
  • Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Testing in China






Lunch and registration


Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Tania Sorrell and Associate Professor Richard Hillman


Professor David Celentano presentation


Professor Lisa Metsch presentation


Afternoon tea


Dr Li-Rong Wang presentation


Dr Anthony Santella, Associate Professor Schifter presentation




Wrap up and end



Professor David Celentano
Professor David Celentano, ScD, MHS is Charles Armstrong Chair and Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is also jointly appointed in Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and International Health. He joined the faculty in 1978 upon completing his doctoral degree in Behavioral Sciences doing his field work with Professor George Comstock, the internationally recognized tuberculosis researcher. While originally trained in chronic disease epidemiology, he began work in 1983 on what was to later be known as HIV/AIDS, when he developed the baseline and first follow-up assessments for the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (which is ongoing today). He later worked on the development of the ALIVE Study in Baltimore, a study of risks for and the natural history of HIV infection among injection drug users, a study which remains in effect. He began work in Thailand in 1991, where he conducted numerous studies on HIV prevention among female sex workers, a cohort study of HIV among Royal Thai Army conscripts, HIV discordant couples, and injection and methamphetamine users. His work was supported continuously by the NIH to conduct prevention trials in many key populations.

Professor Celentano is currently funded to conduct a series of preventive intervention trials in India (MSM and IDU), where integrative care services are being promoted to improve HIV testing, linkage to care and the provision of care and treatment for HIV infected persons. This trial is being conducted in 22 Indian cities using a cluster randomized trial experimental design. He is also studying Seek, Test, Treat and Retain among HIV-infected drug users in Hanoi, Vietnam, and he is analyzing data from the fourth cycle of the South African HIV National Household Survey of some 30,000 respondents with the Health Science Research Council in Cape Town. Finally, he has an active education and research portfolio in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates focused on non-communicable diseases.


Professor Lisa Metsch
Professor Lisa Metsch, PhD is the Stephen Smith Professor and Chair of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Professor Metsch is also a Voluntary Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and she currently directs a Miami-based research Center. Professor Metsch’s research program focuses on addressing primary and secondary HIV prevention strategies with marginalized populations. Professor Metsch was one of the early researchers in the era of antiretroviral therapy to articulate the importance of creating prevention/primary care programs for people living with HIV. She was part of the multi-site team funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that developed and tested the first evidence-based linkage to care intervention (the ARTAS intervention) for individuals who were newly diagnosed with HIV. Professor Metsch has had a long track record of working with community based organizations and health departments on HIV prevention efforts. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1997. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network and is also a Principal Investigator in the NIAID-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Studies (WIHS).

Professor Metsch's current work focuses on developing innovative strategies to increase the uptake of testing, linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care among vulnerable populations. Her recent study findings on the value of integrating HIV testing in substance use treatment programs were the basis for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop an HIV awareness toolkit for substance use treatment providers. Professor Metsch is currently funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the potential of expanding HIV testing to dental care settings. She is also conducting three effectiveness trials throughout the United States to test strategies to increase engagement in care for HIV-positive substance users. Mentoring is a major part of Professor Metsch’s research program and she has recently been awarded (with Dr. Nabila El-Bassel) a NIDA-funded training program for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows.


Dr Li-Rong Wang
Dr. Li-Rong Wang, PhD, is a public health scientist holding a Ph.D in Epidemiology and Health Statistics. She is a Lecturer in Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at the Xi’an Jiaotong University. Her research interests include prevention and control of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and HIV/HCV infection in MMT clients. Dr. Wang has participated in the Global Fund AIDS Program and the Bill Gates AIDS project. In the past 15 years, she has carried out AIDS related surveys and health education on different populations such as physicians, students, drug users, and peasants.
Dr. Wang’s research projects include, but are not limited to: evaluation of the effect of methadone maintenance treatment to prevent HCV infection among drug users (Innovative Medical Research Fund), mobilization of drug users to have HIV testing (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), capacity assessment of HIV occupational exposure prevention medical staff in the project area (Global Fund), and evaluation of AIDS health education among drug abusers in Compulsory Rehabilitation Center in Xi’an and Baoji City (Global Fund).

FORUM: Improving the standard of education for future health workers in Indonesia – The HPEQ project.

The Office for Global Health (OGH) and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) would like to invite you to a forum on the HPEQ.

OVERVIEW: Indonesia has made impressive gains in expanding the reach of health services over the past 25 years, contributing to significant improvements in certain health outcomes. However, some health indicators remain low, indicating improvements in the quality of health workers are still needed. The Health Professional Education Quality Project (HPEQ) will contribute to better progress in achieving key health outcomes in Indonesia by ensuring higher value health care by improving the quality of the health care providers: the doctors, dentists, nurses, and midwives. The project is addressing this by strengthening the accreditation and certification institutions which will lead to improved quality of the education of these health professionals.

WHEN: Thursday 3 July 2014, 12:00-2:00pm

WHERE: Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Lecture Theatre





Welcome and Introduction
Associate Professor Kirsty Foster
Associate Dean International, Sydney Medical School


Practice - The lived experience of solo GPs in Indonesia - a reading from Dr NurSyah, PhD
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Associate Professor Chris Roberts
Discipline of General Practice, Sydney Medical School


The Heath Professional Education Project (HPEQ)
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Associate Professor Titi Savitri 
Head of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of GadjahMadah, Indonesia


Professional accreditation, licensing and regulation: from policy to practice
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Professor Judy McKimm
Dean of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Swansea University, UK


Discussion and Questions




Dr Nur Syah

Dr Nur Syah can’t be here in person but thanks you deeply for your interest in her PhD.

Her current role is teaching human anatomy and conducting research, as well as helping to develop course curricula and student assessment in the Faculty of Medicine at Andalas University Indonesia. She also finds some time to run her own private general practitioners' surgery in Padang. She received an AusAID scholarship to undertake a Master of Medical Education at the University of Sydney, which she was awarded in 2008. The Indonesian Government Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) funded her PhD in the same program area from 2008 to 2011. She completed her PhD in 2013, under the supervision of A/Professor Chris Roberts and is in the process of writing up a journal article drawn from her PhD.

Associate Professor Chris Roberts

Associate Professor Chris Roberts is Associate Professor in Primary Care and Medical Education. An academic GP, he is Deputy Director of the Sydney Medical School - Northern's Hornsby Campus. He has recently been working as Associate Director (Education) at the Charles Perkins Centre, where he was responsible for developing the educational strategy. His particular research interests in primary care include evaluating complex interventions in primary care for example multi-disciplinary approaches to falls prevention, musculo-skeletal problems, hypertension management, and mental health. He is morewell known for his medical education research; including community-engaged learning and teaching, selection focussed assessment, and professionalism. He has an active doctoral research group.

Associate Professor Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih

Associate Professor Titi Savitri Prihatiningsih is currently Endeavour Executive Fellowship Recipient and Head of Department of Medical Education at Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada. She got her MD from Faculty of Medicine UGM, MA in Health Management, Planning and Policy from Leeds University and MMedEd and PhD from Dundee University.

She was Assistant to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Chairman of Curriculum Committee, and the NPT Project Director - a 2million Euro Project funded by the Dutch Government to implement a Competence-based Medical Education from 2004-2008. During this period, she led the development of competence-based curriculum and implemented the curriculum at undergraduate programme in medical educaction.

She was appointed as the Vice Dean for Academic Affair at Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada in 2008-2011 and was appointed as the Dean of Faculty of Medicine in 2011-2012.

At the national level, she was the Secretary General of Indonesian Association of Medical Schools from 2004-2009. She was the Chairman of Task Force on Standards of Education Indonesian Medical Council. She was the Coordinator for Quality Assurance for the Health Workforce Service (HWS) Project (2005-2007) and the Coordinator for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Health Profession Education Quality Project (HPEQ) in 2010-2011. Both projects were funded by the World Bank. She was also involved in the establishment of Independent Accreditation Agency for Health Profession Education (2009-2012). She is the assessor of National Accreditation Board Indonesia.

Professor Judy McKimm

Judy’s current role is Professor and Dean of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Swansea University. Prior to that she worked in New Zealand for four years, at the University of Auckland and latterly as Pro-Dean, Health and Social Care, Unitec Institute of Technology. Judy initially trained as a nurse and has an academic background in social and health sciences, education and management. She was Director of Undergraduate Medicine at Imperial College London until 2004 and led the curriculum development and implementation of the new undergraduate medical programme at Imperial. In 2004-05, as a Higher Education Academy Senior Adviser she had responsibility for developing and implementing the accreditation of professional development programmes and the development of professional standards for teachers in HE. She has worked on over sixty international health workforce and education reform projects for DfID, AusAID, NZAID, USAID, the World Bank, WHO and government ministries of health in Central Asia, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific. She has been a reviewer and accreditor for the GMC, QAA, the Higher Education Academy and the Academy of Medical Educators for many years, is a member of ASME and AoME Executives and chairs the Education sub-committee of the Wales Academic Board for Medical and Dental Education. She is Director of ASME’s international Educational Leadership programme, speaks, writes and publishes widely on medical and health professions’ education and leadership and runs clinical leadership and educational development workshops internationally.

GUEST SPEAKER SEMINAR: "One of the Great Mysteries of Global Health": the Lancet Series on Bangladesh


Dr Mushtaque Chowdhur

Speaker: Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury - Vice Chair and Interim Executive Director Of BRAC

3RD JUNE 2014
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building (A27).
Cnr Physic and Fisher Road

Bangladesh, the eighth most populous country in the world with about 153 million people, has recently been applauded as an exceptional health performer.

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury will investigate a story not only of "unusual success" but also the challenges that lie ahead. In doing so, the author will illustrate what lessons Bangladesh has to offer with regard to gender equity and female agency in health, as well as innovative, community-based strategies for healthcare delivery.

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GUEST LECTURE: Dr Michael Harari presents Treating Syria’s war-wounded in Israel


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New Law Lecture Theatre 106
University of Sydney

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We invite you to our guest lecture Treating Syria’s war-wounded in Israel, presented by Dr Michael Harari, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Ziv Medical Centre, Northern Israel.

Dr Harari is a Melbourne-trained Australian paediatrician who has been treating victims of the Syrian civil war for the past three years. He will give a presentation on the work of his team and how Israel has been discreetly providing lifesaving medical treatment.

SSEAC SEMINAR: Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Timor-Leste

POSTPONED - date to be advised

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre seminar presented by Professor Peter McMinn

In this presentation, Professor McMinn will describe efforts being made by the University of Sydney to assist the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health to eliminate three neglected tropical diseases (NTDs): lymphatic filariasis; intestinal worm infections; and a chronic skin infection known as yaws. More information

Forum Event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge

Saturday 8 March 2014, 2–5pm
New Law Lecture Theatre 101, The University of Sydney

In recognition of International Women's Day, the humanitarian medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières and the University of Sydney will host the forum event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge. The forum will address the health needs of women refugees from their country of birth or origin through to their arrival and settlement in Australia.


The topics to be covered include:

  • What are the health issues that women face in their home country?
  • How do women access health care during times of conflict?
  • Does the lack of access to health care drive the decision to leave a country?
  • How does health care differ in Australia from the refugees' home country?
  • Are the health needs of women refugees being met now they are in Australia?
  • What cultural barriers exist that prevent refugee women accessing health care in Australia?

To assist with answering these questions and more, The University of Sydney will join with Médecins Sans Frontières and other NGOs and refugee health practitioners, including: UNHCR, NSW Refugee Health, and STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors).

Importantly, three special guests will also be sharing their personal stories as refugees.

The event will consist of two panels: one highlighting the international issues (access to health care for women in their home country; whether health needs are a determining factor in leaving a country; cultural issues); the other panel will address the health needs and access to health care for women once they have arrived and resettled in Australia.

Question and Answer time with the panellists will follow each panel discussion.