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

2014 COMMCARE WORKSHOPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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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


MORE INFORMATION & RSVP

Program

Time

Event

12:00-12:45pm

Lunch and registration

12:45-1:00pm

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

1:00-1:45pm

Professor David Celentano presentation

1:45-2:30pm

Professor Lisa Metsch presentation

2:30-2:50pm

Afternoon tea

2:50-3:30pm

Dr Li-Rong Wang presentation

3:30-4:00pm

Dr Anthony Santella, Associate Professor Schifter presentation

4:00-4:30pm

Discussion

4:45pm

Wrap up and end

Biographies

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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.


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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.


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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

AGENDA & PRESENTATIONS:

Time

Event

12.00pm                 

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

12:10pm

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

12:30pm

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

1:00pm

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

1:30pm

Discussion and Questions

2:00pm

Close

BIOGRAPHIES:

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

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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.

For more details, view the online invitation


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

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THURSDAY 8 MAY 2014
5:00pm–6:00pm
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.

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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.