e-Newsflash - August 2012

International Health Education Initiative

Dr Kirsty Foster and Professor Jonathan Morris are part of a team supporting health professionals in a remote province of Vietnam to improve the health of mothers and babies. Dr Foster leads the project which is funded by an AusAid Public Sector Linkage grant. Under the auspices of the...read more...

Congratulations to Dr Jane Ford!

Dr Jane Ford has been awarded one of 209 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships recently announced by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Science and Research. Along with 21 other University of Sydney recipients, Jane will receive...read more...

Congratulations to Dr Jane Hirst!

Jane has recently been awarded the University of Oxford Nuffield Clinical Medical Fellowship. This has been awarded to conduct post doctoral research within the University of Oxford Faculty of Medical Sciences. The award was very competitive, with one recipient selected...read more...

A new pain management plan for NSW

This month the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, launched the NSW Pain Management Plan at the Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital. The plan involves $26 Million in funding over 4 years with a focus on enhancement of existing services and...read more...


International Health Education Initiative

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Professor Jonathan Morris with Dr Luong Duc Son, Director of Dien Bien Province General Hospital, Dr Nghia Tran Duc, Vice-Director Dien Bien Province General Hospital and Dr Ninh

Dr Kirsty Foster and Professor Jonathan Morris are part of a team supporting health professionals in a remote province of Vietnam to improve the health of mothers and babies. Dr Foster leads the project which is funded by an AusAid Public Sector Linkage grant. Under the auspices of the University of Sydney Hoc Mai Foundation, six workshops on maternal and child health will be held over the next two years. Dien Bien Province in mountainous north west Vietnam has a higher than average maternal and infant mortality rate. Each workshop includes a practical, hands-on program for health professionals on knowledge and skills related to safe ante-natal and birth care. There will also be a community-focussed component where health professionals and community leaders will work together to develop ways of promoting knowledge of pregnancy and birth improving access to health care within the local community. Project partners include the Vietnamese Women’s Union, the Department of Health in Dien Bien Province and Hanoi Medical University. The first ‘Healthy Mother Workshop’ ran very successfully in May and a ‘Healthy Baby Workshop’ is scheduled to run in Dien Bien Phu in October.

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Professor Jonathan Morris and Dr Kirsty Foster with Ms Do Thi Doan, Head Nurse at Thanh Luong Health Clinic


Congratulations to Dr Jane Ford!

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Dr Jane Ford

Dr Jane Ford has been awarded one of 209 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships recently announced by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Science and Research. Along with 21 other University of Sydney recipients, Jane will receive salary and travel support for her research conducted as part of the Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research team in the Kolling. The four year fellowship will support her research using population health data to explore the use of blood product transfusion in mothers and babies.


Congratulations to Dr Jane Hirst!

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Dr Jane Hirst

Jane has recently been awarded the University of Oxford Nuffield Clinical Medical Fellowship. This has been awarded to conduct post doctoral research within the University of Oxford Faculty of Medical Sciences. The award was very competitive, with one recipient selected around every two years from Australia. Jane will be working in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, investigating novel ways to use and evaluate the use of M-Health (mobile phone) technology for pregnant women with diabetes in low- and middle-income countries. Jane will be in Oxford for two years with the Fellowship starting in the first half of 2013.


A new pain management plan for NSW

This month the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, launched the NSW Pain Management Plan at the Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital. The plan involves $26 Million in funding over 4 years with a focus on enhancement of existing services and development of new regional services. There is also dedicated funding for basic science and clinical research.

Damien Finniss, Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Pain Medicine (Sydney University / RNSH) and Co-chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) network on Pain Management welcomed the increased funding and the strong consultation with clinicians in the development of the plan.

“This new statewide plan is a significant step forward in the delivery of coordinated pain management for the people of New South Wales”, Finniss said.

Under the new plan, Royal North Shore Hospital is a dedicated “lead” centre, with the Pain Management Research Institute also playing a significant role in research and education.


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