Emerging Health Policy Research Conference

Call for Abstracts

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - University of Sydney

The Menzies Centre for Health Policy is delighted to invite abstracts for its annual Emerging Health Policy Research Conference.

The conference will showcase the work in progress of current masters, doctoral and early career research workers, as well as those new to the field of health policy research. We invite research workers from all areas of health policy - including (but not limited to) international health, health systems, history of public health, indigenous health, health economics, health promotion and sociology - to submit an abstract of their presentation.

Participation in the Emerging Health Policy Research Conference provides an opportunity to:

  • discuss health policy responses to current local, national and global health challenges;
  • present in progress health policy research to a wide audience of students, academics and practitioners; and
  • discuss new ideas and identify opportunities for collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Keynote Presentation

Evidence and Influence- survival tucker for effective preventive health policy action

Influencing policy decisions towards effective preventive health actions requires three main types of evidence: identification of the problem (should something be done?); identification of priority areas for intervention (what should be done?); and identification of the context and design of interventions (how should something be done?). But closing the evidence-policy gap also requires an understanding, and harnessing, of political and policy decision-making processes. Forensic evaluation of implemented policy actions and opportunity costs is also critical to inform future policy cycles (what worked and why- what didnĀ¹t work and why not?). Drawing from real life examples, this presentation will provide practical sustenance to help build capacity and resilience in our collective research work to improve population health policy in Australia and beyond.

Professor Amanda Lee

Presented by Professor Amanda Lee

Professor Amanda Lee is a Public Health Nutritionist with more than 35 years experience as a pracademic in nutrition, obesity and chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health and public health policy. Among many appointments she was the chair of the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines Working Committee. With the people of Minjilang in the early 1990s her research demonstrated that marked, rapid, affordable improvements in objective indicators of nutrition and health status are possible in remote Aboriginal communities. Her recent work includes scoping the new national nutrition policy, finalising the Healthy Weight Guide website, assessing evidence to prioritise obesity policy actions in state jurisdictions and developing the Healthy Diets ASAP (Australian Standardised Affordability and Pricing) methods. Globally, she is one of the founding members of the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS).

Conference Prize

For the first time this year, a prize will be awarded to the best presentation. The Co-op Bookshop will generously provide a $100 voucher to the winner.

Instructions for Abstract Submission

  • Due Date: Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Friday, 3 June 2016 to
  • Abstract Format: Do not use any tables, charts, graphs or references in your abstract. All abstracts should be submitted using the following template. Abstract Template
  • Presentation Format: It is anticipated presentations will be allocated 15 minutes, including question time.
  • Acceptance: You will be advised of acceptance or non-acceptance by Friday, 10 June 2016.
  • Registration: All presenters must complete a registration form. A subsidised registration fee of $50 +GST will apply.
  • Publication: All accepted abstracts will be reproduced on the CentreĀ¹s website

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