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Newsroom Releases 2012 October Showcasing health research in the North

05/10/2012
Showcasing health research in the North
The upcoming 2012 Townsville Health Research Week will feature a great debate, workshops and three symposiums showcasing research from across the entire health care spectrum.

First published 5 October 2012

The upcoming 2012 Townsville Health Research Week will feature a great debate, workshops and three symposiums showcasing research from across the entire health care spectrum.

The event, which is being held from October 8 to 12, is a collaboration between James Cook University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences and the Townsville Hospital (TTH) and Health Service.

A collaborative Medicine Symposium was first held in 2010, and due to its success, has now grown into a multidisciplinary event.

For the first time, the 'three pillars' of health research - medical, nursing and allied health - have come together in a week-long event to present their work. Events will be held both on the JCU campus and at the Townsville Hospital.

The JCU Schools involved include Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department ofPsychology.

Guest speakers include Dr Martin Van Der Weyden, the former editor of the Medical Journal of Australia, who will present during the Medical Symposium and will also conduct a Lunch and Learn session with tips for getting published.

Professor Nick Graves, the Professor of Health Economics at Queensland University of Technology, will speak during the Allied Health Symposium, while the new Professor of Tropical Health Nursing at JCU and Townsville Health District, Professor Linda Shields, will be presenting at the Nursing and Midwifery Symposium.

Professor Ian Wronski, Head of the Faculty, said the aim of Health Research Week was to showcase current research in health being undertaken in the region.

“It will be an exciting and educational week which will highlight the excellent research happening at JCU and in the wider Townsville Health District, as well as workshops to help researchers to expand and hone their skills,” he said.

Professor Wronski will emcee the Research Breakfast trivia competition on the Wednesday morning.

“The event is sure to be one of the highlights of the week with multi-disciplinary teams trying to each prove that they are more knowledgeable about health research than their colleagues,” he said.

Highlights of the week include:

Monday, October 8

The Great Debate – "Health research – we’re different up here!"

Held at the Robert Douglas Auditorium at TTH from 12pm

Workshop – Roadmap to Grant Applications

Tuesday October 9

Publishing Tips and Pitfalls

Held in the Medical Lecture Theatre, JCU from 12pm

Allied Health Research Symposium

Held at the Robert Douglas Auditorium at TTH from 12.30pm

Wednesday October 10

Research Trivia Breakfast

Held in the Endeavour Room, JCU Halls of Residence from 7am

Nursing Research Symposium

Held at the Robert Douglas Auditorium at TTH from 12.30pm

Thursday October 11

Workshop – Writing for Publication

Held at the JCU Clinical School at TTH from 9 -11am

Medical Research Symposium

Held at the Robert Douglas Auditorium at TTH from 12.30pm

Friday October 12

Workshop – Research in Indigenous Settings

Best presentations of the week – awarding of the Professor Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award

Held at the Robert Douglas Auditorium at TTH from 12.30pm

For more information on ‘Townsville Health Research Week’ visit http://www.nctn.net.au/townsvilleresearchweek.html

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175