The 2019 BioMedVic Communicators Forum gathers 70 professionals to debate ‘Change’

On May 30th the fourth annual BioMedVic Communicators Forum took place in the RMIT Storey Hall. The event attracted about 70 communication professionals to network and discuss the role and impact of change in the medical and health sectors. The concept of “Change” acted as the leitmotiv of the event and unified the individual sessions.

The program design was influenced by feedback received from attendees at last year’s Forum who gave suggestions about speakers, case studies, and professional development topics.

The Forum started with a warm welcome note by Núria Saladié (BioMedVic), who set the tone by reflecting on the role of science communication and its responsibilities. In his keynote address, award-winning science journalist Jason Gale (Bloomberg News) shared some inspiring stories about how shining a light on global health issues can be a catalyst for change. No matter whether it was writing about the lack of toilets perpetuating disease cycles, or the unregulated use of antibiotics in chicken and pig farming underlying the spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria, Jason clearly articulated how science and health communicators can drive positive change and shape new policies.

An expert panel comprising Tony Abbenante (DHHS), Megan Prictor (Melbourne Law School) and John Carlin (MCRI) tackled the opportunities and challenges of the ‘big data’ revolution and explored the relevance of e-health information and how it should be communicated.

In the case study session, we heard how Lauren Love implemented the social media tool ‘Workplace’ at Ambulance Victoria with great success. Imogen Crump (The University of Melbourne), spoke about how platforms like ‘Pursuit’ fill a gap in the media landscape of the specialist science journalist. And Rachel Mitisano (APR.Intern) unpacked the value of using multiple media channels when implementing a marketing strategy.

Through role-playing with actors and lots of laughter, Leadership Victoria confronted attendees with sector-relevant workplace scenarios during the “Courageous conversations” training session. It proved a great opportunity to discuss how commonly-encountered challenges in the science communication sector can be approached and managed practically for positive outcomes.

The Communicators Forum is an annual event supported by BioMedVic and organised by and for communications professionals working in health and biomedical organisations. The buzz at the Closing Networking reception confirmed that this year’s Forum had once again “hit the mark” to foster collaborations and forge a sense of community between the communication specialists from organisations across Victoria.

See the program of the event here.

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BioMedVic Communicators Forum: “Communicating for Change”

A professional development forum designed by and for communication professionals working in Victoria’s scientific, medical and health sectors.

Thursday 30 May, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER HERE

Communicating for change

Communication is rapidly changing, from tools and channels to language and delivery. The scientific biomedical research and health sectors are also changing with the introduction of new technologies and the resulting discoveries and innovations, changing healthcare, research and society. How we communicate these changes – messaging, influencing and connecting- also impacts how these changes are perceived and received. Where do communication professionals in health and biomedical research sit in this era of change?

Join your colleagues and peers in scientific, medical and health communications portfolios from across Victoria to share ideas, knowledge and experiences in BioMedVic’s fourth annual forum.

This event is relevant to directors, department heads, managers, advisors and officers working in media, communications, public affairs, marketing and event management roles.

Keynote speaker:

  • Jason Gale, Senior editor at Bloomberg News
    Award-winning journalist, Jason Gale is a senior editor here in Melbourne with the international news organisation Bloomberg News, where he’s worked for 19 years. He edits mostly feature articles, and occasionally gets to report stories about medical science or global health. Jason has been a speaker and panelist at international medical, scientific and veterinary meetings. In 2007, he was asked by the World Health Organization to be one of three members of the media to advise public health officials globally on communications related to pandemic influenza. Last year, he completed a Master of Health Security from the University of Sydney.

Date:
Thursday 30 May 2019

Time:
8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Program
4:00 – 5:00 pm | Networking & Drinks

Venue:
RMIT Storey Hall, 336-348 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC

Cost:
$275 incl. GST for BioMedVic members. $330 incl. GST non-members (please note that tickets are limited)

Contact:
For queries please email nuria.saladie@biomedvic.org.au

Registrations now open!

Please be advised that photographs may be taken at this event for use on the BioMedVic website and in communications material. Please email events@biomedvic.org.au no later than 24 hours before the event if you wish your images to be excluded from such use.

BioMedVic gratefully acknowledges RMIT University as the Event Venue Sponsor.

BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum – Save the Date!

Communications professionals – make sure to put this event in your diary!

Join us at the 2018 BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum, a professional development forum designed specifically by and for communications professionals working in Victoria’s health and medical research sector. Hear from key opinion leaders and communications experts from health and medical research organisations across Victoria, as they share their stories, experiences and insights on how best to value, recognise and measure the success of communication in our sector.

Tuesday 24 April, 9am-5pm @ RMIT University Storey Hall

Stay tuned – details coming soon!

 

BioMedVic gratefully acknowledges the Event Venue Sponsor:

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2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards celebrated

The unsung heroes of Australian medical research were celebrated this month at the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards & Networking Lunch held at the VCCC on 9 November.

While research-active health professionals – doctors, nurses and allied health workers – are needed to translate basic biomedical research to the frontline of clinical practice, they do face challenges. Heavy clinical workloads, lack of funding and a lack of institutional support for research activity combine to make engaging in research more and more difficult for hospital-based researchers.

In 2010, Biomedical Research Victoria established the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) to provide a voice for this group, and to advocate on their behalf and for change aimed at improving the capacity for clinicians to conduct research. To recognise and support some of those who have committed themselves to careers as clinician scientists, BioMedVic presents a series of annual awards.

One of the challenges facing clinician researchers is access to mentorship, which inspired the criteria for the BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award. Nominations are not only assessed on the nominee’s track record in clinical studies but also on their achievement in mentoring other clinician researchers. This year, BioMedVic was pleased to honour and present this award to Prof Monica Slavin, an internationally recognised Infectious Diseases physician, specialising in the identification of risk factors and the early diagnosis and prevention of infection in cancer patients.

At the award presentation, her nominator, Prof Karin Thursky spoke about what inspired her to nominate Prof Slavin and A/Prof Leon Worth, one of Monica’s mentees, recalled how her mentorship shaped his career as a clinician researcher.

Thrilled to have had her career recognised with this Award, Prof Slavin inspired the audience with a sincere and entertaining presentation on the story of her career thus far and with her advice to upcoming clinician researchers.

Her words were especially well received by the four recipients of the BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Awards.

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent presented the winners and commendees in the Medical and Allied Health Categories with certificates and prizes, and spoke about the bright future facing these promising researchers. Networking continued over lunch, which was kindly sponsored by the National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC).

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the 2017 winners of the BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Awards:

Dr Brett Manley | Royal Women’s Hospital – Winner Medical Category

Dr Catherine Granger | Royal Melbourne Hospital & University of Melbourne – Winner Allied Health Category

Dr Kiryu Yap | St Vincent’s Institute & St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne – Commendation Medical Category

Dr Bao Nguyen | University of Melbourne – Commendation Allied Health Category

Read about the outstanding work of these Victorian clinician scientists here.

We look forward to celebrating many more such achievements in future years.

2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award – Prof Monica Slavin

Awarded to Professor Monica Slavin

Centre and Innovations Lead, National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC), Immunocompromised Host Infection Service, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Department of Infectious Diseases, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Royal Melbourne Hospital

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the recipient of the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award – Prof Monica Slavin.

Professor Monica Slavin is an Infectious Diseases physician, internationally recognised for identifying risk factors and improving early diagnosis and prevention of infection in cancer patients.

She has published over 180 peer reviewed publications and has been cited over 5,200 times. Her research has resulted in new management guidelines, definitions of fungal infections for clinical trials and translations of new diagnostic tests into practice.

Prof Slavin is now the director of the National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC), a platform which addresses the critical need for informed strategies to reduce infections in cancer.

Her nominator, Prof Karin Thursky, named Prof Slavin a “humble, kind, and consistent mentor” and an outstanding example to women and clinicians in science through her leadership and hard work.

The Award was presented by BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent during the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards & Networking Lunch.

 

CSL’s Principal Sponsorship of UROP to Continue

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Last Thursday, Melbourne Town Hall’s Portico Room lit up with passion for science as BioMedVic held the annual Welcome Forum for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). We were thrilled to have UROP students and supervisors share their research experiences and to hear from Dr Andrew Nash, CSL’s Senior Vice President, Research, that CSL will continue as Principal Sponsor of UROP for 2017-2019. Continue reading

Workshop | Clinical Trials Essentials

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BioMedVic is pleased to partner with PRAXIS Australia to deliver the Clinical Trials Essentials workshop suite to the Australian clinical trials sector over the next six months. Topics include Privacy in Research, Research Integrity and Clinical Trials, ICH E6 Addendum and Social Media in Research.

BioMedVic Members are eligible for discounts for group bookings of 15 or more – ask PRAXIS for details.

More details here.

BioMedVic VCRN Awards Celebrate Leaders in Clinical Research

The unsung heroes of Australian medical research were applauded loudly last Thursday, as BioMedVic held the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Continue reading

STEMM Central Bootcamp Kicks Off

sblogoThe energy in the room was electric with many collaborations sparked at the launch of the STEMM Central Bootcamp for Research Commercialisation on 23rd September. As participants heard presentations and got stuck into activities, they received an inspiring lesson on what research translation and commercialisation entails and the core capabilities required to enable successful outcomes. Continue reading

2016 ECCR Award winners and commendees

Congratulations to the VCRN 2016 Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) Award winners and commendees!

Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria, presented this year’s Awards at the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Thursday 8 December.

Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Simon Joosten | Monash Health, Monash University

Dr Joosten is a respiratory and sleep medicine specialist based at Monash Health and an early career research fellow at Monash University, School of Clinical Sciences. He is an outstanding clinician scientist and committed to a translational program set to change the treatment approach for over a million Australians who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Joosten will use the Award to support his travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where he has been invited to present a lecture on the role of body position in obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Jeanette Tamplin | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Tamplin is a music therapist based at Austin Health and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has studied the effects of therapeutic singing intervention on respiratory function and voice for people with quadriplegia, as well as for improving speech in Parkinson’s or stroke patients. This year, she started on a NHMRC-ARC funded Dementia Research Fellowship to explore the benefits of therapeutic choir participation for early-mid stage dementia patients. Dr Tamplin is committed to translating her research outcomes into clinical practice and to educate the public on the benefits of music participation. She plans to use the Award to travel to the 2017 World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan to present her work.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Yet Hong Khor | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Khor is a respiratory and sleep physician based at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health and is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She is an outstanding physician and promising clinician scientist, studying the role of supplemental oxygen therapy for patients with interstitial lung disease to improve the disease’s understanding and management. Dr Khor is dedicated to continue working as a clinician researcher and will use the Award to support her travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where she will present the findings of her study.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Alice Burnett | Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Dr Burnett is a neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Neonatal Medicine Department and a postdoctoral fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. As an emerging leader in the newborn medicine research, both Dr Burnett’s clinical and research roles have a common goal – to support the health development of children born with medical challenges. Dr Burnett studies how cognitive and behavioural difficulties present and relate to brain development in children born prematurely and is working to identify early-life predictors that can help clinicians monitor and support development. Dr Burnett will use the Award to travel to the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco to present her work.

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