The CAPHIA 2015 Team Award for excellence in public health research was awarded jointly to the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland for their work on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.
This award was accepted at the 2015 Public Health Teaching and Learning Forum in Hobart by Professor Julie Byles, University of Newcastle and Professor Gita Mishra, University of Queensland.
This award recognises the study as an exceptional public health resource that provides an evidence base for government and other decision-makers to formulate public health policy.
The latest report from the study was released in early September and examines chronic conditions, physical function and health care use across four different cohorts of Australian women.
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is a long-term study of over 58,000 women which began in 1996. The four cohorts studied were aged 18–23, 45–50 and 70–75. In 2012/13 a new cohort of women aged 18–23 was introduced.
The study assesses the women’s physical and mental health, along with psychosocial aspects of health (including lifestyle factors and socio-demographic factors).
The CAPHIA 2015 Award for PhD excellence in public health was awarded to Dr Ashleigh Guillaumier, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.
Dr Ashleigh Guillaumier receives this award for the high quality of her thesis on An exploration of socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers’ responses to three tobacco control strategies.
The research, which has resulted in six published papers in international journals, was the first in Australia to examine the responses from highly socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers to several tobacco control policies (mass media, plain packs and pricing and tax).
The research highlights the ways current policies could be improved to increase their effectiveness among highly disadvantaged groups.
About the Master of Public Health program at the University of Newcastle
The Master of Public Health program at the University of Newcastle provides its students with opportunities to undertake professional development and develop a strong foundation in public health. The program will be of interest to individuals of all ages, at any stage of their career, who have a basic undergraduate degree in health and are working in, or intending to work in, the area of public health.
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this public health program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the University of Newcastle to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.
About the Master of Public Health program at the University of Queensland
The Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals from a broad range of backgrounds, with knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, to define, critically assess and resolve public health and nutrition problems. Various fields of study allow students to focus on Australian public health issues or on international public health, including nutrition and tropical health in the Asia Pacific region.
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: November 1, 2015 for the February 2016 intake; however, it is strongly recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.