Around the Precinct – 7 July 2022

This week (3-10 July) is NAIDOC Week, which celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To mark this important week, our partners have taken the opportunity to explore how health services can better meet the needs of First Nations people, as well as investigate some of the specific health issues facing these communities, such as kidney disease.


The Alfred precinct is marking NAIDOC Week 2022 with a series of events celebrating and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Alfred Health

Winter warmers prompt burns warning
A spike in burns admissions caused by old or faulty hot water bottles is once again raising concerns for The Alfred’s specialist burns team.
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Special guests call for change
Challenging how health services might better meet the needs of Aboriginal people was the focus of NAIDOC Week activities at The Alfred today.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Meeting of the minds: Visiting international neurotrauma award fosters female ECRs
Department of Neuroscience at CCS welcomes international visitor Tabitha Green for neurotrauma translational research.
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New diabetic kidney disease target raises hopes
Monash University scientists are developing what could be a promising new therapeutic target to combat diabetic kidney disease.
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Researcher finds ‘gold standard’ test for MS wanting
For seven years, researcher Dr Meaghan Clough frequently observed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients performing well on the standard test used to measure cognitive function then talk to her about cognitive problems they were facing. She wondered about the discrepancy.
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Diabetes researcher wins prestigious international award
Congratulations to Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm on being honoured with a 2022 Hagedorn award. The award, presented at the meeting of the German Diabetes Society in Berlin in late May, recognises diabetic research internationally.
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‘Nothing about us, without us’: Professor Paul Lawton on First Nations Australians and kidney disease
NAIDOC week (3-10 July) celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We are delighted that Professor Paul Lawton (Director of Renal Medicine) is presenting the CCS seminar on Friday 8 July as part of NAIDOC week. Other speakers will include the Panuku patient preceptor team.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Rapid DNA technology set to speed up disaster victim identification
Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) is a vital task undertaken by forensic teams after mass-casualty incidents. It involves comparing DNA from deceased persons with that of living relatives and looking for kinship. Identifying victims accurately and quickly is important for families not just for emotional closure, but to help them navigate a complex web of urgent legal and administrative tasks that may free up access to badly needed finances and support.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Subsidy covers cost of smartphone continuous glucose monitoring for people with type one diabetes – Herald Sun
From Friday, all Australians with type one diabetes will save thousands of dollars on life-changing technology that gives them a glucose reading by simply using their phones.
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Burnet Institute

Call for new mindset on COVID-19
Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb believes a change of attitude is urgently needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.
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