Around the Precinct – 9 September 2021

Mental health insights from the experts on R U OK? Day, a raft of awards for our researchers and more modelling on the path out of the current COVID-19 lockdowns – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Deakin University new father sleep study

Research led by Deakin University has examined the link between the sleep of new fathers and their mental health.

Monash University – Central Clinical School

Our mental health experts share insights on R U OK? Day – the second year it will be held during a COVID-19 lockdown period in Victoria that has forced people into isolation.
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Eric Chow named in the 40 under 40 most influential Asian-Australians 2021
Congratulations to Associate Professor Eric Chow, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, who has been named one of the 40 Under 40: Most influential Asian-Australians 2021. The awards are now in their third year. They were announced during a virtual presentation on 7 September.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

More than 47,000 Brazilians hospitalised by exposure to wildfire air pollution every year
Last year the number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent to a decade-high. Now the largest and most comprehensive study to date of the health effects of wildfires in Brazil reveals the serious health consequences of this burning, linking exposure to wildfire pollutants to increased hospitalisation.
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First global study of wildfires reveals increase in mortality rate
The first study into the global impact of wildfire-related pollution and deaths comprehensively links short term exposure to wildfire-related fine particulate matters (PM2.5) in the air and all-cause, respiratory and cardiovascular mortalities across cities and regions around the globe.
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Victorian 2021 Young Tall Poppy Science Award
Congratulations to four researchers who have received the 2021 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award. The prestigious annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards aim to recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.
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First fully peer-reviewed modelling shows need for comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination coverage
Epidemiological modeller A/Prof James Trauer has worked with Queensland colleagues on new modelling that shows Australia’s current COVID-19 vaccination program, featuring aged-based stratification of AstraZeneca and Pfizer, will not achieve herd immunity unless 85 per cent of the population, including many 5-16 year olds, are double vaccinated.
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My year as Victoria’s deputy chief health officer: on the pandemic, press conferences and our COVID future
When I stepped into the role of Victoria’s deputy chief health officer in July 2020, there was a lot to learn. But the aspect most foreign to me was working with the media.
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Finalists for the 2021 Eureka Prizes
Congratulations to our Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences finalists for the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Associate Professor Fasseli Coulibaly from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Jane Tiller, Ethical, Legal and Social Adviser in the Public Health and Genomics Program at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
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Burnet Institute

Report reveals COVID’s impact on HIV, TB and malaria programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the fight against HIV, TB and malaria according to the Global Fund.
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Initial modelling projections for second epidemic wave in Sydney, NSW
Overview of COVASIM modelling released by NSW Government.
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India may be reaching ‘endemicity’ after emerging from second COVID-19 wave
Is the worst of the pandemic over for India? First published on ABC News.
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First advice from new expert body on reopening safely
A new multidisciplinary network, OzSage, has released independent expert advice on opening safely in the COVID-19 pandemic.
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World Congress of Epidemiology
Burnet Institute researchers will be hosting a symposium on methodologies to accelerate malaria elimination at the 2021 World Congress of Epidemiology starting today.
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Deakin University

How’s your sleep, Dad? One question can reveal home truths
A simple question asking new dads how they sleep could be the key to identifying a range of risk factors for fathers of newborns.
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