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Victoria University is strengthening its focus on world-class chronic disease research by establishing a national health policy initiative that will undertake research into the policy and system changes needed to reduce the increasing incidence and impact of chronic diseases in Australia.
The Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University will be headed by Mitchell Institute Health Policy Director, Rosemary Calder AM. It will focus on promoting and supporting a national policy agenda to address preventable chronic diseases and improve population health and wellbeing in Australia.
The Growing Brimbank research partnership, commenced at the Mitchell Institute with the City of Brimbank, will be given a renewed focus as part of the Collaboration. This unique project uses research and data to identify opportunities to improve health and education outcomes within the community and more broadly across Australia through national public policy change.
In making the announcement, Victoria University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins said that the establishment of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration signifies the University’s deep commitment to addressing disadvantage and is aligned with the University’s goal to deliver world-class research into chronic disease.
“This is an exciting new initiative for the University. The Collaboration will work closely with VU’s Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management to achieve real policy impact on a local and national level,” said Professor Dawkins.
The Australian Health Policy Collaboration will lead a high-profile national collaboration, originally established through the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, of over 40 Australian health organisations to promote a systemic and sustained approach to the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
This group, comprising health leaders from across Australia, will work towards thedevelopment and implementation of chronic disease targets and indicators based on the WHO noncommunicable disease targets as part of its focus on improving chronic diseases outcomes in Australia.
Applications are now open for Research Ambassador positions.
Research Ambassadors provide peer-to-peer research support to both research students and staff in a range of areas including data and file management, Endnote, SPSS, NVivo, document formatting, Library research databases and in other areas of relevance to researchers.
This role is only available for currently enrolled PhD, Professional Doctorates or Masters by Research students at Victoria University who have candidature approval.
Employment will be on a casual academic rate for up to 8 hours per week. Successful candidates may be required to work at City Flinders, Footscray Park, St Albans or Werribee campuses and will be employed for one semester with the option to continue for a second semester.
More information including the selection criteria is available in the Research Ambassadors: Role description.
To apply please complete the online application form.
As part of the application you will also be required to upload:
Documents must be in word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 20 July 2015.
For more information please contact VU Research Librarian Cameron Barrie (Cameron.Barrie@vu.edu.au).
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