Online event: Jobs of the future - Why there is no better time to upskill than during the COVID-19 crisis

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It’s never too early to upskill. Join a panel discussion with La Trobe University’s leading academics and learn about why a pandemic is a good time to prepare for jobs of the future. Bridge your skill gaps to secure a career in an emerging industry – including roles we’ll need more than ever during and after this public health crisis.

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Wednesday 08 July 2020 06:00 pm until Wednesday 08 July 2020 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
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1300 135 045
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Professor James Boyd, Chair of Digital Health
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Already, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the workforce. If you’ve recently graduated, you’re looking at a very different start to your career.

Our experts say a pandemic could be a good time to build skills for in-demand industries. In this changing world you have an unparalleled opportunity to reimagine your future and better respond to the evolving needs of our society.

In this panel discussion, our Digital Health, Business Analytics, Public Health and Sex, Health and Society academics will explain the importance of these emerging fields and how studying a postgraduate degree can lead to exciting opportunities during the pandemic and beyond.


Professor James Boyd

Chair of Digital Health, La Trobe University

Professor Boyd is the inaugural Chair in Digital Health at La Trobe University. He has a strong research background and is an international expert in data linkage and data governance and is directing La Trobe’s Digital Health strategy, course development and research on this important topic.

Professor Boyd has over 25 years’ experience working with large linked population-based health administrative datasets to produce national epidemiological and management information assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of health service performance. He was part of the team who put together the application for the government backed Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) which will invest more than $200 million to develop and test digital health solutions.

Professor Boyd’s research facilitates the safe use of patient and research data for medical research across all diseases in Australia. The resulting research using linked data supports innovation in the public sector and industry, leading to advances in preventative medicine, improvements in healthcare and better development of commercial drugs and diagnostics. It provides new insights into the understanding of causes of ill health which in turn will guide new biomedical research discovery.

Panel Members

Dr Jojo Wong

Senior lecturer in Business Analytics, La Trobe University

Dr. Jojo Wong is currently the Senior Lecturer in Business Analytics at the La Trobe University. Prior to her current employment with La Trobe, she was a Lecturer with the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Her primary research interests revolve around natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) with the recent focus in the health domain; specifically, the deployment of NLP and ML techniques in identifying neurological diseases amongst elderly and young children.

Associate Professor Melissa Graham

Associate Professor of Public Health, Course Coordinator for the Master of Public Health, La Trobe University

Melissa Graham, BPH (Hons), GCHE, Grad Dip Epi Biostats, PhD is an Associate Professor of Public Health and the Course Coordinator for the Master of Public Health programs at La Trobe University.

Her research focuses on the exploration of the lives of women who do not have children, the role of policy on reproductive health, and reproductive decision-making and is underpinned by concepts of social in/exclusion. These research areas are interconnected, and each consider and draw attention to the implications for health and wellbeing, gender, and inequality.

Melissa’s contribution to and excellence in teaching has been recognised though a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has supervised more than 50 coursework research and PhD students and is a reviewer for multiple national and international journals.

Dr Kevin Yap

Senior Lecturer in  Public Health (Digital Health), La Trobe University

Dr. Kevin Yap is an inter-disciplinary cyber-pharmacist and digital health researcher at Department of Public Health, La Trobe University, Australia. He has knowledge in digital media creation, web databases, data mining and analytics.

He is the coordinator of the postgraduate Digital Health Course Suite, including the Masters and Graduate Certificate in Digital Health. He has over 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters, and presented at more than 70 local and international conferences. His work has also been featured in various media channels.

He has received many awards, including the Young Investigator Award by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, and the Re-imagine Education International Awards by the Wharton School and QS Rankings organization.

Associate Professor Christopher Fisher

Graduate Research Coordinator at ARCHSHS, La Trobe University

Dr. Fisher currently serves as the Graduate Research Coordinator at ARCSHS and is the Course Coordinator for the new Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society.

He supervises several PhD students using both qualitative and quantitative methods covering a range of topics including trans and gender diverse experiences of health and cancer care, sex education, queer health promotion through life writing, and preventing sexual assault in regional contexts.

Christopher has developed and taught postgraduate coursework on qualitative research methods as well as teaching research methods (undergraduate), health promotion theory (undergraduate and postgraduate), health promotion methods and evaluation (undergraduate), biostatistics (postgraduate), sexual health (undergraduate and postgraduate) and community-based participatory research (postgraduate).



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