Lunchtime seminars and clubs


Lunchtime seminars 2020

Our lunchtime seminars showcase the work of national and international academics / researchers. They are free and open to all. They are delivered in accessible academic language. Members of the wider community are welcome to attend.

They are held every first Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 1:30 pm from February to December. And there are also out-of-session seminars.

The seminars now take place via zoom at

date / roompresentertopic
February 5Associate Professor Marcos Signorelli
Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Brazilian research endeavors in gender, violence and health: multi-sectoral approaches
March 4Mridula Shankar
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Novel approaches to measuring induced abortion incidence and the quality of informal abortion care: Findings from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Rajasthan, India
April 1Kerryn O'Rourke and Dr Stacey Hokke
Judith Lumley Centre 
Realist evaluation of Birth for Humankind’s volunteer doula support program for women experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage: a work in progress

Does flexible work ‘work’ in Australia? A survey of employed mothers’ and fathers’ work arrangements and health outcomes
May 6Dr Anni Hine Moana
La Trobe University
Shame and alcohol use among Aboriginal women
June 3Professor Christine East
La Trobe University and Mercy Health
Induction of labour: a date of birth and beyond…
July 1Professor Helen McLachlan, Pam McCalman, Tanisha Springall 
Judith Lumley Centre
Updates on the Baggarrook trial
August 5Associate Professor Meredith Nash
University of Tasmania
Caring during COVID‐19. A gendered analysis of Australian university responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities
September 2Dr Josephine Barbaro
OTARC, La Trobe University
Monitoring of social attention, interaction and communication (MoSAIC) in infants and toddlers
October 7Associate Professor Melissa Graham
School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
Women’s reproductive choices, decision-making and consequences
November 4Dr Kirsty Forsdike and Dr Elspeth Frew
La Trobe University
Commemorative events and public rituals: Redefining our leisure engagement with violent death as healing practice and/through social activism
December 2Associate Professor Brigid Jordan
Royal Children’s Hospital
The Early Years Education Program RCT

Lunchtime Seminar Program Co-ordinators: Dr Stacey Hokke and A/Prof Catherine Chamberlain

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Journal / methods club

Journal Club, Methods Journal Club

The Journal Club presents an opportunity to engage in dynamic discussion about relevant research publications. Each participant has a chance to select a paper of interest and to lead discussion. Chosen papers are distributed a week prior to meeting to allow time for all participants to review the paper. Students can discuss questions and concerns with more experience researchers in a supportive, collegiate environment.
The Methods Journal Club provides the opportunity for staff and students to present papers of methodological interest for discussion.

Journal Club

Date: every 3rd Wednesday of the month
: 9:30 - 11:00 am
: Room 335, George Singer Building, Bundoora Campus
Nawal Abdulghani, Stefanie Zugna

Methods Journal Club

Date:  every 4th Wednesday of the month
: 11:00 am - 12.30 pm
: Room 335, George Singer Building, Bundoora Campus
: Shannon BennettsMeabh Cullinane

Shut up and write!

Shut up and write!

The University's Research Education and Development Unit initiated weekly facilitated writing sessions designed to help researchers get their writing done at several sites and open to all.

Shut up and write! uses the Pomodoro method of focused writing interleaved with short breaks.

JLC also runs weekly Shut up and write! sessions for their staff and students.