Lunchtime seminars and clubs


Lunchtime seminars 2023

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.

February 1Associate Professor Jodi Oakman
School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University 
Opportunities and challenges of undertaking projects in the workplace 

February 2

Special out-of-session seminar 5-6:00 pm.

Professor Charlene Senn 
University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada 

The power of resistance: How decades of feminist knowledge and skill led to an effective sexual assault resistance program for young women

March 1

JLC showcase

Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 2023 conference presentations

Anita Moorhead - Antenatal Expressing Not Associated with Earlier Onset of Lactogenesis in Women with Diabetes in Pregnancy

Janine Shifman - Exploring women’s planning for childbirth: Identifying coping strategies as intrinsic or extrinsic

Stefanie Zugna - Evaluating the impact of a maternity and neonatal emergencies education program in Australian regional and rural health services on clinician knowledge and confidence

Deborah Pidd - Optimising Shared Decision Making in a Subsequent Pregnancy After a Psychologically Traumatic Birth

April 5Associate Professor Helen Hall
Federation University
The PNG Midwifery Leadership Buddy Program
May 2
(Tuesday 12.30-1.30pm)

Associate Professor Susie de Jersey
The University of Queensland

TBC – Prevention of excess gestational weight gain: Implementing a prevention initiative in maternity hospital settings
June 7Dr Hulya Gilbert
La Trobe University
TBC – Children’s everyday mobilities and low carbon living

Lunchtime Seminar Program Co-ordinators: Dr Stacey Hokke and Charlie Benzie

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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.