Lunchtime seminars and clubs


Lunchtime seminars 2022

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 2Professor Sara Bayes
Australian Catholic University 
Implementing evidence into practice: challenges and strategies in midwifery and maternity
February 17

Dr Leesa Hooker and Dr Jess Ison
Special Joint Seminar : La Trobe University JLC and LAVWN

Tramlab: Improving the safety of women and girls on public transport in Melbourne
March 2Hannah Slootjes
La Trobe University
The emerging role of occupational therapy in perinatal health, and introducing the Person-centred Occupational Model of Matrescence (POMM)
April 6

Sophia Holmlund
La Trobe University and Umeå Universitet, Sweden

Maternity care in the Hanoi region, Vietnam - experiences from the CROss Country UltraSound study (CROCUS study)
May 4

Professor Pamela Snow
La Trobe University 

Oral language competence, the transition to reading, and a healthy start to life
May 10

Special seminar – Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe Violence Against Women Research Network and La Trobe Institute for Human Security and Social Change

Professor Bruce Rasmussen and  Dr John Symons
Victoria University 

Eliminating child marriage: Costs and benefits of an intervention program.
June 1

Steven Kennedy  
PREPARE Foundation and Birthing Dads

Are fathers the sleeping giants of maternity care?
July 6

Professor Helen McLachlan and Res McCalman 
La Trobe University  

Translating evidence into practice: Implementing culturally safe continuity of midwifery care for First Nations women in three maternity services in Victoria, Australia
August 3Dr Deirdre Gartland
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Mothers and children’s mental and physical health in the context of family violence in a large longitudinal population cohort

September 7Dr Adrian Walker
University of New South Wales 
The health and service use of people with intellectual disability in New South Wales, Australia
October 5Prof Vicki Anderson
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Supporting parents to optimise children’s outcomes from brain injury
November 2Prof Catherine Mills 
Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University 
Maeve's Law, Motherhood and Mito: Mitochondrial Donation in Australia
December 7 Dr Briony Hill 
Monash University

Socioecological perspectives to wellbeing across preconception, pregnancy and postpartum

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.