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

Prevention of excess gestational weight gain: Implementing a prevention initiative in maternity hospital settings

May 25  (Thurs, Out-of-session seminar)

Dr Sandi Dheensa 
The University of  Bristol, UK

"Cancer made me weaker to abuse and abuse made me weaker to cancer”: Enhancing the cancer workforce response to domestic abuse
June 7Dr Hulya Gilbert
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
Children’s health and wellbeing in the car era 
July 5

Professor Della Forster
La Trobe University

Implementing a Continuity Model of Midwifery Care For Women Having a First Nations Baby in Three Victorian Maternity Services: Clinical Outcomes

August 2

Professor Jan Nicholson, Dr Shannon Bennetts,  Dr Clair Bennett, Ms Jasmine Love
La Trobe University

EHLS at School Symposium: Findings from the 5-year follow-up of the ‘smalltalk’ early childhood parenting program
September 6Professor Kylie Hesketh
Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University  
From RCT to state-wide scale up: Experience of the INFANT program  
October 4

Dr Genevieve Le Bas
Deakin University

Meta-analysis on the associations between paternal perinatal depression, anxiety, and stress, and child and adolescent development 
November 1 (9am - 10am)

Professor Tina Miller
School of Law and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Motherhood – Contemporary Transitions and Generational Change
November 29 (Out of session seminar)

Dr Malin Edqvist
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

Promoting shared decision-making, respectful and safe care during labour and birth in Sweden  
December 6

Associate Professor Hassan Vally
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

My experience as a science communicator in a public health emergency: lessons and insights 

Lunchtime Seminar Program Co-ordinators: Laura Whitburn, and  Deborah Pidd

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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 Bennetts

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.