Lunchtime seminars and clubs


Lunchtime seminars 2024

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 7

Deb Pidd
La Trobe University

Enhancing woman-centred care in a subsequent pregnancy 
March 6

Dr Hazel Keedle
Western Sydney University

The strengths and limitations of models of care: The BEST study

April 3Dr Laura Whitburn 
La Trobe University
Caring for women in labour – do words matter?
May 1

Dr Elizabeth Newnam
The University of Newcastle 

Midwifery care ethics
June 5Dr Susannah Brady
The University of Queensland
Developing an evidence-based definition of woman-centred care 

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.