NEW Building Healthy Communities Director

It is our great pleasure to announce that Alan Shiell has accepted the role of Director of Building Healthy Communities.

Alan commenced at La Trobe in November 2015 as part of a strategic initiative to develop the university's strength and depth in the critical area of health economics.  He has an outstanding track record and is therefore in a great position to provide world-class leadership to the Building Healthy Communities RFA. Alan joined La Trobe University as the Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Public Health. He has held academic appointments at the University of York in the UK, the University of Calgary in Canada, as well as the University of Sydney and Monash University. Immediately prior to joining La Trobe he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, a small independent, not for profit, organisation established to support the Victorian Health Department's efforts to build a prevention system for the state. His research interests include the development and application of methods of economic evaluation with a focus on complex interventions aimed at systems change. He is a chief investigator in the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre and was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship with the Faculty of Public Health in the UK.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate both Sandy Leggat and Russell Hoye on the outstanding job they have both done in establishing the RFAs and in driving interdisciplinary research across the university.

Congratulations Alan.

Living with Disability

The Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area would like to congratulate the Living with Disability research program on being awarded to a Research Centre.

The Living with Disability Research Centre aims to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with disabilities and their families.

People with disabilities and their families are one of the most disadvantaged and socially excluded groups in Australian society. Our purpose is to promote the social participation and inclusion of people living with disability.

With our research, we aim to improve the effectiveness of health and community services for this disadvantaged group. We also develop and evaluate targeted interventions that can help make our society more inclusive of all.

The Living with Disability research focus is on people with intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, mental health problems, physical disabilities, aphasia and other language disorders and chronic illness such as arthritis.

Our research findings are for practitioners, policy makers, consultants, academics, family members and people with disabilities.

A $3.2 million gift to contemporary parenting

Roberta Holmes is a parent, grandparent and former nurse who cares deeply about parenting. This drove her decision to donate A$3.2 million to fund a new research program to prepare parents for modern challenges.

Roberta's gift will be used over five years to fund research to provide education for parents and parents-to-be, so they can raise healthy, resilient kids.