2019 HOT NORTH ASM and Professional Development Workshop

The HOT NORTH ASM and Professional Development Workshop, held on 12-13 Aug 2019 at Menzies School of Health Research was an opportunity for HOT NORTH members to showcase their research and translation projects and to network with other health researchers and professionals doing work in the tropical north.

Day one started off with an overview of the program to date by Professor Bart Currie and Heather D’Antoine followed by Professor Stephen Graham as he covered regional engagement and research capacity building and the challenges to creating sustainable outcomes. Dr Jaqui Huges spoke on the process of translating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research into actionable cultural appropriate practice. This year’s symposium included lightning talks by PhD candidates, honours’ students and pilot study researchers that pushed presenters to summarise their projects in just three minutes. The day finished off with excellent presentations on respiratory health and antimicrobial resistance and vector-borne & emerging infectious diseases.

Day two began with presentations by the chronic disease theme including talks by early and mid career fellows, Indigenous development and training award winner, Chenoa Wapau, and finishing with Chief Investigator Professor Louise Maple-Brown. After morning tea the professional development workshop kicked off with presentations by Dr Paul Dalby and Ms Elaine van Bergen. With guidance from these two experts, attendees learned to rapidly develop a research proposal and pitch it to investors/funders – a scenario that many are certain to face during their career in research or elsewhere. The day ended with talks from Chief Investigator Professor John McBride, who shared his perspectives on the future of HOT NORTH;  Professor Jodie McVernon, who gave an update on PRISM and other related CREs; and of course Professor Bart Currie and Kevin Williams thanked all the presenters and attendees while sharing their thoughts on what’s in store for 2020.