Associate Professor Julie Redfern is the Head of the Public Health and Health Services Programme Cardiovascular Division at The George Institute for Global Health. Her current work on secondary heart attack prevention aims to bolster clinical guidelines across Australia to prevent patients from returning with another heart event. Here, she tells us what she does and why she enjoys working at The George Institute.
At the George Institute for Global Health, we know that investment in people is what brings about real change. It’s this view of capacity building that underpins The George Institute’s development strategy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, exemplified by the Statistical Division team when they took on Jared Field, a pure mathematics student at the University of Sydney.
Ashleigh Provest has been with The George Institute for Global Heath for a year as our Business Administration Trainee. Her role is to ensure that our researchers and employees are working in a well organised environment. She has undertaken a Certificate III in Business Administration, which has given her the skills to help the George Institute run smoothly. The recruitment company that placed Ashleigh at The George Institute will be submitting a nomination for her for NSW Trainee of the Year.
I am currently a Research Fellow and the Global Database Manager for The George Institute's Food Policy Division. My main responsibility is the development, coordination and expansion of a global, branded-food composition database that tracks the nutritional content of processed foods. The global database is used to examine how branded-food composition databases can be used to monitor changes in the nutrient composition of processed and fast foods globally.
Senior research fellow Christine Lin is a former physiotherapist who has worked at The George Institute for five years, looking at the costs and benefits of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. Here, she tells us how she hopes her work will support better decision-making around choice of treatments.
June Oscar, a community leader from Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, has been named this year’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Women of Influence for Social Enterprise and Not-for-Profit. June is working with The George Institute and The University of Sydney to improve the lives of children living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Neurological and mental health expert, Associate Professor Maree Hackett, looks after a program of research that focuses on mental health with other chronic diseases like stroke. She has a background in health psychology and hospital-based clinical trials, and learned about epidemiology and systematic reviews during her PhD. Here she shares her experience as a senior researcher for over eight years with The George Institute.
Manoj Saxena, Research Fellow in the Division of Critical Care and Trauma at The George Institute, PhD student, and Intensive Care Physician at St George Hospital in Sydney talks about why being a researcher and clinician is important to him.