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What is your job and what does it involve?

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.

Dr Lisa Keay has been working at The George Institute for Global Health for seven years. Here, she talks about what motivates her.

 

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.

 

Professor Stephen MacMahon, a founder of The George Institute for Global Health and an architect of its global expansion, is the 2013 Australian Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Of The Year.

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.

Kate Gall recently joined The George Institute Australia as the newly appointed Project Manager in the Cardiovascular Division. Kate tells us about impact she hopes to have on the prevention of repeat heart attacks, and a little bit about herself.

In an era where the increasing burden of disease and disability from chronic diseases such as back pain, stroke and diabetes, have major socio economic implications, current models of healthcare are not sustainable; and with Australia's national health expenditure expected to reach $246 billion by 2033, more innovative and cost effective approaches to healthcare are urgently needed. The work of Dr Manuela Ferreira explores this important question.

Jake began his Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2012. Aside from Injury prevention, he is also interested in suicide prevention, social and emotional wellbeing and other areas such as violence prevention. We asked him why helping young licensed drivers is so important and what motivates his research.

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