2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium: Exploring Opportunities

2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium
Date Published:
15 Nov 2018
Contact person:
Event date: 
Friday, 16 November 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Registration for the 2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium: Exploring Opportunities is now open.


The full program for the event is available to view and download here

The 2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium is a collaborative event hosted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), The Kirby Institute (KI), Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), Black Dog Institute (BDI), Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) and Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW Sydney.

The Symposium will explore opportunities in research, career and collaboration, as well as links to UNSW’s 2025 Strategic Priorities (academic excellence, social engagement and global impact).

The host organisations have strong research programs across a variety of areas including blood borne viruses, mental health, sexual health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, social policy work, drug and alcohol use, and prisoner health. This includes expertise across scientific disciplines including public health, social science, biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical medicine and biomedical science.

The Symposium showcases the work of postgraduate students and aims to:

  • Facilitate transdisciplinary knowledge exchange
  • Encourage the sharing of novel methodological approaches with application towards other research areas
  • Promote excellence in research among postgraduate students
  • Create a network of students with shared interests
  • Provide students with the opportunity to present their work in a supportive environment

Postgraduate students from NDARC, KI, CSRH, BDI, CBDRH, SPRC, Nura Gili (NG) and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) are invited to present and/or attend the event.

Keynote speaker: Professor Drew Dawson
Director, Appleton Institute
Central Queensland University – Adelaide Campus

Professor Drew Dawson is nationally and internationally recognised for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas of sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, industrial relations negotiations, and the human implications of hours of work.

Professor Dawson has worked extensively with the aviation, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation and mining sectors in Australia, and is a world-renowned expert on fatigue in the workplace. He has instigated fatigue management programs, developed shift work and fatigue policy, undertaken pre-employment assessments, and facilitated shift work education sessions. Prof Dawson also regularly presents at national and international conferences and has provided expert witness testimony in many fatigue-related court cases.

As director of the internationally recognised Appleton Institute, he oversees basic and applied research into the effects of shift work and sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees. Basic research programs are focused on the interactions of the sleep and circadian systems, the effects of sleep loss and the ways people protect themselves against fatigue-related errors.

Panellist: Dr Suzie Hudson
Clinical Director, Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies

Suzie is an accredited mental health Social Worker and has over 20 years’ clinical experience in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, forensics, research and evaluation. Suzie has worked, developed and managed community-based and residential alcohol and drug services both in Australia and overseas with a focus on methamphetamines. Currently the Clinical Director at NADA (Network of Alcohol and Drugs Agencies), Suzie has worked on resources to improve AOD treatment for women and their children. In addition, she provides private consultancy, training workshops designed to enhance the capacity of the AOD treatment sector and maintains a private counselling and clinical supervision practice. Suzie has a PhD in public health and community medicine and a passion for engaging with social change.

Panellist: Dr Bridget Haire
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, The Kirby Institute, UNSW

Bridget Haire is an NHMRC early career fellow at the Kirby Institute, and lectures in public health and medical ethics. Bridget is also the President of Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). Prior to academia she  worked in HIV and sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years as a journalist, editor, policy analyst and advocate. Bridget is a member of the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Diseasess, the African-led Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, and a former consultant for the Australia-China Human Rights Technical Co-operation Program on sexual and reproductive health rights for the Australian Human Rights Commission. She also served on the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the South African HIV prevention study CAPRISA 008 as a medical ethicist, and is the medical ethicist on the NSW HIV Assessment Panel for People who Put Others at Risk of HIV. Bridget’s research interests are ethical issues in infectious disease control with an emphasis on underserved or marginalised populations, gender, and sexual and reproductive health.

Panellist: Dr Jessica Stewart
Director of Evaluation and Research, Family and Community Services NSW

Open to: 
Postgraduate students from NDARC, KI, CSRH, BDI, CBDRH, SPRC, NG and SPHCM
The Kirby Institute, Level 6 Seminar Room, Wallace Wurth Building, UNSW Sydney
Contact for bookings: 
Number of seats available: 
Contact for inquiries: