CAPHIA Competencies Review – Report now available

Review of the Australasian Public Health Competencies
Scope of the Review

The Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) is the peak organisation currently representing tertiary teaching institutions and other education providers throughout Australasia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. CAPHIA seeks to maintain and protect high public health academic standards.

Local public health competencies are built in part around the 2016 Foundation Competencies for Public Health Graduates in Australia,

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Join our Mentoring Reference Group – EOIs now open


Mentoring Reference Group

Having successfully run a CAPHIA mentoring program for a number of years we are now establishing a Mentoring Reference Group to guide the maturation of this highly valued offering. Representatives from member institutions are warmly invited to express their interest in establishing this new Reference Group. The Mentoring Reference Group is chaired by Dr Julie Saunders from University of Western Australia and we are seeking approximately 6 individuals.

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Join our Advocacy in Action Consultation Group: EOIs open

Advocacy in Action Consultation Group – EOI

The Advocacy in Action Consultation Group are seeking 4-6 highly-energetic individuals to build the evidence based around academic public health and advocate for public health education throughout Australasia.

What’s involved?

  • Meeting virtually (email and zoom every 6 weeks or so);
  • Contributing to position papers, submissions, literature reviews, letters to the editor, project proposals and more;
  • Scoping and contributing to a range of research and evaluation activities to capture and promote the CAPHIA member voice.
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2022 Teaching & Learning Forum – Abstract Submission Deadline now 12th May 2022

Mark your calendars! The 2022 CAPHIA Teaching and Learning Forum Steering Group are pleased to announce details this year’s Forum: Public Health Education: Challenges, Opportunities & Solutions”.

Abstracts are due 9am Thursday 12th May 2022.
Get the abstract template.

We are calling for abstracts for the following types:

Oral Presentations

  • 7 mins presentation + 5 mins question time
  • Describe and inform others about your scholarship of teaching and learning or innovative practice.
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The Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH) endorses the ASPHER Statement on the war against Ukraine

The Global Network for Academic Public Health (GNAPH) endorses the ASPHER statement on the war against Ukraine. We strongly agree with their condemnation of the military action against Ukraine, and express our concern about the impact of the war on the health and wellbeing of the Ukrainian people and all those affected. We call for an end to this war, which infringes upon the public health profession’s deeply held principles of human rights and social justice.

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Public Health Education Reimagined in the Post Covid Era

Early Career Academic & Postgraduate Students (ECAPS)

Webinar Series

For over two years now, the global impacts of COVID-19 or SARS-Cov2 have firmly established the importance of public health in guiding the health response. While public health knowledge, expertise, and a skilled workforce have been critical in guiding disease prevention and health protection activities, these rely on traditional public health competencies. At the same time, the pandemic has affected the tertiary education sector by widening educational inequalities among vulnerable students and accelerated trends and changes occurring in the higher education system pre-COVID.

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Looking to the Past to Guide Our Future

Addressing Health for All by 2030
By Kathleen Prokopovich, University of Wollongong

The first two weeks of May saw two very timely publications released. One publication is from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR)1,2. The other is a supplementary issue published by the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). One looks at COVID-19 from a global context, while the other is specific to the Australian context.

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What type of mask should healthcare workers use to protect from novel coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) pandemic?

What type of mask should healthcare workers use to protect from novel coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) pandemic?

Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) emerged in Wuhan City in China in December 2019 and as of 25 June 2020, around 9 million cases and 0.5 million deaths have been reported globally (1) . Like severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus1 (SARS-CoV1), Ebola and other previous epidemics (2,

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What is it like to be a migrant female ECR in academia?

What is it like to be a migrant female ECR in academia?
By Dr Sabrina Gupta, Department of Public Health, La Trobe University

The difficulties of being a woman in an academic environment have often been discussed, and my particular experience also brings a different lens to the role. Being a first-generation migrant to Australia (and a second-generation migrant to Canada previously) of Indian heritage, meant significant adjustment to a new society.

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