Two Flinders researchers win major health grants, another wins an award, and Southgate research star takes home international student prize.
Grants to fight deadly diseases
Two Flinders researchers have been awarded research grants by the Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) to fight deadly diseases and improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
Flinders University & SAHMRI Professor Geraint Rogers is examining why more people are dying from severe hospital infections due to emerging antibiotic-resistant superbugs. He will assess the microbiota composition of Intensive Care patients’ upper respiratory and intestinal systems, to help predict those at greater risk of severe infection and deliver rapid and effective therapy to patients.
Dr Jyoti Khadka is aiming to improve the quality and safety of aged care through providing essential cost estimates for health care policy makers and aged care recipients and their families. This work will help to facilitate interventions which can minimise incidents of poor quality and unsafe care, reduce health system expenditures and maximise the health and wellbeing of Australia’s ageing community.
Community Research Award
Dr Toby Freeman, Deputy Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, is the recipient of the Primary Health Care Practice award from the Public Health Association (SA Branch) and Australian Health Promotion Association.
The award was presented on 21 February and recognises Dr Freeman for undertaking comprehensive research on Primary Health Care since joining the Southgate Institute in 2008, including studies on community health centres and more recently examining decolonisation practice in Aboriginal primary health care.
The award also recognised his research on how primary health care services can contribute to more equitable health outcomes, and especially in closing the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.
Top Student Prize for Flinders PhD graduate
Flinders PhD graduate and researcher at the Southgate Institute, Dr Joanne Flavel, has been awarded the 2019 Australasian Epidemiological Association Top Student prize. Dr Flavel was recognised for her exemplary performance in Introduction to Biostatistics, undertaken as part of a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at the University of Adelaide.