Women in STEM Decadal Plan Launch

The Women in STEM Decadal Plan was launched on April 1, 2019 at Parliament House by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews. The plan was developed by the Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health’s Deputy Director Professor Jane Latimer was a member of the Expert Working Group involved in creating this plan.

The Decadal plan outlines six opportunities to strengthen gender equity in STEM in Australia over the next 10 years, including establishing a national evaluation framework to guide decision making and drive investment and effort into STEM measures that work. Prof Latimer said “this plan is extremely important as it is the first time the entire sector has come together to agree on a framework for achieving gender equity in STEM. It acknowledges how important it is to get the culture right, to create workplaces that are respectful and free of discrimination, where diversity and inclusion are lived in the daily interactions. This will ensure that women remain in the STEM workforce, and that both men and women are supported to deliver their best.”

To read more about the STEM Decadal Plan or to download a copy please follow this link: https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/under-representation-women-stem-holding-back-national

Dr Bethan Richards appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer

The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health’s Deputy Director Dr Bethan Richards has been appointed Australia’s first Chief Medical Wellness Officer. The Sydney Local Health District has appointed Dr Richards to the position to drive cultural and systemic change in health, and reduce stress and burnout among junior and senior doctors.

Dr Richards has been leading Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital’s pilot wellbeing program for basic physician trainees (BPTOK) since 2017.That program was recently awarded $210,000 in funding from NSW Health as part of the JMO Be Well program and will now be rolled out to all doctors across RPA, Concord, Canterbury and Balmain hospitals.

The new program, branded MDOK, will teach all medical staff the skills to care for their own health, manage traumatic events and mentor younger staff, in addition to attending workshops and sessions on goal-setting, relaxation, stress management, clinical debriefing, nutrition and exercise. Dr Richards said “The widespread rollout of MDOK will allow us to support our frontline staff while strengthening our existing platform to effect real change.” The launch of MDOK was held at RPA Hospital on February 26, 2019.

Sydney Science Forum

The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health’s A/Prof. Anne Tiedemann was a guest presenter at the Sydney Science Forum: “How to age well”. The forum was hosted by Adam Spencer and explored what you can do for your mind and body to set you up for success, and the everyday habits that will make a real difference to how you age.

L-R: Prof Chris Maher, Prof Cathie Sherrington, Prof Laurent Rivory, Dr Theresa Anderson, Prof Duncan Ivison, Prof Jane Latimer and Dr Bethan Richards

IMH Launch

The official launch of the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health took place on February 8, 2019 at the Kerry Packer Education Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The launch was hosted by Dr Teresa Anderson AM, Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District, and Professor Laurent Rivory, Pro-Vice- Chancellor University of Sydney. Dr Bethan Richards was the MC for the evening and Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Chair of the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trial Network, delivered the inaugural Musculoskeletal Health Oration. Addresses were also delivered by The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health’s Director Professor Chris Maher and The University of Sydney’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison.