Higher Degree Research Office Newsletter
Macquarie University
HDR Support & Development
Fostering critical, reflexive practice in research training
2019: Seasons of Research
With March, autumn is upon us already. As Rhianne Hoffman from our office reminded me, change is a fundamental part of research, just as it is of the seasons. Some research tasks may seem to move very slowly—reading the literature, data collection or experiments in the lab, for example. At other times, things might seem to move quickly, when deadlines press or you get a sudden burst of inspiration. Part of the challenge of research is managing these changes, showing patience when you’re waiting for things to come together, and finding the energy when everything seems to happen in a rush. Like most things in research, it’s a blend of pressure and excitement, routine and passion!

Change is coming to the way HDR programs are administered at Macquarie too. At the end of January, the Executive Director of Research Training and International Research Training Partnerships, Dr Ren Yi, left the university to take up a position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Southern Queensland. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius, decided to combine the two sides of HDR administration at Macquarie, the Office of the Dean HDR and the HDR Office into a single office, the Office of HDR Training and Partnerships under a Pro Vice-Chancellor. I’m currently filling that role. There are no plans for other changes to HDR management, and we believe the combination of the offices should provide better co-ordination and communication. You’ll notice the signature line in emails from our staff or some of the letter-heads may be different, but other things will continue as normal. Both offices are staffed by hard-working people passionate about research. We’ll be working together in order to make your HDR candidature as productive and positive as possible!

Professor Nick Mansfield, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships
Dean's Welcome 2019 - a new season begins
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It was wonderful to meet the new BPhil, MRes and PhD candidates who attended the Dean’s Welcome on the 14 February 2019. Almost 120 new candidates were there to mark the start of their exciting journey of discovery. Together with the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships, Professor Nick Mansfield and Phil Duncan from Walanga Muru, HDR candidates were warmly welcomed by key staff members from the Support and Development team, HDRO, Library, Wellbeing, Ethics and Research Integrity, representatives from the Faculties and well as peer mentors from HDR Mentors.

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to thank the presenters, staffs and mentors participating in the networking session for disseminating important information and messages to new HDR candidates and our best wishes to all new researchers joining our exhilarating research community. If you need to refresh your memory about the content of the Dean's Welcome then look for the online Central Commencement Program (CCP) currently in development. 

Kim Tan & Rhianne Hoffman, HDR Support & Development

nb. Formerly the Dean, HDR, Professor Nick Mansfield has now taken on the role of  Pro Vice-Chancellor of Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships
Seasons & Wellbeing 
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“Except. What is normal at any given time? We change just as the seasons change, and each spring brings new growth. So nothing is ever quite the same.”
Sherwood Smith, Crown Duel

Sometimes, we never want a season to end, while other times, we wish it could be over as quickly as possible. For me, that's summer, which never seems to go on enough. In nature, we see the continual cycle of beginnings and endings, activity and rest. And we see from nature that each season has its part to play.

We can recognise that despite seasons coming and going, the sky above us and the ground below us are there and steady. Similarly, thoughts, emotions and physical feelings are coming and going within us all the time. We can also recognise and develop that other part of ourselves that is steady, just like the sky and earth, the backdrop behind these thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.

One way to do this is through a breathing practice. The square breathing practice, where we breathe in 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold for 4 can mimic the seasons of the earth, where it looks like the earth breathes Watch this beautiful animation of satellite footage of the earth).

“I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in turn, seems the loveliest.”
Mark Twain

By stepping back and seeing what 'season' we're in mentally, we can have more wisdom to respond better to our challenges.

Ashwin Singh, Campus Wellbeing - see Important Notices re. Uni Wellbeing course
What’s happening in March at HDR Mentors
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Welcome Lunch
HDR Mentors is hosting a Welcome Lunch for new HDR candidates including BPhil and MRes students. Please join us to learn more about our activities and services. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow students, to build a network and make new friends!
Event: Welcome Lunch
Date/Time: 07 March 2019, 12:00-13:30
Venue: 75T 3114 Continuum (Level 3)

Meet & Mingle
HDR Mentors will kick off their monthly Meet and Mingle events from March 2019. This casual network event will be held over lunchtime every third Thursday of the month in different locations around campus. Each meet-up will be hosted by a different member of the HDR Mentors team, and anyone is welcome to drop by. No need to register, just come say hi and meet fellow HDR students.The March session is fully focused on the new HDR candidates and is a great opportunity to meet your mentors to ask any questions related to your research life!
We are targeting 28 March. Once details have been confirmed, we will send the invitation to your email! If you are not receiving our emails, please email  and we will add you to our mailing list.
Event: Meet and Mingle
Date/Time: 28 March 2019, 13:00 -14:00
Venue: TBD

Kim Tan & Mo Haque

Need a plan ... HDR Learning Skills can help!
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There's always a real buzz about campus as autumn heralds a new semester. And as classes start, conversations get lively. For research candidates, it's a good time of year to be developing a writing practice or routine. An academic life is ultimately also a writing life; for writing is a central component of what it is to be a researcher. We write to communicate our ideas, our hypotheses, our claims.

If you're looking to establish a sustainable writing practice, now's the time! Join a thesis writing group, participate in courses and retreats, or speak to your Faculty HDR Learning Advisor about creating a sound writing routine for the coming months.

Florence Chiew, HDR Learning Skills

'tis the season to make career plans 
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In life there are different seasons and many things are beyond our control. It is important to recognise that we do have a level of self-agency and we can take steps to create good relationships and to work towards opening the door to opportunities. As HDR candidates it is worth taking time to reflect on why you have enrolled in a research training program and to recognise that career aspirations can shift with experience and change in circumstances.

There is limited data available in relation to PhD graduate destinations although we do know that there are more PhD graduates worldwide than there are tenure track academic positions available and, like other sectors, there has been a marked increase in casualisation of the academic workforce. A Master of Research and/or a PhD are very valuable qualifications and provide many transferable skills that many candidates and their supervisors are yet to recognise. The employer needs these skills, strengths and experiences to be translated so that they can understand their value. To learn how to develop a clearer understanding of strengths, values, interests and strengths visit HDR Professional Development iLearn and/or attend one of the HDR Professional Skills workshops and then make an appointment with Career and Employment and, if eligible, contact Catherine Ennis about IMNIS and APRIntern.

Nature: Thinking of a PhD? This is the Australian story

The Conversation: There’s work (and life) outside of universities for PhD graduates

Sally Purcell & Catherine Ennis, HDR Professional Development

APR Intern Pilot Scheme -  $5.5k Grants for Academic Supervisors
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Do you have relationships with external organisations? Would they like to work more closely with PhD candidates at Macquarie University?

APR Intern are delivering a pilot internship scheme focused on existing university relationships with external organisations. Organisations can receive a 50% government funded rebate on internship costs and academic supervisors who assist in the development of the internship project with the partner can avail of a grant of $5.5k. More information for academic supervisors on the program is available here.

ARC LINKAGE GRANTS The Australian Research Council (ARC) counts APR.Intern internships as a track record for ARC Linkage Grants. An internship can also assist in identifying potential ARC Linkage Grant projects after an internship has concluded.
The total cost of an APR.Intern project for an external organisation are laid out below:
* $3,000 per month is received by the student as a stipend for the duration of the internship
* $5,500 is paid to the Academic Mentor for their participation in the project
* $5,500 is paid to APR.Intern for administration of the internship and case-management

Staff and PhD candidates from any discipline are welcome to express interest in this pilot internship scheme.

PhD candidates can also apply to other internship opportunities regularly advertised on their website.
If you are interested in connecting PhD candidates and your industry contacts through this opportunity please contact Catherine Ennis, HDR Industry Engagement and Placements Manager, E: [email protected]  T: 9850 7821.
Research Supervision Associate Fellow:
Dr Joel Fuller
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Dr. Joel Fuller (Lecturer, Physiotherapy, Department of Health Professions)

Tell us a little bit about your background (eg place of study, where you grew-up, your PhD topic)
I grew-up in Adelaide where I studied physiotherapy and completed a PhD in sports medicine.

Why did you come to MQ?
I came to MQ at the end of 2016 to start an academic position in the Department of Health Professions. My role involves teaching, research and supervision.

Tell us (in lay terms) about your current research and/or your work to support the student learning/research experience
My research interests are in the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries and optimisation of sports performance. I’m the primary or co-supervisor of a number of sports medicine research students who I work closely with to help them achieve their goals. I encourage all research students from my department to consult with me about any statistical issues they experience because I believe research students commonly lack support in this area. I’m actively undertaking research into methods to improve how supervisors receive feedback from their students. I’m also a mental health first aider involved in monitoring the mental wellbeing of research students in our department.

Why to you decide to take part in the MQ HDR Supervision Associate Fellow Program?
I had extremely positive experiences with my PhD supervisors so I’m motivated to learn more about how I can ensure my research students have similar positive experiences.

What is the most important thing you have learnt from the program?
The importance of obtaining feedback from my research students about my supervision.

What changes will you make to how you approach work?
I have improved the documentation processes that I use with my student supervision and completed training as a mental health first aider. I intend to individualise the approach that I take with my students for obtaining feedback. I’ve also established research supervisor mentors that I can approach for advice and learn from in the future.

What are your future aspirations relating to your contribution to the HDR candidate
I’m currently working towards improving research supervision feedback processes and creating an environment that is supportive of good mental wellbeing amongst research students. I’m actively contributing to statistical support services for research students in my department.

What is next for you eg your top three goals?
My top research supervision goals are to help the MRes student who I primary supervise successfully complete his research program and also secure a research scholarship for a prospective student who wishes to be the first PhD student that I primary supervise. My top research goal is to secure industry research funding for two projects that I’m currently piloting. My top teaching goal is to develop a strong application for a MQ learning and teaching award application.
Resourceful HDR Podcast - now publicly available
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The ResourcefulHDR podcast will be getting new episodes in the next couple of weeks. We have a nice new podcast microphone which is less daunting to the guests than passing the tiny lapel mic back and forth. Despite the challenges of the lapel mic, we figured that it was better to start podcasting and figure it it along the way ... resourceful is, as resourceful does! 

The good news is that the ResourcefulHDR podcast is now available on a range of platforms - Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts and Radio Public. 

If you are interested in being part of the ResourcefulHDR podcast or have some suggestions for themes and/or content please contact Sally Purcell E: [email protected] T: 0298508725

Listen to the ResourcefulHDR podcast on iLearn and find lots of other great resources focussed on HDR Professional Development - useful for HDR candidates, Supervisors and to anyone interested in HDR professional skills, placements, mentoring, career development & employability.

Twitter: @resourcefulHDR
Important Notices
Expression of Interest:
Participation in Sydney ResBaz 2019 Organising Committee

We are pleased to announce that Sydney ResBaz (Research Bazaar) 2019 has now been scheduled on 10 – 12 September 2019 at the University of New South Wales campus in Kensington.

The 2019 organising committee has kicked off planning for this exciting three-day event when researchers gather to upskill in next generation digital research tools and scholarship. If you attended ResBaz at Macquarie las year, you’ll remember the buzz during the training sessions, the talks and the opportunities to network with other researchers from across NSW.

An opportunity is available for an enthusiastic researcher to be part of this year’s organising committee, representing Macquarie University. Membership in the committee will give you experience in working with a multi-university team to plan and execute a conference, a valuable item in your professional profile, as well as broaden your exposure to eResearch across domains.

Last year’s ResBaz was attended by more than 300 people. Here’s a blogpost about the 2018 ResBaz at Macquarie.

If you are interested or have any questions about what’s involved, please contact Odette Subijano at [email protected]

Semester 1 Graduate Careers Fair 2019

The Career and Employment Service invites you to attend the Semester 1 2019 Graduate Careers Fair on Thursday 14 March 2019.

Seize this opportunity to network with a wide range of potential employers, find out about sought after skills in the labour market and gain insights into industry. 

HDR candidates - this event is mostly geared at Graduate Employment Programs however it offers an opportunity for you to gain more information and insights about organisations, what it might be like to work for them as well as giving you experience in building your networking skills.

Early registration is advisable to secure your spot and to receive an information pack with exhibitor details prior to the event (issued to all students who register by 11 March).
Dress code: Smart casual
Bring: Your questions, handshakes and research into attending organisations.
The UniWellbeing course

Learn skills to manage:
Register for the UniWellbeing course now ... It’s FREE!

Contact Campus Wellbeing:
• Call: 9850 7497
• Visit: Level 2, 16 Wally’s Walk
• Email: campuswellbeing
The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Supervision Fellowship: NEW Specialisation – Supervision in the Digital Age

The Macquarie University Higher Degree Research Supervision Fellowship: NEW Specialisation – Supervision in the Digital Age
As part of our commitment to ‘support the candidate to develop digital literacies as part of their research training for real-world engagement’ from mid – February 2019, we will be offering opportunities – Associate Fellow (Training pathway) only – to be recognised as a specialist HDR Supervisor in the Digital Age.

If you would like to learn more, please email: Dr Bill Ashraf


APR.Intern is driving innovation through short-term 3 to 5 month PhD industry internships. A new Australian Government rebate is now available to all Australian businesses through the program. Through these internships, APR.Intern aims to support industry-based training of PhD research students, giving them the opportunity to apply their research skills in an industry setting.

If you or your academic supervisor are connected to an external organisation you may like to consider if they would be interested in hosting a student on an internship facilitated by APR.Intern and Macquarie University.

Internships from other organisations are regularly advertised on their website. Eligibility criteria for the internships can differ so please review individually.

If you would like any further information on the scheme at Macquarie University please email: Catherine Ennis, HDR Industry Engagement and Placements Manager.

HDR Statistical Consultancy Service

Just a reminder that you can access advice on all things statistic from the HDR Statistical Consultancy Service!

Associate Professor Peter Petocz from Macquarie’s Department of Statistics is happy to have a look at your data and analyses and to discuss with you what the numbers seem to be saying. You’re also welcome to bring your supervisor along to the consultation!

The HDR Statistical Consulting Service is available on Wednesdays 10am - 1pm in Room 609, 12 Wally’s Walk. Bookings are preferred (email Peter), or you can just turn up and wait to be seen.

Email  A/Prof Peter Petocz or call him on Wednesdays on 9850 9174.

Fulbright Future Scholarships: Information Session for Research and Study in the United States in 2020

About: The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages (postgraduate, postdoctoral, professional, associate and full professor). Awardees take part in a bi-lateral academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life in the United States of America, and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
A Fulbright Award is more than a Scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

Applications will be open from  4 February 2019 , closing on 15 July 2019. Applicants should be prepared to commence their program in the following U.S. academic year (between July and the following June – e.g. apply in 2019 to start after July 2020, before end June 2021). This workshop will describe the various scholarships on offer, the benefits of becoming a Fulbright Scholar, selection and eligibility criteria, and the application process.

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
Time: 10:00-11:30
Location: Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Level 1, Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Tara Hawley (Australian-American Fulbright Commission) and Michael Donovan (Walanga Muru)

Studies seeking participants

Click here to find studies seeking participants.

One of these studies belongs to Samia Amin, who is featured as one half of our Dynamic Duo in this edition...
The Australian Institute of Health Innovation is inviting Macquarie University staff who have heard about, used, or currently use, e-cigarettes to complete an online survey (~ 10 minutes).
The study will explore the reasons why people use e-cigarettes and measure the intention of future smoking. Results from this study will fill a gap in knowledge about the potential harms and benefits associated with the introduction of e-cigarettes in Australia and could be used to inform policy and health promotion activities in the future.

HDR:Behind the Scenes
Catherine Ennis, HDR Industry Engagement & Placements Manager

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Catherine enjoying the beautiful Bennett's Beach at Hawks Nest

Before working at MQ, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A long time ago I worked with a naturopath on a small herbal farm in WA on a WWOOF placement. When asked to weed I picked out all the dandelions before realising they were part of the crop.

What has been your favorite project at MQ?
I've been lucky to work on lots of great projects at MQ. Currently I'm coordinating the IMNIS program for 2nd year PhDs at MQ and its great to hear the experiences of our mentees with their industry mentors from high profile STEM companies.

I f there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?
Muriel's Wedding is one of my favorite films and I love Toni Collette in everything she does ... "You're terrible Muriel!"

What was the last gift you gave someone?
The 50 year history book of Macquarie University to a visiting academic, lucky man!
Find all HDR Workshops Here
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EndNote Workshop for PC
Tuesday 5 March, 2:30pm-4:00pm

EndNote is the most commonly used software to help manage your references as you research and write.

EndNote assists you with:
  • Collecting and organising references to resources, such as journal articles, books, images and datasets
  • Adding citations to your documents.
  • Creating bibliographies that use standard citation styles, and
  • Organising and storing your readings for easy access including pdf copies of documents.
You need to bring your own device to the session.
Click here to register

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Research Seminar: Corporate Social Responsbility
Wednesday 6 March 2019, 1.30pm-3:30pm

The Faculty of Business and Economics is hosting a seminar on the dynamics of CSR in a comparative perspective: convergence towards divergent hybrids to be presented by Professor Dirk Matten, the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Schulich School of Business, Canada.

In this seminar, Matten discusses the ‘implicit/explicit’ CSR dichotomy in the light of a decade of research on comparative CSR that has engaged with the proposed framework at various levels.

Click here to register
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Mendeley Workshop
Wednesday 6 March 2019, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Mendeley is a program which enables managing and sharing research papers, discovering research, and collaboration. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a reference management application, with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.

Learn the basics of Mendeley Desktop and how it can facilitate your work by storing your references, attaching PDFs, and allowing you to cite and create bibliographies with ease. In this session you can expect to work through exercises in a small group, with the assistance of the facilitators. On completion, you'll understand how to put references into Mendeley, organise them, and use them in Word documents. You'll be encouraged to access online help sources to further your own learning beyond the introductory concepts in this session.

All participants must have Mendeley Desktop installed on their laptop before the session - see registration page
Click here to register
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SPSS Introductory Course
Monday 18 March 2019, 9.30am-4:30pm

This full-day workshop will introduce students to the SPSS statistics program. It will combine basic information on the relevance of quantitative research methods with hands-on practice of SPSS.

Topics covered will include:
  • an overview of quantitative research methods
  • types of variables
  • setting up SPSS and different types of SPSS files
  • entering data into SPSS by hand (e.g. from paper surveys)
  • importing data into SPSS from other file formats (e.g. excel or text files from online surveys)
  • cleaning up data and data manipulation (e.g. combining individual items to make a scale)
  • appropriate ways of displaying data (simple numeric and graphical summaries)
Click here to register
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Mantra Meditation Workshop
Monday 25 March 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm
How does meditation reduce stress and anxiety, promote health and help us feel more focused? This workshop explores both the art and science of mantra meditation (repetitive sound), one of the most common forms of meditation techniques used worldwide.
We will:
Discuss recent scientific research and the psychological and physiological benefits of mantra meditation
Do some gentle stretching and breath work
Try both silent and vocal chanting practices
Learn some of the traditions that use these techniques
Explore unique aspects of chanting such as rhythm, repetition and focused attention that make mantra such an effective practice for our overall health and well-being.
Click here to register
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Thesis Formatting Workshop (for PC)
Wednesday 27 March 2019, 9:15am-4:00pm
Formatting long documents with Microsoft Word can sometimes be challenging without certain word skills and knowledge.
This course will give you the right tools to handle large, multi-page documents, such as your thesis and will be used during all stages of your thesis documentation. Therefore it would be useful for you to attend as soon as possible.
Participants need to bring their own PC to the workshop.
Click here to register
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SPSS Intermediate Course
Friday 29 March 2019, 9:30pm-4:30pm
This full-day course is designed to cover a variety of analyses that can be performed in SPSS. It will begin by covering the role of inferential statistics in quantitative research, and move on to performing a variety of specific analyses via SPSS. Simple course notes will be provided.

**Please ensure you have SPSS set up on your own laptop prior to the workshop. This can be accessed via iLab, and if you encounter any difficulties the IT Service Desk is able to assist**
Click here to register
HDR Dynamic Duos
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Samia Amin

How did you come to know each other?
In 2016, I came for a family vacation in Sydney and I wrote an email to Adam asking to meet with him during the holiday. We met in AIHI. I didn’t have any intention to pursue PhD during that time but after meeting with him, I was motivated to join CHI as a researcher and now we are working in a project of electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes) uptake.

What are your shared interests?
With the growth in use of e-cigarettes (vaping), curiosity about and experimentation with these products have increased. Since e-cigarettes are relatively new, there is still a gap in the scientific literature with respect to the social factors related to use of e-cigarettes. We are both interested in studying how social interactions and online information exposure may influence vaping behaviours. If we know more about why people take up e-cigarettes in Australia, we could help inform policy and improve health promotion activities in the future.

What do you each bring to the professional relationship?
The best thing among us is respect, trust and well-versed communication, which makes the research process less stressful.

What do you appreciate most about Adam?
Adam is remarkably knowledgeable, understanding person with empathy, and has multi-level intelligence. He provides a comfortable psychological environment through his positive and friendly supportive attitude, which helped me to learn new research methodological techniques. I appreciate him giving me this opportunity to fulfil my dreams in the journey of academia.

What have you gained through this collaboration?
Through our collaboration, I am now more confident about project execution, time management, and prioritising tasks.

From this relationship, what do you think you will take with you into your professional/research future?
Determination, positive attitude and self-confidence.

What have you learnt from each other that has helped you grow?
Adam taught me how to be more systematic in the research I do and overcome challenges.

The Australasian College of Health Informatics

The Australasian College of Health Informatics is the professional organisation for Digital Health and e-Health in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The credentialed Fellows and Members of the College are national, regional and international thought leaders, experts and trusted advisers in Digital Health.

ACHI sets standards for professional practice and education in Health Informatics, provides evidence-based guidance to jurisdictions, supports initiatives, facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration and mentors the community.

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Associate Professor Adam Dunn

How did you come to know each other?
I met Samia while she was visiting Sydney and she came to visit the centre to learn more about what we do. After hearing about her work as a clinician and academic in a teaching hospital in Malaysia and her interests, I thought she would enjoy and benefit from joining the Centre for Health Informatics (CHI) family.

What are your shared interests?
The research team I look after in CHI is, at its core, investigating the social and informational factors that influence the decisions people make about their health. Samia has quite personal and specific interests in smoking and finding effective ways to reduce smoking; not just in Australia but in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and everywhere around the world. Given how important social media is to vape here and internationally, it was a very clear confluence of interests.

What do you each bring to the professional relationship?
Samia brings a wealth of experience in community medicine and a global perspective. I am hardly very professional at the best of times, but my job as a second supervisor for Samia is very easy: I just remind her of how talented she is; convince her to worry less about deadlines and more about doing good and fun research; and teach her to spend her time as effectively as possible.

What do you appreciate most about Samia?
Samia has much more experience with student supervision than I do, having been a lecturer in Malaysia for many years and supervising many research projects. Samia also has a wealth of experience in community medicine and public health. Her previous students were all lucky to have someone who is non-judgemental, incredibly hard working, and generous with her time. As her supervisor I feel the same way.

What have you gained through your collaboration?
I gained an entirely new application domain to study and understand! E-cigarettes as a public health intervention are so interesting and there are many nuances to the balance of safety and effectiveness that are worth exploring. Samia was very clever picking vaping as a topic for her PhD because it is such a timely issue. In the future I think it will evolve to become an exemplar domain in social-behavioural research, and a public health issue that society will grapple with for a long time to come.

From this relationship, what do you think you will take with you into your professional/research future?
It takes an incredible amount of courage to decide to move your family to a new country and take on a risky new adventure in life. Samia taught me courage, which I can only hope to emulate from the relative safety of a nice office on campus.

What have you learnt from each other that has helped you grow?
I am very lucky to be able to look after a team of people from all walks of life and an eclectic but complementary set of expertise. Every meeting with Samia is a kind of confirmation that the best way to do research is to find smart and kind people to work with.
Interested in being featured in HDR Dynamic Duo?

The HDR Support & Development team is seeking contributions to the HDR Dynamic Duos section of our newsletter. The people featured might be… HDR candidate & supervisor, HDR Mentor & HDR Mentee, HDR Candidate and Industry placement supervisor.

If this is of interest to you, please head to our website for further information on how to contribute.


'There are seasons in life. Don't ever let anyone try to deny you the joy of one season because they believe you should stay in another season... Listen to yourself. Trust your instincts. Keep your perspective.'

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