Health Humanities and Social Sciences Unit
The Health Humanities and Social Sciences Unit brings together the humanities and social sciences in the study of health and health care. The Centre uses multi-disciplinary approaches to strengthen the nexus between theory and practice in the study of health and society.
Work across the Centre integrates a variety of humanities and social sciences perspectives on health, disease and healthcare delivery, and uses disciplinary approaches from the history of health and medicine, medical anthropology, health ethics, sociology of health and illness, and health policy analysis.
Programs of work across this Unit focus on alcohol and other drugs, building the national and international evidence base for policy; historical demography, reconstituting historical populations to study fertility, mortality, morbidity and health transitions; ethics, including clinical ethics, research ethics, health care ethics, bioethics and ethical decision making; and the advancement of health social sciences through methodological development and innovation.
A/Professor Richard Chenhall (Unit Head)
Each of our units is involved in research collaborations at local, national and international levels. These range from government departments seeking our input for policy development, to Indigenous communities advising our researchers on how best to deliver trachoma programs within their communities.
Powerful resources and productive relationships sustain our work. Our partnerships include governments and health departments in Australia and internationally, the World Health Organization, universities and many other institutes and organisations in other countries, the Cochrane Public Health Group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (Vic Health).
The efforts of our researchers and staff have been recognised in many ways, including numerous awards, NHMRC and ARC Grants and Fellowships and ARC Linkage Grants, invitations to address prestigious international assemblies, and international prizes for their research.
NHMRC and ARC Grants and Fellowships and ARC Linkage Grants
- When should health professionals override parents' decisions about a child's medical treatment?
- Regulation of personalised digital closed loop systems to manage diabetes in children
- Diggers to Veterans: risk, recovery and reslience in the First AIF
- Ethics of personalised medicine to treat refactory childhood cancer
- Telling the truth to seriously ill children
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Experiences of Paediatric Health Professionals
- Development of automated measures from mammograms that predict masking and risk of breast cancer
- Improving skin cancer prevention: motivating preventive behaviours using knowledge of personalised genomic risk of melanoma
- Development of automated measures from mammograms that predict masking and risk and pilot implementation into a BreastScreen service
- Translating Evidence into Practice: Optimising and Facilitating Prevention and Screening in Women with a Strong Family History of Breast Cancer
- The role of masculinity in the suicidality of men aged 80 or more
- Development of an evidence based clinical care pathway for high risk women following risk reducing hysterectomy +/- bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (RRBSO)
- Voluntary assisted dying in Victoria: ethical challenges in implementation
- Ethics & equity: Implications for health systems research priority-setting
- Manufacturing consensus: Independence in consensus statements in health
- The Living Archive of Aboriginal Art
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