Social Isolation and Social Prescribing Webinar Series

September 27, 2020

A series of online forums focusing on social isolation and social prescribing are being run and will  include a mix of research, learnings from trials and services that have been implemented, provide an opportunity to collate what is being done across Victoria; and are open to all healthcare and social care sectors, researchers and policy makers. The seminars provide a great opportunity to hear and liaise with others working or interested in this area.

Funding awarded for COVID-19 e-health intervention for pressure injuries

September 20, 2020

MACH Ageing Committee's Dr Suzanne Kapp has been awarded a grant to develop a new telehealth initiative, which is set to revolutionise bedside wound care.

Asthma and Staying out of Hospital

September 01, 2020

Read about how Prof Harriet Hiscock, chair of the MACH Health Services Improvement and Implementation Committee and Dr. Katherine Chen explores why rates of children readmitting to hospital with asthma is on a rise. 

Stroke can have a significant impact on your life, such as physical weakness on one side of your body; troubling coordinating body movements; emotional and mood impacts; and problems with memory.

Research by Prof Amy Brodtmann and colleagues aims to understand how exercise can protect your brain after a stroke.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. For older adults, the opportunities to be physically active have been reduced significantly. The long-term health effects of isolation and decreased physical activity in older adults is unknown, therefore staying active is vitally important to older adults’ physical, social and mental well-being.

Join Care of the Ageing subcommittee Chair Prof Andrea Maier and MACH Executive Director Prof Sir John Savill at this session to explore development and networking opportunities specifically for early and mid-career researchers focusing on ageing and aged care research.

Why workspace environmental design evaluation is crucial to support the aged care workforce

July 13, 2020

Research by A/Prof Lucio Naccarella explores the imperative to supporting Australia's aged care workforce as the population continues to age. 

Connecting to Culture and Health

June 21, 2020

Read how A/Prof Luke Burchill , chair of the MACH Indigenous Health Committee speaks on how he and other Australian Indigenous leaders in healthcare speak on identity, culture, and their work within healthcare, especially during a tumultuous time sparking important and necessary conversations about race and systemic oppression brought to light during the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

Free Research Support for MACH Partners

July 06, 2020

Are you wanting to design a clinical research project and need some biostatistical advice or would love someone to complete your ethics application for you? The MACH are sponsoring free research support for partners.

Exposing barriers to reporting elder abuse and why we must take action

June 15, 2020

With World Elder Abuse Awareness Day having passed us on 15 June, and increased strains on family relationships and responsibilities in the era of social isolation, there has never been a more prudent time to bring the issue into the public eye.

Victorian Translation Centres Collaborative COVID-19 Healthcare Recovery Initiative

June 15, 2020

The three Victorian Research Translation Centres, the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), Monash Partners and Western Alliance, have formed a collaborative to research and translate evidence to improve the health of Victorians.  

June 01, 2020

With extended success in the UK and with activity burgeoning in Australia, there is a reason why social prescribing is increasing in popularity. As society evolves from the era of COVID isolation, it’s becoming even more relevant to seek solutions that lie outside the traditional scope of the medical practitioner and health care system. 

Want to get your own clinical trial off the ground, but not sure where to start?

MACH is delighted to launch the Investigator-Initiated Toolkit in collaboration with the VCCC.

May 20, 2020

As people get older it is generally expected that cognition declines, and whilst a hearing aid to support hearing loss likely won’t prevent dementia, a recent study conducted by Associate Professor Julia Sarant has shown that it may assist in delaying its onset. 

May 11, 2020

International Nurses Day is a chance to look back at the changing role of nursing and acknowledge the integral part they play on the frontline of COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Read about the report penned by experts convened by the Group of Eight to the Australian Federal Government informing the nation about the best path forward in Australia's road to recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis. 

Collaborative Research Leads Fightback Against COVID-19

April 07, 2020

The need for collaborative networks that bring together leading researchers, clinicians, and health service leaders has never been more crucial during such as a time of crisis, during the COVID-19 pandemic. AHRA, the peak body of translation centres have been called upon to quickly identify and strategically mobilise research priorities and projects. 

March 23, 2020

While Australia works to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are extra health considerations when it comes to older Australians and our ageing society. 


Professor Andrea Maier, Chair of the MACH Care of the Ageing subcommittee discusses the implications of COVID-19 for the older population.

Northern Queensland academic health centre gains NHMRC accreditation

March 12, 2020

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre in North Queensland has become the third Centre for Innovation in Regional Health accredited by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Centre has demonstrated research excellence and leadership in research based clinical care and training, in addressing the region’s healthcare needs. The Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt MP today announced the accreditation.

Women at high risk of ovarian cancer: navigating surgical options and their risks

March 08, 2020

Genetic testing has helped to identify women at risk of ovarian cancer with surgical options available to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Prof Martha Hickey shares results from her recent study to understand the barriers and facilitators for women undergoing surgery and the non-cancer consequences.

MACH Partnership Welcomes La Trobe University as Affiliate Member

March 03, 2020

La Trobe University has joined the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) as an Affiliate Member, the Centre announced today, connecting with the leading group of 19 hospitals and medical research institutes that make up the joint venture. La Trobe is the second University linked to MACH, joining founding partner the University of Melbourne and adding valuable expertise from its areas of research and teaching strength, which include highly-ranked Nursing and Midwifery programs.

Long term physical activity in older adults and Alzheimer ’s disease – what’s the connection?

February 19, 2020

We all know that physical activity is important. Not only does it help keep us fit and improve physical and mental health outcomes, but for individuals who are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, physical activity has also been shown to improve cognition. Prof Nicola Lautenschlager shares results from her recent study and top tips for increasing physical activity in older adults.

MACH Infection Committee: Call for EOIs from Early Career Researchers

January 22, 2020

The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) is inviting expressions of interest from suitable candidates for an Early Career Research membership position on its Infection Subcommittee’s Executive.

MACH Announces New Council Chair

October 28, 2019

On behalf of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Ms Patricia Faulkner AO as Chair of the MACH Council. The MACH Council Chair requires experience of the health care sector at a senior level with a deep knowledge of the Victorian health system and with a passion for public service. 

MACH Implementation Science and Primary Care Symposium

September 25, 2019

Join the MACH for an exploration of implementation science laboratories in primary care. How do we efficiently examine ways to deliver high quality care?

Mental health, vulnerable groups at centre of new MRFF-MACH projects

September 17, 2019

Nine investigator-led research translation projects were announced today by the MACH, forming the centrepiece of the Medical Research Future Fund’s Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Round 2 Stage 2 grant awardees. Over $4 Million in MRFF funding was awarded by the MACH on behalf of the Department of Health that will support activities designed to have an impact on the health and wellbeing of Australians. 

MACH Partnership Welcomes National Ageing Research Institute

May 30, 2019

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) is a new member of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), the Centre announced today, joining the leading group of hospitals and medical research institutes that make up the joint venture, which includes the University of Melbourne. NARI is the MACH’s first new partner since it received NHMRC accreditation in 2015. Its addition reflects the importance of ageing both within the MACH network and as a growing national priority.

A New Frontier for Epilepsy Brain Imaging: Florey Wins Prestigious Grant

May 21, 2019

Improved epilepsy diagnosis and treatment will soon be more accessible to many of the 200,000 Australians who live with this common and debilitating condition. Funded by the Medical Research Future Fund’s Frontiers initiative, the world-leading project at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health has received $1 million to further develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to reach a wider number of people who until now, have not had access to the latest specialised care.

Accepting Uncertainty in Clinical Trials Research

May 19, 2019

The world of clinical trial research is entering a new greyer era, according to Prof Andrew Davidson, MACH Clinical Trials Subcommittee Chair. But that’s not a bad thing. Indeed, it’s possibly one of the biggest advances of the decade.

AHRA welcomes $5M commitment by the Coalition to fund women's health

May 12, 2019

The Coalition has made a commitment of $5 million towards a nation-building initiative – informed by women for women – called the National Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (the Network).

MACH Announces New Patient-Focused Research Investment for 2019

April 11, 2019

Six transformative translational research project grants and five early career research fellowships addressing some of Australia’s top health priorities have been awarded by the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH), the Centre announced today.

Govt announces $160M for Indigenous health research

February 27, 2019

$160M over 10 years will be put towards the most pressing health issues affecting Indigenous Australians, the government announced today.

Prof Sir John Savill appointed Executive Director to the MACH

January 31, 2019

Prof Shitij Kapur, Chair of the Executive Board of the MACH, is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally-renowned clinician scientist Sir John Savill as the MACH's new Executive Director... 

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