OPUS Webinar Series

OPUS regularly hosts webinars that cover a range of topics and skills geared towards students, researchers and the general public. Browse through our videos to learn something new!

Webinars so far

Changing lower back pain beliefs

Dr Kieran O’Sullivan (Uni of Limerick) talks about the public perceptions of lower back pain and how to start changing it. We highly recommend reviewing reference material (found here) developed with Dr Mary O’Keefe (a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Uni of Sydney) prior to this session. Presentation slides can be found here.

How to give an oral presentation 

Dr Darshini Ayton (Monash University) provides her tips and tricks on how to present a thoughtful and engaging presentation that avoids boring your audience to tears! A perfect introduction and refresher for students and researchers preparing for an upcoming conference.

Review Darshini’s slides here and ensure you view slide #11 in slide show mode to get the most out of the embedded video.

Linked In vs Twitter – Which platform is best for you?

Deenu Rajaratnam, a marketing specialist at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, discusses pros and cons, tips and tricks to cultivating an audience as an academic. Deenu has been working with academics and researchers for more than a decade to help take their work to the world.

Using multimedia and online resources to enhance research impact and reach

Dr Christian Barton is an academic physiotherapist researching non-surgical alternatives for end-stage osteoarthritis with the University of Melbourne and LaTrobe University. He is the communications manager at the LaTrobe University’s Sport Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and associate editor and deputy social media editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Learn more about the flaws in the current academic journal model, why researchers must influence media, how to optimise altmetric scores and the Kardashian Index…
Presentation slides can be found here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing on Social Media: Revelations, Risks and Recommendations

Introducing A/Prof Peggy Kern from the Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Her research draws on multiple fields of inquiry, including health, positive, social, personality and developmental psychology. More recently she has conducted studies on the influence of social media on mental health. With both personal and academic experience in the overlapping spheres of mental health and the world wide web, we cannot think of anyone better suited to conduct this fantastic and topical webinar. 
You can find her presentation slides here.

Personalising Medicine and Understanding Patient Perspectives 

Michelle Tew is a PhD candidate and Health Economics Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Policy in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Michelle’s PhD looked at how personalised medicine can translate to better health outcomes and longer quality-of-life in patients with total knee replacements (TKR). Her findings are both topical and insightful, making it a much watch. 
Nardia Klem is a Physiotherapist and PhD candidate in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. Her presentation explored the extent of patient satisfaction post TKR and its relationship with knee pain and function. Her work extends far beyond TKR, highlighting how people do and don’t cope with pain and what clinicians can do to help. 
You can find Michelle’s slides here and Nardia’s here.

CCIP: Involving consumers and community members into your research 

Three of our CCIP members (Tilini, Daniel and Marion) were invited to speak about the program at the Spotlight on Engagement series hosted by the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Watch their presentation below! 

Dr Tilini Gunatillake is the OPUS consumer and community liaison officer, where she manages the partnerships between researchers and consumers while administering program operations.

Daniel Gould (PhD candidate) is the first medical student to transition to the brand new MD-PhD program at The University of Melbourne and is working on developing a risk prediction tool for total knee replacement recipients using machine learning. This has led to his explorations on how patients and surgeons view the use of artificial intelligence in health care.

Marion Glanville Hearst has over 25 years of experience working as an occupational therapist and brings along a wealth of experience from her degrees in psychology and medical anthropology. Marion plays a key role in the CCIP and has been working with OPUS to establish and improve the Program’s framework and operations. 

Communicating with people seeking care for musculoskeletal pain 

In this OPUS Webinar, physiotherapists and post-doctoral fellows, Dr Samantha Bunzli and Dr JP Caneiro discuss the importance of the language we use when talking about musculoskeletal pain and how clinicians can help shape the patient’s view of their MSK pain.

The structure of orthopaedic surgical training programs and research requirements

Join orthopaedic surgeon and former Dean of Education at the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Professor Ian Incoll, as he details the structure of Australia’s orthopaedic surgery training pathways. If you are interested in working in orthopaedics, this webinar is a must-watch!

Professor Ian Incoll is an orthopaedic surgeon who has had a number of roles in the Australian Orthopaedic Association, including Chair of the Federal Training Committee and Dean of Education. He has been pivotal in developing the latest curriculum and training program for orthopaedic surgery, known as AOA21, making him the perfect person to take us through the nuances of the orthopaedic surgical training program. 

You can find Professor Incoll’s slides here.

Shared decision support in general practice: An antimicrobial stewardship strategy to promote appropriate use of antibiotics in primary care

Dr Ruby Biezen (@RubyBiezen) is a research fellow at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. She was a medical microbiologist in the hospital and community setting for 12 years before working in the general practice setting, where she completed her PhD on exploring the knowledge, attitude and practice of primary care providers and parents on management and prevention of respiratory tract infections in young children in January 2019.  Her interests included infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, vaccination and hand hygiene practices to reduce disease transmission.  She is currently working on projects in general practice on reducing inappropriate prescribing and antibiotic use through developing clinical decision support tools for GPs; developing information sheets for patients, exploring COVID-19 vaccine preparedness and communication strategy; and educating children in hand hygiene through gaming.

Writing for Impact


Research Impact Manager, Ken Knight (@KentheKnight)

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