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November 2019

Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory (HUE)
 is proud to be an undertaking of Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE). Maridulu Budyari Gumal is an academic health science partnership of 14 leading organisations with an ambitious purpose to change the future of healthcare. Maridulu Budyari Gumal - our Aboriginal name gifted to us by the Dharug people - means ‘working together for good health and wellbeing’.
Latest updates from the HUE Collaboratory and wider Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) network.
Maridulu Budyari Gumal Annual Performance Review Oral Presentation Day 
Prof Evelyne de Leeuw presenting on behalf of HUE, 7th November 2019

The 'H' in SPHERE is for Health: 
"We’re breaking down the professional, organisational and geographic boundaries that divide us. We’re doing this to forge new, collaborative ways of working. This is how we will better serve our communities and significantly improve their health" - Maridulu Budyari Gumal

HUE Events

  • Last week HUE Leader, Prof Evelyne de Leeuw presented on behalf of HUE to showcase HUE progress and impact as part of the Maridulu Budyari Gumal, SPHERE annual performance review.
  • “Targeting unhealthy places: A systematic Approach” workshop led by Prof Jason Prior was held at UTS on 28.10.19. The workshop included LHDs, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment present, along with a range of local councils, and the various universities and health institutes.  
  • “Mental Health and Urban Policy” workshop led by Prof Donald McNeill (WSU) and Prof Nik Rose (Kings College London) on 8.11.19

HUE Awards
  • Our HUE colleagues: Prof Jason Prior, Prof Jon Adams, Dr Erica McIntyre, and Prof Susan Thompson, have been honoured in the 2019 PHRP Excellence Awards. As you may know the Public Health Research & Practice Awards celebrate outstanding health research with real-world impact. The team have been awarded a Highly commended – In practice for their paper: Built environment interventions for human and planetary health: integrating health in climate change adaptation and mitigation (6 December 2018) Jason H Prior, Irena LC Connon, Erica McIntyre, Jon Adams, Anthony Capon, Jennifer Kent, Chris Rissel, Leena E Thomas, Susan M Thompson, Harriet Westcott  
  • Last week Prof Evelyne de Leeuw took home the 2019 UNSW Medicine: Distinguished Research Prize
HUE Operations
  • The HUE executive continue to meet monthly. As we head into 2020, the HUE partnership will look to further strengthen:
    • Membership and partnership model
    • Opportunities for member networking
    • Opportunities to leverage partnership strengths
    • Opportunities for joint grant applications
    • Communication and Engagement
    • Education and Training
    • Pathway to translation
HUE Funding Opportunities
  • The HUE Collaboratory 2019 Funding Scheme round 2 closed on 8.10.19. The review panel comprising of the HUE executive, representatives from WSU, UTS, UNSW and an independent SPHERE representative will come together on 26.11.19 to select the next round of HUE projects. Projects will be awarded $5,000 to $25,000 to be spent within 12 months. Applicants will be notified of the outcome on 13.12.19
  • Stay tuned for further details on the HUE 2020 Funding Scheme Round 1

Current HUE Projects

  • NSW built environment practitioners’ perspectives on place-making opportunities that deliver health and wellbeing outcomes (Led by Professor Nicky Morrison, WSU)
  • Climate change health and vulnerability assessment of South Eastern and South Western Sydney – Scoping Study (Led by Dr Fiona Haigh, UNSW; Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation)
  • Conceptualising unhealthy urban places: The need for a systems approach (Led by Professor Jason Prior, Institute of Sustainable Futures, UTS)

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"Deep-fried Mars bars," some have speculated. "The weather," others suggested. For years, those reasons were as good as any. In 2012, The Economist described it thus: "It is as if a malign vapour rises from the Clyde at night and settles in the lungs of sleeping Glaswegians.". The phenomenon has become known as the Glasgow Effect. 
HUE colleague Prof Nicky Morrison (WSU) was drawn in to provide comments on:
Funding Opportunities
  • ​​Cancer CAG E/MCR Seed Grants - now open 
    Grants of up to $50,000 for 1 year are available for early- and mid-career researchers (up to 15 years post-PhD) to lead collaborative projects that align with our Areas of Focus and BIG Ideas identified for each. 
    Clinicians (all types of healthcare professional) are encouraged to apply. Non-clinical Associate Professors and Professors (Levels D and E) are NOT eligible as Project Leads but can be included in the team. Projects must be clinically informed (including discovery research), demonstrated by inclusion of at least one clinician in the team. 
    Proposals must be substantive, cross-disciplinary initiatives. Successful awards will focus on building novel programs and solutions or transforming existing research across disparate organisational/geographical hubs into new, harmonised models of research. 
    Deadline: 8 Dec 2019. 
    Apply now! 

    NHMRC Development Grants 2020
    Minimum data due: Wed, 20 November. 
    Read more.
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Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory Executive Committee:

Prof Evelyne de Leeuw (UNSW; Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation CHETRE), Prof Donald McNeill (WSU, HUE Deputy Lead), Prof Jason Prior (UTS, HUE Deputy Lead), Julie Dixon (SESLHD), Dr Stephen Conaty (SWSLHD) & Leila Niemela (SPHERE)

Our mailing address is:
HUE Collaboratory, 1 Campbell St, Liverpool NSW 2170

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