Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
MS McLeod Research Seminar Series

MS McLeod Research Seminar Series

The MS McLeod Research Fund is continuing to support a monthly research seminar series at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

The MS McLeod Research Fund was established by a bequest from the estate of Murdoch Stanley McLeod. The purpose of this fund is to support in perpetuity paediatric research. This fund offers various scholarships, fellowships and grants annually.

One of the popular initiatives of the Fund is to sponsor the MS McLeod Research Seminar Series, which is held monthly (February – November), usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month (as listed below but with some flexibility for dates) at 12.30 pm in the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The seminars will be preceded by light refreshments at 12 noon.

Each year the Research Seminar Series Organising Committee seeks nominations from WCHN staff to bring leading researchers/speakers in your research field to Adelaide for the MS McLeod Research Seminars at the Hospital. This represents a great opportunity for you to bring like-minded researchers and/or interesting speakers to Adelaide. Whilst a seminar is required, the speaker’s time is otherwise free enabling their presentation to be combined with a visit to your Department.

Each national or international speaker can be funded for a return airfare to Adelaide (from within Australia and from the nearest Australian capital city), one nights’ accommodation at a hotel/apartment near the WCH, and an honorarium. Lunch is also provided on the day of the Seminar.

If there is anyone you want to nominate as a MS McLeod speaker, please contact Katherine McPhail via e-mail at katherine.mcphail@sa.gov.au in the first instance with details of your nomination and a sentence or two about why they should be invited as an MS McLeod speaker.

Please note that priority will be given to leading and experienced researchers / speakers who will address topics of relevance to women's and children's health.

All nominations will be assessed for suitability by the Organising Committee upon receiving the attached completed Speaker Application Form.

Any additional enquiries to:

Dr Andrea Averis
Tel:  (08) 8161 7703 or email: andrea.averis@health.sa.gov.au

Katherine McPhail
Tel:  (08) 8161 8175 or email: katherine.mcphail@health.sa.gov.au

Seminar Program 2016



Position / Organisation


Feb 24

Prof Maria Makrides

Theme Leader - Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and leads the Child Nutrition Research Centre, based at Women's and Children's Hospital.

'Can fish oil really prevent pre-term birth?'

Mar 23

No Speaker

Apr 27

Dr Stefanie Schurer

School of Economics and Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award

"A new approach to evaluate the cost effectiveness of health interventions for children and adolescents"

May 25

Ms Pam Murphy
Registered Nurse, Project Manager for the Transforming Health initiative SA Health

"NPT-Fabio the Frog -A Patient survey toolkit supporting Hearing the Voices of Children as consumers of Health Services at WCH"

Jun 1
Prof Rhonda Marriott

Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University.

Chair in Nursing, Maternal & New born Health, Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Nursing and Midwifery Office, Department of Health, Western Australia.

"Contemporary challenges to enhancing WA Aboriginal Children’s health outcomes"

Jun 22

Prof Andrew Day

Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Christchurch, NZ
"Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a modern epidemic?"

Jul 20

Prof David Coghill

Chair, Financial Markets

‘Why is Phillip so fidgety and Johnny such an airhead? Current understanding about the nature, causes and treatment of ADHD’

Aug 24

Dr Cathy Morgan
CP Alliance Research Institute
Early detection of cerebral palsy – time to change practice.

Sep 28

Prof Paddy Philips
SA Health

Oct 26

Ms Vanessa Tillbrook
WCHN Centre for Education

Real time to real life: Puppet simulation by Paediatric Nurses

Nov 11
Dr Karen Ford
ADON Research & Practice Development, Tasmanian Health Service
Participatory, Collaborative approaches to Practice Change: Exemplars from our Island State.

Nov 30

Dr Carmel Collins
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.


last modified: 21 Nov 2016