ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Program

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ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Program: The Australian National University is seeking expressions of interest from organisations in ASEAN countries to host an MAE Scholar within the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Program.

The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has run the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) – Australia’s only field
epidemiology training program – for the last twenty-six years. The program has been extremely successful with graduates making significant contributions to communicable disease control both in Australia and overseas. NCEPH has run the MAE program in partnership with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Department of Health and field placements. Graduates have gone on to work in health
departments at local, state, national and international levels, as well as in research institutions and academia in the areas of vaccine preventable diseases, food and waterborne diseases, sexuall transmissible infections, non- communicable diseases, Indigenous health and international health.
NCEPH is seeking expressions of interest from organisations in ASEAN countries interested in offering field placements to recipients of the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship to undertake the MAE
in 2019. ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship Scheme
We are very excited in 2019 to offer fellowships to high calibre candidates based in ASEAN countries to undertake the MAE.

The fellowship provides successful candidates with:

  • a stipend to cover living costs for a period of 22 months,
  • international student fees and
  • accommodation and travel to attend course blocks in Canberra

The fellowship will be provided by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and administered by the ANU. MAE scholars To date, 206 scholars have completed the
MAE. Scholars have at least one undergraduate qualification and over half have either a PhD or MPH qualification.

They come from a range of professional backgrounds including medicine, nursing, psychology and veterinary medicine, as well as from employment in public health agencies and research institutions. All MAE students have a passion for public health and are selected into the program in consultation with potential placements.
ASEAN fellows will be experienced in population health and identified as future leaders within their countries. They will demonstrate a commitment to develop and strengthen health security, build
capacity through training and transfer of knowledge and be willing to work collaboratively across borders.

Program structure

The MAE is a two year research degree that emphasises work-integrated learning— learning at work, from work, for work.

The curriculum combines 8 weeks of on- campus coursework in Canberra and distance learning with field projects selected in consultation with field supervisors on the basis of their potential
contribution to public health actions, programs, policies and practice.
For the duration of the program, MAE scholars are placed in a field placement such as in a health department, public health unit, research institute, reference laboratory, or other suitable organisation. Experienced ANU staff and field supervisors oversee the work of MAE scholars while they are in the field placement.

Benefits of hosting an MAE scholar

The MAE is more than an education program for graduates; it contributes directly to the public health functions and activities of the field placement. MAE scholars will co-design and conduct projects with their field placements. Our vision for the ASEAN fellows is that their projects are aligned with national priorities and have a significant translational impact on policy and practice.

While on field placements over the last 26 years, MAE scholars have investigated, responded to and reported on over 300 outbreaks. In this time they have established, evaluated and analysed data from many surveillance systems. Scholars have participated in the response to local, national and international public health emergencies including the responses to Ebola virus, pandemic H1N1 influenza and SARS.
Requirements of field placements Organisations providing field placements are required to:

  • participate in the process of recruiting and selecting scholars,
  • identify and supervise the field projects,
  • ensure projects enable fellows to meet the required competencies and
  • provide a work environment that enables effective learning while the scholar contributes directly to the workplace functions and activities.

Required competencies
During the 22 month field placement MAE scholars must meet the following competencies:

  • investigate an outbreak or other acute public health event
  • evaluate or implement a public health surveillance system
  • conduct an analysis of public health data,
  • design and conduct an epidemiological study,
  • design and conduct training related to the field of epidemiology, and
  • present public health data for a lay audience, present at a national or international conference, provide a late draft of a peer reviewed paper.

Selection of ASEAN-Australia Health Security field placements

  • Potential field placements will be identified through consultation with the Ministry of Health in the respective nations, the ASEAN country office, other partners working in population health in- country and the MAE faculty.
  • Field placements will be vetted on their ability to provide a field supervisor with the appropriate skills to support the MAE fellow, suitable projects for the fellow to meet their core competencies and the necessary resources and environment to facilitate learning.

Recruitment of ASEAN Health Security fellows
There will be an open call for potential applicants for the fellowship in the relevant countries. The ANU is committed to promoting gender equity and applications from women will be encouraged.

All candidates will be required to meet the admission criteria for the MAE program and for the Australian National University.
The MAE faculty will be responsible for short-listing candidates and then field placements will be invited to participate in the interview process.

NCEPH will advertise for applications to the MAE program in July 2018. The ASEAN-Australia Health Security
Fellowship Scheme will open applications in August 2018 with the final selection of fellows in November
2018. MAE scholars and ASEAN fellows will start in their field placement organisation in February 2019.

More information If you have any questions about the program, or would like to submit an expression of interest for an MAE scholar, please contact MAE Program director, Professor Ross Andrews T : +61 437425494 E : Ross.andrews@anu.edu W : nceph.anu.edu.au

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