CRE Training Lab

A training collaboration between the Centres of Research Excellence at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Each episode presents tools and information on new topics aimed at early to mid career researchers and PhD students.

Sue West gives examples and advice on policy and advocacy work for health researchers. 

Sue West is the Associate Director of Policy and Service Development at the Royal Children's Hospital's Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Sue mentioned these web resources:

Australian Institute of Family Studies 

Australian Policy Online

The Mandarin

The Conversation

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

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Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea shares her experience of professional development through effective networking. Maggie gives tips on how, when, where and with whom to network. 

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea is a researcher in genetics at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

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Maximise your scientific profile and personal brand through different social media platforms, including social media outlets such as The Conversation.


Speakers include:

Louise Randall from the Doherty Institute; an occasional writer for Franklin Women and a science blogger (

Jacquie Tran - sports scientist (

Alexandra (Ally) Hansen, Deputy Section Editor Health & Medicine for The Conversation (

Elizabeth Bremner from Murdoch Children's Research Institute

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A panel discussion on what mentoring is, how it can and should work to help you get the most of a mentoring experience, who might be the right mentor for you and how you can go about finding a mentor.

Professor Stephanie Brown is head of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Dr Gabrielle Wilson is a Senior Research Officer at the Bruce Lefroy Centre and a satisfied mentee.

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The research community is evolving. The way in which we quantify legitimate research activities, judge research output, communicate our findings, share ideas and collaborate has changed in recent years. This seminar will explore how the evolution of open access policies, research metrics, peer review, crowdfunding and social media are changing the landscape of academic research. We'll look at how researchers are now more empowered than ever to promote their own work, drive opinion in their respective disciplines, and connect to funders and collaborators at unprecedented levels. As part of this seminar David will look at which platforms are trending in these areas, and provide links to some useful resources.

Dr David Martino is a Senior Research Officer with the Centre for Food and Allergy Research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and holds an Honorary Research Fellow appointment with the University of Melbourne.

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