Jan 2010: Professor Annette Dobson named Member of the Order of Australia
Annette Dobson, BCA Program Coordinator at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, was honoured in the 2010 Australia Day list of honours for her work in public health.
19 January 2010: Study finds partnererd women gain more weight
A study co-authored by Annette Dobson, which found that women with a partner gained more weight than those without a partner or child, was featured in the New York Times.
The study, which has surveyed more than 6,000 women over a 10 year period, is aimed at assessing factors contributing to weight gain in young women.
Source: The University of Queensland School of Population Health
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6 April 2010: G08 Report signals maths education in decline
A report entitled Review of Education in Mathematics, Data Science and Quantitative Disciplines, compiled by the Group of 8 universities (Go8) and released earlier this month,found that the Australian education system faced a potential 'maths crisis'.
The Go8 found that the state of the mathematical and quantitative sciences in Australia has “deteriorated to a dangerous level, and continues to deteriorate”.
According to a contributor to the Go8’s review, Chief of CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics Dr Louise Ryan (pictured), the findings are sobering. “For Australia to be at the forefront of science and business, we need to do more to increase the nation’s output of talented young people in the mathematical sciences.”
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8 March 2010: BCA community page
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11 January 2010: Statistical Society of Australia Accrediation
The BCA Master and (Post)Graduate Dilpoma courses are accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI).
SSAI accrediation gives BCA Masters and (Post)Graduate Diploma graduates from BCA consortium universites automatic status as a Graduate Statistician when they apply to the Society for acdreditaion. For prospective students, this guarantees that the course they are choosing is recognised across Australia.
Find out more about accreditation by the Statistical Society of Australia .
"Growing our own biostatisticians", The Age 29 June 2009
Sue Goss reports on the role of the BCA in training biostatisticians for the workforce.
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29 June 2009: Biostatistics Demand Survey 2009
In 2009, the BCA commissioned a survey of current and potential employers of biostatisticians in order to assess the demand for biostatisticians in the Australian workforce. Read the results below.
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BCA Student Testimonials
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BCA Published Papers
Heller, Gillian Z; Forbe Andrew B; Jobing, Erica; Dear Keith B.G; Biostatistics @ Distance: A Model for Successful Multi-Institutional Delivery, The American Statistician, November 2008, Vol. 62, No. 4.
Although biostatistical work is threaded throughout health research, the health and medical sectors of higher education have not historically provided sufficient support to professional biostatistical training. Many graduates of Master of Public Health programs and Master’s or Graduate Diploma courses in epidemiology acquire the skills to perform a range of statistical analysis, but these skills are necessarily limited to a basic level. In an era of ever-growing complexity of data and of modeling approaches, these generic skills need to be backed up by professional biostatistical expertise.
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Simpson, Judy; Ryan; Philip; Carlin, John; Gurrin, Lyle; Marschner, Ian; Training a New Generation of Biostatisticians: A Successful Consortium Model; Journal of Statistics Education, Volume 17, Number 2 (2009)
In response to the worldwide shortage of biostatisticians, Australia has established a national consortium of eight universities to develop and deliver a Masters program in biostatistics. This article describes our successful innovative multi-institutional training model, which may be of value to other countries. We first present the issues confronting the future of biostatistics in Australia, then relate our experience in establishing a new national consortium-based Masters program, and finally explore the extent to which our initiatives have addressed the current challenges of biostatistics workforce shortages.
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