15 May 2018

RACP John Snow award for medical student Ned Latham

Medical student Ned Latham presenting at the RACP
John Snow awards
Congratulations to Ned Latham, a current Monash medical student, who has won the 2018 Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) John Snow Award for his research.

This annual award goes to the highest ranked student research presentation on public health at the RACP's annual congress.

Ned's presentation had two parts. The first part presented an evaluation of the acceptability of point-of-care hepatitis C testing for people who inject drugs. For this project, Ned interviewed 19 people who had recently undergone point-of-care hepatitis C testing at needle syringe programs as part of a pilot study run by the Burnet Institute (the Rapid-EC study). The second part of his presentation was a reflection on the value of qualitative research in public health.

Ned's presentation presented the data and analysis from the research project he undertook in 2017 as part of  Monash University's one year Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) program. The BMedSc(Hons) year is available to medical students partway through their medical training.

The year of hard work has paid off, with this award. Ned's Honours research project was supervised by Prof Margaret Hellard (Alfred/DEPM/Burnet), Dr Joseph Doyle (Department of Infectious Diseases)  and Dr Alisa Pedrana (Burnet/DEPM).  

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