8 Jun 2018

Honours and upwards at CCS: Jake Valentine shares his experience

Jake Valentine receiving his award for highest aggregate mark
in Monash University's BBiomedSc(Hons) degree in 2017
Congratulations to Jake Valentine, who was the recipient of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honours Prize a few weeks ago for the highest aggregate mark in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) degree!

Jake completed his thesis in 2017 at Central Clinical School (CCS). It was titled: Population-based analysis of the disease burden and hospitalisation costs of invasive fungal disease among patients with haematological malignancies in Victoria, 2005 - 2016.

Jake also represented the CCS at this year's Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting at the Gold Coast where he was a delegate presenting his Honours research.

His thesis captured the disease attribution of linked administrative health and economic data for invasive fungal disease at a state-wide level in haematology-oncology populations. This is the largest longitudinal study on fungal epidemiology in the haematology setting in Australia, leveraging linkage of the largest hospital morbidity database in the country, the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset, with curated government-archived datasets including the Victorian Cancer Registry, Victorian Death Index and Victorian Cost Data Collection.

Jake said that doing his Honours at the CCS was an intellectually stimulating experience. "It fostered my networking horizons and has put in me in good stead for my future career in academia." He was supervised by Drs Olga Morrissey and Michelle Ananda-Rajah in the Department of Infectious Diseases.

Jake is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the National Centre for Infections in Cancer, working towards improving the surveillance capability of infections in cancer. His future plans are to ensure that state government health priorities are supported and education is provided to all hospital staff responsible for infection surveillance.

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