ANZSTAT and StatsSci.org
This is a forum for exchange of information for statisticians in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a good way of staying in touch with events, issues and advertised positions within the statistical community. Subscription is free.
It's available here
There is also a job listing database here
Statistical Society of Australia Inc
The SSAI represents Australian and overseas statisticians, providing an umbrella organisation for Branches in six States and Territories. The objective of the Society is to further the study, application and good practice of statistical theory and methods in all branches of learning and enterprise.
The BCA Masters and Graduate Diploma are accredited SSAI courses.
An income-contingent loans scheme is available to all local fee paying postgraduate coursework students. For details see FEE-HELP
Professional Development Programs
Go to the Education link at these sites:
Statistical Society of Australia
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
NSW Health Biostatistical Training Officer Program
The need for evidence-based public health and the associated volume of increasingly complex health data have resulted in a growing demand for high-level biostatistical skills within the public health workforce. In recognition of this need, the NSW Department of Health established a three year Biostatistical Officer Training Program in 2000 within the Centre for Epidemiology and Research.
Since the first 2 Trainees started in 2001, 19 Biostatistical Officers have graduated and a further 22 are in various stages of the program. Read more...
Statistical Job Announcements
StatSci.org lists contains an extensive list of job opportunities in the statistical community in Australia and New Zealand. It is sourced from the anzstats mailing group, press, and other sources, and is updated on a regular basis.
The Statistal Society of Australia hosts a job board.
The newsletter of the Australian Epidemiological Association (AEA), the AEA Bulletin, is emailed to members on a regular basis. It is a good resource for job opportunities and upcoming events. For more information about subscribing go here
Journals need reviewers
Journal editors are always looking for reviewers. Particular journals are seeking contributions from members of the statistical community in general, and it presents a good opportunity for more advanced students and alumni to get some practice in reviewing and seeing what research people are doing. Additionally their names will appear in the journal’s reviewer list (good for including in CVs).
Particular journals that have requested this service are:
The Australian Family Physician (AFP), the official journal of the Royal Australian College of Practitioners (RACGP)
“The AFP is always striving to improve quality and is now expanding its’ reviewer and author database to meet increasing demands. At present, we are particularly looking for more reviewers with expertise in biostatistics.
Reviewers can register on the manuscript central website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/afp or follow the links from the AFP website www.racgp.org.au/afp. They will need to select their qualifications, areas of interest and provide a contact email. For technical assistance they can contact our production team on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 8699-0546.
Our database can tell us whether reviewers are currently available or have reviewed recently and we try not to contact anyone who has stated that they are unavailable or have completed a reviewed in the last 6 to 12 months to ensure that we do not overload our reviewers and wear out our welcome! Our reviewers usually enjoy being part of the process and being able to put their skills and knowledge to use in improving the quality of our magazine (and therefore the quality of continuing education of Australia’s GPs).
The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics.
“Book reviews important for the statistical community as they help us decide what books on art and science of probability and statistics, out of the hundreds published per annum, may be useful to add to our toolbox, be it personal or institutional.
I would like to build up a list of people willing to review a book or two for the journal, so if you are interested, or want more details as to what's involved, please contact me at Richard.Penny@stats.govt.nz”.
Papers & Articles of Interest
Evidence of need for more and better biostatistics; and Statistics, the dream job
Members of BCA Writing Group have published 2 papers about training biostatisticians.