ViCBiostat Summer School 2018

(In conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria)


19th - 23rd February 2018

This year our Summer School is in conjunction with Cancer Council Victoria to present a five day Melbourne program.

Monday and Tuesday will be a course on meta-analysis methods presented by ViCBiostat and these days must be taken together.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are stand-alone courses hosted by ViCBiostat and Cancer Council Victoria and delivered by international experts in statistical methods in population cancer research.

The courses all include extensive discussion of practical examples and hands-on training in relevant statistical software using the Stata and R packages.

Who should attend?

Monday and Tuesday: Pre-requisite knowledge for this workshop is a sound understanding of epidemiological and statistical concepts including multivariable regression models.  The level of course material is well beyond an introduction to biostatistics. Knowledge of either Stata or R is important with participants expected to be able to conduct reproducible statistical analyses using the programming language in at least one of these packages.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: The focus is on principles and application rather than mathematical detail; a degree in mathematics or statistics is not required. Some prior knowledge of survival analysis methods would be an advantage.

Venue Details

Monash University (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdy)
Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
553 St Kilda Rd

Cancer Council Victoria (Thursday, Friday)
615 St Kilda Rd


19th & 20th February - Meta-analysis (Mon & Tues)
PRESENTERS:  Dr Joanne McKenzie & Dr Emily Karahalios, ViCBiostat.
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21st February - Beyond the Cox model - flexible parametric survival models and extensions (Wed)
PRESENTERS: Prof Paul Lambert, University of Leicester, ViCBiostat.
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22nd February - Statistical methods for population-based studies of cancer patient survival (Thurs)
PRESENTERS: Prof Paul Dickman, Karolinska Institute.
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23rd February - Applying methods from previous 2 days (Fri)
PRESENTERS: Prof Paul Dickman & Prof Paul Lambert
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Participants are expected to have copies of required software applicable for each day pre-installed on laptops and ready to use.  Please contact Marian Chandler on (03) 9936 6049 no less than 2 weeks prior to commencement of the program if problems are foreseen.   Stata V14 or above required for all sessions. Further instructions specific to Wednesday-Friday sessions will be emailed closer to the date.


Each day runs from 9.00am - 5.00pm with the following breaks:

  • 10.30am - 10.50am: Morning tea
  • 12.30pm -   1.30pm: Lunch
  •   3.00pm -   3.20pm: Afternoon tea
    * catering provided.

Click here to see course fees.

Registration will be via Trybooking.  Opening soon. 

Please note the following:

  • Early bird rate finishes on 19/1/18.
  • Students must be full time.  ID number is required to register.
  • MCRI staff may request a cost centre transfer but must complete online registration process for administration purposes. Contact Marian Chandler (email link) to arrange transfer and obtain promotional code.  
  • All prices inclusive of GST.
  • Registration fee includes catering.
  • A small booking fee applies in addition to prices stated.
  • Cancellation policy: refund of registration fee less 25% if cancellation within 1 week of course.

Contact Marian Chandler for any questions regarding registration.


Quest Apartments offers a corporate/government rate to Monash University guests.  State this upon booking.
Quest Apartments, Prahran

Other options include:
Melbourne Parkview Hotel
Mantra, St Kilda Road
L'Emporia Apartments
Pullman on the Park