School of Population Health

Public Health Seminar Series

The School of Population Health Seminar Series offers an opportunity for staff, students and others with an interest in public health research to learn more about the research and related activity of the School. Seminars are held most Wednesdays between 12pm and 1pm and are available online through Microsoft Teams. If you would like more information about the Seminar Series, or if you have suggestions regarding speakers and or topics (including your own) please contact Michele Rains-Joseph. Upcoming seminars may be found at Events.

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Making evidence and policy in public health emergencies: Introducing an ‘evidence-making intervention’ approach

Dr Kari Lancaster, Scientia Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW and Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The question of what constitutes evidence – and ‘evidence-enough’– for intervening in the unknown is a vital contemporary concern. In this seminar, we draw on ideas from Science and Technology Studies to consider critically how evidence translates, and the complexities of how evidence comes to bear on decision-making in public health emergencies, when there is an imperative to act in the face of uncertainty.  (Presented: 28 July, 2021) 


World Drowning Prevention Day 2021: Anyone can drown, no one should

UNSW Beach Safety Research Group - Dr Amy Peden, Dr Jaz Lawes, Professor Rob Brander, Dr Mitch Harley, Mr William Koon

In this seminar we will reflect on the global burden of drowning, hear from a coastal drowning prevention practitioner about prevention efforts in Australia, learn about beach safety research and future frontiers for the rip current hazard, including the role of remote camera imaging, and wrap up with a reflection on the remaining gaps in drowning prevention science and where to go from here.   (Presented: 21 July, 2021) 


Join us - connecting all Australians to the national research effort

Bruce Neal Professor of Medicine and Executive Director of The George Institute Australia, UNSW Sydney

Recruiting people into research studies has hampered Australia’s ability to reach its research potential and remain globally competitive. But evidence suggests most Australians are actually interested in and willing to participate in health and medical research, they just don’t get offered the opportunity. The Join Us register is a digital resource designed to engage these Australians in research that addresses the country’s priority health issues.  (Presented: 14 July, 2021) 


The COVID-19 Outcomes Study

A/Prof Bette Liu, Epidemiologist, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

This seminar will outline findings from a study that was established in collaboration with NSW Health to quantify health outcomes, such as hospitalisations and recovery from COVID-19 infection in NSW. The study uses linked data to provide epidemiological insights into COVID-19 to inform public health prevention strategies.  (Presented: 23 June, 2021) 


Does alcohol-involved homicide increase with unemployment? Implications for the COVID-19 era

Dr Anurag Sharma, Director, Health Leadership & Management Program, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

We use information from 7,189 homicide incidents in Australia and perform time series analysis to test for a long run relationship between economic conditions (proxied by unemployment rate) and alcohol involved homicide offending and victimisation, and subsequently also identify any short run effects on this relationship from shocks to the economy.  (Presented: 16 June, 2021) 


What have death certificates ever done for us?

A/Prof Fred Sitas, Director Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, Conjoint A/Prof School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

This seminar will address the role of death notifications and how they have evolved over 400 years to play a key role in understanding and solving public health problems. Demography, epidemiology, environmental, occupational and maternal health reforms owe its origins to death notifications.   (Presented: 9 June, 2021) 


Insights into the latest research into drugs, alcohol, tobacco and addiction

Professor Michael Farrell, Director of  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney

You will learn about how NDARC operates, our core workplan areas, and what high quality research we are doing right now. You will discover what our Drug Trends team are doing in epidemiology, see highlights from our leading clinical research, and get a better understanding of our globally recognised research on drugs, tobacco, alcohol and addiction.   (Presented: 2 June, 2021) 


COVID-19 and Health Systems in Africa

Dr Augustine Asante, Health economist and health systems researcher, UNSW Sydney

COVID-19 has pushed health systems in many countries to the brink of collapse and decimated the global economy. This seminar will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and explore areas of vulnerabilities in health systems in the region to determine operational and policy challenges that may undermine effective response to the pandemic.  (Presented: 26 May, 2021) 


Agreeing machines instead of thinking machines: Exploring the potential equity implications of the use of machine translation in health services

A/Prof Ben Harris-Roxas, Director, South Eastern Research Collaboration Hub (SEaRCH)

This presentation reports on a survey of 1,558 health care workers and 20 in-depth interviews with workers who use machine translation apps. It discusses the implications for services, government, consumers and families. The presentation also explores the potential implications of the use of neural networks in virtual models of care and other aspects of service delivery and planning. It also considers which groups may lose out through these approaches.  (Presented: 19 May, 2021) 


Creating a “collaborative practice-ready” health workforce: Implementation of an Interprofessional Educational Curriculum

Dr Carl Schneider is an academic, educator, pharmacist and nurse with research interests focusing on the quality use of medicines

This presentation shall describe the impetus for including Interprofessional Education in healthcare curricula including the drivers and benefits; explain the pedagogical underpinnings of a spiral curriculum, and how it may provide structure for Interprofessional Education. The presentation shall then illustrate how an Interprofessional Education curriculum is being implemented across the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, via description of exemplar interprofessional learning activities and associated evaluation.  (Presented: 12 May, 2021)