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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An evaluation of Multi-Systemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) and Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®)

Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Deputy Director of NDARC, UNSW Sydney

This seminar will present an evaluation of two NSW-wide family-based programs aimed at reducing the number of children in out-of-home care: Multi-Systemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) and Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®). (Presented: 13 October, 2021) 


Resilience in pharmacy: What have we learned from COVID for whatever comes next?

Professor Zubin Austin, Koffler Research Chair and Academic Director Centre for Practice Excellence, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

The unprecedented events of COVID and its impact on community pharmacy practice have highlighted important issues with respect to the resilience of the pharmacy workforce and community pharmacy practice. (Presented: 8 October, 2021) 


Global progress on reducing population salt intake: lessons for noncommunicable disease prevention strategies

Prof Jacqui Webster, Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact, The George Institute for Global Health, Conjoint Professor, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW

Jacqui will provide an overview of global progress on salt reduction strategies towards the United Nations targets. She will discuss the findings of two recent systematic reviews of salt reduction programs that highlight the need for more action, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. She will highlight how the lessons from failed implementation of salt reduction strategies are applicable to other areas of NCD prevention. (Presented: 22 September, 2021) 


The COVID-19 vaccine rollout – is equity achievable?

What does vaccine equity look like? How do we stop COVID-19 becoming a disease of poverty? How can everyone be ‘free’ when freedom is dictated by equitable access to vaccines? COVID-19 vaccines are fast becoming the only path back to normal in many countries. Yet, vaccine access isn’t a level playing field with low- and middle-income countries being left behind.  (Presented: 14 September, 2021) 


Using data to drive improvements in hip fracture care

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Ever thought about what is involved in establishing and maintaining a clinical quality registry? This seminar will show how evidence from research was critical in establishing the need for a clinical quality registry, the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR).  (Presented: 15 September, 2021) 


Infectious disease contact tracing – from the belly of the beast

Associate Professor Margo Barr, Epidemiologist, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity

Margo will talk about contact tracing—what it is and how it works—focusing on the personal side from her experience in managing the teams who make the case and contact calls during her secondment to the Ministry of Health for the current COVID-19 pandemic.  (Presented: 8 September, 2021) 


Using CCTV and Machine Learning to Identify Crisis Behaviours at a Suicide Hotspot

Dr Sandersan (Sandy) Onie is a post-doctoral fellow at the Black Dog Institute and the Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a major public health problem in Australia, being the leading cause of death for people under 45 years of age in Australia. Studies show that of all suicides, 30% occur in public places with many occurring in frequently used locations called hotspots.  (Presented: 1 September, 2021) 


From a UNSW SPHCMer to a global health researcher: a case study

A/Prof Tuan Anh Nguyen is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and a Principal Research Fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute and Swinburne University of Technology

In this presentation, A/Prof Tuan Anh Nguyen will share his experience on how to engage with stakeholders to translate research findings to change health policy and practice at a global level.  (Presented: 25 August, 2021) 


Bringing wula (voices) into Aboriginal health research

Dr Michelle Kennedy is a Wiradjuri woman and an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Thurru Indigenous Health Unit, School of Medicine and Public Health, at the University of Newcastle

Dr Kennedy is partnering with Aboriginal communities to place the power in their hands and address an important area to improve Aboriginal health.  (Presented: 11 August, 2021) 


Is it the right time to talk about end of life care

Joel Rhee associate professor of general practice at the University of Wollongong, adjunct associate professor at the School of Population Health UNSW

Despite the fact that death is a universal human experience, we do not seem to be well prepared for death. Many people do not talk to their health providers about their preferences for end-of-life care, and the period preceding death is often characterised by unmet care needs, inadequately controlled symptoms, psychosocial distress, caregiver burden, unplanned hospital admissions and the use of invasive investigations and procedures. This seminar will discuss the potential solutions to this problem, as well as their limitations.  (Presented: 4 August, 2021)