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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The MRFF – Insights and Information from a Researcher Perspective

Associate Professor Ruth Webster speaks about her role in the MRFF, some insights as a researcher who now works for a funder, and provides some general information about the MRFF. Ruth is the Director of Patients and Infrastructure within the Health and Medical Research Office in the Department of Health.  (Presented: 22 June, 2022) 


Performance measurement in alcohol and other drug treatment services
Robert Stirling is a DrPH student and CEO for the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA), the NSW non-government alcohol and other drugs (AOD) peak body.

Improving measures of service user experiences of alcohol and other drug treatment and harm reduction services
Anke van der Sterren is the Senior Research Manager at the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) and is currently undertaking a DrPH.   (Presented: 15 June, 2022) 


Knowledge Translation through Civil Society Organisations: Some examples from The Fred Hollows Foundation

In this seminar, development and policy experts from The Fred Hollows Foundation are joined by academics from the UNSW School of Population Health, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and The Kirby Institute to share three examples that demonstrate the value of multi-sector collaborations and translating research into action. Additionally, we hope this seminar will help to start a conversation about future collaborations between UNSW and The Fred Hollows Foundation.  (Presented: 8 June, 2022) 


The strategic directions of the SPHERE Cancer Clinical Academic Group

This seminar will describe the SPHERE translational research group and the Cancer Clinical Academic Group in particular. The governance structure, NSW Cancer Institute capacity building grant and the key focus areas of research will be described. 

Professor Delaney is a radiation oncologist at Liverpool Hospital, Professor of Radiation Oncology at UNSW and clinical leader of the Translational Cancer Research Network for SPHERE.   (Presented: 25 May, 2022) 


Conversation analysis of pain talk in general practice

Along with observable signs and various forms of testing and imaging, patient description of symptoms forms a core part of the diagnostic process. This includes the symptom of pain. As pain is a subjective experience, clinicians primarily rely on patients’ descriptions of their pain to determine its severity.

Dr Sarah White is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW. Sarah is a conversation analyst and qualitative health researcher and has worked in clinical communication and safety and quality research, teaching, and policy for over 15 years.  (Presented: 4 May, 2022) 


Effectiveness and Acceptability of a Mobile Phone Text Messaging Intervention to Improve Blood Pressure Control (TEXT4BP) among Hypertensive Patients in Nepal. A Randomised Controlled Trial

Uncontrolled blood pressure among patients diagnosed with hypertension is a significant challenge, leading to high rates of morbidity and mortality, especially confined more to LMICs. In LMICs, the rapid uptake and availability of mobile phones provide excellent opportunities for a host of an intervention.

Dr Buna Bhandari, is working as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Central Department of Public Health, Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal.  (Presented: 20 April, 2022) 


Using mathematical modelling to guide the allocation and prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccines

Mathematical modelling has been a key component of both real-time decision-making and longer-term planning for COVID-19 and has been widely used to inform decisions on vaccine strategies, both within countries and at the global level.

Alexandra Hogan is a mathematical infectious disease modeller, focussed on using modelling to quantify the public health impact of new vaccines.  (Presented: 6 April, 2022) 


Closing health care gaps for children

Preventative programs, diagnostic approaches, and therapies exist for many childhood conditions, but they often don’t reach the child who needs them because the system to reach them is broken, weak, under strain or never existed. 

Seminar presented 9 March, 2022 by Alexandra Martiniuk, Professor (Epidemiology) at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Medicine and Health 


Overview of SPHERE Implementation Science Platform activities

Associate Professor Caleb Ferguson is the Deputy Director of the SPHERE Implementation Science Platform for Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE). He will provide a short overview of engagement activities and opportunities with the Implementation Science Platform. (Presented: 23 February, 2022) 


Reformulating the Australian food supply to prevent non-communicable diseases: Why do we need them, what do we have, and what more could be done?

In this presentation, Dr Wu will explain why we are facing a health emergency driven by unhealthy diets in Australia, and the need for evidence-based regulations and policies to help reduce the immense diet-related disease burden. He will provide an overview of the government endorsed food reformulation program in Australia, present evidence on its likely impact, its strength and weaknesses, and highlight what else we can and should do by drawing on international examples and case studies. (Presented: 24 November, 2021)