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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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) 


Geocoding address information

Katrina Blazek, Lecturer in biostatistics University of Sydney, Biostatistician Centre for Kidney Research

Geocoding is the process of taking an address and converting it to spatial information such as latitude and longitude or statistical area. This information can be used to assign a measure of socioeconomic status. In this talk I will show how we geocoded addresses and the information gained by using this process.  (Presented: 19 May, 2021) 


Applying science and advancing practice: combining implementation science with implementation practice to translate evidence-based interventions

Hossai Gul, Implementation Manager at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

There is an implementation gap in health between what we know works best from science and what is applied in practice. This presentation will cover an anchoring framework that brought together implementation science and implementation practice to design, implement, and evaluate three state-wide models of care in genetics and genomics.   (Presented: 28 April, 2021) 


A deliberative approach to equity-oriented research priority-setting: results of six Citizens' Juries conducted with people in Australian prisons

Dr Paul Simpson, Research Fellow, Justice Health Research Program at the School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney, and the Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Offender Health

As part of the ‘Health Research Involving Prisoners Project’, we explored the use of a deliberative approach in a carceral setting to contribute to equitable health research priority-setting. The presentation focuses on the findings and challenges of conducting Citizens’ Juries with incarcerated people in six prisons in Australia.   (Presented: 14 April, 2021) 


What defines an epidemiologist in a pandemic response?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has finally learnt a little bit about what the word epidemiology means (it’s not a skin specialist), but few would have an understanding of what epidemiologists actually do. Even if you are an epidemiologist, you may not know what goes on behind the scenes in a pandemic response. Our epidemiological training may not prepare us for what is needed from an epidemiologist in a pandemic. This webinar aims to lift the veil on what epidemiologists have been doing over the last year to help keep us safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and to discuss how epidemiology may need to change to prepare for future pandemics.   (Presented: 25 March, 2021)