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 Professor Robyn Richmond. Upcoming seminars may be found at Events.

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Confluence of suicide and drug overdose epidemics in young Australian males: common causality?

Professor Richard Taylor, Professor of International and Public Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM), UNSW Sydney

Young adult (aged 20–34) males experience higher mortality than females, and in age groups immediately younger and older, and with considerable variation in death rates over time. Trends in mortality and the cause structure of deaths among young adult Australian males over 1979–2011 are investigated, with a focus on suicide and drug overdose. <Download flyer> (Presented: 19 September 2018)


Health Financing Equity and Universal Coverage in Cambodia: Progress and Challenges

Dr Augustine Asante (Kojo), Health Economist and Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM), UNSW Sydney

The Cambodian health care system has seen significant improvements in the last two decades but despite these achievements access to quality health care remains problematic. To address these challenges, the government has committed to universal health coverage and is reforming the health financing system to align with this goal. This study employs a benefit incidence analysis (BIA) to assess the distributional impact of government health care spending in Cambodia. <Download flyer> (Presented: 12 September 2018)


Activating Primary Care COPD Patients with Multi-morbidity(APCOM)Pilot Study

Dr Sameera Ansari, Research Fellow, South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub(SEaRCH), Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE), UNSW Sydney

Though the whole (multi-morbidity) is more than the sum of the parts (co-morbidities), it is sometimes necessary to consider a specific index condition during patient-provider consultations. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the index condition in the context, or backdrop, of multi-morbidity in the APCOM pilot study. <Download flyer> (Presented: 29 August 2018)


Is influenza really a seasonal disease?

Dr David Muscatello, Senior Lecturer in infectious diseases epidemiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Annual seasonal influenza vaccine manufacturing cycles align with temperate country seasonality in each hemisphere, yet influenza seasonality is poorly defined for many countries. The study introduces a novel and universal approach to defining and classifying seasonality that can be used to classify any country’s influenza vaccine cycle alignment. <Download flyer> (Presented: 22 August 2018)


The burden of anti-malarial drug resistance in Vietnam

Kieu Nguyet Oanh Phamm Fellow of the 2018 Australia Awards Fellowships program for the activity “Health Security and Anti-malarial Resistance Surveillance Strengthening in Vietnam” at SPHCM

Malaria, a curable and preventable disease, is still a public health burden in Vietnam. Although many prevention and control strategies have been implemented, the goal to eliminate malaria is still a big challenge because of the increasing antimalarial drug resistance in Vietnam and other Greater Mekong Subregion neighbours. Drs Pham and Duong discuss about antimalarial drug resistance and its recent trend in Vietnam. <Download flyer> (Presented: 27 June 2018)


Living with dementia: is there a place for resilience?

Dr Julie Christie has experience of working with people living with dementia as a nurse, social worker and social work manager

New thinking about how to support people with dementia and their care partners is needed if health, social care and housing support systems are to provide more personalised, impactful and cost-effective solutions. Resilience could offer a solution. However, the concept is not well understood and people with dementia are often assumed to be ‘risky people’ This lecture explores our understanding of dementia and resilience, and provides an opportunity to reflect on current thinking and practice in this area. <Download flyer> (Presented: 30 May 2018)


WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth and underlying digital health R&D program

Professor Teng Liaw, Professor of General Practice and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth, SPHCM, UNSW Sydney

Professor Teng Liaw speaks about the designation of the School of Public Health and  Community Medicine as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth and a cluster digital health projects being conducted in the SPHCM, UNSW and partner organisations such as Primary Health Networks, Local Health Districts, government and non-government agencies.  <Download flyer>  (Presented: 23 May 2018)


Learning from using an appreciative inquiry (action research) approach to the study of nursing home life

Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, University of Salford, UK

An appreciative inquiry (action research) approach was used to study how meaning and purpose in the lives of nursing home residents could be enhanced. A primary focus of the study was to optimise the participation of nursing home residents within the study as there was a lack of pro-active involvement of residents in previous studies. <Download flyer>  (Presented: 16 May 2018)


Moving from criminal justice to public health approaches to gun control in Australia; the challenges ahead

Samantha Lee, Lawyer, Chair of Gun Control Australia (GCA)

Australia’s gun laws were dramatically amended after Australia experienced the ‘worst lone gun massacre’ the world had seen at Port Arthur in Tasmania. The framework for this change was prevention before cure. It was a departure from the traditional “criminal justice” approach to gun control towards a “public health approach”. This talk examines why this “public health” model has been so beneficial to Australia, and the challenges ahead for preventing this model being undermined. <Download flyer>  (Presented: 11 April 2018)


Prevention is the best cure: Preventive lessons from historic misconduct by clinicians in New Zealand

Professor Kate Diesfeld, Chair of the Ethics Committee and Professor of Law at Auckland University of Technology

Many patients who file complaints regarding clinicians’ misconduct claim their primary goal is to protect future patients. In this spirit, a team of New Zealand researchers have researched who, what, where, when and how misconduct occurred. Due to New Zealand’s unique medico-legal system, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has significant relevance for patient safety. Also, for those who believe that physicians should heal themselves, further ballast is provided our research on how clinicians’ health impairments featured in disciplinary proceedings.  <Download flyer>  (Presented: 14 February 2018)