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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Why do populations from lower income countries have higher blood pressure?

Professor Alta Schutte, Principal Lead, Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine Theme, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Working more than two decades in Africa, and seeing on a daily basis in population-based studies large volumes of people with very high blood pressure, I have started on a pathway to understand this phenomenon and to do something about it. (Presented: 21 October, 2020)  READ MORE


Why injury? My journey through research, policy and implementation

Professor Rebecca Ivers, Head, School of Population Health, UNSW Medicine

Prof Rebecca Ivers, recognised internationally for her expertise in injury prevention and trauma care, has expertise in design and conduct of large observational studies and randomised trials. Her work has substantially improved understanding relating to the burden of and risk factors for injury in many countries and informed policies for improving safety and injury globally. (Presented: 23 September, 2020)  READ MORE


The natural trajectory from landscape architecture to urban health political science university

Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Director, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), Director, Healthy Urban Environments (HUE) Collaboratory, UNSW Sydney

Evelyne de Leeuw joined CHETRE in September, 2015, and is based at the interface of health research, policy and practice at UNSW Sydney, the South Western Sydney Local Health District/Population Health, and the Ingham Institute. She has been active in the international Healthy Cities movement and has a reputation in building public health curricula in tertiary education around the world. (Presented: 9 September, 2020)  READ MORE


Person-centered approaches to developing measures to counter child injury

Associate Professor Julie Brown, Head Injury Program the George Institute for Global Health Sydney, Co- Director Transurban Road Safety Centre NeuRA, Associate Professor School of Medical Science UNSW Sydney

The World Health Organisation (WHO) calls injury ‘a major killer’ of children. It is the 5th leading cause of childhood death worldwide, and 7th leading cause of disability. Over the last few decades there has been much progress in finding effective ways to prevent many of the different types of injury sustained by children, however a number of gaps in tangible solutions to minimising common types of injury remain. (Presented: 2 September, 2020)  READ MORE


COVID-19: The ultimate public health challenge

What have we learned about COVID-19, and what lies ahead?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put health experts on the frontlines of politics. As we continue to navigate our way through the crisis, how we implement science and public health advice in the real world is absolutely critical. Tough decisions are being made every day about how to manage the very real risks we face and how to keep the public informed about what is happening.

Hear from some of the country's leading health experts as they discuss what we've learnt from the pandemic, and what is still to come. READ MORE


Stigma monitoring and stigma reduction interventions

Scientia Professor Carla Treloar and Dr Timothy Broady, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney

The National BBV/STI Strategies have a clear goal to eliminate the negative effects of stigma and discrimination on people’s health, however, until recently there has not been a system in place to measure experiences of stigma or to monitor progress against these objectives. This presentation will describe the national monitoring system established to fill this gap and will report recent findings regarding stigma experienced by key population groups. (Presented: 19 August, 2020)  READ MORE


Professing Global Public Health

Professor Heather Worth, UNSW SPHCM

The French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, has been a constant companion through my career. In this talk I will reflect on some of the highlights of my academic life through the lens of Derrida’s call for an unconditional freedom to question ‘all that is required by research, knowledge, and thought’. I hope to show by meandering through some of my research from the last 25 years the importance of an intense interrogation of both public health and what we call globalisation (‘mondialisation’).  (Presented: 12 August, 2020) READ MORE


Text Mining of NSW Family and Domestic Violence Police Event Narratives

Dr George Karystianis,Justice Health Research Program, UNSW Sydney

NSW Police attend thousands of family and domestic violence (FDV) events yearly and they record a wealth of information in unstructured text narratives including mental health status for victims and perpetrators, abuse types and sustained injuries. However, this unique source of information remains untapped for research and reporting purposes. We have developed and evaluated a text mining methodology that identified mental illnesses related to victims and perpetrators of FDV, abuse types conducted by perpetrators and injuries sustained by the victims from 493,292 FDV police narratives. <Download flyer>  (Presented: 5 August, 2020)


A Critical Examination of Gender-Based Violence and its Mental Health Impacts

A/Prof Susan Rees, School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney and Ruth Wells, Research Fellow, Trauma and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney, and Clinical Psychology Registrar

The evidence is unequivocal that gender-based violence (GBV) (including domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault) is a major public health issue. GBV is indeed a preventable public health issue, and yet gender inequality, the most cited foundation for GBV, remains the last bastion of change. In this presentation we reflect on research evidence and dissect key issues of importance to GBV prevention and intervention principles. We focus on notions of empowerment, silencing, coercive control, power and patriarchy and men’s trauma and the perpetration of violence. .  <Download flyer>  (Presented: 22 July, 2020)


Should we exercise or not? Effects of Covid-19 on muscles, bones and our immunity

Dr Naj Soomro - Medical Officer Bunbury Hospital, Adjunct Lecturer Faculty of Medicine USyd, Pakistan Men’s International Cricket Team Australian Team Doctor

As our understanding of Covid-19 is evolving, we are able to unravel some of its effects on the musculoskeletal system which may have implications on exercise, strength & conditioning, sports specific training and immunity. This talk sheds light on some of the evolving evidence and practical implications for health care practitioners.  <Download flyer>  (Presented: 16 July, 2020)