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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Adult literacy: a social determinant of Aboriginal health and wellbeing

A/Prof Toni Schofield, Honorary Scholar and former member of staff at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

In Australia and the countries of the ‘global north’ – in Europe, Japan and North America, for example – no-or-low adult literacy has virtually been eradicated. Not so in most of the nations of the ‘global south’, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This disparity, however, does not prevail only between countries. It also operates within many of them, especially post-colonial nations like Australia. Here the pattern of no-or-low adult literacy in remote Aboriginal communities is more similar to those in Sub-Saharan Africa than to those of non-Aboriginal Australians. Around forty percent of all Aboriginal adults in remote communities are estimated to have no-or-low literacy. <Download flyer> (Presented: 4 September 2019)


Sexual Health and Development in the South Pacific

Professor Heather Worth, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Academic Co-lead for the Pacific for UNSW’s Institute for Global Development

My question in this seminar is: how did we get to where we are today in terms of sexual health and development in the South Pacific? Does the 21st century global ordering of sexual health and sexualities in the Pacific reinforce a colonial model of administration of health and sexuality? <Download flyer> (Presented: 8 May 2019)


Digital Health in Primary Care Settings: Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Rajesh Kumar, Visiting Professorial Fellow, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney

Several digital health interventions have been implemented in hospitals, but the potential of digital technologies is yet to be realised in primary health care systems. We established a living lab in a primary health centre of Chandigarh (India) to address the needs of people, patients and healthcare providers. District Health Information System Tracker was customized and linked with the openMRS to integrate clinical and community health services. <Download flyer> (Presented: 20 March 2019)


Getting road safety on the global agenda: My experience from WHO

Dr Margaret Peden, BSc (Nursing), BSc Med Hons (Epidemiology), PhD

Dr Peden currently holds joint positions at The George Institute for Global Health (University of Oxford) – where she is Head of the Global Injury Programme as well as Co-directing the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care – and the International Injury Research Unit (Johns Hopkins University) where she is a Senior Technical Advisor. Dr Peden is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW Sydney. <Download flyer> (Presented: 15 February 2019)


Improving end-of-life care for older patients, families and health professionals through timely identification and management of frailty

Ebony Lewis, UNSW Medicine SPHCM

Our program of research on end-of-life aims to address the early identification and response to frail elderly dying patients to prevent non-beneficial treatments i.e. those that do not improve survival and can impair remaining quality of life. <Download flyer> (Presented: 10 October 2018)


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)