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 Patient-Centred Medical Home: What is it and what is its relevance to Australia?

Professor Nick Zwar, School of Public Health and Community Medicine & Deputy Dean (Education) UNSW Medicine

Health care services around the world are challenged by ageing populations, increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses including mental health problems,  providing access to expensive new treatments and technologies and rising demand for hospital and emergency department services. Presentation describes the genesis of the PCMH model and examine the relevance of the concept to the Australian context. <Download flyer> (Presented: 17 August 2016)


Two hundred years of strife: health wars in New South Wales

Dr David Thomas, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

The “health wars” are those between the proponents of mainstream medicine and complementary / alternative medicine in New South Wales. The epistemological clashes go all the way back and, in putative form at least, predate the white settlement/invasion of 1788.  Thomas argues that its distinctive and idiosyncratic (sometimes quirky!) medical history makes New South Wales worth studying in its own right. <See Flyer>  (Presented: 10 August 2016)


Alcohol Use  and Harm Minimisation among Australian University Students: Residential Colleges

Dr Rose Leontini, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

Findings from a study on alcohol consumption among a cohort of undergraduate university college residents.  Shows how the consumption of alcohol among students is shaped by institutional micro-processes that are aimed at students’ development of alcohol citizenship. Case study focuses on the role of residential college policy and management in students’ alcohol use, examining how they represent, understand and address it. (Presented: 20 July 2016)


Negotiating public controversies: engagement, justice and governance

Professor Judy Motion, Convenor of Environmental Humanities , UNSW
Associate Professor Matthew Kearnes, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Environmental Humanities, UNSW

Drawing upon results from a three-year study of public understandings of and responses to drinking water produced from recycling schemes, we analyze a range of ‘idioms’ or cultural meanings that participants deploy to make sense of new and novel technologies and negotiate engagement processes. (Presented: 25 May 2016)


New control initiatives for scabies in highly endemic populations

Lucia Romani, Public Health Researcher and PhD candidate, Kirby Institute, UNSW

Recently added to the WHO  list of neglected tropical diseases, scabies is an under-recognised cause of morbidity in many developing countries. It is strongly associated with impetigo which can lead to systemic infection, leading to septicaemia, kidney and heart disease. In our review of global scabies prevalence we found that countries of the Pacific and indigenous populations of Australia have a particularly high burden, with prevalence in children reaching 50%.  (Presented: 18 May 2016)


Assessment of the impact of hepatitis B vaccination in Bangladesh, a seroprevalence study

Repon Paul, PhD candidate, SPHCM, UNSW

Hepatitis B virus infection is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality due to hepatocellular carcinoma and liver cirrhosis worldwide. Preventing infections acquired at birth and in early childhood is critical, as the risk of becoming chronically infected is high if infected before 6 months of age. During 2003-2005, Bangladesh introduced hepatitis B vaccine into the routine childhood vaccination schedule at 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age.  (Presented: 20 April 2016)


Cross-cultural integration affects attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS in Australia

Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, Lecturer, SPHCM, UNSW

The stigma associated with HIV/AIDS represents a significant issue. It can hinder help seeking behaviours, fracture relationships, conceal prevalence rates and curtail public health initiatives to reduce HIV/ AIDS. Culture is known to shape this stigma – it influences how individuals and the communities they represent understand the causes of HIV/AIDS, how it can and should be treated, and how people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) should be regarded. Following recent increases in both HIV/AIDS and cross-cultural migration, this study determines the effect of cross-cultural integration on the tendency to stigmatise PLWHA. (Presented: 23 March 2016)


National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups – Strengthening evidence based immunization decision making in the Western Pacific

 Dr Alex Adjagba and Laura Davison

A central requirement of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2012, is the strengthening of national capacity to formulate evidence-based immunization policies through mechanisms such as National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). NITAGs play a pivotal role in adapting global evidence and recommendations to local contexts and empower governments to formulate policies free from external pressure. (Presented: 22 February 2016)


Detecting risky drinkers in general practice - why aren’t we there yet? - Dr Michael Tam

 General practitioners (GPs) are the front line in reducing the health burden of alcohol related harms.  Guidelines recommend a preventive approach – early detection of risky drinkers and the provision of brief interventions – and GPs are ideally placed having access to the at-risk population.  Few modern-day GPs use screening questionnaires. What’s going on, and how do we move forward? (Presented: 24 June 2015)


Beyond the numbers: Responding to tuberculosis amongst migrants in NSW - Jed Horner

This presentation presents findings from a qualitative study involving in-depth interviews conducted with immigrants diagnosed with TB (n=14), as well as healthcare professionals engaged in their care (n=5), in a local health district within NSW. (Presented: 17 June 2015)