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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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)


Effective, efficient and evidence-based follow-up for patients with AJCC stage I/II melanoma - Dr Robin Turner

Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Australia, the eighth most common cause of death from cancer and its incidence is increasing in Australia as it is worldwide.  The increased detection of early stage disease means that patients treated for melanoma are now less likely to die from it and increasing numbers are in long term follow-up. (Presented: 8 June 2015)


CAPiTA Trials results - Community Acquired Pneumonia Immunisation Trial in Adults - Dr Marieke Bolkenbaas

Dr Bolkenbaas, a lead investigator, presents the results of the CAPiTA Trial (community acquired pneumonia immunisation trial in adults). (Presented: 3 June 2015)


Shared Decision Making About Appropriate Use of Medicines in Older People - Dr Jesse Jansen

Dr Jansen discusses his research looking at communication and shared decision making about medicine use in older people, in particular in the area of primary CVD prevention and reducing inappropriate polypharmacy through ‘deprescribing’ (not starting, tapering or stopping unnecessary medicines). (Presented: 27 May 2015)


Respiratory syncytial virus in very young children of NSW, Australia - Dr Nusrat Homaira

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a leading cause of childhood respiratory morbidity. We aimed to estimate the rates of RSV hospitalization in children aged <5 in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Our data suggest RSV was associated with a substantial number of childhood hospitalization in NSW, particularly in children aged <6months of age. (Presented: 11 February 2015)