7-28 February, 2018
University of Otago | Wellington

The Public Health Summer School offers 30 short symposia and courses (mainly one-day), and free public lectures presented by leading academics in their field.

Topics in the 2018 programme include:

Global indigenous suicide prevention, mental health & wellbeing research symposium - 26, 27 February

Join this international symposium to hear the latest evidence, build relationships, explore cross-indigenous research collaborations and develop an international indigenous research agenda for suicide prevention.

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and the Smokefree 2025 goal - 12 February

Hear the latest research on how ENDS such as e-cigarettes might contribute to a Smokefree Aotearoa. Examines uptake, motivations and experiences and what these mean for policy and practice.

Firearms and public health - 14 February

Firearms policy is often hotly-contested. International and local speakers will explore the provision for use, policing, health issues and future public policy options for firearms in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Tackling Big Booze: Price, Promotion, Primary Care and Politics - 21 February

Alcohol causes violence, injury, mental health problems and some cancers, and costs New Zealand more than $5 billion a year.

This workshop tackles the challenge of alcohol and explores potential interventions including action within participants’ own spheres of influence.

Indigenous people and cancer: a shared agenda for Aotearoa, Australia, and Pacific nations - 19, 20 February

This symposium brings together regional and global collaborators to discuss cancer control issues for Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific, focusing on innovative ways forward.

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its lessons - 7 February

One hundred years on, international and NZ experts will describe the epidemiology and impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic in NZ and globally. Discussion panels will explore the implications and lessons for modern pandemic planning.

Improving indoor air quality - 27 February

Learn about what air quality is and the issues that New Zealand faces. The health impacts of air quality will be presented along with ways we can minimise our exposures to harmful pollutants.

Towards healthier homes: the rental WoF - 26 February

Hear the latest research on how poor housing quality is negatively affecting our health and safety. International experts will speak on housing standards, while NZ researchers will discuss the local rental WoF.

VHIN Introduction to health research in the IDI - 14 February

Introducing the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), providing a toolkit and practical steps to maximise value for health research using the IDI. Opportunity to ask questions of expert users.

For more information, visit otago.ac.nz/uowsummerschool

Date: 
7 February 2018