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Engaging online simulator of measles outbreaks (& how NZ needs to do better in eliminating measles)

Public Health Expert Mar 30, 2016

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Osman Mansoor, Prof Michael Baker To help explain the concept of ‘herd immunity’, The Guardian Newspaper has produced a clever online simulator of measles spread. We comment on why this simulator is informative and how it also demonstrates chance effects in the spread of infectious diseases. Then we take the opportunity to explain why NZ should … Read More

The UK Government Shows Leadership with a Soft Drink Tax Announcement

Public Health Expert Mar 22, 2016

Dr Wilma Waterlander, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Dr Andrea McDonald, Dr Helen Eyles, Prof Tony Blakely A Conservative UK Government has announced a new soft drink tax with revenue recycling towards school-based physical activity programmes. In this blog, we briefly look at the UK initiative and assess its possible utility for changing New Zealand’s … Read More

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NZ’s Smart Use of Big Data: Employment & Income Impacts of Selected Health Conditions

Public Health Expert Mar 14, 2016

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr George Disney, Prof Tony Blakely New Zealand is making rapid strides in the smart use of big data to provide better health information for decision-makers. Here we look at a recent output: a Treasury Working Paper that considers the employment and income effects of eight health conditions. Such information could ultimately inform the best use … Read More

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New Zealand Can Lead the World in Tobacco Control: Plain Packaging 2.0

Public Health Expert Mar 10, 2016

Janet Hoek, Co-Director, ASPIRE2025 and Professor of Marketing and Philip Gendall, ASPIRE2025 and Emeritus Professor of Marketing The Prime Minister’s decision to progress plain packaging legislation “sooner rather than later” is an important step towards our smokefree 2025 goal. There are four key areas for improving on Australia’s legislation to maximise the effectiveness of plain packaging: preventing the proliferation of brand … Read More

The Island Bay Cycleway – Terribly Important and Nothing New

Public Health Expert Mar 07, 2016

Professor Alistair Woodward* This is a sensible move to make the city safer and more attractive for carbon-sparing, health-promoting bicycling, according to some. Unnecessary and disruptive and not wanted by most people, argue others. The debate over the Island Bay cycleway is important because the way we build our streets shapes how we live, and consequently determines the health and … Read More

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The Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty and tobacco: no cause to celebrate

Public Health Expert Dec 21, 2015

Louise Delany, Senior Lecturer, Assoc Prof George Thomson* In this blog we ask what the tobacco ‘carve out’ from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Treaty means for public health. Despite the partial exemption of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), the TPP agreement as a whole applies to tobacco, and breaches of the TPP might, in principle, be alleged in relation … Read More

NZ’s long-running Campylobacter epidemic from poultry: Now with antibiotic resistance

Public Health Expert Dec 19, 2015

Prof Michael Baker & Prof Nick Wilson NZ has a long-running Campylobacter infection epidemic with contaminated fresh poultry the major source. Added to this problem is the recent rapid emergence of antibiotic resistance in these Campylobacter infections acquired from locally produced poultry. In this blog we briefly detail these problems and explore potential solutions: (i) build on the past … Read More

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The race to be the first place in Aotearoa to be smokefree

Public Health Expert Dec 17, 2015

Associate Professor George Thomson, Professor Richard Edwards There is growing frustration with lack of robust action and progress at the national level with the Smokefree 2025 goal. However, it is not all bad news. A major avenue of hope for a smokefree Aotearoa comes from the enthusiastic efforts by local coalitions of local government, NGOs and iwi. Here we … Read More

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