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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

Is Keytruda cost-effective?

Public Health Expert Dec 15, 2015

Professor Tony Blakely Keytruda, or Pembrolizumab, is a new immune inhibitor drug that appears to have pronounced effectiveness in slowing – even reversing – disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma. It has received much media attention in recent months, and even calls from politicians to over-rule the PHARMAC process (currently PHARMAC do not recommend funding). In this blog … Read More

NZ Health Strategy – are the big prevention programmes really in there?

Public Health Expert Dec 03, 2015

Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Nick Wilson In this blog we comment for a second time this week on the consultation draft of the NZ Health Strategy, focusing this time on preventive interventions that actually would make a meaningful difference to health in Aotearoa NZ. The draft Strategy has many strong aspects, but by having a ‘people centred’ approach it … Read More

NZ’s draft heath strategy under the spotlight

Public Health Expert Dec 01, 2015

Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Richard Edwards, Prof Tony Blakely The new draft NZ Health Strategy is strong on strengthening the health care system and has some strong population health aspects, at least rhetorically. It includes phrases like a system moving “from treatment to prevention”. But how does it fare when considering the science around burden of disease and interventions … Read More

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Red Meat & Processed Meat: Summarising the Public Health Issues

Public Health Expert Nov 05, 2015

Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Professor Tony Blakely This blog was triggered by the recent highly publicised review on the cancer risk from processed meat and red meat. Here we briefly look at this topic and also take a wider perspective on other aspects of meat consumption on human health and the environment, and risk communication.   The … Read More

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Can CT screening for lung cancer in New Zealand be cost-effective?

Public Health Expert Sep 28, 2015

Dr Richard Jaine, Dr Nisha Nair and Professor Tony Blakely There is now strong evidence that screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans is effective at reducing lung cancer mortality. So why aren’t countries rushing to introduce a screening programme? Because there is still doubt about its cost-effectiveness. In this blog, we discuss the uncertainties and suggest … Read More

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