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Living longer, living healthier? Life expectancy in New Zealand

Public Health Expert Aug 31, 2015

Professor Tony Blakely and Professor Alistair Woodward In this blog we review the latest update by the Ministry of Health on how much of NZers life expectancy can be expected to be in good health. The good news? We are both living longer, and living longer in good health. The bad news? According to this report, the percentage of … Read More

Soft drink taxes and public health: Lessons from the Pacific & Mexico

Public Health Expert Aug 18, 2015

Dr Andrea McDonald There are many ways that taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can be designed and implemented. These aspects can affect the likely impact on SSB consumption and health. This blog looks at a policy discussion document from the Pacific and explores some of the reasons SSB tax outcomes from Mexico appear to show positive reductions in SSB consumption. Read More

A new online calculator for estimating how much a society might spend on life-saving interventions

Public Health Expert Jul 22, 2015

By the BODE3 Programme Team* In this blog we describe an online calculator we developed to estimate the maximum investment society might consider spending on life-saving health interventions, while remaining cost-effective. For NZ, the amounts generated by this calculator vary … Continue reading → … Read More

Flooding, public health – and the need for more emphasis on prevention

Public Health Expert Jun 24, 2015

Nick Wilson, George Thomson, Paul Blaschke (University of Otago, Wellington) Recent flooding events in New Zealand should make us think about the adverse public health and economic impacts. This blog post considers these issues, and suggests that there may be scope for further preventive action by central and local government so as to better reduce the health and economic impacts … Read More

The Smokefree 2025 goal is in danger of receding – will the Ministry of Health’s ‘realignment’ get it back on track?

Public Health Expert May 18, 2015

Professors Richard Edwards, Chris Cunningham, and Janet Hoek; Associate Professors George Thomson and Nick Wilson The Ministry of Health proposes realigning tobacco control services to progress New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal. However, will a ‘realignment’ of existing services ensure the … Continue reading → … Read More

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