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Kate is the Research Manager for the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³). Kate's main role is to manage and administer the day-to-day activities and financial management of the programme, as well as other affiliated research projects. Main tasks include research project and financial management and stakeholder liaison. Kate blogs for Public Health Expert.

The hardening hypothesis for smoking – but does the evidence point to “softening” in NZ? - Public Health Expert

Aug 22, 2016

By Prof Richard Edwards The hardening hypothesis suggests that as smoking prevalence declines, the remaining smokers will be the more addicted ones who are less likely to quit. But does the NZ evidence support this? This blog considers these issues and explores the potential implications for achieving NZ’s Smokefree 2025 goal. The ‘hardening hypothesis’ emerged in the 1980s and proposed that as smoking prevalence declines the remaining smokers will increasingly be ‘hard-core’ or ‘hardened’, with higher nicotine dependence and less willingness to quit. The logic is appealing, as it seems common-sense that lighter and more motivated smokers will be over-represented and hard-core smokers under-represented among those quitting. If true it would support the views of the people who say to me with wearying regularity when I mention New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal – “lovely idea, but completely impossible, it’ll never … 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

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 of flooding disasters. The recent flooding events in NZ (June 2015, lower North Island and Dunedin) remind us that this country is at relatively high risk of such disasters. Over the past two years similar events have occurred, including notably in Christchurch in March 2014. This risk is a consequence of high rainfall and the steepness of the hill and mountainous country (see this historical review in Te Ara). Furthermore, the impact of flooding may get worse in the … 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

Public Health at the Movies: A Selection of 35 Top Movies - Public Health Expert

Apr 07, 2015

Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Dr Peter Gallagher We have assembled a collection of 35 high quality movies as part of public health teaching for medical students. In this blog post we detail the movies and reflect on some of the … Continue reading