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Thoughts on NZ Adopting an Aussie Community Health Programme … and Forthcoming Nutrition Policy Events

Public Health Expert Feb 04, 2014

Professor Tony Blakely and Associate Professor Nick Wilson Late last year Health Minister Tony Ryall visited Victoria, Australia, to examine their “Healthy Together Victoria” programme. This week, the Prime Minister announced that NZ will adopt this programme, and it will … Continue reading → … Read More

New US Surgeon General’s Report – Ideas for new tobacco health warnings on packs or are different messages required?

Public Health Expert Jan 30, 2014

Associate Professor Nick Wilson, Professor Janet Hoek, Professor Tony Blakely The recently released US Surgeon General’s report gives “sufficient” evidence of causality for 13 additional health conditions (e.g., colorectal cancer, diabetes, and stroke from secondhand smoke). In this blog post … Continue reading → … Read More

Glass half full: Alcohol’s health benefits for cardiovascular disease still controversial, and likely vary by context

Public Health Expert Jan 21, 2014

Professor Tony Blakely and Associate Professor Nick Wilson It is ‘well known’ that moderate amounts of alcohol are beneficial to cardiovascular health.  But actually in research circles this ‘fact’ is hotly contested. In this blog we will overview the currently … Continue reading → … Read More

NZ compares well with other OECD countries in health & other areas: But scope for improvements

Public Health Expert Nov 15, 2013

Assoc Prof Nick Wilson and Dr Nisha Nair NZ compares favourably with other OECD countries in many ways – according to the just released results of the OECD’s “Better Life Index”. This blog considers some of the details and also … Continue reading → … Read More

Protecting children in cars from tobacco smoke: The inconsistent case of new mandatory child restraints while optional smoking persists

Public Health Expert Nov 01, 2013

Dr Ninya Maubach Today sees new rules to ensure children are safely secured in cars come into force, yet many remain exposed to hazardous second hand tobacco smoke (SHS) in vehicles. This blog ask why regulators are prepared to introduce … Continue reading → … Read More