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“Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025”: a new Action Plan to achieve our smokefree goal

Public Health Expert Sep 07, 2017

Richard Edwards, Tony Blakely, Chris Cunningham, Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Zoe Hawke, Janet Hoek, Shayne Nahu, George Thomson, Louise Thornley, Anaru Waa, Nick Wilson A new Action Plan was launched by one of New Zealand’s great tobacco control champions – Dame Tariana Turia – at Parliament on August 2. This blog describes the Plan’s key features and the rationale … Read More

Prevention versus treatment, voluntary versus mandatory, targeted versus untargeted – can we generalize?

Public Health Expert Sep 05, 2017

Professor Tony Blakely, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Linda Cobiac and Professor Nick Wilson. In this fourth blog that features the BODE3 Interactive League Table, we look at substantive findings across the interventions (so far) in the league table.  We use graphs from the league table to cautiously explore (for fear of over-generalizing) what approaches might typically generate the most … Read More

BODE3 Interactive League Table – how to use it

Public Health Expert Aug 23, 2017

Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Linda Cobiac Last week we introduced the concept of league tables to compare interventions.  This week we provide a brief ‘user guide’ for our just launched BODE3 Interactive League Table.  We walk through how to pull down tables and graphs of health gain (quality-adjusted life-years; QALYs), health system costs and … Read More

NZ’s Quitline Service is value-for-money: But how does it compare with other tobacco control actions in a league table?

Public Health Expert Aug 21, 2017

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Nhung Nghiem, Dr Cristina Cleghorn, Dr Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Prof Tony Blakely We have just published a journal article on the cost-effectiveness of NZ’s Quitline service (including its associated promotion in the mass media). The study found that this intervention package is likely to be an effective means to generate health gain, address … Read More

NZ’s Environmental Protection Authority in a muddle over weed killer

Public Health Expert Aug 16, 2017

Prof Alistair Woodward*, A/Prof Andrea t’Mannetje**, Dr Dave McLean**, Prof Jeroen Douwes**, Prof John D Potter** (*Auckland and **Massey Universities) Last year the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) chose not to accept the assessment of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in “Roundup”) was a “probable carcinogen”. Instead, the EPA … Read More

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Comparing health interventions in a meaningful way – Introducing the BODE3 Interactive League Table

Public Health Expert Aug 15, 2017

Prof. Tony Blakely, Prof. Nick Wilson, Dr. Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr. Linda Cobiac This blog introduces league tables, and more specifically the NZ-specific BODE3 Interactive League Table, for comparing interventions on health gain, cost and cost-effectiveness – and potentially many other things.  A league table is a useful tool for researchers and policy-makers to get an informed ‘first impression’ of what are … Read More

Nine Things New Zealand Must Do To Tackle The Child Obesity Crisis

Public Health Expert Jul 25, 2017

Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere, Professor Boyd Swinburn A panel of 71 independent and government experts have undertaken an evaluation of New Zealand Government food environment policies, compared to international best practice.  This is the second such evaluation, the first being in 2014.  In this blog we summarise the findings. There are some areas where New Zealand is at the level of … Read More

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Nationwide Colorectal Screening in New Zealand

Public Health Expert Jul 20, 2017

Dr Melissa McLeod and Professor Tony Blakely Nationwide Colorectal Screening in New Zealand: a tricky balance of improving overall population health and addressing inequalities In this blog we will discuss a paper recently published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention [1] by the BODE3 team, which modelled a nationwide colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programme for New Zealand. We … Read More

Google Street View – A Useful Research Tool?

Public Health Expert Jul 10, 2017

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Amber Pearson, Amanda Rzotkiewicz, A/Prof George Thomson Looking at Google Street View can be highly amusing. If you’ve ever wandered around a neighbourhood with Street View on Google Maps, you’ll have realised that everyone’s faces are blurred. Google is very concerned with privacy, so they’ve implemented an algorithm that finds out which parts of their photos … Read More

Let’s talk about taxing those sweet, sweet sugary drinks

Public Health Expert Jul 05, 2017

How much revenue would a New Zealand sugary drink tax raise? And how might be best to do it? Last week a FIZZ symposium was run in Auckland. A key focus was moving New Zealand towards adopting a sugary drink tax. As part of the policy briefing prepared for this FIZZ Symposium, we were asked to estimate the revenue from … Read More