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NZ’s draft heath strategy under the spotlight - Public Health Expert

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

Health system costs in NZ: variation by sex, age & proximity to death - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 16, 2015

Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Nick Wilson This blog aims to discuss a study we recently published on NZ health system cost estimates by sex, age and proximity to death. Such work is only possible due to extraordinary richness of routine NZ data. We highlight four findings. First, costs – not surprisingly – vary markedly by age, and … Read More

Red Meat & Processed Meat: Summarising the Public Health Issues - Unsorted

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

1876 revisited? - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 22, 2015

The New Zealand Initiative was out this week with a new report, In the Zone: Creating a Toolbox for Regional Prosperity. If I’ve understood correctly their proposal, local authorities would be able to seek approval from central government to run policy experiments in their own areas (freeing up the Overseas Investment Act, legalising drugs, prohibiting prostitution, banning private schools, … Read More

An official target for house prices to disposable incomes - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Oct 19, 2015

Getting back to thinking about housing issues, in preparation for a speech next week, I noticed that the Auckland Council’s Development Committee had adopted a target of reducing the Auckland ratio of median house prices to median disposable income to five (from around ten at present) by 2030. The target appears to have been adopted following the recent … Read More

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

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

Cochrane responds to misrepresentation of their fluoridation review - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 24, 2015

Image Credit: Cochrane Oral Health Blog The latest Cochrane Review on community water fluoridation (CWF) was published in June. Here are a citation and link for those interested: Iheozor-Ejiofor, Z., Worthington, HV., Walsh, T., O’Malley, L., Clarkson, JE., Macey, R., Alam, R., Tugwell, P., Welch, V., Glenny, A. (2015). Water fluoridation for the prevention … Read More