September 2009 | School of Population Health Newsletter
NEW SITE FREES HEALTH INNOVATION FROM TWIN TYRANNIES
I nnovation in health is the primary focus of the
Health InnoVation Exchange (“hive”) website
being launched at the Health Informatics NZ
to create a private group within the hive to protect
conﬁdential discussions, the website enables this.
Feeds from other information sources are channelled
Conference in Rotorua on September 30th. into the hive, making it a one-stop centre for its
Innovation in the health sector is often isolated and community.
uncoordinated. Need is recognised at the front line, www.hive.org.nz is an initiative of the National
but innovators struggle to gain the support they Institute for Health Innovation, and has been
require to turn ideas into practice. NIHI Director commissioned by the Ministry of Health.
Malcolm Pollock suggests that innovators lack The Ministry of Health’s Principal Clinical Advisor
the connections to help their ideas be realised, in Health Information, Dr. Andrew Holmes,
and hopes the
hive website will
“Think of it as a
“where anyone with
a valid contribution
to make, with an
interest in what
is going on, or an
idea they want
to develop can
get together with
others free of the
tyrannies of time
of this type of
environment is M l l P ll k (left) d Chris P t ( i ht) d ti it f hive.
Malcolm Pollock (l ft) and Ch i Paton (right), and an activity of hi
critical to the future
development of healthcare services in New Zealand. describes working with NIHI on the hive web
Research Fellow Dr. Chris Paton agrees. “The hive initiative as “a simple and easy step that we could
is where cross-pollination can generate vital and take towards supporting innovation in the health
sometimes unplanned outcomes,” he says. In this sector.” Dr. Holmes looks forward to seeing this
collaborative community, professionals connect new collaborative community growing. “With
across the spectrum of health and technology; the right connections, good ideas can gather
nurturing developments and enhancing creative momentum.”
synergies in New Zealand and offshore. If they want
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NEW PACIFIC HEALTH PUBLICATION A DISCUSSION POINT
S oPH saw the start of another online
publication last month, when the
Paciﬁc Health Section launched their new
As part of the launch, the section held a
champagne breakfast, organised by PhD
candidate Ofa Dewes. The newsletter was
named by the Paciﬁc Health Section matua
Malakai Ofanoa. In many Paciﬁc languages
Talaga means “to discuss”, and editor
Nuhisifa Williams says the intent of the
newsletter is to proﬁle the work of the Paciﬁc
Health Section to the wider FMHS and
The newsletter goes out on the ﬁrst week of
each month, and is already into its second
edition. You can access all newsletters from
the Paciﬁc Health webpage at:
If you would like to comment or contribute
to the newsletter, please email the editor
Nuhisifa Williams on:
(right) The inaugural edition of the Paciﬁc
Health Section’s new publication.
MOBILE HEALTH CONFERENCE A FIRST FOR NZ
M obile communications technologies keep
improving, and are opening up many
opportunities for improving health services.
and help promote research collaborations across
centres and between researchers, health services
and industry partners. Many innovative and ground-
November will see a one-day conference on mobile breaking research projects and services that use
health (m-health) that explores this new and exciting mobile devices to improve health are already being
area - a conference that organisers believe will be developed here in New Zealand. Attendees will
the ﬁrst such gathering in New Zealand. focus on sharing experiences, looking ahead to the
The m-Health Conference - jointly organised by future of m-health in New Zealand and beyond.
CTRU and NIHI - aims to bring together those “We are very excited by the range and calibre of
working with mobile technologies in health services submitted abstracts” said CTRU’s Robyn Whittaker.
or health research across New Zealand: researchers, The conference will be held at SoPH on November
students, health professionals, health services 6th. Further details, including information on the
managers, to name a few. It is hoped the gathering international keynote speaker Dr Bern Shen, are up
will stimulate discussion about research priorities on the website at www.m-healthconference.org.nz.
and future directions for m-health in New Zealand,
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CENTRE HONOURED FOR DIVERSITY AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
T he SoPH is pleased to advise that the Human
Rights Commission has selected the Centre for
Asian Health Research and Evaluation (CAHRE)
previous Director of the Centre, who have guided
the activities of the Centre.”
CAHRE has organised three major international
as one of this year’s recipients of the NZ Diversity
conferences on Asian health and well-being and is
Action Programme award. This is in recognition
planning a fourth one in July 2010. Current research
of CAHRE’s outstanding contribution to the New
projects include Asian families’ settlement in New
Zealand Diversity Action Programme through a
Zealand, lifestyle and mental health issues, the
variety of projects and programmes.
Asian stream of the obesity guidelines, a service to
The awards are about public acknowledgment, work with refugee youth recovering from mental
rather than ﬁnancial reward. Recipients received health issues, and impacts of work experiences of
a mounted certiﬁcate, presented by the Governor Asian immigrants on family well-being.
General, Sir Anand
Satyanand, at the
at Te Papa as part
of the New Zealand
The 2009 New
Forum was held in
23 - 24 August.
Over thirty different
forums and events
that promoted cultural
equality and positive
Forum topics ranged
issues to cultural
Dr Amritha Sobrun-Maharaj, director of CAHRE, proudly receives the NZ Diversity
Action Programme award from His Excellency the Hon Sir Anand Satyanand (left),
and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres (right).
media, sport, racial
discrimination, diversity research and government
accountability to the United Nations. Fellow
CAHRE members Dr Fiona Rossen and Mr Sun
Woong Kim were also present at the forum. 4 th International Asian Health and Wellbeing
Holistic Approach to Asian Health
Head of School Peter Thorne congratulates the staff
for this excellent achievement and recognition. 5th and 6th July 2010
“Special congratulations to Amritha Sobrun- www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/asianhealthconference
Maharaj and Samson Tse,” said Peter, “who was the
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EDITORIAL CONCERN AS DANCING EPIDEMIC STRIKES SCHOOL LUNCH ...
(above and left)
Staff react in scenes of wild
mayhem as the recession forces
drastic cuts to the SoPH Keep-
(right) Peters Thorne and Adams have a solemn
conference in the midst of the chaos, as Audiology’s
Kim Dirks tries vainly to restore order.
Editor of newsletter accused of tongue-in-cheek
attitude to crisis.
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... WHILE HIDDEN TALENTS RUSH TO RESTORE NORMALITY
(left) Peter Adams in superhero
mode restores order while (above
and upper right) Krystal and
Mirko Wojnowski cut a salsa
across the dance ﬂoor.
(middle and lower right) Angela
Robinson and company rush to
Proud mum Audrey D’Souza
with Adrian, whose playing of
Meditations helped soothe the
frenzied crowd at the crucial
S h l
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WEEKEND CULTURAL WĀNANGA HAILED A HUGE SUCCESS
E arly in August, ﬁfty students from the CertHSc
programme attended a Cultural Wānanga/
Cultural Fono weekend event at Waipapa Marae.
The main purpose of the weekend was to actively
engage the students in traditional aspects of Māori
and Paciﬁc culture.
Māori Health students study a contemporary Maori
waiata in the Wharenui at the marae as Dr. Elana Student Luke Tu’Uholoaki (left) and MAPAS
Curtis and tutor James Carson look on in the background. Coordinator for CertHSc Kristian Schmidt
discuss the ﬁner points of the percussion item.
The wānanga is a compulsory part of both
Introduction to Māori
Health and Māorihth14H
Introduction to Paciﬁc
Health courses. Students
choose one of these
as part of the Certiﬁcate
in Health Sciences
Māori students were
involved in ﬁve
workshops: Kapa Haka;
Māori games (eg. Ki-
o-Rahi); Poi and Haka;
and bread making;
Raranga and Whakairo.
Paciﬁc students were Paciﬁc Health students and course coordinator Rob Loto concentrate on
also involved in ﬁve practicing their paciﬁc dance item.
workshops: Samoan Siva;
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Paciﬁc sports (eg. Kilikiti); Cook Island Drumming
and Hula; Paciﬁc Food and preparation; and Niuean
weaving. Each workshop was conducted by tutors
with expert cultural knowledge.
The weekend concluded on the Sunday with
the ﬁnal festivities of dance performances and
indulgence in Māori and Paciﬁc cuisine prepared
( b )
Paciﬁc Health students enjoy watching a game of
Kilikiti while waiting for their turn.
(left) Dr. Elana Curtis with her daughter Taipapaki
take a break with Assoc. Prof. Papaarangi Reid
outside the Wharenui.
Special thanks to Mirko Wojnowski for
providing the photos, and also to Mirko and
in the workshops. Both the Māori and Paciﬁc Rob Loto for providing the original copy.
cohorts of students shared what they had learned
with families, friends, staff and each other. For a lot
of the students, the weekend provided them with
valuable insight into aspects of their own culture, MĀORI HEALTH WEEK CAPS BIG MONTH
and gave an opportunity to participate and learn
other cultures. They got to stay in a marae complex,
and to share an overall unique learning experience
J uly was a very busy month for Te Kupenga
Hauora Māori. In the same week as Māori Health
Week, they hosted some 80 senior secondary school
that drew them closer as a cohort.
students from around the North Island as part of
The weekend was a huge success and was the COACH programme. COACH provides an
thoroughly enjoyed by all. introduction for these students to the faculty, to the
University and in many cases, to Auckland with
a goal of making them aware of the many career
options open across the health sector.
FMHS Dean Iain Martin expressed the faculty’s
appreciation to all those who participated in the
very successful Māori Health Week at SoPH. “This
faculty initiative gets bigger and better each year”,
said Iain Martin, “and we had nearly 400 students
involved this year along with a host of facilitators
and helpers plus cultural and Te Reo advisors.”
Finally, Māori Language Week week provided all
the students and facilitators from Māori Health
Week with a great opportunity to put into practice
Māori Health students concentrate on their Māori some of the Te Reo they learned.
song and Poi performance. And in that vein: Mauri ora ki a tātou.
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SAD FAREWELL TO COLLEAGUE RECENT SUCCESSES IN PHD AWARDS
S oPH looks to be very well represented in the
October graduation ceremony this year.
Bridget Kool and Sue Wells from Epi & Biostats
have both been awarded their PhD degrees
in Population Health. Bridget’s PhD was on
Unintentional falls at home among young and
middle-aged adults: the inﬂuence of alcohol and
was supervised by Assoc Prof Shanthi Ameratunga
and Professor Rod Jackson. Sue Wells’ PhD was
I t is with great sadness that CHSRP staff
announce the passing of Ruth Schick. Ruth
was a Senior Research Fellow in CHSRP from
on Integrating epidemiological research and
evidence-based clinical care in a general practice
computerised decision support system to improve
April of 2007 until she was diagnosed with lung cardiovascular health in New Zealand. Supervisors
cancer the following year. She was a wonderful were Rod Jackson, Professor Bruce Arroll and
person, a good colleague and fun to be with. Associate Professor Roger Marshall. Both theses
Ruth was born in New Brunswick, NJ in 1958. were regarded very highly by the examiners and
The Schicks moved to New York state in 1959, have been placed on the Dean’s list. Well done
and Ruth graduated from Burnt Hills High Bridget and Sue.
School, NY in 1976. Director of Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Centre
After living and working in Boston for a while, Sue Crengle has also completed her PhD. “Sue has
Ruth went to Kirkland College in 1978, then contributed much to Māori health and this faculty”,
had an adventure in Chile for a year before says Tumuaki and Deputy Dean Papaarangi Reid,
graduating from Union College with a BA “and in doing so, she has opened many opportunities
in Philosophy in 1982. She went to graduate into the Māori community and workforce.” Mauri
school at SUNY Albany, achieving her EdD in ora, Sue!
Comparative and International Education, Adult Lana Perese in the Section of Social and
Literacy in 1993 - later changed to a PhD based Community Health has recently been awarded a
on a change in policy at the university. PhD with a thesis entitled You Bet Your Life ...and
Almost immediately after receiving her Mine! Contemporary Samoan Gambling in New
doctorate she emigrated to New Zealand, and Zealand. Well done, Lana.
lived and worked here nearly continuously until Peter Huggard, Director of the Goodfellow Unit
2008. From 1996 to 2001 she lived in Dunedin, has been awarded a Doctor of Education (EdD)
working as a lecturer at the University of Otago through the Faculty of Education. Peter’s thesis was
in the ﬁelds of Gender and Women’s Studies on Managing Compassion fatigue: Implications
and Education. In 2002 she moved to Auckland for medical education. Peter’s daughter will be
to work for Workbase Education Trust doing graduating with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology on
research, development and evaluation of adult the same day.
literacy services. In 2007 she was employed
Congratulations to all.
as a Senior Research Fellow at the University
of Auckland, evaluating population health
One and a half years after being diagnosed with
Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer, Ruth lost C ontributions to the School of Population
Health newsletter can be sent to John
Trevithick at email@example.com. The
her battle with the disease on July 17, 2009. She
will be missed. SOPH news is a quarterly publication. The next
issue will be published in December.
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