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Risk perception during a COVID-19 ‘infodemic’ and our future public health challenges

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Risk perception during a COVID-19 ‘infodemic’ and public health challenges for us in the future

Join us for this summer talk being presented by Dr Jonathan Jarman, Medical Officer of Health, Taranaki District Health Board.

Being able to quickly identify what is safe and what is not keeps us alive. But how do we decide what is safe when the threat is a new unknown disease and we are flooded with conflicting information? The purpose of this talk is to explore how we perceive risks such as COVID-19 and what sort of risk communication challenges lie ahead for us as a country in the future.

About Dr Jonathan Jarman

Jonathan is a public health physician based in Taranaki. His role involves communicating risk on an almost daily basis. He first became interested in risk communication when required to provide public health advice 20 years ago – a local health professional had re-used disposal syringes in 590 patients in Northland. Following this Jonathan had training in crisis and emergency risk communication in Atlanta in 2003 but says that the communication landscape has changed significantly since then. “Now we have social media and terms like fake news and disinformation have become highly prominent.”

This talk is part of our Summer Talks series.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served following the talk.

Livestream details

We would love you to join us in person but for those unable to be there, this talk will be livestreamed.

See details for all of the Summer Talks, part of the 2021 Public Health Summer School

Date Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Time 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
DepartmentPublic Health (Wellington)
LocationNordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D
University of Otago, Wellington | 23A Mein Street | Newtown

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