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Lecture hot picks – @Otago issue 20

Monday, 30 September 2019

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Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.


Inaugural Professorial Lectures playlist

The current series of Inaugural Professorial Lectures was established in 1996 with the broad aim of promoting and celebrating the academic reputation of professorial staff. The series makes an important contribution to the University's role within the wider community by providing a public forum for leading research and enhancing Otago's statutory role as critic and conscience of society.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture playlist


Gun policy in New Zealand after the Christchurch massacre - Dr Marie Russell & Dr Hera Cook

What has been achieved and what do we still need to do to create lasting change in our gun culture? The first round of legislation following the Christchurch massacre was an enormous achievement, the first substantial improvement in our gun legislation in decades. Nonetheless, it was far weaker than the legislation following the Port Arthur massacre in Australia. This seminar looks at claims about traditional kiwi gun culture, the role of hunting and farming, suicide and family violence. We then examine a range of measures that have been proposed to ensure that we have effective gun control into the future.


Direct To Consumer Advertising of prescription medicines: for health or for profit? - Professor Les Toop

Les will outline the history of Direct To Consumer Advertising (DTCA) in New Zealand, a practice that is only permitted and not prohibited here and in the United States. He will summarise the evidence with examples of why other countries see it as of net harm to public health, and provide an update on the politics around the position taken in the substantial new Therapeutic Products legislation that is currently open for consultation to replace the 1981 Medicines Act.


The future for public health at the Ministry of Health - Deborah Woodley

In this seminar Deborah Woodley will provide a reflection on her first 5 months in her role as DDG, Population Health and Prevention, and offer her thoughts on how the Ministry should fulfil its role as kaitiaki of the public health sector. Deborah will use the challenge of Smokefree 2025 as a case study to elaborate on her points.


Indoor air quality in New Zealand homes and schools Dr Julie Bennett and Perry Davy

Most urban dwellers spend around 90% of their time indoors either at home, work or in an educational facility. When air quality is poor, the exposure to pollutants is prolonged, and the occupant’s health can be adversely affected. Indoor air is generally more contaminated than outdoor air by the order of several magnitudes. This seminar will provide an introduction to what air pollution is and what issues are unique to New Zealand homes and schools.