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Preventing Cancer Symposium

He Hui Kohinga Kōrero mō te Ārai Mate Pukupuku

Tuesday 18 February 2020

CSNZ logo horizontal with Maori It is estimated that between 30 and 50% of all cancers worldwide could be prevented.

Join with leading thinkers and practitioners to explore cancer prevention in the Western Pacific region. Examine the state of prevention with a particular focus on alcohol, nutrition and body weight, sun safety and tobacco. Address the challenge for equity within and between nations. Explore the lack of action in the face of good evidence for cancer prevention.

Learn lessons from progress to-date e.g. sugary-drinks taxes in the Pacific, comprehensive tobacco control in Aotearoa, shade interventions for sun safety in Australia. Consider policy, community and health sector action at global, regional, national and local levels. Identify the commonalities in cancer prevention and consider the opportunities for collaboration. Up-date your knowledge and sharpen your strategies.

This symposium is led by the Cancer Society Research Collaboration.

Topics covered

  1. What is the latest evidence for harm and inequity from alcohol, nutrition, body-weight, tobacco and sun exposure?
  2. How good is the evidence for action?
  3. What are the key areas for action – e.g. price, marketing, availability etc?
  4. What are the synergies between the areas? How can we link them up?
  5. What are the barriers to progress and how can they be overcome?

Style of course

Seminar style teaching, photographic internet presentation, interactive discussion.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at people in the Western Pacific region, including:

  • Practitioners and academics aiming to prevent cancer and other NCDs
  • Practitioners and academics concerned with preventing harm from alcohol, unhealthy nutrition, tobacco and sun exposure
  • Policy makers from central and local government
  • NGO staff, advocates and academics
  • Health professionals.

By the end of this course participants should have:

  • Up-to-date knowledge about cancer prevention
  • Increased knowledge and skill in promoting equitable solutions in the region
  • Reflected on the links between areas of prevention and actions they can take to strengthen prevention efforts
  • Explored key barriers to coordinated action and ways to overcome them.

Draft timetable


Speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Sue Crengle (Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha), co-Director of the Cancer Society Research Collaboration and Public Health Physician and practicing GP
    Sue has a particular focus on Māori and equity. Her research interests include inequities in health, health services research, quality of care, and child and youth health. Much of her work involves identifying where and how inequities for Māori occur, and in testing ways to eliminate these inequities. She is the Chair of the Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group for Cancer and is a member of the Southern Cancer Network’s Steering Group.
  • Dr Nicki Jackson is the Executive Director of Alcohol Healthwatch. She completed her PhD at Auckland University in 2016, examining the role of the socio-economic, physical and social neighbourhood environment in adolescent alcohol use. She has extensive experience in managing regulatory and health promotion aspects of alcohol-harm reduction as well a strong academic background in teaching health promotion.
  • Dr Rachael McLean, co-Director of the Cancer Society Research Collaboration and Public Health Physician
    Rachael has research expertise is in the field of public health nutrition and epidemiology, including risk and protective factors for prevention and better management of chronic disease. Dr McLean also has expertise in public health approaches to improving nutrition at an individual and population level with research into measurement, policy and strategies for individuals who struggle to maintain optimal nutrition in an environment that encourages over-consumption of energy, alcohol, salt and sugar.
  • Professor Louise Signal, co-Director of the Cancer Society Research Collaboration and Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington.
    Louise is a social scientist with a PhD in public health. She has worked for many years in cancer prevention including in the areas of alcohol, nutrition and sun safety. She is the principal investigator on the innovative Kids’Cam project that explores children’s lives through use of automated cameras worn by students aged 11-13 in both New Zealand and Tonga.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 19 December 2019.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Register now