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Amanda D'Souza, Department of Public Health

Photo of Amanda D'SouzaMB ChB, DCH, MPH, FNZCPHM

Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Email amanda.dsouza@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Dr Amanda D’Souza (she/her) is a public health physician with expertise in children’s health and wellbeing.

Amanda is a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health, Wellington, and convenes the undergraduate public health module for medical students. Amanda has a background in child health from policy, practice, and community sector perspectives. She has a special interest in child and youth health promotion; equity in childhood; public policy; children’s rights; early childhood; and child maltreatment prevention. Her PhD explored the consideration of children in policy development through case studies of Sweden, Australia, and Aotearoa.

Amanda is a Fellow of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine and a member of the Paediatric Society and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

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Publications

Shaw, C. V., D'Souza, A. J., Cunningham, R., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Revolutionized public health teaching to equip medical students for 21st century practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(2), 296-304. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.02.019

Gerritsen, S., D'Souza, A., Goodsell-Matthews, T., Pillai, A., Swinburn, B., & Wall, C. (2020). Food hardship and early childhood nutrition: Findings from Growing Up in New Zealand with a focus on food hardships among tamariki Māori and Pacific children. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development. 55p. Retrieved from https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/research/food-hardship/index.html

D'Souza, A. J., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2017). Patchy advances in child health hide a systematic failure to prioritise children in public policy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 12-15. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

D'Souza, A. J., Russell, M., Wood, B., Signal, L., & Elder, D. (2016). Attitudes to physical punishment of children are changing. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(8), 690-693. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310119

Peiffenberger, A. S., D'Souza, A. J., Huthwaite, M., & Romans, S. E. (2016). The well-being of children of parents with a mental illness: The responsiveness of crisis mental health services in Wellington, New Zealand. Child & Family Social Work, 21(4), 600-607. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12186

Shaw, C. V., D'Souza, A. J., Cunningham, R., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Revolutionized public health teaching to equip medical students for 21st century practice. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(2), 296-304. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.02.019

Journal - Research Other

Gerritsen, S., D'Souza, A., Goodsell-Matthews, T., Pillai, A., Swinburn, B., & Wall, C. (2020). Food hardship and early childhood nutrition: Findings from Growing Up in New Zealand with a focus on food hardships among tamariki Māori and Pacific children. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development. 55p. Retrieved from https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/research/food-hardship/index.html

Commissioned Report for External Body

D'Souza, A. J., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2017). Patchy advances in child health hide a systematic failure to prioritise children in public policy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 12-15. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

D'Souza, A. J., Russell, M., Wood, B., Signal, L., & Elder, D. (2016). Attitudes to physical punishment of children are changing. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(8), 690-693. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310119

Journal - Research Article

Peiffenberger, A. S., D'Souza, A. J., Huthwaite, M., & Romans, S. E. (2016). The well-being of children of parents with a mental illness: The responsiveness of crisis mental health services in Wellington, New Zealand. Child & Family Social Work, 21(4), 600-607. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12186

Journal - Research Article

D'Souza, A. J., Blakely, T. A., & Woodward, A. (2008). The effect of eradicating poverty on childhood unintentional injury mortality in New Zealand: A cohort study with counterfactual modelling. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 62(10), 899-904.

Journal - Research Article

Blakely, T. A., Atkinson, J., Kiro, C., Blaiklock, A., & D'Souza, A. (2003). Child mortality, socioeconomic position, and one-parent families: Independent associations and variation by age and cause of death. International Journal of Epidemiology, 32, 410-418.

Journal - Research Article

Moore, T., Yagnik, P., Halloran, D., McDonald, M., Sayers, M., D'Souza, A., & Goldfeld, S. (2012). Developing the Parent Engagement Resource: A tool for enhancing parent-professional relationships and identifying psychosocial issues in families. Australian Journal of Child & Family Health Nursing, 9(1), 12-16.

Journal - Research Article

D'Souza, A. J., Turner, N., Simmers, D., Craig, E., & Dowell, T. (2012). Every child to thrive, belong and achieve? Time to reflect and act in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1352). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

McLean, M., & D'Souza, A. (2011). Life-threatening cellulitis after traditional Samoan tattooing. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(1), 27-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00658.x

Journal - Research Article

Kvalsvig, A., D'Souza, A., Duncanson, M., & Simpson, J. (2015). Pathways to child health, development and wellbeing: Optimal environments for orchids and dandelions. An overview of the evidence. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago. 42p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

D'Souza, A., Ruscoe, Q., Nesdale, A., & Kemp, K. (2007). An extensive outbreak of acute gastroenteritis at a school camp. New Zealand Public Health Surveillance Report, 5(4), 5-6.

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., D'Souza, A., Baker, M. (2020, August). Children and young people and COVID-19: The urgent need for improved guidance in NZ. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/children-and-young-people-and-covid-19-the-urgent-need-for-improved-guidance-in-nz/

Other Research Output

D'Souza, A. (2019). Good governance for children: A three-country comparison of the power of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Proceedings of the 23rd International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotion. Retrieved from http://www.iuhpe2019.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

D'Souza, A., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2017). Better public policy for children: Policy-maker perspectives from Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/833/26/2869

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

D'Souza, A., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2016). Child-centred public policy? Qualitative case study of Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. Proceedings of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) 44th Annual Conference & the 20th Chronic Diseases Network Conference. Retrieved from https://phaa.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/phaa-cdn-conference/eis

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

D'Souza, A. (2016, November). Children's right to health: Progress, priorities, and possibilities. Verbal presentation at the Children's Rights Symposium: International and National Perspectives, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

D'Souza, A., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2015, October). The value for childhood studies of interviewing policy-makers. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: What Does Childhood Studies Mean for Research, Policy and Practice? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

D'Souza, A., Signal, L., & Edwards, R. (2014, November). Applying sociology of childhood theory to advance healthy public policy for children in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 1st New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

D'Souza, A., Russell, M., Wood, B., Signal, L., & Elder, D. (2014). Adult attitudes to physical punishment of children: Changes over time in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 66th Annual Scientific Meeting. (pp. 36). Retrieved from http://fp2.brandish.co.nz/psnz2014/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Malcolm, J., D'Souza, A., Snell, L., & Tangitu, A. (2013). What Whakatane teaches Otago medical students of community paediatrics. Proceedings of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. (pp. 114). Retrieved from http://www.psnz2013.co.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

D'Souza, A. (2011, August). Building effective advocacy for child health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand: Current opportunities and challenges, next steps. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

D'Souza, A. (2010, November). Achieving equity from the start in Aotearoa New Zealand: Further impetus for action. Poster session presented at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

D'Souza, A., & Keating, G. (2010, September). How New Zealand can achieve equity from the start. Verbal presentation at the Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) Conference, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

D'Souza, A., & Tuohy, P. (2008, April). Screening for postnatal depression (PND): Where to for New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the National Screening Unit Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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