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Amanda D'Souza, Department of Public Health

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

Deputy Director, Research Fellow, PhD Candidate
Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit (HePPRU)

Contact details

Tel +64 4 918 6589
Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email amanda.dsouza@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Amanda is a public health physician with a special interest in child and youth health. Amanda is undertaking her PhD research (‘Healthy public policy for children in New Zealand: overcoming the obstacles’) with the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit, funded by a HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Amanda is also a senior lecturer for the Department of Paediatrics. Amanda’s interests include: the social determinants of child health and development; child health promotion, particularly the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme and healthy public policy; child maltreatment prevention; and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Publications

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

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.

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.

Commissioned Report for External Body

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.

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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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Other

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., 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

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.

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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

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

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/

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/

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

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.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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