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The right to health (Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 February, 2012)

The right to health is a two-day workshop that explores the role and responsibilities of health workers as human rights workers. It is led by Professor Paul Hunt, a world expert on the right to health and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.

Topics covered 

The workshop explores the right to health as recognised in international law. It examines the right of people to access the determinants of health and benefit from public health services as well as access to health care. Human rights frameworks, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are used to analyse actual cases from New Zealand and elsewhere. Participants will learn how to apply this approach in their own work. The workshop draws on the experience of the participants and the teaching team.

Who should attend?  

The workshop is aimed at those interested in the right to health, including clinicians, public health practitioners, and people from related sectors such as economics, welfare and housing.

Teaching staff 

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  • Dr Alison Blaiklock is the Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa and a long standing advocate of the rights of children.

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  • Associate Professor Louise Signal is a Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington and has more recently beyond to understand the importance of a rights-based approach to public health.

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  • Associate Professor Susan St John is the co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre and teaches part-time in the University of Auckland Business School. She is an executive member of the Child Poverty Action group. She has published in areas of social and tax policy, and has been active in the Child Poverty Action Group arguing for better support of families and children including an extensive involvement since 2002 in the CPAG v the Attorney General case that argues Working for Families discriminates against poor children.

Course cost  

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$600 early bird, $800 after 23 December 2011.

For further information contact:
Louise Signal, email: