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The Harmful Commodities Industries: Joining the dots between alcohol, gambling, junk food, and tobacco

Ngā Ahumahi Tūkino: Ngā hononga atu i te waipiro, ki te petipeti, ki te kai paraurehe, ki te momi tūpeka.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Alcohol, gambling, junk food, & tobacco harm health. Often public health works on each separately. This practical workshop will link the work, explore the synergies, identify the collective lessons and plan coordinated action.

Topics covered

  1. What do we know about the harmful commodities industries?
  2. What are the key areas for action to limit harm and promote equity – e.g. price, marketing, availability etc?
  3. What are the synergies between the areas? How can we link them up?
  4. What are the barriers to progress and how can they be overcome?

Style of course

Workshop including; lectures, small group work, interactive discussion, individual reflection and planning.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at:

  • Practitioners and academics concerned with preventing harm from alcohol, unhealthy nutrition, tobacco and sun exposure
  • Practitioners and academics aiming to prevent cancer and other NCDs
  • 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 the harmful commodities industries
  • Up-to-date knowledge about key areas for action
  • 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
  • Have a plan for coordination action to address the impact of the harmful commodities industries.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Welcome and Introductions Professor Signal
What do we know about the harmful commodities industries Teaching team
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Key areas for action to limit harm and promote equity –price, marketing, availability etc? Teaching team
12:30pm Lunch break  
1:30pm What are the synergies between the areas? How can we link them up? Teaching team
3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm What are the barriers to progress and how can they be overcome? Teaching team
Discussion and wrap up  
5:00pm Finish  


  • Professor Peter Adams, University of Auckland
    Peter was trained initially as a clinical psychologist and has practiced in hospital, community and private practice settings for over 13 years. He has published five sole-authored books: Gambling, Freedom and Democracy (Routledge, 2007), Fragmented Intimacy: Addiction in a Social World (Springer, 2008), Masculine Empire: How Men Use Violence to Keep Women in Line (Dunmore, 2012) and Moral Jeopardy: Risks of Accepting Money from the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Industries (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Navigating Everyday Life: Exploring the Tension Between Finitude and Transcendence (Lexington Books, 2018) and a further one for publication, March 2020 Reflecting on the Inevitable: Mortality at the Crossroads of Psychology, Philosophy and Health (Oxford University Press) . His research interests include: social theory, family impacts of addictions, industry conflicts of interest and public health approaches to gambling. He is employed as a professor at the School of Population Health and an associate director of the Centre for Addiction Research.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Workshop leads include:

  • Dr Nicki Jackson – Alcohol Healthwatch
  • Professor Peter Adams – University of Auckland
  • Professor Sally Casswell – Massey University
  • Shane Bradbrook – Tobacco-control advocate, Wellington
  • Dr Viliami Puloka – Public health physician and researcher, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Professor Louise Signal – University of Otago, Wellington

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