The prestigious Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems was awarded for the third time in 2014 to the New Zealand individual (whether from academia or industry) who has made the greatest contribution to the field of Open Systems in the past two years – our own Dr Koray Atalag.
Everyone these days seems to have a mobile phone, and most these days are smartphones, providing consumers with a portable computer wherever they go. This high penetration of smartphones means they can be harnessed for public health interventions, and evidence is increasingly showing that mobile-based healthcare works.
Associate Professor Chris Bullen, Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation spoke at the Asean Regional Workshop on Sustainable Funding for Tobacco Control, held in Bangkok at the end of September. Also in attendance was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Thailand, Karen Campbell. The event was jointly organised by UniServices, the Thai Health Foundation Promotion and the Thai National Quitline with Chris and Kelvin having a significant role in terms of seminar content, key messages and desired outcomes. We also received significant in-market support from the local New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) officers.
A mobile phone text message reminder service has proved to be a successful way of ensuring health workers stick to new protocols for malaria in Papua New Guinea.
Population health expert, Associate Professor Chris Bullen from the University of Auckland, outlined the impact of the mobile phone service, in a seminar on health and development in Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the University recently.
Congratulations to the NutriSales team for their publication in the New Zealand Medical Journal on the use of electronic household food purchase data to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat, and sugar in New Zealand.
A symposium hosted by Tobacco Control Research Tūranga and supported by the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) explored whether cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes could help lower smoking rates.
“Changing our food environment” was the focus of an inspiring inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the nutrition research programme at the National Institute for Health Innovation in 21st August at the School of Population Health.
“The food environment is a powerful influence on what we eat and our consequent nutritional health”, says Professor Ni Mhurchu.
“Our current environment is dominated by energy-dense, nutrient-poor processed foods that are widely available, relatively inexpensive and heavily promoted,” she says.