Pacific International Health Symposium
"Strengthening Partnerships for Pacific Health"
29th & 30th
Otago Museum, Dunedin
The University of Otago's Centre for Pacific Health, Va'a o Tautai, Division of Health Sciences, is holding a 2-day Pacific International Health Symposium (PIHS) in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 29-30 November 2018.
The 2018 PIHS will build on the success of the inaugural symposium held in 2016. The PIHS 2018 is intended as a forum for researchers, teachers, clinicians, those working in the health and development sector, and others engaged in the Pacific health space to come together and share their ideas and experiences.
Key objectives of the symposium are aligned with the University of Otago's Pacific Strategic Framework 2013-2020, and include:
Promoting connectedness and collaboration between individuals, groups and institutions engaged in research which contributes to better Pacific health outcomes, recognising the benefits of preventive health strategies;
Strengthening networks and building capacity in the areas of Pacific health education, service, and research, locally and across the region;
Promoting and enhancing training and professional development activities in relation to Pacific health teaching, service, and research;
Promoting and sharing good practice for researchers and students in the field of Pacific health;
Providing an opportunity to showcase research which contributes to Pacific development and well-being.
The theme for this year's symposium is Strengthening Partnerships for Pacific Health.
Speaker bios and a copy of the draft symposium programme are available here.
Abstract submissions for this event have now closed, however parallel sessions on Day 2 (Friday 30 November) will provide an opportunity for Pacific students and other students working on Pacific health-related projects to present their research in a student-friendly space. Students who are interested in presenting should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As spaces for this event are limited, we encourage those wanting to attend to register their interest early. Please be advised that places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Professor Robert Beaglehole trained in medicine, epidemiology and public health in New Zealand, England and the USA before becoming a public health physician.
Aiono Professor Alec Ekeroma is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and champion of Pacific health. He is the Head of the Pacific Women’s Health Research & Development Unit (PWHRDU, founder) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.
Dr Rebecca Levine joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) at CDC in the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology in 2014. She spent the majority of her two years in EIS supporting CDC’s Ebola emergency response in West Africa where she was deployed five times to Sierra Leone.
Dr. Pearl McElfish serves as the Vice Chancellor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She began her tenure as Associate Vice Chancellor on October 1, 2016 and was promoted to Vice Chancellor September 4, 2018.
Dr Rose Richards-Hessell is Associate Dean (Pacific) for the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Director of the new Centre for Pacific Health, in the Division of Health Sciences.
Dr Sika-Paotonu is a Senior Lecturer in Pathology & Molecular Medicine and the Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University of Otago Wellington. She is also the Scientific Lead for the Rheumatic Fever related Penicillin research work based in New Zealand.
Professor Diana Sarfati (MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM) is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher. She is Head of the Department of Public Health and the Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group at University of Otago, Wellington.
Dr Colin Tukuitonga has served as Pacific Community Director-General since January 2014. He was formerly the Director of SPC’s Public Health Division. He was a member of an Independent External Review of SPC in 2012.