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:
The theme for this year's symposium is Strengthening Partnerships for Pacific Health.
We are now inviting abstract submissions from interested parties, including students, on any subject broadly related to the symposium theme. This might include research/work on non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, and emerging issues that are important for the health of Pacific peoples in New Zealand and the Pacific region. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 26 July.
As spaces for this event are limited, we encourage those wanting to attend to register their interest early. We are now accepting registrations of interest. Please be advised that places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 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.
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.
Professor Robert Beaglehole trained in medicine, epidemiology and public health in New Zealand, England and the USA before becoming a public health physician.
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.