Celebrating Sir David Skegg’s book 'The Health of the People'
- Date: Wednesday, 17 April, 2019
5:30 doors open, event runs 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Free entry, all welcome.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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We neglect public health at our peril
Eminent medical researcher David Skegg argues that national health outbreaks such as the 2016 Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak and the recent measles outbreak highlight weaknesses in our country’s health infrastructure.
Critically, these weaknesses are already evident in problems ranging from child nutrition to cancer and are connected to lobbying by major industries in the 1990s.
New Zealand must, Skegg explains, invest more in public health and find the political will needed to oppose the forces that damage public health: we neglect public health at our peril.
This event is co-hosted by the University of Otago. BWB gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative New Zealand and the National Library.
About the speaker
Sir David Skegg is an epidemiologist and public health physician with a highly esteemed career spanning many decades. His research has focused on cancer causes and control, contraceptive and drug safety, and reproductive health.
Professor Diana Sarfati is the Head of Department and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group, Department of Public Health, University of Otago.