National health outbreaks such as the 2016 Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak and the recent measles outbreak highlight weaknesses in our country’s health infrastructure.
In his new BWB Text The Health of the People, eminent medical researcher Sir David Skegg argues that health crises 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 – problems exacerbated by lobbying by powerful commercial interests.
New Zealand must, Skegg explains, invest more in public health and find the political will needed to oppose the forces that damage health: we neglect public health at our peril.
This event will be chaired by Professor Diana Sarfati, Head of Department and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group, Department of Public Health, University of Otago.
6.00–8:00 pm (doors open 5.30 pm)
Wednesday 17th April
National Library of New Zealand
Free entry, no RSVP needed.
This event is part of the BWB Talks, and is co-hosted with the University of Otago. BWB gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand.