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Smokefree Coalition/Tala Pasifika Scholarship

The Smokefree Coalition and Tala Pasifika are partnering to offer travel, accommodation and registration grants for six to 18 people to attend the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2013. Whether or not you intend to present a paper, or you simply want to attend for your own professional development, be in to win a grant and join the delegation lifting Oceania's game in tobacco control.

The conference will be held in Auckland at the Rendezvous Hotel, 23-25 October.

For your chance to win a full registration to the conference (dinner included), or to have your travel or accommodation costs reimbursed, please write in NO MORE THAN 500 WORDS how you plan to lift your game and play a part in making Aotearoa smokefree by 2025. Please make clear whether the organisation you work for is prepared to share in the costs to get you to conference, whether it be registration, travel or accommodation.

For the registration grants, priority will be given to those applicants who show their work contributes to better outcomes for Maori and Pacific communities. For the travel and accommodation grants, priority will be given to those applicants wishing to come from the South Island. Strong applications that meet both criteria will be eligible for more than one type of grant.

It doesn't matter whether your role is in health promotion, community engagement, cessation, enforcement, or research. So long as you can show your passion to lift your game in eliminating tobacco from Aotearoa, we will consider your application. Winners will receive a certificate to acknowledge this grant as a 2013 Oceania Conference Scholarship.

Please remember to give your full name, phone number and email address, and specify your age and ethnicity in your application. Send your applications to director@sfc.org.nz or stephaniee@heartfoundation.org.nz before Saturday 10 August.

Winners will be announced in the following Tobacco Control Update.

Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui scholarships

In acknowledgment of all the past hard work undertaken by Māori involved in Tobacco Control, and to support future work to reach a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui are pleased to offer six scholarships to the Indigenous Gateway and Oceania Conference.

Find out more.

ASPIRE 2025 seminar series: Professor Stanton Glantz

Professor Stanton Glantz, from the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, will be delivering a series of talks around the country on smoking and harm reduction.

These include

New brief intervention guide

A brief intervention can make all the difference for those who are at risk of harm from related to addiction. Matua Raki has developed a guide to respond to the needs of non-specialist addiction workforces. It outlines the basic information needed to make sure the intervention is effective for you and the especially for the person who may be in trouble.

Download a PDF or order a hard copy.

Results from Quitline's Longitudinal Survey

Quitline has recently completed the 12 month follow-up for its longitudinal client survey. The survey was conducted between June 2011 and November 2012, involved 1251 Quitline clients, and assessed their smoking behaviour and Quitline service use at 4 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months.

Some interesting results include:

  • an overall quit rate of 20.9 percent at 12 months, compared to 24.2 percent at 6 months. This indicates a low rate of relapse between the 6- and 12-month surveys
  • in 2004, the overall 12 month quit rate was 13 percent
  • regardless of ethnicity, there was a positive relationship between increased service use and better quit rates. For example, the phone-only quit rate was 16.1 percent, on-line only was 21.5 percent, and phone and online was 29.5 percent
  • a good proportion (17.5 percent) of participants used the Quit Blogs, which provide clients with additional social support for their cessation journey. This is great because the highest success rates were associated with use of the Quit Blogs.

Read the full report.

Help visitors to your website reach the right smokefree contact

The Smokefree Coalition has upgraded its Tobacco free-Tupeka Kore Directory. Instead of publishing a bulky national directory and posting it out annually, there are now regional and field-based directories online at www.smokefreecontacts.org.nz. You can look up contacts, print out a customised list, or simply bookmark the site for continual online reference.

Updating your own listing on the site is easy: simply click on the Get Listed tab or contact admin@sfc.org.nz.

To help guide online traffic to the site, the Smokefree Coalition has created a couple of button links and encourages anyone with room on their own website, and who provide information to the public about tobacco control, to include a button linking to the Directory.

To get one or both of the buttons simply save them from this website and get your web team to liven them as links on your website. Or email a request to director@sfc.org.nz, and we'll email them to you as .png files (your web people will know what that means).

To embed either of the buttons on your website, insert the following code where you'd like to place the image:

Tall image

<a href="http://www.smokefreecontacts.org.nz/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.sfc.org.nz/images/smokefree-contacts-tall.png"></a>

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<a href="http://www.smokefreecontacts.org.nz/" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.sfc.org.nz/images/smokefree-contacts-long.png"></a>

Vote online for BAT in this year's Roger Awards

For the first time, the organisers of the Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand are inviting the public to have their say by voting online for the People’s Choice winner. It's your opportunity to vote for British American Tobacco (BAT) as the transnational corporation operating in New Zealand you respect the least.

This is an online poll only; the field is restricted to the eight finalists for the 2102 Roger Award listed at the People’s Choice website,

The People’s Choice winner will be announced at the same May Day event in Wellington at which the Roger Award judges announce their winner. The Judges’ Choice is the actual winner of the Roger Award and, as always, will be accompanied by a detailed report and financial analysis. There will be no equivalent reports about the People’s Choice winner.

Why has BAT been nominated?

To qualify, a transnational corporation must have committed specific misdeeds in New Zealand in the year in question. And in 2012 BAT has mightily annoyed plenty of people with its no expenses spared, high profile advertising campaign directed against the Government’s plan to introduce plain packaging.

To quote one nominator: “Outrageous ad campaign against plain cigarette packaging – their attempt to maintain their stake in this iniquitous trade qualifies them on all judging criteria”.

Another one wrote: “BAT’s malevolent intentions cannot be over-stated. They trade on: the poor; the addicted (or those with addictive personalities); the uneducated; the young; and all those marginalised for many reasons. They cause misery in ever widening circles on every level. BAT is a cancer that should be stamped out”.

Add your vote.

Petition to the Prime Minister re the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

A petition to the Prime Minister has been written on behalf of the medical community of New Zealand regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

The petition sums up concerns about the future impacts of the proposed TPPA upon New Zealand's ability to deliver public health policy, and in particular to achieve a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.

All qualified medical professionals in New Zealand are encouraged to sign online.

Add your signature.

New tobacco video highlights global burden

The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation has recently released the video "How much is a life worth? The truth about tobacco" which sheds light on the global tobacco burden and devious tactics employed by the tobacco industry to addict new users. This video also reveals how much the industry profits per tobacco death.

The video, developed by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, highlights data from The Tobacco Atlas, 4th Edition a joint publication by both organizations. Today, the Atlas is also available in a new mobile application, which automatically launches when you visit TobaccoAtlas.org on your mobile web browser.

This video and mobile application were first unveiled today at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, during a global tobacco panel discussion co-hosted by the American Cancer Society, World Lung Foundation, and the World Bank.

Help us spread the truth about tobacco by sharing this video with friends, colleagues, and via social media using the hashtag #TobaccoAtlas.

Watch the video.

Master in Public Health – Applications open for two new scholarships for 2012/13

The Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, with the generous support of Regional Public Health, is pleased to announce two new Master in Public Health thesis scholarships for 2012/13.

Valued at $21,000(exc GST) each, they cover fees, a stipend and a small amount for research costs. These thesis scholarships are for one full time academic year.

Deadline for applications: Monday 1st Oct 2012

Find out more.

Smokefree Coalition scholarships for Tobacco-free Aotearoa conference

The Smokefree Coalition has reserved registrations for 25 lucky people who apply now to attend the Tobacco Free Aotearoa Conference 2012. Whether you intend to present a paper, or you simply want to attend for your own professional development, be in to win a Smokefree Coalition scholarship and join the delegation lifting its game in tobacco control.

The conference will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on 8-9 November.

For your chance to win a full registration to the conference, parliamentary reception included, please send in no more than 500 words on how you plan to lift your game and play a part in making Aotearoa smokefree before 2025.

It doesn't matter whether your role is in health promotion, community engagement, cessation, enforcement, or in research. So long as you can show your passion to lift your game in eliminating tobacco from Aotearoa, the Smokefree Coalition will consider your application. Winners will receive a certificate to acknowledge their Smokefree Coalition 2012 Conference Scholarship.

Please provide your full name, phone number and email address, and specify your age and ethnicity in your application. Please also provide information of any other sponsored assistance you will receive to attend this conference (such as sponsored transportation/accommodation from employer).

Send your applications to director@sfc.org.nz before 31 August. Winners will be announced in the 19 September issue of the Tobacco Control Update.

Hearings to Select Committees

The Smokefree Coaltion is enjoying a spout of opportunities to speak directly to members of parliament when invited by the Finance and Expenditure Select committee (presiding over the Customs & Excise (tobacco) Tax Amendment Bill), the Health Select committee (holding its Inquiry on preventing child abuse and improving child health), and the Māori Affairs Select committee (holding its Inquiry on the social determinants of well being for Māori children).

To read what we've been telling parliament, click on the links below:

Tobacco Control Research Tūranga: request for Expressions of Interest

The overarching goal of the Tobacco Control Research Tūranga is to design, coordinate and implement a programme of innovative research delivering new knowledge to inform policies and practices for halving smoking prevalence in New Zealand by 2020.

In accordance with its objectives the Turanga has set aside $100,000 per year for 2012 – 2015 to find research projects on emerging issues. The Turanga has identified some priority topics:

  • the cost effectiveness of various tobacco control policies/programmes
  • the optimal mix of tobacco control strategies for reducing smoking prevalence by half by 2020
  • the price at which people will quit; and how they trade off cigarette consumption against budget constraints (especially relevant for Pacific people and other low-income populations)
  • voluntary exit of tobacco product importers, distributors and retailers from the market.

Other novel research ideas responsive to changes in the tobacco control environment are welcome.
Closing date: 9 July 2012.

Expressions of interest template available from the Turanga website or contact Co-Director Dr Marewa Glover.

Find out more.

ASB Bank Visiting Professorship 2012: Professor Joseph DiFranza

Family Medicine and Community Health / Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA.

Auckland Lecture Series
23 July 2012 – 3 August 2012

Professor DiFranza is an internationally renowned expert in tobacco control, with over 30 years of expertise and experience in the field, ranging from basic sciences research, clinical aspects of smoking and cessation, through to tobacco control policy. He has advised governmental officials in the US, Canada, Ireland and the World Health Organization on the implementation of restrictions on the sale of tobacco to minors.

Professor DiFranza has two decades of familiarity with tobacco litigation, serving as an expert witness in several cases. He is an expert on the neurobiology of nicotine addiction, having authored over 60 publications on this topic alone.

He is actively involved in brain research using state of the art imaging techniques to study the effects of nicotine in humans and animals. He has also developed new measures of nicotine addiction, which are in use in at least 20 languages around the globe. Professor Di Franza has been involved for many years in adolescent smoking cessation research, and has conducted research on the impact of tobacco marketing on adolescents. He has written several medical reviews of the effects of environmental tobacco smoke on children.

Professor Di Franza will be giving a number of free open lectures. All are welcome to attend.

Find out more.

Please note: The lecture scheduled for Thursday, 2 August from 12 noon – 1pm on "The how and why of preventing the sale of tobacco to minors: from policy to epidemiology" is being held at the AUT, Department of Community Health, North Shore Campus, Akoranga Drive (Room AE110), not the Albany campus as given.

Call for submissions on tobacco excise tax

The Finance and Expenditure Committee has called for submissions on the Customs and Excise (Tobacco Products – Budget Measures) Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to amend the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to make four cumulative 10 percent increases to the duties on all tobacco products. Submissions are due by 22 June 2012.

Increasing tobacco tax is the single most effective measure to reduce tobacco consumption. Achieving the Government's vision of smokefree New Zealand by 2025 requires a greater increase than the proposed amendment of four 10 percent increases on tobacco tax.

Smaller increases on tobacco excise have less impact on consumption as smokers can adjust to the smaller increases by cutting down or switching to cheaper brands.

A New Zealand study (Glover, M. & Cowie, N. 2011) showed that two-thirds of smokers living in low socio-economic areas attempted to quit smoking after the excise increases in 2010 and 2011. But relapses among them were high – 40 percent of smokers who did not quit successfully adapted by reducing their consumption per day and 22 percent adapted by switching to cheaper brands.

Steeper tax increases will result in more successful quit smoking attempts, as well as mitigating tobacco companies' ability to maintain their sales by introducing ultra-low cost brands.

It is important to assist smokers in low socioeconomic areas to make successful quit attempt through steeper tax increases and thus control the ability of tobacco companies to absorb the cost increases. Add your voice: make your submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

Please ask family, friends and associates to submit on this too. For assistance and consultation developing your submission, please contact Prudence Stone (04 801 9308) or Michael Colhoun at ASH (09 520 4866).

Find out more or visit the Parliament website.

The annual New Zealand Respiratory Conference:
"Our Primary Focus"

27-28 September 2012,
James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington

The New Zealand Respiratory conference is New Zealand's premier event for health professionals with patients with respiratory conditions or a research interest in this area.

Organised by The Asthma Foundation, it provides an opportunity to update and validate your knowledge, share expertise, make new contacts, establish networks and catch up with your respiratory friends.

Key areas to be covered are:

  • primary prevention
  • respiratory clinics
  • preparation for end of life care.

Speakers are national and international experts in their areas of respiratory care. Current trends and research will be presented. Sessions will be thought provoking, will be of interest to health professionals working in all areas of respiratory health, caring for New Zealanders of all ages.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Associate Professor Michael Baker speaking on Poverty and Respiratory Health
  • Professor Phillipa Howden-Chapman presenting an update on the Housing and Health research programme and the determinants of well-being
  • Robert Linterman from EECA speaking on the Governments initiative to improve New Zealand's housing.

More information.

Enrolments for Diploma/Certificate of Public Health closing soon.

Enrolments for semester 2 papers on the Diploma/Certificate of Public Health programme of the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington are still open, but will be closing soon.

The papers available are:

  • PUBH 702 Society, Health and Public Policy
  • PUBH 703 Health and Environment
  • PUBH 704 Health Economics
  • PUBH 709 Hauora Maori Health Issues
  • PUBH 710 Public Health Law and Public Health Ethics (distance based)

Papers can be taken as stand alone papers or as components of the Certificate or Diploma in Public Health. Papers begin in the week starting Monday 9th July. The deadline for applications is 6 June.

Further details can be found here, and you can download an application form here.

If you would like more information please contact Mary Anderson, the DPH course administrator.

Details about the papers are available on the website and are also appended below. If you require any further information about the specific papers, please contact the paper convenors.

New Smokefree site

The new Smokefree site has gone live: smokefree.org.nz.

This site replaces the old smokefree site and a more user-friendly layout and design.

Please note, the World Smokefree Day, Face the Facts and Secondhand Smoke sites have moved to smokefree.org.nz. Of course, all the existing web addresses will still work but you will be directed to their new page within this new site.

How do I take steps to prevent interference by the tobacco industry in my country?

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease is preparing to publish a toolkit on Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, providing a roadmap for governments wanting to prevent tobacco industry interference in their countries but not sure where to start.

The toolkit will be made available in May 2012.

Click here for a preview of the issues and steps that the toolkit will canvas.

The 12th Annual CPAG Post-Budget Breakfast Series

Co-hosted by the Public Health Association and Child Poverty Action Group

Friday 25 May, 7:15-8:45am
Come and enjoy breakfast with us in Auckland and Wellington and find out how the 2012 budget affects children and young people.

Auckland: Is the budget relaxed about child poverty?


  • Prof Jonathan Boston, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University. Co-Chair, Children's Commissioner's expert group on Poverty,
  • Dr Fiona Cram, (Ngati Kahungunu), Member of the Children's Commissioner's expert group on Poverty.

Location: School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland Bldg 730, Function Room 220 entry via Gate 1, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes, Auckland. Free parking in visitors' section.

Wellington: How do children fare?


  • Assoc Prof Mike O'Brien, University of Auckland. CPAG Director,
  • Dr Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Policy Director, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU),
  • Asher Emanuel, Young leader, Victoria University of Wellington.

Location: St John in the City Conference Centre, Corner Willis and Dixon Streets, Downtown Wellington

More information.

Announcement of 2012 Tobacco Control conference details

The 2012 national tobacco control conference is to be held 8-9 November at Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) in Wellington. The conference will focus on what is needed to achieve the government's goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 with the theme, Lifting Our Game, running through the plenary and parallel sessions.

If you are involved in tobacco and health issues in any way – cessation, health promotion, policy, regulation, research or community action – this is the conference for you. More information will be available shortly. In the meantime lock the dates in your diary.

New Zealand Tobacco Control Research Tūranga PhD scholarship

Want to help halve smoking prevalence in New Zealand by 2020?

Work on one of the world's most challenging public health issues of our time. Join an innovative programme involving leading academics and researchers from across New Zealand.

The New Zealand Tobacco Control Research Tūranga has one PhD scholarship to award.

The Tobacco Control Research Tūranga PhD Scholarship is valued at $25,000 (tax-free) per annum plus tuition fees for up to three years.

Application deadline now extended to 31 May 2012.

For further information and an application form, contact Candy Eason.

Expressions of Interest are now open for Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Young People Conference

Expressions of Interest for presenting are now open for the Connect For: improved outcomes for vulnerable young people conference to be held on 25 & 26 June 2012 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre.

The conference brings together government, local government, schools and the community sector.

It is a response to children and young people experiencing barriers to accessing opportunities to learning and development. It is designed for those working in education, youth support, health, housing, justice services and police.

To apply, fill out this form, and email it to conference@yacvic.org.au by 20 April 2012. Late expressions may not be considered.

International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012

27-30 June 2012
Auckland, New Zealand

Registrations are open for the 5th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference. The conference will highlight indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development.

Presentations will address all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:

  • Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
  • Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to health, successful and thriving indigenous families.
  • Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness – understanding the distinctive contributions that indigenous communities – people, knowledge, assets, resources – do and may yet make to the world at large. Yielding opportunities for development that may not be sourced from any other community or population.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, the University of Hawai'i
  • Dr Jelena Porsanger, Sámi University College, Norway
  • Aroha Mead, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Charles Royal, Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Professor of Indigenous Development in the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.

Early-bird registration rates close April 23rd, so register today!

Click for more information and registrations.

For enquiries, please contact the conference's Event Manager.

Unlocked 2012: Health on the Inside

This two-day conference aims to build on links between primary health care in the Prison Health Service and the community.

Conference speakers include:

  • Judge Ema Aitken, District Court Judge
  • Dr Janice Wilson, CEO Health Quality and Safety Commission
  • Professor Doug Sellman, Director of National Addiction Centre

Register before Monday 8 June 2012.

Find out more.

Public Health Association Conference 2012

The Public Health Association of New Zealand is excited to invite you to its 2012 conference: Equity from the start – valuing our children, to be held 3-5 September in Wellington.

This is New Zealand’s premiere public health event of the year and you don’t want to miss it!

A number of high-profile speakers have already been confirmed, including Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health; New Zealand Children’s Commissioner Russel Wills; Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; and Cindy Kiro, Head of the School of Public Health at Massey University. The conference will feature the usual high standard and wide variety of presentations, workshops and panel discussions around equity for children and other important public health themes. A variety of innovative gateway events will also be held on 3 September prior to the opening of the conference.

Registrations open 6 May. Mark this in your diary now and find out more at http://conference.pha.org.nz.

We are also pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities. To find out more contact Prudence Stone at director@sfc.org.nz.

Early bird registrations for the conference will open on 6 May, but mark your diaries now so you don't miss out!

Quitline launches new mobile website

You can now access Quitline's services directly from your smartphone! We've just launched a new mobile version of our website.

The mobile site offers a slimmed down version of our desktop site and has been designed to fit perfectly on smaller screens, with no horizontal scrolling.

Key features include the Quit blogs, Quit Stats and Txt2Quit services. New users can also register via their smartphone with our easy to use registration form.

The new site is designed to work with a wide variety of smart phones including iPhones, Android smartphones and BlackBerrys.

Type www.quit.org.nz into your mobile browser and you will be automatically directed to the new site.

Heart Foundation – Cardiac Seminars

The Heart Foundation's Cardiac Care Team invite you to one of their Cardiac Care Seminars happening in locations across the country in May:
Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland, Tauranga, Nelson, New Plymouth, Napier and Wellington.

These seminars are suitable for anyone who has had a heart event or procedure, is living with a heart condition, or has risk factors such as high blood pressure, and their family or whānau.

There is no charge for this seminar, but we do ask that you register your attendance as morning tea and lunch are provided and we need to ensure we have sufficient catering.

Register here.

Should you have any queries regarding the seminars, please contact Jennifer Wrigley, 09 526 8561.

Read more.

Youth smoking statistics from the ASH year 10 smoking snapshot survey

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia has recently released the youth smoking statistics from the ASH year 10 smoking snapshot survey. ASH is especially delighted because the results are very exciting. Some highlights include:

  • 4.1 percent of all Year 10 students were daily smokers, a drop from 5.5 percent in 2010.
  • 8.2 percent of students were regular smokers (daily, weekly or monthly) in 2011, a drop from 10.0 percent in 2010.
  • 70.4 percent of students were never smokers. An increase from 64.3 percent in 2010.
  • Māori students had the biggest decline in daily smoking compared to other ethnicities with a change from 14.1 percent in 2010 to 10.3 percent in 2011.
  • The biggest year on year drop in daily smoking was for Māori girls from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 11.3 percent in 2011

This year ASH has produced a series of factsheets and downloadable data sheets with key results.

You can read the minister's media release here and see comments from the minister and ASH's Director Ben Youdan on breakfast.

To achieve a Smokefree Nation by 2025, here are our next steps:

Part of the Smokefree Coalition's executive director's role is to represent the members at the National Tobacco Control Working Group. This group has recently finalised strategic documents that will support government's commitment to making Aotearoa New Zealand a Smokefree nation by 2025.

One document (the Roadmap) outlines for our sector the logic model of all our activities, so that we can all understand where and how our activities – be they large or small interventions – contribute to the overall vision and goal. This Roadmap is colour coded for easy definition between measurable outcomes, key objectives, and the matrix of sector activities. Three lead agencies were delegated to continue working on providing each key objective's action plan, and they will be provided on this website as soon as they are finalised. This document explains how to read the roadmap.

A second document (Urgent: Next Steps) shows what must be done before 2015 so that our prevalence and uptake rates drop down in line with a trajectory toward less than 5 percent by 2025. Left to follow their own current trajectory, those rates suggest we may not become Smokefree before 2070! For some ethnic groups, and for some regions of New Zealand, the trajectory carries on into the 2400's before we achieve our government's goal. The status quo in tobacco control is not good enough for these communities, and make our next steps a matter of urgency.

A third document, a two page summary of the Tobacco Control Sector Seminars held in November 2011, is also available, as well as a number of presentations in video format.

Join us in support of our government by committing to these actions and next steps!

Free smoking cessation workshops and seminars

The Smokefree Nurses have been putting the finishing touches to a series of workshops and seminars which will bring together an overseas speaker, Jennifer Percival, with Dr. Hayden McRobbie and Dr. Mark Wallace-Bell. The sessions aim to equip busy health professionals with fast effective smoking cessation skills which fit with everyday practice. These skills enhance ABC smoking cessation interventions.

Jennifer is an RN, RM, health visitor, internationally renowned smoking cessation trainer and tobacco control advisor to the Royal College of Nursing and this will be her third visit to New Zealand. Hayden is a primary architect of the NZ Smoking Cessation Guidelines and Mark specialises in Motivational Interviewing.

Click for more information.

Public Health Leadership Programme 2012

Reminder applications close Monday 20 February 2012.

Applications for the 2012 Public Health Leadership Programme (PHLP) are now open. In 2012 one programme will be offered in Wellington and one in Christchurch. The programme dates are:

Programme 1 (Christchurch):
7-8 August, 18-19 September, 13-14 November

Programme 2 (Wellington):
31 July - 1 August, 6-7 September, 30-31 October

Anyone working in the public health sector may apply for a place on the programme. Applications close at 5pm on 20 Monday February 2012. For more information, application criteria, programme dates and online applications, go to www.publichealthworkforce.org.nz.

Turning Point – quarterly magazine for smoking cessation workers

The Ministry of Health has been working to develop a quarterly magazine for New Zealand smoking cessation workers – with the aim of supporting consistency in approach in relation to the Tier One service specifications, as well as sharing success stories and best practice examples together, and highlighting emerging research to increase the information and support available to cessation workers across New Zealand.

The first issue is now available and has been posted on the HIIRC website.

Please let any of your colleagues in your organisation or network know who might benefit from this. If you or they wish to be added to the circulation list email carl_billington@moh.govt.nz.

You can also email any feedback and suggestions you might have and will the magazine looks forward to profiling some of the great work being done in future issues.

Call for Recommendations for 15th WCTOH Declaration

The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) organising committee would like to invite you to submit suggested recommendations to be incorporated into the 15th WCTOH Declaration. Please submit no more than 10 recommendations which may be tied in with the following points:

  1. Tobacco use is the leading preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases, and all forms of tobacco products (including new and emerging tobacco products) and their by products are harmful to both users and non-users.
  2. To improve the quality of life, enhance development and reduce the economic and healthcare burdens of countries, the global tobacco control community needs to increase the scope and intensity of tobacco control efforts to counter the tobacco epidemic.
  3. Comprehensive collaborations and coordination at the global and regional levels between tobacco control communities as well as sectors outside Health are essential to move the tobacco control efforts forward.
  4. The tobacco industry operates on a global scale, promotes tobacco products through all possible means, continues to develop new tobacco products and obstructs effective tobacco control measures.
  5. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an effective tool for tobacco control.

Other recommendations which are not related to the above points but which you feel are critical to tobacco control are also welcome.

Each recommendation should be specific, measurable and attainable. There should also be a specific timeframe within which it is to be achieved. It should be stated in one sentence and in no more than 40 words per recommendation.

For each recommendation, please also state why it should be included in the declaration and how it can be measured.


Recommendation: At least 20 countries to have introduced plain packaging by 2015.
Why: Research by Cancer Council Australia has shown that the introduction of plain packaging can reduce youth uptake rates for smoking. Furthermore, the adoption of plain packaging by other countries will support Australia in the upholding of this legislation which is facing massive opposition from the tobacco industry.
How: The number of countries which have introduced plain packaging by 2015.

Please send your suggested recommendations by 3 February 2012 to declarations@wctoh2012.org with the following information:

Position in organisation:
Email address:
Contact number:

The Declaration Committee reserves the right to amend, refuse or use the recommendation in its entirety. We would like to thank you in advance for your contribution and look forward to seeing you in Singapore!

Best Wishes,
15th WCTOH Organising Committee

Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Māori children – deadline extended to 16 March

The incoming Māori Affairs Select Committee (MASC) has just announced it will continue the Inquiry and extend the deadline for submissions to 16 March 2012.

The new Select Committee members are:

  • Te Ururoa Flavell, Māori
  • Hone Harawira, Mana
  • Hon Tau Henare, National
  • Brendan Horan, New Zealand First
  • Hon Parekura Horomia, Labour
  • Jami-Lee Ross, National
  • Katrina Shanks, National
  • Rino Tirikatene, Labour
  • Metiria Turei, Green
  • Louise Upston, National
  • Nicky Wagner, National
  • Louisa Wall, Labour

"Every Child Counts will work with child-focused agencies between now and March to generate as many submissions as possible. This is the most significant opportunity we have ever had to advocate on behalf of Māori children," says Dr Hone Kaa from Every Child Counts.

Given the major achievements of the MASC inquiry into the tobacco industry (with a similar approach in the terms of reference), the inquiry process is a huge opportunity to achieve the extent of change necessary for New Zealand children. Given the importance of the inquiry, we advocates will need to be well-organised to maximise its impact – we have learnt much from the tobacco inquiry.

A message from Prudence Stone, Director of the Smokefree Coalition:

"I urge all of you to request that your submissions be made in person to the Select Committee. Furthermore, I urge you all to rally submissions from your Māori caucuses, focus groups, advisors, kuia/kaumatua, youth ambassadors, and above all, from your Māori stakeholder communities. As there is no lead advocacy agency in our midst to rally submissions on behalf of Māori children, we must see it as our group responsibility to do so. Every Māori can contribute their story of growing up in Aotearoa, and relate to the Select Committee what were the social determinants of their well-being. The more Māori that do, the better chance this inquiry has of attaining public support for historical recommendations to government, like those achieved in the Māori Affairs Select Committee's last Inquiry on the tobacco industry and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori."

Find out more.

Quitline Opening Hours – Christmas and New Years

Quitline Christmas hoursThe Quitline Contact Centre will be closed from close of business Friday 23 December until Saturday 31 December 2011 inclusive. Those wanting to quit smoking can still get full support at our website. A small number of staff will continue to work to manage emails, moderate blogs and possibly make call backs.

The Contact Centre will be open for business as usual on 1, 2 and 3 January.

Quitline will not run any television advertising during December. However, we will run a new Christmas and New Years online campaign.

Pre-Election documentary on child poverty

TV3, Tuesday 22 November 7.30pm

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pleased to inform of this important and timely documentary about Child Poverty in New Zealand. While the programme focuses on the Porirua and Wellington regions, it is informed by many interviews gathered across the country including those with CPAG executive members in Whangarei, Auckland and Wellington.

We hope you will find the documentary informative and enlightening.

Smokefree Coalition Annual General Meeting

The Smokefree Coalition will host its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 15 November, 4pm, at the Health Sponsorship Council, 3rd floor 181 Wakefield St Wellington. Membership of the Smokefree Coalition has continued to grow from 38 to 41 members in the last year, so for some the AGM will be an excellent first opportunity to introduce themselves, to celebrate what's been a big year, and get on the same page about the next steps in tobacco control for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please extend this invitation to all on your executive, policy, research and communications teams, and please RSVP by replying to this email to director@sfc.org.nz by the 11 November.

Introductions will be started by the founding members: ASH, The Asthma Foundation, Heart Foundation, Cancer Society and Te Hotu Manawa Māori.

Light food and refreshments will be served at 5pm.

The guest speaker will be Paula Snowden, Chief Executive of The Quit Group, who will speak about her role this year as the Cancer Society's New Zealand ambassador at the World meeting on non-communicable diseases.


  1. Karakia/Introductions
  2. Apologies/notes of proxies
  3. Minutes of 2010 AGM
  4. Chairperson's Report
  5. Invited speaker: Paula Snowden
  6. Financial Report/appointment of auditor
  7. Annual membership subscriptions
  8. 5pm General business/more discussion over canapes
  9. Next Steps seminars

Our Board consists of a designated representative from each of the founding members; ASH, The Asthma Foundation, Cancer Society, Heart Foundation, Quit Group and Te Hotu Manawa Māori. The Board then appoints others from the Coalition membership, to give voice to the rest of the community. Appointed members currently include Professor Robert Beaglehole, Prior Policy Centre, Stephanie Erick, Tala Pasifika and Paula Snowden, Quit Group.

There are currently no openings for new appointed members of the Board, so there will be no elections at this AGM. However please notify the Chairperson or Executive Director if you would like to discuss future appointments.

We look very much forward to seeing you and/or representatives from your organisation there.

Setting the agenda for a tupeka kore/tobacco free nation

Download the slides from SFC Director Dr Prudence Stone's 3 October 2011 Achieving the Vision presentation.

At the October 2011 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Brisbane, the Smokefree Coalition will aim to inspire Australian and Pacific delegates with Aotearoa New Zealand’s Vision and journey for 2020. Our success has given the nation's tobacco control community clear shared objectives to follow. The symposium will share the journey for other nations to learn from and use as they wish.

Early in 2010, the Smokefree Coalition began disseminating its newly published document Achieving the Vision: Tupeka Kore Aotearoa/Tobacco Free New Zealand 2020 to New Zealand’s public health leaders. The document outlined the measures needed to protect all young people from exposure to tobacco, reduce demand for tobacco and support every smoker to quit before 2020.

The final steps involved achieving buy-in from the New Zealand public, while gaining government’s cooperation to implement key (legislative) measures. The Vision’s champions knew they needed the support and faith of a wider community.

Achieving the Vision has proven to be a new 'language' spoken in New Zealand tobacco talk. Whenever a public health authority is questioned on tobacco use in the media, they now refer to the three objectives, and talk inside a timeframe for reducing all tobacco rates to near zero by 2020.

'Singing from the same songsheet' has proven an effective tool for engendering public belief in the Vision for 2020. It has also had surprising and rapid buy in from New Zealand’s government. Achieving the Vision was handed to all members of the Māori Affairs Select Committee during its inquiry into the tobacco industry and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori in 2010. The Minister of Health, Tony Ryal,l and Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia were also sent copies. In March this year, Minister Turia announced in government's response to the Māori Affairs Report on its inquiry, that it accepted the recommendation for government to commit to making New Zealand "essentially smokefree by 2025".

"Essentially smokefree" was qualified as meaning reducing tobacco's prevalence and uptake rates to near zero for both Māori and the nation at large. Despite the five year difference in timelines Aotearoa/New Zealand surely appears on track to move toward a tupeka kore/tobacco free future.

The mandate has been given and true partnerships have been forged amongst a united and broadening public health sector and government. Already the increase in intensity is reflected in a schedule of tobacco tax increases and the removal of tobacco products from retail display. The Vision for 2020 has provided us with a catalyst for social movement, greater coalition, and above all a strategy to send the tobacco industry once and for all from our shores.

Session Outline:

Chairperson for the symposium: Dr Jan Pearson, New Zealand Cancer Society
Dr Pearson is a National Health Promotion Manager and the Smokefree Coalition Chairperson. She will briefly open the symposium with a summary of the latest shifts in New Zealand's tobacco control landscape.

Sue Taylor, Te Reo Marama Chair: An Evaluative Process, from the beginning
Mrs Taylor was there from the beginning, and will tell the story of how the Vision for 2020 developed from a forum of researchers and advocates, into a steering group that invited many more consultants and facilitated their contributions.

Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole: Teasing out new key messages from all the evidence
Professor Beaglehole will outline the key messages of the Vision for 2020, and will describe how the group redeveloped the sector’s key messages vis a vis a visionary perspective.

Dr Prudence Stone, Smokefree Coalition Director and Skye Kimura, Cancer Society National Tobacco Control Advisor: Turning the Vision into an instrument of social movement
Dr Stone and Ms Kimura will show how the Vision has been instrumental in building the Coalition membership, growing public acceptance for tobacco control measures, and enabling New Zealand's leaders, to use the rationale to achieve greater tobacco control measures.

Stephanie Erick, Tala Pasifika Director: Taking Action for our own communities
rs Erick will help the audience think about how to build Vision from the starting blocks in their own communities. She will use Tala Pasifika's story of implementing the Vision strategically for the Pacific community of New Zealand as a case study to explore by others.

Māori, Pacific and Youth grants available to Tobacco Control Seminars

During November tobacco control sector seminars will take place in four regions around the country. The seminars will provide an excellent chance for tobacco control workers to gain an insight into the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal and to contribute to building a strategic approach to tobacco control while you catch-up with your colleagues.

The seminars will run from 9am to 4pm and will be held in:

Click here to register for a seminar near you.

Find out more about the agenda and presentations.

Please note: Registration is not open to individuals who have any current or previous affiliations with any tobacco company.

Sponsorship for Māori and Pacific delegates

The Smokefree Coalition will sponsor registration for 40 Māori and Pacific delegates. To apply, please describe in 300 words or less your role, and the difference you will make in helping Māori and Pacific communities to become tobacco free.

Sponsorship for Youth Development delegates available

The Smokefree Coalition will also sponsor registration for 10 delegates working with youth and their prevention of smoking uptake. To apply, please describe in 300 words or less your role and the difference you hope to make preventing children from taking up smoking.

Please note you do not have to be a health worker to apply. If you know of Māori and Pacific leaders or anyone working with youth who wish to champion tobacco control in their community, please forward this information to them and encourage them to apply.

World No Tobacco Day 2012

The World Health Organization (WHO) selects "tobacco industry interference" as the theme of the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Thursday 31 May 2012.

The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health.

Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.

As more and more countries move to fully meet their obligations under the WHO FCTC, the tobacco industry's efforts to undermine the treaty are becoming more and more energetic.

For example, in an attempt to halt the adoption of pictorial health warnings on packages of tobacco, the industry recently adopted the novel tactic of suing countries under bilateral investment treaties, claiming that the warnings impinge the companies' attempts to use their legally-registered brands.

Click here for more.

Wellington's Election Forum 2011

Where we will ask each candidate for solutions to the big questions for our region's community wellbeing.

  • Tobacco
  • Gambling
  • Loansharks in our communities
  • How much of our public policy is for sale?
  • Housing

Mercure Hotel
355 Willis St
3-5pm, Thursday 27 October

Light refreshments will be provided.

Download poster/flyer




Achieving the Vision Presentation 3 October

You are invited to attend a Presentation by Smokefree Coalition Executive Director Dr Prudence Stone.

3 October 2011
12:00 – 1:30pm
Liggins Theatre
Level 1, Building 15, Greenlane Clinical Centre, Greenlane, Auckland

Dr Stone will put in context the priority actions set inside the sector's vision and strategy document Achieving the Vision, now that we have the government's commitment to making Aotearoa New Zealand smokefree by 2025. She will also give an update on national developments and initiatives.

The presentation will be of interest to all staff, services, providers and stakeholders working within smokefree and will be followed by questions, answers and a general discussion.

For further information please contact Aroha Sinclair, Auckland Regional Public Health Service, Email arohas@adhb.govt.nz, 021 032 6090.

All are welcome to attend.

Pregnancy, tobacco and the Rugy World Cup?

The next time New Zealand gets a chance to host the RWC again in about 20 or so years, we will be a tobacco-free country. So it's quite conceivable and heartening to know that we are currently working with the generation who in 20 years from now, will host the first ever RWC in a tobacco-free country – thanks to Decision 2025.

When one looks at our tobacco and public health landscape today, there is much to be optimistic and cheerful about.

We can now talk confidently about elimination instead of control and there is no doubt that the government's commitment to bring an end to tobacco use in New Zealand has not only energised our sector as never before, but there is a renewed urgency around our activities now.

It is becoming more obvious that as far as tobacco is concerned, we are regaining control of our health and wellbeing. It's about time.

Our symposium on Friday 30 September 2011, 9:00am – 12:30pm will focus on how this new environment will shape our approach to the work that we do with our pregnant women and their families. Our new ABC training modules and resources will also be demonstrated.

Pregnant women and their families are a key priority group for us so no explanation needed. But what we can say is that in helping our mothers to be smokefree today, they will raise healthy and smokefree families who will look back on this year’s RWC and remember it as the last of an era that we have left behind.

We have prepared a half-days' worth of work for us – giving everyone a chance to get away just after lunch.

We look forward to having you all.

Contact Stephanie Erick, Programme Manager, Tala Pasifika to find out more.

Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 tobacco control sector seminars

If you work in tobacco control and want to catch up with colleagues, gain insight into the smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal, and contribute to building a strategic approach to tobacco control – then put one of these dates in your diary

Auckland – Wednesday 2 November 2011
Rotorua – Thursday 3 November 2011
Wellington – Wednesday 16 November 2011
Christchurch – Thursday 17 November 2011

Draft Programme

9:00 Coffee and morning tea available

9.30 Opening

9.45 Tobacco Control – funding, priorities, plans and activities – Ministry of Health

10:45 Cessation – what’s happening, what’s new?

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Achieving New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 Goal. How do we get there?

2:30 Research – what’s happening, what’s new?

4:00 Close

A registration form will be available on the HSC website shortly for registrations. If people would like to register their interest prior to this, please email Donna Harding, donna@hsc.org.nz, including your contact details and which seminar you would like to attend.

15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

20-24 March 2012, Singapore

The abstract and scholarship submission deadline for this conference has been extended until 15 August 2011.

Submissions are encouraged in the area of tobacco control that are original, innovative and timely. All abstracts will be reviewed on the basis of merit by an international panel of reviewers and assigned to appropriate sessions.

Submit your abstracts, if your abstract is not one of the thousands already submitted for the oral or poster presentation sessions!

Apply for a scholarship, if you are a tobacco control professional working or living in a low or middle income country and meet our criteria!

Register today to reserve your seat, and save up to SGD400!

Find out more.

Some inspiration to help you start planning your region's next World Smokefree Day event

Hip Hop Street Dance

For Te Ha Oranga Community Health Worker, Kathy Fulop the World Smokefree Day's message to assert yourself 'Me mutu – kia kaha / Give quitting a go – you can do it!', which coincided beautifully with the theme for Youth Week 'STEP UP! Be heard, Take responsibility, Be YOUth'.

On Saturday 21 May a Hip Hop Street Dance Workshop, organised by the Kaipara Youth Networking Committee, was held at the local Youth Centre featuring local youth dance crew The Kids Next Door who qualified for Hip Hop Street Dance Nationals this year.

They placed 11th in New Zealand. Between 20-30 youth attended this workshop with some extremely positive outcomes, not only on the dance floor with some cool dance moves, but also some extremely positive role modelling on behalf of the Dance Crew and their Smokefree influences. The Dance Crew performed at a “RAVE” hosted by the Kaipara Youth Networking Committee Friday 27 May. The “RAVE” attracted around 200 youth aged 13 – 18 years. These events were smokefree/alcohol free/drug free/violence free.

The aim was to create a fun supportive environment for our youth that encourages positive role modelling. When youth are having fun they are extremely easy to communicate with and are open with their opinions, providing an opportunity to engage with them and talk about WSFD, Smokefree and Quit. Smokefree co-ordinators were on hand to make contact with youth seeking help on quitting or wanting information on becoming smokefree in their homes for their whānau.

Resource Spotlight: Ask about the elephant GP toolkit

In 2010, the Ministry of Health sent ABC toolkits to practices around the country with various resources to support and simplify the ABC approach.

We have added an electronic copy of each of these resources to the Primary Care section of the HIIRC website. The resources include:

  • A5 coding card – lists the various ZCPI, Activity and Read codes used by different practices. The purpose of this card was to bring the different coding variations together under common headings so they are comparable. You do NOT need to use all these codes. If you are a coding practice you should see the codes you use here: continue to use those you are familiar with.
  • A5 GP pad – summarises pharmaceutical treatment options
  • ABC and NRT quick reference card.

A couple of other summary and overview resources have been added to the page as well.

American Institute for Cancer Research Conference 2011

Food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer
3-4 November 2011, Washington DC

We hope you will join us at the 2011 American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer 3-4 November, in Washington DC. Register by 10 October to take advantage of the early bird rate!

This year we are offering a session on Cancer Treatment and Survivorship. With the number of US cancer survivors at almost 12 million and growing, research in survivorship is also growing rapidly. Leading experts in the field will discuss the latest findings in survivorship related to diet, with talks on nutrition and cancer cachexia, the role of soy and micronutrients. A panel discussion will follow the talks.

Chaired by Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD, University of California, San Diego, and John Milner, PhD, National Cancer Institute, the session features these speakers:

  • The impact of nutrition intervention in cancer cachexia
    Carla Prado, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Micronutrient status and the nervous system in cancer: a balance between feeding the host and starving the tumour
    Ralph Green, MD, PhD, FRCPath, University of California, Davis
  • Soy and cancer: evidence from animal studies
    Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD, Georgetown University
  • Soy food consumption and breast cancer recurrence and prognosis
    Bette Caan, DrPH, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Visit our website to register, view the full programme and speaker biographies, and for information on poster abstract submission and scholarships.

Much of the world doesn't see anti-tobacco advertising; what can be done?

This July, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011 revealed some disturbing statistics – 70 percent of the world’s population saw no national tobacco counter-advertising in the last two years. Read more about how it affects our work in tobacco control here.

Despite some dismaying statistics, however, the report does contain some encouraging news – campaigns are happening in both low- and middle- income countries as well as high-income countries. World Lung Foundation (WLF) alone has supported 64 anti-tobacco campaigns in 18 countries, viewed by an estimated 643 million people.

WLF's Sandra Mullin weighed in on the report, stressing the importance of mass media campaigns across the globe.

"We are turning the tobacco industry's own tools against it, globalising anti-tobacco advertising in order to make it easy to spread the message: tobacco causes illness and death."

E-cigarette symposium

Addiction Research Network Seminar Series, held in conjunction with the Clinical Trials Research Unit

This symposium, chaired by Associate Professor Peter Adams, aims to inform the tobacco control sector about the current scientific knowledge around the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDS, but often referred to as e-cigarettes).

Topics covered

  • What are ENDS, how are they used, who uses them and why?
  • Are ENDS safe – what are the risks and harms of use or exposure to vapour?
  • What is the evidence ENDS will help people quit smoking?
  • How are ENDS regulated?
  • What research is being undertaken to understand ENDS better?
  • Are ENDS been used by health service users?


  • Dr Murray Laugesen (Health NZ)
  • Dr Stewart Jessamine (Medsafe)
  • Dr Chris Bullen (Clinical Trials Research Unit)
  • Dr Marewa Glover (Centre for Tobacco Control Research)
  • Dr Susanna Galea (Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service)

Questions will be taken from the floor at the end of the formal presentations

Date: Thursday 11th August 2011
Time: 5:30 pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Room 730.220, School of Population Health , University of Auckland Tamaki Campus, 261 Morrin Road, Glen Innes, Auckland

Limited spaces are available, so please register your attendance by 5pm, 4th August, by emailing k.bos@ctru.auckland.ac.nz.

Light refreshments and plenty of parking will be available.

Postgraduate Studies, Public Health

University of Otago Wellington
School of Medicine and Health Sciences

It's time to expand your mind. We currently have spaces available on our Diploma of Public Health programme. The programme is designed to meet the education and training requirements of a wide range of people working in, or with an interest in, health and the health services. It is particularly designed to develop public health and health policy skills and to enable the sharing of information and experiences in a cooperative, collegial learning environment.

The Diploma in Public Health is open to graduates from health and other disciplines. It is a one year full-time (or two year part-time) course, and includes papers in areas such as epidemiology, health policy, environmental health and health promotion. If you are not sure if you want to commit to a Diploma (4 papers), you can start by taking a single paper or a Certificate in Public Health (2 papers). Students who complete the Diploma of Public Health to a high standard may proceed to a Master of Public Health either by thesis or two DPH papers and a dissertation. You can study as a full time or part time student.

The papers available in the forthcoming semester are:

  • PUBH702 – Society, Health, and Public Policy
    Philippa Howden Chapman
  • PUBH703 – Health and Environment
    Paul Blaschke
  • PUBH704 – Health Economics
    Des O'Dea
  • PUBH709 – Hauora: Māori Health Issues
    Keri Lawson Te-Aho
  • PUBH 707 – Public Health Law and Public Health Ethics (Distant taught)
    Louise Delany

Full details of the course are available at www.wnmeds.ac.nz/academic/dph/postgrad/. Here you can download a prospectus which includes an outline of all the available papers, and application forms.

If interested, you will need to apply soon as the semester's teaching begins between 10 and 14 July.

If you want to have a chat about any aspect of the DPH programme, please contact Di Sarfati (DPH convenor): 04 918 6042 or diana.sarfati@otago.ac.nz.

Paper: Public health law and public health ethics

University of Otago, Wellington, Department of Public Health

Distance based

This paper will equip participants with an understanding of the framework, scope and content of public health law in New Zealand, and the impact of international law. It will also analyse concepts of public health ethics and apply them to particular public health topics.

Students will analyse the scope and content of core public health law in New Zealand; discuss ethical issues in international law and its impact on public health law; and assess and comment constructively on existing public health law in New Zealand and proposals for new law. Areas of public health law that are covered include law relating to: communicable disease, screening, immunisation, environmental health, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, food and radiation.

The paper will run in the second semester of 2011. The paper is distance based, with two block courses at the Wellington campus, each of two days. The paper begins on 10 July (a Sunday).

No examination: internal assessment.

For more information: contact Louise Delany who will be coordinating the paper: louise.delany@otago.ac.nz.

This paper will be valuable for health workers, public health practitioners, policy staff in government agencies (central and local) and non-government organisation, as well as those lawyers keen on extending their skills in the health sector.

Access to a computer will be required to enable access to Blackboard (through the web). Blackboard participation will not be 'real-time'.

One-pager references for Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapies

If you prescribe or issue pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation then these one-pager references will take you no time to read and are handy to refer to when discussing therapies with patients.

The pharmacotherapies work slightly differently to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and in many cases can be used in conjunction with NRT to manage high dependency. The trick is to ensure that a full course of treatment is taken (12 weeks) to maximise success and to ensure that smoking cessation support or follow up is available for patients.

Varenicline (Champix), Bupropion (Zyban) and Nortriptyline are all subsidised giving patients options and a greater chance of becoming smokefree.

Click here for more.

University of Tasmania Elite PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Cognitive and Behavioural support for cigarette smokers trying to quit

The University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia is currently offering an Elite PhD Scholarship as part of an NHMRC-funded study evaluating a cognitive and behavioural support program designed to assist smokers attempting to quit. Click here to find out more.

Elite scholarships are valued at AUD$30,000 tax free per annum, and successful candidates also receive a laptop computer. A site visit can be arranged for promising Australian and NZ applicants.

Find more details on Elite Scholarships.

A message from the Health Promotion Forum (HPF) – Christchurch earthquake

The staff and Board of HPF are deeply saddened by the events of the last days in Christchurch. Our sympathy and concern goes out to those who have lost loved ones, and those who have been traumatised or injured.

We are relieved to hear that our whanau and colleagues at CPH, Mental Health Foundation, Pacific Trust Canterbury and He Oranga Pounamu are okay and we hope everyone we know is safe and well.

We admire the wonderful efforts of the rescue crews and everyone working to care for and support those around them.

Children are particularly vulnerable following such a trauma and there are some links on the HPF web site which may help.

We are disappointed to hear of scammers taking advantage of people willing to donate in a crisis. Please be careful and only donate to organisations you are confident that are legitimate such as Red Cross or Ngāi Tahu.

Below are some important links.

Whānau are asking about whether the Earthquake Charitable Trust Account that was opened after 4 September is still open. The answer is yes, and funds will be used for Ngāi Tahu Whānui, all other members of all iwi in the affected region, and the wider community. The account is at the ANZ (account number 01 0797 0460281 01).

Oceania Tobacco Control Conference 2011

Cancer Council Australia is pleased to announce that Cancer Council Queensland has been selected to host the 2011 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference in Brisbane from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th October 2011.

Mark your diary and join the world’s leading health experts at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Oceania region’s foremost leadership summit on tobacco control.

The conference is expected to inspire new partnerships in tobacco control, continuing the agenda for change agreed at the 2009 Conference in Darwin.

If you want to influence action on smoking and improve international standards in preventative health, mark your diary today and express your interest in pre-conference workshops and meetings on Monday 17 October by contacting Joanna Lam.

Find out more at www.oceaniatc2011.org.

Tobacco-free Aotearoa Conference presentations now available

PowerPoint presentations from the recent Tobacco-free Aotearoa Conference are now up on the conference website: www.smokefree.co.nz/conference2010/programme.html. Click the number for the relevant presentation in the programme.

Tobacco free New Zealand 2020; Achieving the Vision – now available

The Smokefree Coalition launched its Achieving the Vision 2020 background document Tupeka Kore Aotearoa 2020 Tobacco Free New Zealand 2020 Achieving the Vision in early 2010. Included in the background documents is a timeline outlining the actions necessary to achieve the Vision.

You can order free printed copies of Tupeka Kore Aotearoa 2020 Tobacco Free New Zealand 2020 Achieving the Vision by emailing Smokefree Coalition Director Prudence Stone or download a web version here (PDF approx 2Mb).

Teachers' Say About Smokefree

Teachers Say About Smokefree is a survey that was conducted by researchers at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland between August and October, 2008.

They randomly selected 2000 teachers from the electoral roll and invited them to complete the survey. In total 1412 completed surveys were received.

This study was funded by the Ministry of Health. The research was carried out by Dr Marewa Glover, Donna Watson, Dr Judith McCool, and Dr Chris Bullen from the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, and Dr Brian Adams from the National Heart Foundation.

Teachers were invited to participate in the study which aimed to find out what teachers think about smokefree issues, such as the law that made all schools/kura/and early childhood centres smokefree from 2004.

Find out more and order a copy of the report.

New International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project research on graphic health warnings

Please see below for new ITC Project (NZ) research on graphic health warnings in New Zealand. A full list of our research outputs is at the ITC Project website.

PhD opportunities offered in three-year Marsden-funded social science project

Funded Māori PhD scholarship! Funded Pacific PhD scholarship!

Flaunting it on Facebook: young adults, drinking stories and the cult of celebrity

Potential Massey University Māori and Pacific candidates with academic backgrounds in a relevant social science discipline, such as Kaupapa Māori research, health psychology, social psychology, sociology, Māori studies, or media studies, are being sought to discuss these scholarship opportunities.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Antonia Lyons and team at the School of Psychology, Massey University (Wellington) and a team from Whariki Research Group led by Associate Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes (Massey University, Auckland). See www.pha.org.nz/announcements.html#10030901 for more.

Smokefree Coalition submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee

Click here to view the Smokefree Coalition's submission to the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the tobacco industry in Aotearoa and the consequences of tobacco use for Māori.

Read all submissions at the Parliament website.

Are you presenting your submission orally? If you would like help preparing your presentation to the Māori Affairs Select Committee, please contact director@sfc.org.nz.

The Globalisation of Tobacco Use: 21 Challenges For The 21st Century

CA Cancer J Clin 2010; 60:50-61

Thomas Glynn, PhD, John R. Seffrin, PhD, Otis W. Brawley, MD, Nathan Grey, MPH and Hana Ross, PhD

Abstract: The globalisation of tobacco began more than 500 years ago, but the public health response to the death, disease, and economic disruption that it has caused is fewer than 50 years old. In this report, the authors briefly trace the history of tobacco use and commerce as it moved from the Americas in the late 15th century and then eastward. They then discuss the wide range of issues that must be addressed, and the equally wide range of expertise that is needed if the global health community is to be successful in reducing, and eventually eliminating, the rising tide of tobacco use, particularly in the low- and middle-income nations that are the target of the multinational tobacco industry.

Download the publication here.

Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air – 2009 Status Report

On 10 November 2009, the Global Smokefree Partnership launched its 2009 status report, Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air. The theme for the report is tobacco industry interference.

Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air is the first report to detail the tobacco industry’s tactics to hold back legislation, alongside the positive impact of governments, organizations and individuals who are taking on Big Tobacco, and winning.

The biggest barrier to smokefree air is the multinational tobacco companies who stand to lose billions of dollars if smokefree laws are implemented. From fake “science” to buying influence, and from scare stories to cover-ups, tobacco companies continue to devote their considerable wealth to stopping smokefree laws in every region of the world.

Download Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air.


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We support Government's commitment to making Aotearoa New Zealand a smokefree nation by 2025.