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Media 29 May 2013
Locusts lead to a fat chance-discovery
The Australian, 29 May 2013, 430 words, (English)

STEPHEN Simpson didn't know his research into locusts would change ideas about human obesity. "I was interested in why they swarm and why they have this reputation for being all-devouring," says the former Oxford University biologist and NSW Scientist of the Year. "Everything in their path they eat, that's the myth. When there's billions of them, that's certainly what they do, but individually they're very picky, and nutritionally wise."
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Newsletter 28 May 2013

The latest edition of the SHPN Newsletter is now available.

Professor Andrew Wilson has written a welcome note for the newsletter:

It’s a pleasure to write my first introduction to the Sydney Health Policy Network newsletter. I assume most readers will be aware that I commenced as the Director of the Menzies Centre at the University of Sydney in January 2013. It is our privilege to coordinate the Network and I am very enthused by the opportunities I have seen in the Network. I am aware of most of the groups across Australia in the health policy field. It is clear to me that the University of Sydney has the potential to remain a leader in health policy especially if we can draw on the diversity of expertise across the University. So I look forward to working with you in promoting this opportunity both in role as the Menzies’ Director and as the leader for the designing and implementing solutions domain in the Charles Perkins Centre. Read more at: Welcome Note.

New Publication
Health in All Policies: Seizing opportunities, implementing policies

This volume published in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Welfare of Finland (THL), the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and the UN Research Institute for Social Development aims to improve our understanding of the dynamics of HiAP policy-making and implementation processes. Drawing on experience from all regions, and from countries at various levels of economic development, it demonstrates that HiAP is feasible in different contexts, and provides fresh insight into how to seize opportunities to promote HiAP and how to implement policies for health across sectors.

The volume is available here:

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WHA passes resolutions on NCD prevention - 28 May 2013

The World Health Organisation World Health Assembly passed its NCD proposals this afternoon {Monday} in Geneva – with agreed NCD prevention targets, calls for surveillance, national strategies 2013-2020, and a planned global coordinating framework.

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DOHaD Society of Australia and New Zealand

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)

Discussions are underway to develop an Australian and New Zealand network of researchers, clinicians and health workers to promote health and reduce chronic disease burden through collaborative preventive strategies in early life.

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Centre for Disability Research and Policy Seminar Series

The Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney brings together leading academics in disability to explore new frontiers of knowledge and effect change.

Click here for a copy of the CDRP Seminar Series Flyer

2014 DOHaD Conference
Together towards Tomorrow: The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Perth, April 9-10 2014

You are invited to the launch and first meeting of the ‘DOHaD’ Society of Australia and New Zealand which is being held in Perth on April 9-10th 2014.

The one and half day meeting will celebrate the launch of the society, and bring together researchers from many disciplines - all with a common goal of promoting health and reducing chronic disease burden through collaborative preventive strategies, beginning in early life.

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