2014 Seminars

"One of the great mysteries of global health": The Lancet Series on Bangladesh.

Presented by Dr Dr. Mushtaque Chowdbury

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdbury

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdbury

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building (A27), Camperdown Campus
Registration: Free
RSVP: sph.conference@sydney.edu.au

Bangladesh, the eighth most populous country in the world with about 153 million people, has recently been applauded as an exceptional health performer. Improvements in the survival of infants and children under 5 years of age, life expectancy, low fertility, immunization coverage, and tuberculosis control in Bangladesh are part of a remarkable success story for health in the South Asian country. This is despite low spending on health care, a weak health system, and widespread poverty. But the nation still faces considerable problems, including deep poverty and malnutrition, and this is being exacerbated by an evolving set of 21st century challenges. One of the key authors of The Lancet's series will take a comprehensive look at one of the "great mysteries of global health", investigating a story not only of "unusual success" but also the challenges that lie ahead. In doing so, the author will illustrate what lessons Bangladesh has to offer with regard to gender equity and female agency in health, as well as innovative, community-based strategies for healthcare delivery.

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdbury is the Vice Chair and Interim Executive Director of BRAC. He has worked in health, poverty alleviation, and primary education. In his roles at BRAC, he has helped the organization play a central role in providing health, education, and microfinance services to help alleviate poverty, and achieve its status as one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world. BRAC has a presence in most villages of Bangladesh, employs more than 120,000 people, and has trained 105,000 community health workers. In addition, BRAC programmes can be found in 10 other countries of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (www. brac.net). In 2004, Chowdhury helped found BRAC University's James P. Grant School of Public Health , and as its Dean for 5 years he was instrumental in creating its Masters in Public Health programme. Outside of Bangladesh, Chowdhury has considerable experience of the wider Asian health context, having previously worked for the Rockefeller Foundation as Senior Adviser in crossborder disease surveillance projects in the Mekong countries of Southeast Asia. He's been involved with seminal global health initiatives, notably the UN Millennium Project's Taskforce for Child and Maternal Health. In 2004 , he became the first Bangladeshi to be offered a professorial position at an Ivy League university, at Columbia University. Dr Chowdhury has an MSc from London School of Economics and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was a co-coordinator of the Lancet Bangladesh Series.

The public value of transdisciplinary research - advances in systematic reviews and public involvement

Presented by Professor Sandy Oliver, Univesrity of London

Time: 1 pm - 2 pm
Date: 8th April 2014
Venue: New Law Lecture Theatre 104
Registration: Free. All are welcome.
RSVP: sph.conference@sydney.edu.au

Sandy Oliver is a Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Education, University of London and Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-informed Policy and Practice (the EPPI-Centre). Her special interests are making knowledge more democratic through public involvement in doing and using research and synthesising and sharing research literature. Ten years as an advocate of maternity service users was followed by an academic career developing systems to support public involvement in research and policy, nationally and internationally. She's a member of the James Lind Alliance Strategy and Development Group and an editor with the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group

For any queries please contact allison.tong@sydney.edu.au

Recent findings from Britain's National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

Presented by Prof Kaye Wellings from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Date: Thursday, 6th February
Time: 4 – 5 p.m. followed by wine and cheese
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building (A27), Cnr Fisher and Physics Rd, University of Sydney, Camperdown
RSVP: by 5th Feb to sph.conference@sydney.edu.au

The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles The third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles took place between September 2010 and August 2012 and over 15,000 adults aged 16-74 participated in interviews. This and the two previous Natsal surveys, which were undertaken in1990 and 2000, form one of the most comprehensive studies of sexual behaviour in any one country. The results from the latest survey include the views and experiences of older individuals up to the age of 74 and show that many people remain sexually active well into later life. Results from the survey show the role that sex plays over the course of a person’s lifetime and that sexual health is an important component of our overall health and wellbeing. The Natsal studies, along with others, reveal major changes in sexual behaviour over the last century, including earlier onset of sexual activity, increasing numbers of older people who are sexually active, a closing of the gap between men and women, and weakened links between sex and reproduction. These changes now need to be reflected in research, clinical practice, and education. We need to start thinking about sex differently – sexual health is not merely the absence of disease, but the ability to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free from coercion. Improving the quality of peoples’ sexual experiences and their relationships will not just improve the effectiveness of sexual health programmes, but is also something that is important in its own right.

Speaker Bio
Professor Kaye Wellings is a social scientist at the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research (SEHR) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a public health perspective whose main area of interest is sexual and reproductive health. She was one of the founders, in 1987, of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) in Britain and a Principal Investigator on the first (1990), second (2000), and third (2010) surveys. Professor Wellings leads a team of academics researching sexual and reproductive risk behaviour and risk reduction practice, including contraception, at national and international level. She also has a strong interest in evaluation research, particularly in relation to preventive intervention and has assessed major national and international sexual health programmes, including AIDS preventive strategies in European countries and the English government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. In recognition of her contribution in these fields she has been made an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ad eundem), and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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