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Seminar | The commercial tobacco use epidemic among Indigenous Peoples

Surveillance and monitoring successes and challenges for evidence-based policies and interventions

We invite to this ASPIRE2025 seminar all those involved in helping Aotearoa New Zealand achieve a Smokefree 2025. We are priviliged to be hosting three international speakers with expertise in Indigenous Peoples.


When? 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Friday 5th of April 2019
Where? University of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown | Small Lecture Theatre
RSVP: please email . If you are out of Wellington and would like to join by web-conference, please request the link.

Seminar Schedule:

2.00pm Whakatau (Welcome)                 
2.10pm Dr. Raglan Maddox
2.35pm Associate Prof. Ray Lovett
3.00pm Dr. Janet Smylie
3.25pm Panel Discussion
3.45pm Tea/Coffee
4.00pm Finish

Click here for the seminar flyer and presentation abstracts ASPIRE2025 Seminar April 2019

Featured Speakers

Indigenous peoples engagement in building evidence on commercial tobacco harms
Dr. Raglan Maddox – Research Associate, Well Living House, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Visiting Fellow, University of Canberra

Dr. Maddox’s (Modewa Clan, Papua New Guinea) program of research has focused on developing population based Indigenous heath info-systems using community driven processes. This research has been generating primary data platforms to identify critical gaps in understanding Indigenous health, including mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health and wellbeing. Such health information systems work with Indigenous communities and health service providers to obtain information to better understand, inform and evaluate health service programs and policies. His program of research has included a strong focus on commercial tobacco use, exploring tobacco related morbidity and mortality, and having strengths-based conversations about respectful relationships and preventing domestic violence.

Deadly progress: changes in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult daily smoking
Dr. Ray Lovett – Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University

Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has been the goal for A/Prof Lovett’s work and research for over two decades. His passion has led him to his current role as the Program Leader of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University (ANU). A/Prof Lovett is also an adjunct research fellow with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

A/Prof Lovett’s leadership and vision for Mayi Kuwayu: a large-scale, national longitudinal cohort study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as other projects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, have already produced significant findings, including new insights into change in smoking practice amongst Aboriginal people, the impact of government policies on Aboriginal health, and evaluation of health programs related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As the Mayi Kuwayu Study progresses, new insights will be generated to inform programme and policy development, which will ultimately lead to health improvements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous Data and Reconciliation: From Intention to Impact
Dr. Janet Smylie – Métis Nation (Ontario)
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Director, Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher.  She currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health.  Her primary academic appointment is as a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto.  Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural.   She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in the prairies.  Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research.  Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations.  She holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012. A Métis woman, Dr. Smylie acknowledges her family, teachers, and lodge.

Please register now for this ASPIRE2025 seminar.

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