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He Ora te Whakapiri Programme 2018 Online 2

He ora te whakapiri: unleashing the potential of New Zealand’s life course research


A conference hosted by the three National Science Challenges that span the life course: A Better Start, Healthier Lives and Ageing Well

Date:         Thursday 18 October 2018

Venue:      Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington



8:30amArrive - registration opens.
Research posters (A1, 70x100 recommended) to be set up on display boards at venue. Registration will have pins, etc.
Tea and coffee on arrival
Mihi whakatau
Professor Wayne Cutfield, Director, A Better Start
9:15amConference launch addressProfessor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser
9:30amConference keynote address
Preventing Deep Disadvantage: Insights from the Life Course Centre

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Professor Janeen Baxter
Professor Baxter is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
10.30amMorning Tea (30mins)
11.00amSymposium 1
Big ideas: What we know and what we want to know

Chair: Professor Wayne Cutfield
The great divide: mortality in Aotearoa

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Professor Tony Blakely, Science leader, Healthier Lives, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
Tony Blakely is an epidemiologist. His research covers a range of topic areas intersecting with methodological advancements.
Modelling the future: Dynamic microsimulation

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Dr Barry Milne, Lead researcher, A Better Start, Director of the Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Science (COMPASS), University of Auckland.
Microsimulation allows ‘what-if’ scenarios to be tested in an artificial world that mimics the real world. A microsimulation model of the early life-course can test policy scenarios, with a particular focus on interventions for a healthy weight in children.

Improving ageing with Big Data

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Hamish Jamieson, Researcher, Ageing Well
Hamish Jamieson has dual appointments as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Otago and a Geriatrician with the CDHB. His research spans both basic science and big data research in relation to ageing.
Session wrapProfessor Wayne Cutfield
12.30pm Lunch ( 1 hour)
1.30pm Conference keynote address

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Chair: Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner
Staying ahead of the curve: lessons from the Dunedin Study

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Professor Richie Poulton
Richie Poulton is the Director Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Research Unit and Co-Director National Centre of Life Course Research at the University of Otago, Dunedin.
2.15pm Symposium 2
Ka hao te rangatahi: Life course approaches in Aotearoa

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Co-Director, National Centre for Life Course Research, Moana Theodore (Chair)
An interactive panel session examining key issues for a life course approach in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The panel will explore how Māori researchers undertake life course research, analyse longitudinal data, and apply a life course approach when working with whānau and community groups. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for life course research and its importance for the future of Aotearoa.

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Dr Matire Harwood
Matire Harwood is a member of the Healthier Lives Science Leadership Team and principal investigator of the Healthier Lives project, Mana Tū: A whānau ora approach to long term conditions.
Mr Andrew Sporle
Andrew Sporle is a deputy director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, as well as being a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the Ageing Well challenge and the Science Advisory Panel of the Better Start challenge. He is a founding member of Te Mana Rauranga – the Māori data sovereignty network.
Dr Will Edwards
Will Edwards is a Director of Taumata Associates (a Māori public health and development consultancy) and Tuiora Ltd, a Taranaki-based health and social service provider. He sits on the Governance Group for Ageing Well

Session wrapJudge Andrew Becroft
3.45pm Coffee break (15mins)
4:00pmThe shape of things to come: what the future holds for New Zealand life course research

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Director, Healthier Lives, Professor Jim Mann, Chair
Longitudinal studies: Transforming ordinary into extraordinary

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Assoc Professor Susan Morton
Susan Morton is an expert in life course epidemiology and has been the Director of the contemporary longitudinal study of NZ children and families Growing Up in New Zealand since its inception in 2005.
The counter-intuitive case for cardiovascular disease prevention in older rather than younger New Zealanders

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Professor Rod Jackson
Rod Jackson will argue that the likely benefits to be derived from investigating intra-uterine and early life determinants of cardiovascular disease (CVD) will be limited compared to the substantial and more immediate benefits likely from investigating how best to prevent CVD in late life.
Charting the life course of Pacific families: From early-life to adolescence and beyond

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Dr El Shadan (Dan) Tautolo
Dan Tautolo will outline the benefits of a life course approach, using examples from the Pacific Islands Families Study, a longitudinal cohort study. He will discuss how future health and development research can benefit from a life course perspective.
5.15pmConcluding remarks NSC Challenge Directors: Wayne Cutfield, Jim Mann, Dave Baxter
5.30pmConference concludes

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