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Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis) at the GeoHealth Laboratory (based in Wellington)

The GeoHealth Laboratory, Department of Geography, University of Canterbury invites applications for a Research Analyst (Spatial Analysis). This is a fixed term position based in the Health and Disability Intelligence (“HDI”) Unit (part of the Ministry of Health) in Wellington and is available immediately. Read more...

New staff member joins the GeoHealth Lab (6th May 2013)

Paul Beere joins GeoHealth as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and will be working on a number of GIS-related health service accessibility projects over the next three years.

New Masters student joins the GeoHealth Lab (18th February 2013)

Daniel Nutsford continues his University of Canterbury studies and will be conducting a Masters research project on the relationship between ‘Bluespace’ and health. Controlling for factors such as socio-economic position, Daniel will be using GIS modelling to examine whether living in close proximity to bodies of water has a positive influence on the well-being of residents.

New PhD Student joins the GeoHealth Lab (1st February 2013)

Daniel Hogg, who originally comes from Germany, has recently joined the Lab to undertake his PhD. His research focuses on individual, neighbourhood, and community mental health outcomes as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. Particular attention will be paid to whether variations exist according to demographic difference and space/place.

PhD Scholarship - The impact of earthquakes on Health - APPLY NOW!

There is a Ph.D. scholarship available to study “The impact of earthquakes on geographical variations in non-injury health outcomes”. The research will test whether there is a relationship between the extent of physical damage from the earthquake on neighbourhoods and health outcomes (non-injury). It will examine this in relation to the Sept 4th 2010 and Feb 22nd 2011 earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in Christchurch, New Zealand. A key aspect of this is tracking the health of populations who have been displaced by earthquake damage, and understanding the impact of the earthquakes on that population over time and space.

Closing date 23rd July 2012, or sooner if a suitable applicant is identified.

Public Health Lecture Series (4.00pm 29th May, Geography Building: Room 406)

We invite you to attend the next public health lecture, presented by Assoc. Prof. Barry Borman, from the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University. Barry Borman has over 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health, and has been directly responsible for or involved in the development, operation and evaluation of numerous health surveillance systems. From 2000 to 2008 he managed Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, New Zealand, which was disestablished in 2008. Since 1987 he has been the director of the NZ Birth Defects Monitoring Programme (NZBDMP) and a member of the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR).

A poster advertising this event is attached. Please feel free to print and/or distribute. You may also find details for this event and others at our wiki site:

Speaker: Barry Borman
Title: " The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good - Perceptions v epidemiology NZ case studies on the causes of birth defects"
Date: 29 May 2012
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Geography Building: Room 406

New smoking research (23rd April)

Two research articles on smoking involving collaborations of staff associated with the GeoHealth Lab have recently been published. One article entitled "Do General Medical Practice Characteristics Influence the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Programs? A Multilevel Analysis" published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research found that General Practise characteristics were significantly related to the success of smoking cessation programmes. For more information.

The other article published in Progress in Human Geography is a review artilce looking at sociospatial inequalities in smoking behaviours exploring pathways linking place and smoking behaviour. For more information.

GeoHealth Lab research in the news (8th April 2012)

The findings of a recently published study in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health "Close proximity to alcohol outlets is associated with increased serious violent crime in New Zealand" have been reported in the Sunday Star Times on 8/4/12. For more information on this article

New staff member to GeoHealth Lab (4th April 2012)

Chris Bowie joins GeoHealth as a Research Associate, working on the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) project in collaboration with Massey University. Chris obtained his Master's degree in the GeoHealth Lab in 2011. He examined youth smoking cessation and access to tobacco outlets in his thesis. To learn more about the EHI project.

Travel time and distance to health care partially accounts for ethnic inequalities in cervical cancer stage at diagnosis and mortality in New Zealand  (28th February 2012)

A new study looking at whether or not travel time or distance to the nearest general practitioner (GP) and/or cancer centre accounts for the ethnic differences in cervical cancer screening, stage at diagnosis and mortality in New Zealand has just been published in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Public health. Researchers from the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University and GeoHealth Laboratory collaborated in the study. The conclusions of the study were that travel time and distance are only weakly associated with cervical cancer screening, stage at diagnosis and mortality in NZ. Travel time may account for a small proportion of the ethnic differences in stage at diagnosis, and to a lesser extent mortality, particularly for Pacific women. For more information

New PhD student joins the GeoHealth Lab (28th February)

Niamh Donnellan who originally comes from Ireland has recently joined the Lab to undertake her PhD. Her research will focus on the area of exercise, dietary behaviour and health using GIS and New Zealand Health survey data.

Calls to stop the spread of fast food outlets (13 February 2012)

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) are calling on the Auckland City Council to restrict the number of fast-food outlets in Auckland's most deprived suburbs. In its submission on the Auckland City draft plan the ARPHS has relied upon recent and past evidence from various GeoHealth research papers.  For more information. This item also featured on National Radio's ninetonoon programme with Kathryn Ryan.

New research on association between access to alcohol outlets and serious violent crime in NZ (13 February 2012)

A new study entitled "Close proximity to alcohol outlets is associated with increased serious violent crime in New Zealand" has just been published in the Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The research was undertaken by staff from the GeoHealth Lab and Department of Geography UC. The NZ wide study examined the association between geographic access to alcohol outlets and serious violent crime in NZ. Greater access to alcohol outlets was associated with increased levels of serious violent crime. Alcohol availability and access promoted under the current liberalised licensing regime are important contextual determinants of alcohol related harm in NZ communities. For more information.