At the end of August, the New Zealand Chapter of the AEA met at the Waikato-Tainui College for their annual symposium, with the aim of exploring “How epidemiology can address inequities in Aotearoa and the Pacific”. The symposium was well attended, with representatives from Universities, Health Boards and Government Agencies, as well the Secretary of Health from the Cook Islands. Highlights of the day included the Powhiri Wakatau, welcoming delegates onto the College, as well as the wide range of challenging and thought provoking speakers.
The AEA was challenged to have a greater presence in the Pacific to help develop epidemiology and provide support for evidence based policy in the region. Further, more practical support including data visualisation tools to enhance the uptake of evidence, and supporting Pacific data for Pacific communities, would be welcomed.
A summary of the meeting and slides from the presentations are available under the members menu of the AEA website. You will need a current membership to view this special event.