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Become a Lifestyle Disease Change Maker - Prevention is Cure! Healthy Start Professional Development on 18–19 June 2020


posted by Research Admin 1 on 20 February 2020

Thursday, 18 June 2020 at 8:30 am - Friday, 19 June 2020 at 3:30 pm (NZST), Auckland, New Zealand

A two-day symposium for health and wellbeing practitioners: exploring the developmental origins of health and disease and the critical role this plays in our lifelong health; and the skills required to better support patients with lifestyle disease.

How well equipped do you feel you are to treat and support the increasing number of people living with chronic lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease?

Healthy Start Professional Development brings you a range of renowned speakers and practitioners from the University of Auckland, to share their expert knowledge in this fascinating field. Providing you with new skills and information to support and build your confidence working immediately - and providing a greater impact.

Register for this two-day seminar and learn more about:

  • How the path for chronic disease is laid down in early life - the first 1000 days.
  • The latest evidence-based science of behaviour change, to support you in your everyday practice.

Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided.

About the Speakers (subject to change):

Dr Justin O'Sullivan. After completing his PhD at The University of Otago with Richard Cannon in 1998, Justin held postdoctoral positions in the laboratories of Professor Mick Tuite (University of Kent) and Professor Nick Proudfoot (University of Oxford).

He returned to New Zealand in 2004 to take up a faculty position at Massey University, and moved to the Liggins Institute in 2012. Justin was appointed the Associate Director for Research at the Liggins Institute in 2016.

He was awarded the Life Technologies Award for excellence in molecular biology research in 2010, and a Massey University Early Career Research Medal (2005).

Justins' research group takes a holistic approach to understand genomes and cell structure formation, function, and inheritance. Their goal is to interpret the relationships between what a cell’s DNA codes for (the genotype) and what we actually see (the phenotype) in terms of genome biology. To do this we use and develop methods and technologies from molecular biology, bioinformatics, and computational biology to integrate the spatial organisation of genomes with measures of their function.

Professor Mark Vickers is Associate Director–Academic at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. His primary interest is in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders in offspring in later life.

Dr Anna Serlachius is a health psychologist at the University of Auckland. She specialises in the areas of self-management in chronic illness, stress, cardio-metabolic health. She uses a life course approach to understanding chronic disease.

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu is a New Zealand population nutrition academic, she is currently a professor at the University of Auckland and Nutrition Lead at the National Institute for Health Innovation. Her research programme evaluates population dietary interventions and policies, such as food taxes/subsidies, front-of-pack nutrition labels, scalable healthier food choice interventions, and product reformulation. Her studies use a range of information technologies to deliver or evaluate interventions including smartphone apps, household food purchase.

Dr Isaac Warbrick (Ngati Te Ata, Te Arawa, Nga Puhi) is an exercise physiologist, Senior Research Fellow and Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research.  His past research has focused on the associations between insulin sensitivity (a measure of diabetes risk), body composition, and aerobic fitness, as well as mixed methods intervention studies looking at the impact of different modes of exercise training on health and well-being in Maori men. Much of his research is conducted at the interface between biomedical, lab-based, and indigenous approaches to research. Isaac is currently leading projects and collaborating with researchers in a variety of fields including exercise physiology, Maori health, epigenetics, men’s health, racism and health, and the use of traditional knowledge, such as the maramataka, on Maori health.

Associate Professor Clare Wall is the Head of Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Auckland and an NZ registered Dietician. Clare is an active member of the nutrition community in NZ and serves on a number of national review panels and committees in the infant and childhood nutrition area. Clares' main research focus is the interrelationship between the determinants of nutritional stay and health outcomes in pediatric population.

Dr Jacquie Bay leads LENScience, a knowledge translation research group at the Liggins Institute that supports schools, science, and health communities to work in partnership to improve the health of young people and their future families. Jacquie applies combined expertise in health and education to facilitate progammes that enable adolescents to explore health-related social issues.

Susan Miller is the project lead for the Healthy Start Workforce Project and a facilitator for Healthy Conversation Skills. She’s passionate about supporting medical practitioners to become agents of change.

Mary Cavanagh is the project manager for the Healthy Start Workforce Project and a facilitator for Healthy Conversation Skills. She’s passionate about creating a healthier and more active New Zealand.

For more information about the symposium or Healthy Start Professional Development and what resources and training we provide visit our website.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is a variety of on-street paid parking and parking buildings, as well as a train and bus, stops nearby.

What's the refund policy?

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund, however, we do allow you to give your ticket to a colleague if you are unable to make it.

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