EHNZ Newsletter Issue #1
Welcome to the first of the bimonthly newsletters from the Environmental Health Group at CPHR. Brief profiles of the project team are included below. The intent of the newsletter is to highlight work in environmental health that we are doing at CPHR, and also relevant work and projects being undertaken by various other agencies and institutions in New Zealand and overseas. We hope that the newsletter will become a conduit for the exchange of information on environmental health.
CPHR is creating a hub as the centre for environmental health in New Zealand which will have three principal objectives:
  • Conduct research
  • Provide teaching and training
  • Offer a consultancy service on environmental health.
Our current work in the area includes: offering an annual postgraduate paper in environmental health and a short course in Environmental Epidemiology, and projects on the environmental burden of disease (in collaboration with WHO, and the Universities of Calgary and Alberta), Environmental Health Indicators (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Environment, and the Environmental Protection Authority), Hazardous Substances Surveillance, and Occupational Disease Surveillance (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment). Further information about the EH work programme is available from the website

Meet The Team

Associate Professor Barry Borman has over 20 years of experience in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health. Since starting at Massey University in October 2008, he has been leading the activities of public health surveillance and information, and environmental health. He is the principal investigator on a number of contracts including the programme of environmental health indicators and the surveillance of hazardous substances and occupational disease.
Saira Dayal is a medical doctor who is completing her specialist training in public health medicine. Her work in the EHNZ group is developing the Hazardous Substances Disease and Injury Reporting Tool, a system which allows GPs to electronically notify hazardous substance injuries to the local Medical Officer of Health. 
Deborah Read is a public health physician with a specialist interest in environmental health who works as a consultant in the public sector.  She joined the Centre for Public Health Research part- time as an Associate Professor in 2011. Her experience includes positions in the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies and as a Medical Officer of Health in several district health boards. She is currently a member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee of the Environmental Protection Authority.
Mathu Shanthakumar is a Biostatistician at the Centre of Public Health Research who is working on the Environmental Burden of Disease within the Environmental Health New Zealand project. She assists with statistical methodology and record linkage. 
Caroline Fyfe is a Research Assistant at the Centre of Public Health Research. Originally from London, she worked as a high school teacher specialising in Geography and Environmental Studies. Since immigrating to New Zealand she has been working in Health Research and currently looks after the CPHRonline website, whilst conducting a rolling literature review on community water fluoridation.
Helene Marsters is a Research Assistant and is currently working on various projects including the Occupational Disease, Hazardous Substances Surveillance System and Environmental Health Indicators projects which involve the use and the analysis of the national health data sets. Helene will manage the day-to-day operations of the projects.

EHNZ Roadshows

The EHINZ team started off the year with the first of our ‘Roadshows’ at Regional Public Health at Hutt Valley DHB on January 23rd. The presentations given were well received, and from March to June members of the team will be on the road promoting the work to the Ministry for the Environment, the Environmental Protection Authority and the 11 other public health units from Whangarei to Dunedin.  Keep a look out for the nearest Roadshow in your region. 

Environmental Health Websites

On the roadshows the team will be promoting our updated websites:  which reports on 60 core environmental health indicators and CPHROnline (, which maps health data.  More recently Caroline’s reports and interactive maps stimulated a lot of interest and questions, and the website has subsequently had thousands of hits. Be sure to check out the online factsheets and updates for the latest developments in Environmental Health. 

Postgraduate Study

We would like to bring your attention to training opportunities CPHR is providing in environmental health. Firstly, the environmental health paper which is part of our postgraduate diploma in public health. Click here for more details.
Secondly, Professor Allan Smith, University of Berkeley, California, will be conducting a one day short course on environmental epidemiology, on Thursday 18 July 2013. Registration details can be obtained from Mel Vernall:

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