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Ending the Pacific chronic disease crisis: Insights from Tonga and New Zealand

Professor Louise Signal explores the challenge of ending the noncommunicable diseases crisis in the Pacific with local, regional and global level solutions.

  • 21 May 2019, 1.15pm to 21 May 2019, 2.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 6 East, 2.2, University of Bath
  • This event is free
Children running into the water in New Zealand
The study relied on data gathered from children from New Zealand and Tonga.


This workshop will explore the challenge of ending the Pacific noncommunicable diseases (NCD) crisis. Professor Signal will present compelling new data from Tonga and New Zealand (NZ). The obesogenic world of children will be revealed using data from cameras worn by a random sample of 36 Tongan and 168 NZ children. These findings set the scene for a discussion about solutions to the crisis at local, regional and global levels.

Speaker profile

Professor Louise Signal is a Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit at the University of Otago, Wellington, NZ.

She is a social scientist who has worked in public health for over 30 years. She is the out-going Regional Director of the South West Pacific Region of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). Louise’s research focuses on identifying and addressing the determinants of health and health inequities. Her key areas of interest include obesity prevention, addressing harm from alcohol and gambling and tackling inequities in cancer treatment.

Louise is the principal investigator of an innovative research project that studies the world children live in, Kids’Cam. It uses automated cameras to record children’s worlds in NZ. Currently, there are 17 projects underway or completed. Louise is currently leading similar research in Tonga in collaboration with Dr Viliami Puloka and the Tongan Government.


6 East, 2.2 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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