On May 17th, Sally Shortall was an invited speaker at the Veterinary Public Health Association’s (VPHA) annual conference in Sheffield. The Association was formed in 1960 to represent veterinarians and allied professionals, such as environmental health officers, in the field of veterinary public health. It covers all aspects of animal disease, food production and other enterprises that have any interaction with the human population. It is through the lobbying role of the Association that it is able to influence Government policy, and the formation of new or updated advice and guidance focused on greater consumer protection. The VPHA is committed to the protection of the consumer and the environment, and to the promotion of animal welfare.
Sally Shortall was asked to speak about how to influence government policy, and how to engage with various knowledge provider groups such as practitioners, industry, stakeholders, and policy makers to ensure effective policy and good public health policy. She used examples from her work with the Food Standards Agency and the European Parliament. After the event Sally remarked that ‘veterinarians are very aware of the social science aspects of their work, and the need to engage social science to effectively achieve public health’.
Dr Andrew Percy, Senior lecturer in Criminology has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Adolescence. The Journal is a leading international, broadly based, cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal addressing issues of professional and academic importance to people interested in adolescent development. The aim of the journal is to encourage research and foster good practice through publishing both empirical and clinical studies as well as integrative reviews and theoretical advances (for more information please visit: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-adolescence/).
Doctoral student Ruari McBride has been awarded a Santander Mobility Scholarhip (2013/14). This will support his visit to Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, later this year. He will collobarate with Dr. Maria de Lourdes de Souza and Dr. Walter Ferreira of the UFSC Public Health Department on a research project relating to chemical dependency. He will present his own research findings and hold a workshop regarding mental health issues in prison.
Dr Bronagh Byrne and Prof Laura Lundy (School of Education) were invited speakers at the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (NICCY) Annual Conference. They presented their findings from a collaborative ESRC Knowledge Exchange project with NICCY. The project sought to enhance the implementation of children’s rights in Northern Ireland, and was intended to inform the development of children’s rights legislation here through stakeholder engagement and critical analysis of the existing evidence base and literature around the implementation of the CRC in domestic law. The project culminated in a paper which sets out the legal options for implementing children’s rights in Northern Ireland.
For more information see Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland: Past, Present and Future
A copy of the ‘options’ paper by Bronagh and Laura can be downloaded here:
Dr Anne Kouvonen has had an article published in PLOS ONE (impact factor 3.730) (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0077178). This large record-linkage study showed that obesity increases the risk of occupational injuries in all socioeconomic groups.
Tuesday's Irish Times (15th October 2013) featured research carried out by Dr Anne Kouvonen, Dr Michael Donnelly and Dr Justyna Bell (UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health). The Irish Times article draws on the results of the QUB research discussing mental health challenges faced by Polish migrants in Northern Ireland. It also mentions the close collaboration of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and the CoE with the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) in establishing the scope of research in the field of migrant mental health.
Justyna Bell has been studying Polish migrants since she was an undergraduate, and has continued her research at Queen’s. She says mental health is a persistent issue.
“There is a notion of shame of going back to Poland when you’re a failed migrant, because you want to get this great job and then you become unemployed,” she says. “They prefer to stay here and suffer than to go back and show they failed.”