National SUDI Prevention Conference 2022

Elements of protection in SUDI Prevention and ensuring mokopuna and pēpi are the best version of themselves by being the best version of ourselves.

On 30th & 31st May, the National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service, the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Service, Inspiring Ltd and Tala Pacifica came together to hold the National SUDI Prevention Conference 2022 at the Holiday Inn, in Rotorua.

This webpage offers you some footage and imagery from the conference and we thank the conference presenters for allowing us to share their expertise to the sector.

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Conference Presentations

Ashley Bloomfield

Opening address.

Hayden McRobbie

Hayden is a Senior Medical Officer at Lakes District Health Board, with a specialist interest in addiction, obesity and child wellbeing. Hayden graduated with his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1996, a doctorate from the University of London in 2008, and has worked in the field of preventive medicine for over 20 years.

Professor David Tipene Leach

Professor David Tipene-Leach, of Ngāti Kahungunu descent is renowned for his achievements in the field of SUDI Prevention and Māori primary health care. He previously lectured at the University of Auckland where he established the academic teaching of Māori health and began the Māori SIDS Prevention team. Professor Tipene-Leach developed a research base in SIDS/SUDI prevention over the years and, in collaboration with weavers and midwives, founded the 'wahakura movement', where the use of a flax bassinet tool in a shared bed was promoted as an intervention for SUDI.

Professor Edwin Mitchell

‘Dr Ed’ is a paediatrician. From 2001 to 2015 he was the Cure Kids Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Auckland. He has published over 400 original papers, particularly on the epidemiology of asthma and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In 1996 the University of London awarded him a Doctor of Science for his work on “The Epidemiology and Prevention of SIDS”. He has received several awards for his landmark study of SIDS. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2018.

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Professor Barry Taylor

Professor Taylor is a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Otago and co-director of the NZ Better Start National Science Challenge. As a paediatrician and clinical researcher, his research interests have spanned sleep in infants and children, sudden unexpected death in infancy as well as developing and being the inaugural chair of NZ’s national mortality review system for child and youth deaths.

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Professor Meihana Durie

Professor Meihana Durie, of Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga, Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata, Ngāi Tahu, has led Te-Pūtahi-ā-Toi for the past two-and-a-half years and is an award-winning Māori public health and education scholar. He also holds a number of leadership roles in tikanga and Te Reo Māori for Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga.

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Melanie Christensen Macfarlane

Melanie’s PhD in Paediatrics, Māori SUDI, with the University of Auckland (UoA) was conducted under the academic supervision of Professor Ed Mitchell (UoA), Associate Professor John Thompson (UoA) and Professor Beverley Lawton, Victoria University of Wellington. During this session, Melanie will discuss results from two different studies.

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