I am here as part of my Florence Nightingale Travel scholarship – spending time at the Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research, AUT University with centre director Professor Denise Wilson. During my two weeks here I have had the opportunity to learn much more about Māori Health and how it is being addressed in New Zealand, as well as learning much more about their culture and beliefs. Specific research projects I have explored include:
- The Pacific Islands Families longitudinal project – this is the only prospective Pacific people study in the world. This longitudinal study is following 1,398 Pacific children and their parents born at Middlemore Hospital in 2000.
- Research being undertaking exploring Māori living with disabilities.
- Institutional racism research.
- Research exploring physical activity and Māori culture.
- Research examining family violence and intimate partner violence within the Māori communities.
Needless to say this experience is the start of some brand new friendship and international links, indeed I am already working on a bid and a paper! I also have plans for two more co-authored papers that will develop over the next few months…watch this space!!
Any nurses, midwives or registered health professionals interested in a Florence Nightingale Scholarship, the call is now open http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/content/page/33/. I’d definitely recommend it!
Dr Vanessa Heaslip, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Last week saw the publication of the latest paper by Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (FHSS) staff. This paper ‘Identifying the gaps in Nepalese migrant workers’ health and well-being: a review of the literature’ was co-authored by BU’s Dr. Pramod Regmi and Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen . The authors argue that the health and well-being of migrant workers from low-income countries is often neglected in travel medicine. This article uses Nepal as a case study to highlight key issues affecting this particular group of international travellers.
Migrant workers who are generally healthy appear to be similar to tourist travellers in regarding sexual health as a key issue related to being abroad. Risky sexual behaviour increases in individuals separated from their usual sexual partners, away from their own communities and families, leading to the so-called ‘situational disinhibition’. Considering the recent media coverage of deaths and injuries among migrant workers in the Middle East, it is interesting to see that their sexual health is more prevalent in the research literature. This article reminds us that travel medicine should provide more emphasis to the health and well-being of migrant workers as a highly vulnerable group of travellers with additional impact on the health of those left behind.
Simkhada, P.P., Regmi, P.R., van Teijlingen, E., Aryal, N. (2017) Identifying the gaps in Nepalese migrant workers’ health and well-being: a review of the literature J Travel Med 24 (4): DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/tax021
Thank you to everyone who attended the first of a series of Lunchtime Research Chat’s on the 22nd January, it was a very interesting half an hour with Professor Janet Dickinson and will be repeated again at the end of february with the date and speaker still to be confirmed.
Professor Janet Dickinson from the School of Tourism gave us all a very interesting insight into her research on Collaborative Travel Apps, Reciprocity and the Internet of Things. For those of you who turned up to this talk and those interested in Februarys run, this will be repeated, and again be 30 x FREE indivdual Papa Johns pizza for the first 30 audience members.
Not only will this be repeated, it will also have a new name…………………..14:Live
So look out on the Research Blog and the student portal events page for updates on the date, time and speaker of the next 14:Live, I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Collaborative Travel Apps, Reciprocity and the Internet of Things
I am pleased to announce that a Lunchtime Research Chat will take place on the 22nd January from 2pm lasting 30-45mins with questions at the end. Janet Dickinson from the School of Tourism, will be talking about some of her fascinating research.
Janet has summarised her research below:
As cities become increasingly connected, both people and objects can connect to the internet to transmit and receive information. This is the “Internet of Things”. Smartphone technology can help identify current and anticipate future patterns of behaviour and, with its social networking capabilities, allow users to imagine collaborative opportunities. This has led to the development of collaborative travel apps designed to enable activities like lift sharing. However, two projects working with community based travel collaboration apps identify significant challenges to people accessing forms of travel assistance.
Collaborative travel apps depend on users to offer help, but they also need users to ask for or accept help. Feelings of indebtedness inhibit app use since they threaten a user’s status, power and freedom of action with respect to the donor of help.
This talk will explore the challenges of reciprocity in travel collaboration. Also, the emergence of the Internet of Things, with its more anticipatory systems, prompts a reappraisal of current internet based collaborative communities, which raises questions about the human regulation of reciprocal arrangements.
Sounds great right! So make sure you get yourself down to the refectory for this exciting chat whilst loosening an extra buckle or two, because there will be lots of free PAPA JOHNS PIZZA for everyone to scoff, see you there!
FP7 Artemis call for proposals: Funding supports industry-driven research projects in the field of embedded computing systems which aim to design, develop and deploy interoperable, cost-effective, powerful safe and secure electronics and software systems. The budget for this call is approximately €138.73 million and the financial contribution of the programme will be 16.7 per cent of eligible costs. Projects are expected to last for up to three years. Closing date 06.09.12
ESF Research conferences scheme: Grants support high-level research conferences lasting for three to four days in ESF member organisation countries. Closing date 15.09.12
ESF Earthtime – the European contribution short visit and exchange grants: Grants should foster collaboration between European researchers working on topics relevant to geochronology and stratigraphy. Short visit grants provide €85 per day over a maximum of two weeks. Exchange grants provide €400 per week over a maximum of three months. Both awards provide actual travel expenses, worth up to €500. No deadline.