Lack of housing, scabies and rheumatic fever: what is the link? Event as iCalendar


21 March 2017

11:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Function Room 220, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact info: Ann Dawson

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Tōmaiora Seminar

Presenter: Dr Simon Thornley, Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Auckland


Dr Simon Thornley is a public health physician and epidemiologist, currently employed at in the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland, Auckland Regional Public Health Service and Auckland University of Technology. He has a diverse range of health research interests including diet, dental caries, homelessness and rheumatic fever. Issues relating to health equity for Māori and Pacific people have been a focus of his recent work.


The effect of housing on health is now under the spotlight. Increasing house prices in Auckland have caused the problem of homelessness to become more visible, both in the community and in the hospital. A cohort study of people with lack of housing contributing to their need for hospital treatment was undertaken to understand better the health issues of people with a lack of secure shelter – results will be presented. Related to problems with housing and socioeconomic deprivation is scabies infection. Scabies increases the risk of skin infection and overseas evidence points to a connection with rheumatic fever. The results of a cohort study will be presented that considers whether or not targeting scabies may offer a new direction for reducing the burden of rheumatic fever among Māori and Pacific children.

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