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Local healthcare expert speaks at University

24 October 2001 @TeessideUni


Professor Paul Johnstone, Director of Public Health with Tees Health Authority, will deliver the first free public lecture of the University of Teesside’s 2001/2002 lecture season. Entitled Tackling Inequalities: Shaking the empty tin?, Professor Johnstone’s lecture will take place in the University’s Europa Building, Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough at 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 November. Refreshments are available from 6pm.

Professor Johnstone, based at the Tees Health Authority, is also a visiting Professor at the University of Teesside’s School of Health & Social Care. He specialises in evidence based research into the role of healthcare and medicine in public services.

“My lecture will be looking at some of the inequalities in health and the opportunity for action. It’s time to stop analysing the causes of ill health and inequalities and start acting on them”, said Professor Johnstone.

He added: “For example, this region has received a great deal of Government finance to help with smoking cessation, which has resulted in a decrease in smoking amongst some groups but has not made any significant difference to other social groups. I’ll be looking at why schemes such as this, which are open to all, are not being accessed by certain areas of the community and how we can encourage everyone to make the best use of these opportunities.”

For further information, contact Mark White at the University’s Vice Chancellor’s office on 01642 342002.