Guest Speaker: Associate Professor Susan Morton
"Growing Up in New Zealand – Transforming Ordinary into Extraordinary"
Associate Professor Susan Morton is an expert in life course epidemiology and a specialist in Public Health Medicine. She is the Director of the University of Auckland cross-faculty Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua, and has been the Director (PI) of the contemporary longitudinal study of NZ children and families (Growing Up in New Zealand) since its inception in 2005. The study follows 6853 children (born in 2009-2010) in the context of their families and the NZ environment. Her team engages with 16 government agencies to provide evidence to inform cross-sectoral policies to improve population wellbeing and solutions to reduce inequities in life course outcomes. Susan has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics and trained as a secondary teacher prior to undertaking her MBChB in Auckland. She undertook postgraduate training in paediatrics before being awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake a PhD in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. On returning to NZ in 2003 she completed her Public Health training and set up the longitudinal study and cross-faculty UoA Centre to provide its academic home. Susan in passionate about child wellbeing and translating research to make a difference to life course health.
The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.
The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership. A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat. Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.
Previous Speakers >
September 2018 Selwyn Haworth "The Unknown Judiciary"
August 2018 Chris Farrelly "Auckland City Mission"
July 2018 Professsor Paul Spoonley The “New” New Zealand: A Super Diverse Auckland
June 2018 Derek Firth "The Dilworth Legacy"
1 May 2018 Michael Wynd "Torpedo Bay – the Navy Museum
4 April 2018 Allie Downing "Hibiscus Hospice"
6 March 2018 Ros Giffney "An Orchestra for Social Change"
6 Feb 2018 Special Interest Groups "Celebrating NZders"