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Communicating during an outbreak – where is the one source of truth?

  • 25/02/2020
  • 04:45 pm - 06:45 pm
  • New Waikato DHB building, Waiora CBD, 87 Alexandra Street, Hamilton, Waikato
  • CPD: 4.00
  • $25.00+GST (member), $35.00+GST (non member), $10.00+GST (student-member)
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Online registrations are now closed. Please email violet@prinz.org.nz if you'd like to attend.

With Chinese authorities confirming a new type of coronavirus (COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV) and a 2019 measles outbreak, the world goes wild online, setting the real-life ‘Chinese whispers’ alight creating panic, worry, racists remarks and questions including asking Dr Google: “Can Corona cause Coronavirus?”.

So what happens behind the scenes in our own Waikato backyard to manage actual and potential outbreaks and then how do we communicate this to our region?

And where is the real source of truth?

How can you help get the right information out to our communities?

Find this out and more with special guest speaker, Waikato’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Richard Hoskins along with special guests.

Dr Hoskins will also discuss the inequities of health and the unfair health outcomes for both indigenous people and many other groups.

You’ll also be some of the first outside guests to visit the new Waikato DHB premises Waiora CBD.


Dr Richard Hoskins

Richard is a Public Health Medicine Specialist working for Waikato DHB’s Public Health Unit as a Medical Officer of Health. NZ born, too long ago, he trained in medicine at the University of Auckland, subsequently specialising in public health medicine. He has worked for various District Health Boards, their predecessors, and the Ministry of Health. Initially most involved in analytic work he has progressed from there through planning and funding and for the last 15 years as Medical Officer of Health in various public health units. His current work interests include smoke-free, alcohol and communicable disease control, with a particular interest in outbreak control and measles elimination.

Kylie Bryant, Waikato DHB’s Te Puna Oranga (Māori Health Service) strategic disrupter

Kylie will speak more in-depth about the best way to communicate with our Māori population to get important messages across. Kylie is currently working closely with Tainui, and will provide insight and further understanding into the right way to engage and communicate with iwi.

Trevor Ecclestone, Waikato DHB’s Manager Emergency Management Planning

Trevor responds to everything that is dangerous requiring DHB's action. He will give us a quick insight into those dangers we get involved in and give a quick tour of the DHBs Emergency Operation Centre.


CBD offers 2-hour free parking.

Please be aware of the PRINZ payment and cancellation policy.