A panel of health experts are set to answer your questions on all things winter and wellness, in a live panel discussion on Stuff.
The event at 11am on Tuesday will feature population health expert Dr Gary Jackson, GP and clinical lead for the Covid-19 outbreak and home isolation in Auckland Dr Christine McIntosh, and immunologist Dr Anthony Jordan.
If you want to put a question to them, email [email protected] with your query before 3pm on Monday, May 16.
We will discuss everything from what modelling shows we could expect this winter in terms of influenza, RSV, and Covid-19, and whether low immunity puts us at increased risk this year; to generally keeping yourself well as it gets colder; and how doctors are using what we’ve learned from Covid-19 to plan for the next few months.
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Dr Jordan is the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre’s associate chief clinical officer and clinical director for the vaccination programme.
He is one of only two Māori clinical immunologists in Aotearoa.
Jordan is a member of Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā; and has been on the ground vaccinating, bringing information about the vaccine to the people and is heavily involved in outreach activities, including door-knocking campaigns to lift vaccination rates.
Dr McIntosh is a GP and is one of two clinical directors for the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre’s ‘Whanau HQ – Care in the Community’ programme. The initiative oversees care of people with Covid-19 and their families who are isolating at home in the Auckland area.
Her usual roles are as a GP liaison at Counties Manukau Health and also a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland in the Department of Paediatrics Child and Youth Health.
Dr Jackson is the director of population health for Counties Manukau District Health Board – which covers 600,000 people – including some of the most diverse and highest risk populations in Aotearoa.
Medically trained, Jackson has worked in the health sector for over 30 years including internationally in public health, planning, and health intelligence leaderships roles.
Recently he has been involved in the intelligence function for Covid-19, including modelling future scenarios.
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