One Health Aotearoa Symposium 2020


Our sixth symposium was held on 8-9 December 2020.

One Health Aotearoa’s symposia aim to bring together experts from the fields of animal, human and environmental health in order to address important One Health issues in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Our 6th symposium was held at five regional hubs around the country which were connected together online via Zoom. The programme had a focus on COVID-19, water quality, Mātauranga Māori biosecurity and antimicrobial resistance.

The plenary speakers included Ashley Bloomfield (Ministry of Health), Eddie Holmes (University of Sydney), Orin Levine (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Ruth Zadoks (University of Sydney).


Sixth OHA Symposium programme

Session 1

  • Ashley Bloomfield, Ministry of Health
    Plenary – Lessons so far from New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland
    Mathematical models for COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Jemma Geoghegan, University of Otago
    Genomic epidemiology of COVID-19 in Aotearoa
  • Petra Muellner, Epi-Interactive
    Taking the black box out of disease models to improve their use and interpretation – fool’s dream or a new frontier?
  • Michael Baker, University of Otago, Wellington
    The COVID-19 elimination strategy: Implications and opportunities for New Zealand [PDF, 3.4MB]


Session 2 – OHA Poster Pitch


Session 3


Session 4


Session 5


Session 6


Session 7


Session 8

  • Edward Holmes, University of Sydney
    Plenary – Zoonoses and the Emergence of SARS-CoV-2
  • Miguel Quiñones-Mateu, University of Otago
    Rapid response to an emergent virus: Initial SARS-CoV-2 research at University of Otago
  • Joshua Freeman, Canterbury District Health Board
    Indoor ventilation and COVID-19 transmission: lessons for NZ


Session 9

  • Margaret Leonard, Institute of Environmental Science and Research
    Pathogens and indicators in freshwater [PDF, 2.4MB]
  • Rebecca French, University of Sydney
    The impact of farming and urbanisation on viral diversity and abundance in a New Zealand river
  • Alex Macmillan, University of Otago
    The “post” COVID-19 “recovery” must be a transformative turning point


Session 10

  • David Murdoch and Nigel French, One Health Aotearoa Co-directors
    One Health Aotearoa update


OHA Symposium archives