Date: 2012-11-21
Time: 13.30
Place: CHESS library, Sveaplan, 5th floor

Welcome to CHESS and our seminar with
Dr Leigh Tooth

“Health inequalities: a focus on education"

Dr Tooth will present two research projects exploring the association of education with health outcomes being conducted at the Centre for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Research in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The first research project has investigated the impact of intergenerational educational mobility from parents (mothers, fathers, other main caregivers while growing up) on mental health outcomes in young Australian women (n=5619). This project uses 13 years of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, a National cohort study which has been running since 1996. At baseline, the young cohort were 18-23 years of age. The second research project has investigated the relationship between ageing and physical health over time in middle-aged Australian women (n=7146, aged 45-50 years at baseline) and examine the effect of education on baseline level physical health and on the decline of physical health over 14 years. It will also investigate the effects of other socio-demographic factors at baseline and of time-varying factors (such as BMI and physical activity level) on physical health.

Dr Leigh Tooth is a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. She chairs the Publications, Substudies and Analyses Committee. She is leading a program of research into women carers. Her other current research interests are health inequalities and the socio-economic determinants of health, quality of life and comorbidity. Her previous research experiences include a National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC) Public Health Fellowship (1999-2003), during which she investigated the short and long term functional and community outcomes of people following stroke, and being a NHMRC Fellow with the Longitudinal Studies Unit in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland researching statistical methodology and teaching into the epidemiology program. She has a PhD and first class honours degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland.