Posted on 30 June 2016
Dr. Kath Weston, Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Wollongong, Australia, has been visiting CGHH as part of a broader research trip to the UK. Kath works on community-based health education, building research capacity, infectious disease outbreak management, health literacy (with Dr Judy Mullan), and history of public health.
Together with A/Prof Louella McCarthy, Kath has initiated the Discipline of Medical Humanities in the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, called Medicine and the Human. Their work deals with the intersection of human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology, and centres on the meaning of medicine in relation to the individual within its society and community.
While at CGHH, Kath has been working on a range of research projects. One such point of enquiry is her research into the historical aspects of Spanish Influenza in rural areas, and its impact on women. Kath is also following up an interest in Smallpox, with a focus on vaccinations, and also ‘Parrot Disease’ in Australia and the world beyond. Using the medical humanities resources in the Borthwick Institute of Archives, Kath is also spending her time in the UK visiting the Wellcome Library Archives and other useful centres of medical humanities research.
CGHH hopes to see Kath again very soon and sends warm wishes for success in her upcoming research projects.