Mortality transition and associated socioeconomic differentials in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 1993-2013

Mortality transition and associated socioeconomic differentials in Agincourt, rural South Africa, 1993-2013: Findings from population surveillance
Date and time:
Fri, 22nd Sep 2017 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
*****  Location: NOTE VENUE CHANGE


Chodziwadziwa Kabudula (Caldwell Fellow, see below) and Brian Houle (Lecturer in Demography)

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Understanding a population’s mortality burden and its variation by socioeconomic status (SES) is important for setting locally-relevant health and development priorities, identifying critical elements for strengthening of health systems, and determining the focus of health services and programmes. We examine changes in mortality levels, cause composition, and variation by socioeconomic status in Agincourt, rural South Africa over the period 1993-2013. The population experienced steady and substantial increases in overall and communicable disease related mortality from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, peaking around 2005-07 due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Overall mortality steadily declined afterwards following reduction in HIV/AIDS-related mortality due to the widespread introduction of free antiretroviral therapy (ART) available from public health facilities. By 2013, however, the cause of death distribution was yet to reach the levels it occupied in the early 1990s. Overall, the poorest individuals in the population experienced the highest mortality burden and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis mortality persistently showed an inverse relation with SES throughout the period 2001-13. Although mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) increased over time in both sexes and injuries were a prominent cause of death in males, neither of these causes of death showed consistent, significant associations with household SES. These findings highlight the need for integrated health-care planning and programme delivery strategies to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing, linkage to care and ART, and prevention and treatment of NCDs to achieve further reduction in mortality. Greater attention is especially needed for the poorest individuals to reduce associated socioeconomic inequalities.

Chodziwadziwa (Cho) Whiteson Kabudula is a Data Scientist and Researcher at the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit) at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is the 2017 John C Caldwell Population, Health and Development Visiting at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and School of Demography at the Australian National University. His research focuses on integrating population-level socio-demographical, behavioural, disease and risk factor prevalence data from surveillance populations with clinical, treatment and laboratory data and applying demographic, statistical, computational and informatics techniques to study population-level morbidity, mortality and utilisation of health services.

Exhibiting Biskra: Art, Photography and Tourism in an Algerian Oasis

The exhibition Biskra: sortilèges d’un oasis has been sparked by responses of
cosmopolitan avant-gardists who visited around 1900, including the  André Gide, Henri Matisse and  Béla Bartók

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 4.30 – 6pm

This public lecture is co-presented by the ANU Centre for European Studies and the Humanities Research Centre, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences.

Enquiries: T 02 6125 9896 E

Professor Roger Benjamin
Professor of Art History
University of Sydney

Professor Benjamin is a Canberra-born art historian and curator who trained in Melbourne, Bryn Mawr and Paris. His work has focused on Matisse studies,contemporary Aboriginal art, and the social history of European Orientalist painting.

The Nye Hughes Room
ANU Centre for European Studies
The Australian National University
Building #67C, 1 Liversidge Street

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Enquiries: T 02 6125 9896 E

Shared Experience and Learning from African Communities in Australia.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Winter (FECCA) publishes its national magazine, Australian Mosaic, three times a year.
Australian Mosaic is a plain English magazine, which discusses a wide range of contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism, social justice, community harmony, and cultural and faith pluralism in Australia.
Issue 46 (Winter 2017) is about Shared Experience and
Learning from African Communities in Australia.
The varied contents, which include articles on education, citizenship, sport, communication, and much more, can be found at

Tracking population, health and social transitions in Agincourt, rural South Africa

Tracking population, health and social transitions in Agincourt, rural
South Africa:
Overview of the Agincourt Health and Demographic
Surveillance System

SPEAKER: Chodziwadziwa (Cho) Whiteson Kabudula –

2017 John C Caldwell Visiting Scholar,
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit (the MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit) at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

DATE: Wednesday 13 September 2017, 12.30-1.30pm

VENUE: Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62 NCEPH (entrance on Eggleston Road)



Senator Lucy Gichuhi joining the Q&A panel for the first time.

I am passing on the message from Tanya Lyons ‘’ It is really for information only since the event is in Sydney. However if you want to register and attend please email and Tanya’s message with a working link will be sent


Hello, Anne Worthington here from Q&A at ABC TV.

This Monday September 11th we have Senator Lucy Gichuhi joining the Q&A panel for the first time.

I thought some of your members and other contacts who are based in and around Sydney might be interested in coming along and being part of the studio audience.

Can you please pass the below information out amongst your contacts?

Thanking you in advance.

Kind regards,
Anne Worthington

Kenyan born Independent SA Senator Lucy Gichuhi will join the Q&A panel on Monday 11th September from the ABC’s SYDNEY studios from 8.30pm.

Also joining host Tony Jones on the panel to answer YOUR questions;

Zed Sesilja – Liberal Senator & Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
Mark Dreyfus – Shadow Attorney General & Shadow Minister for National Security
A.C. Grayling – Author and Philosopher
Merav Michaeli -Visiting Israeli MP

We are currently taking audience bookings for the show.

To join the audience here’s what you need to do:

Register here.

In Q.13 (how did you hear about us) please write “AFSAAP” as a reference.

Someone from Q&A will then be in touch with more details.

Primary Education in Mauritius

Vijetta Bachraz is a PhD scholar in the Crawford School and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship with the Australian National University in 2015 to undertake a study on the institution of primary education in Mauritius and its influence on the positioning of children. This study will contribute to the policy landscape to promote more equitable outcomes for all children enrolled in government schools. Her research methodology identifies with the view that children are not only right-bearing citizens but also important social actors who can express views about their own lives given the opportunity.

The trajectory towards ‘a good life’ is said to rely on the ability of the citizen to amass cultural, social and cognitive capital, with childhood representing a fundamental life phase where parental and societal investments interplay to secure the future of children. This has led to a greater focus on education for the development of human capital to ensure future economic productivity. Mauritius is no exception to this trend. The race to the best secondary schools starts even before children turn five, when the greatest concern for most parents is to secure admission for their children in primary schools with a good track record. Parallel to this competitive nature of primary education, the private tuition ‘industry’ has flourished and further contributes to socio-economic inequalities.
Education is a powerful institution where goals towards ‘a good life’ are realised and reproduced; where children’s bodies are controlled and shaped through regimes of discipline, learning and development, maturation and skill. However, contemporary childhoods are also moving towards individualisation with children increasingly experiencing relative independence, autonomy and choice. We know very little about the ways in which children are positioned and position themselves as dependent/independent and regulated/unregulated within and between their home and school lives; being subject to and reproducing a particular construction of childhood whilst at the same time actively engaged in its alternative construction. This study aims to explore these tensions to provide insights into the ways in which the institution of primary education shapes children’s sense of self, their sense of belonging to their families and wider community and how it influences the broader construction of who children are in the present.

Opposing Tyranny: Lessons from 50 years of the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe

A presentation and book launch by David Coltart
Former Zimbabwe Senator and human rights lawyer

Date: Wednesday 9 August, 6:00pm
Refreshments served from 5:30pm

Venue: AIIA Conference Centre – Stephen House
32 Thesiger Court
Deakin ACT 2600

“Ever since Ian Smith unilaterally declared independence from Britain over 50 years ago on 11 November 1965, the country now known as Zimbabwe has been in turmoil. There were great hopes when Zimbabwe obtained its independence from Britain in 1980 that Robert Mugabe would steer the country down a new road of democracy and tolerance. However the last 37 years of Mugabe’s rule have been marked by violence, electoral fraud, corruption, abuse of power and the collapse of a once thriving economy.
Senator David Coltart was born in Zimbabwe in 1957 and has lived through this tumultuous period, eventually becoming Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture in the government of national unity brokered by the AU and SADC in 2009. His recently published book The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe sheds new light on why Zimbabwe remains in such an oppressed state. The presentation will draw on the lessons learnt by Coltart from his unique insider’s perspective as a human rights lawyer and opposition politician in Zimbabwe since 1983.”
The book will be launched by Matthew Neuhaus, First Assistant Secretary, Middle East and Africa Division, DFAT and former Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe.


This is an AIIA ACT Branch event.

Registration is encouraged through the following link:

Registration is also available at the door.

African Mining Conferences – Clarifying the Realities and the Cost of Omission

Date: 12:30-1:30pm, Thursday, 27 July, 2017
Venue: Acton Theater, J.G. Crawford Building


Margaret O’Callaghan — Visiting Fellow; Resources, Environment, and Development Program (RE&D); Crawford School of Public Policy

Margaret O’Callaghan formerly worked for AusAID and then for the United Nations in Papua New Guinea and Zambia. In recent years she has been researching the socio-economic impact of a mining boom in North Western Province, Zambia. The subject of the role of mining conferences came up during this research.


This seminar will provide an overview of the main types of mining conferences which are held about African mining, mostly in Africa, and question whether the benefits participants promote to potential investors are realistic. The speaker will then focus on the corporate Mining Indaba held in Cape Town and explain how the Alternative Indaba which is run by NGOs has influenced the social content of that major corporate conference and why that has been an important development.

Crawford School Contact:

Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa

On 13 June 2017 the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 February 2018:

Australia’s trade and investment relationships with the countries of Africa.

Submissions to this inquiry close on 18 August 2017.

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions). For more information see

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818



The Foreign Minister has announced the appointment of Ms Jenny Dee as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Mauritius with non-resident accreditation to Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, External Budget Section. Her overseas experience includes a posting in Harare.

“Australia works closely with Mauritius and its island neighbours on maritime security, economic growth and sustainable development, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and the newly established Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub.”