World Voice Day

World Voice Day 2024

On 16 April we celebrate World Voice Day, honouring the value of using our voices to communicate research and raise awareness of important issues. At ResearchPod we provide a platform for researchers to get their voices heard on a broad range of topics, from health to the environment to behaviour.

In honour of World Voice Day, we have selected episodes that highlight current research into some of today’s key issues.

Compassion and self-care in the care sector

Dr Dianne Wepa, alongside colleagues Professor Mary Steen and Dr Lisa Di Lemma, joined us to raise awareness of the importance of self-care and self-compassion as tools to improve public health. This episode highlights key lessons from trauma research and community support fields that we can apply to looking after those working in the care sector and parents caring for their children.

“…because we are carers, nurses and midwives, we’re not often very good at doing it [self-care] for ourselves and we have to be reminded.”

The science of dishwashing: changing habits for a greener world

Making small changes to our domestic habits can make a big difference to global energy use and resource consumption. Dr Schencking and Professor Stamminger examine dishwashing behaviours around the world and identify best practice tips for both manual and electric dishwashing. They highlight how to be as resource-conserving as possible.


Contraceptive access and reproductive justice

Dr Tracy Morison shares her research into attitudes and accessibility to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in New Zealand, and the inequalities and injustices in access to birth control. This episode highlights the need for reproductive freedom that is felt by many women worldwide.

“…once women have access to contraceptives, then they actually need to be able to make choices about them freely and according to what they feel they need…”

Be BiteSmart: Preventing family dog bites

Family dogs are our best friends, but bites can still happen when they feel threatened or afraid. Be BiteSmart, led by Dr Nicholas Dodman, aims to support families in learning to recognise and respect a dog’s behaviour. Learning how dogs communicate can avoid triggering a reactionary bite, and therefore foster a safe and loving environment for both dogs and owners.


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