Chartered members to top bill at health event

Chartered Psychologists Dr Katherine Brown of Coventry University and Dr Colin Greaves of the Peninsula Medical School will be the big draw at the Midlands Health Psychology Network’s 2012 Annual Conference.

The event, which takes place at the Coventry TechnoCentre on 16 February 2012, will focus on the theme of improving health in the year of the Olympics.

Dr Brown was delighted to be asked to speak at the event:

“It struck me that sexual health is a very relevant issue in any situation where many people come together for an event, particularly an event the size of the Olympics.”

New technology and how it is promoting access to sexual health services psychology are among the subjects she will be addressing:

“My keynote will focus on how some of my team’s recent work in sexual health uses the rigour of health psychology and involves new technologies to support and work with public health colleagues in enhancing sexual health outcomes in the region.”

For Dr Greaves this event represents exciting times for health psychology:

“Health psychology is moving out of the laboratory and into the real world. It is finding useful applications in many areas, including support for those with unhealthy behaviours, help for people with chronic illness, and the promotion of good professional practice like hand-washing in hospitals.

“I will be talking about how we can encourage changes in diet and physical activity for people who want to lose weight or reduce their health risks. In particular I will be discussing the major opportunity that has arisen for preventing type-two diabetes, such as changes in lifestyle”.

For further details of the Midlands Health Psychology Network’s 2012 Annual Conference visit the event webpage.

Dr Brown will be launching a web app aimed at promoting access to sexual health services ahead of the Olympics in 2012.

Dr Greaves has recently been involved in the production of a publication titled Interested in changing lifestyle behaviour?