10th Southgate Oration - Professor Anne Kavanagh, 25 October 2018

 "A Public Health Perspective on Disability"

The 10th Southgate Oration was presented by Professor Anne Kavanagh who is the inaugural Chair of Disability and Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and Academic Director of the Melbourne Disability Institute. As a passionate researcher, advocate and as someone with lived experience of disability, Anne’s presentation challenged the way society thinks about disability, and pointed to the failure of public health to be inclusive of the health of people with a disability.

The presentation was live streamed and can be viewed here.


9th Southgate Oration - Julian Burnside A0 QC, 26 October 2017


 "How we are harming refugees. But why?"

Julian Burnside AO QC was the guest Orator at this year's 9th Oration held on Thursday 26th October 2017 in Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex Flinders University Bedford Park Campus.

Julian Burnside described the harm done by the offshore detention policies of successive governments, and how indefinite detention and processes such as stripping asylum seekers of their medications severely undermined their health and wellbeing. He countered arguments on the need to prevent drownings, and that people who arrive by boat are terrorism risks, and criticised the role of high court decisions in allowing indefinite detention of “people who have done nothing wrong.” 

The presentation was live streamed and can be viewed here.



8th Southgate Oration - Alastair McEwin - 20 October 2016


'Achieving the right to health for people with disability: eliminating discrimination in a changing world’

Alastair McEwin is Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner.  He commenced in this role in August 2016. Alastair’s educational background is in arts, law and business administration.  Following his undergraduate studies in
Adelaide, he spent time in Vancouver, Canada, pursuing postgraduate studies.  Prior to moving to Sydney to commence as a consultant with Accenture, a global management and IT consulting company, he worked as Associate to the Hon. Justice John von Doussa at the Federal Court.  Alastair has a strong background in working with non-profit organisations. He was the Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW, the peak body for Community Legal Centres in NSW.  Other roles include CEO of People with Disability Australia and Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law. Prior to commencing in his current role, he was the Chairperson of the NSW Disability Council, the official advisory board to the NSW Government on disability issues.  He was also the President of the Deaf Society of NSW and Chairperson of the Australian Theatre of the Deaf.  He has also been the coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Human Rights and an adjunct lecturer for the Masters of Community Management degree at the University of Technology Sydney.

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 7th Southgate Oration - Dr Mirai Chatterjee - 22 October 2015


Grassroots organising for health security and equity: experiences of the Self-Employed Women's Association SEWA in India


Dr Mirai Chatterjee is the Director of the Social Security Team at the Self-Employed Women’s Association, (SEWA). She is responsible for SEWA’s health care, child care and insurance programmes. She is currently Chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Cooperative Ltd and actively involved with the Lok Swasthya Health Cooperative, of which she is a founder. Both cooperatives are promoted by SEWA. She joined SEWA in 1984 and was its General Secretary after its Founder, Ela Bhatt.


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 6th Southgate Oration - Professor Sharon Friel - 6 November 2014.

Working at the edges: An academic’s reflection on how to work in matters of public policy and global health equity

Professor Sharon Friel is Director and Professor of Health Equity at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), Australian National University. She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU. Prior to this she was Head of the Health Equity group in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health ANU. In 2013 Sharon was recognised by the Vice Chancellor as an ANU Public Policy Fellow. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants and climate change, based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health. In 2008 she chaired the Rockefeller Foundation global research network on urban health equity (GRNUHE), which reported in 2010. 

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 5th Southgate Oration - Professor Rob Moodie - 17 October 2013

Profits and Pandemics

Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic lung disease (non-communicable diseases [NCDs]) are now the leading causes of death and disability across the globe.  The giant transnational tobacco, alcohol, and ultra processed food and drink corporations have been called the industrial vectors of these diseases. Are these corporations to blame, or are they as they claim, part of the solution?

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 4th Southgate Oration - Mick Gooda - 27 September 2012

Addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage by rebuilding relationships

Mick has been the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner since February 2010. Prior to this, Mick was the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) for over five years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.

Mick has been actively involved in advocacy in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments. He is currently a Board Member of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland, and is the Australian representative on the International Indigenous Council.

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 3rd Southgate Oration - Professor Sir Michael Marmot - 19 July 2011

Actions on the Social Determinants of Health

Professor Sir Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for the past 35 years. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to Epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Internationally acclaimed, Professor Marmot was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005 which produced the landmark report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’. At the request of the British Government, he conducted a review of health inequalities in England, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. He has recently been engaged by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct the ‘European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide’.

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 2nd Southgate Oration - Professor Ilona Kickbusch - 7 April 2010

Health promotion meets sustainability: the challenge of food

In the 21st century, the purpose of governance should be healthy and sustainable development. There is a growing awareness of how interconnected many of the major challenges that we face at the beginning of the 21st century are. The health and the sustainability agenda show this clearly: in many cases, the best choices for health are also the best choices for the planet. But too frequently, the two agendas are dealt with in separate debates and policy arenas. The food system is a critical determinant of health, it governs what we eat and is a prism of present and future challenges for health and sustainable development. We must make the promotion of healthy and sustainable food systems a priority so that healthy and sustainable diets become possible.

Three policy concepts - food justice, food security and food sovereignty - have emerged in the global food policy debate which link to similar concepts in the health debate: health as a human right, health security and empowerment for health. These concepts provide an excellent starting point for joint action.

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 Inaugural Southgate Oration: Professor Hilary Graham - 17 March 2009

Health inequalities, social determinants and public health policy 

Socioeconomic inequalities persist, even in the richest and healthiest societies. In Europe, as in North America, Australia and New Zealand, people on the middle rungs of the socioeconomic ladder enjoy better health and live longer lives than those in the most disadvantaged circumstances, but fail to reach the health standards achieved by the most advantaged groups. Over the last decade, health inequalities have moved to the centre of policy debate. In a number of high-income countries, public health goals now include an explicit commitment to reducing health inequalities through policies which tackle their underlying social determinants. 

The presentation explores how the dual commitment to tackling health inequalities and addressing social determinants is being taken forward. It notes that both health inequalities and social determinants have multiple meanings, which change over time and across contexts. It goes on to illustrate this plasticity with reference to England, where the conceptualisation of health inequalities and social determinants has narrowed since the new public health strategy was launched in 1997/98. The presentation concludes by discussing the challenges of sustaining political commitment to addressing inequalities in people’s access to the resources and environments which promote good health.

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