December 17 2010
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Policy Club - Redesigning Services for Health and Wellbeing Equity
October 27 2010
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Comprehensive Primary Health Care in Local Communities
October 20-21 2010
On October 20th and 21st, 2010, we held a research symposium for the Comprehensive Primary Health Care in Local Communities project at the Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA. Attendees included the chief and associate investigators on the project, members of the critical reference group, managers and staff from the primary health care services, SA Health and regional health service executives, and other academic, policy, and practice stakeholders.
October 14 2010
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The Capability Approach and Disability - Sophie Mitra
Making Complaints Work: a conversation about the issues
Dr Mike Biles and Leena Sudano - October 12 2010
Are complaints ‘good for you’? Are complaints ‘good for us’? They can voice individual pain, disappointment and anger. They can point to necessary systemic change. They can be the lifeblood of continuous improvement.
How can we minimise their pain and maximise their potential? How far do we succeed?
Welfare Quarantine and Financial Incentives: are they compatible with social justice and health equity?
Prof Jenny Popay - October 6 2010
Action to reduce inequalities in the health experience of different social groups is now a major focus for policy and public health practice globally. At the same time, in rich and poor countries alike, welfare systems intended to low income support groups in the poorest health are being transformed making receipt of services or cash payment dependent on the fulfilment of behavioural conditions (e.g. stopping smoking, registering children at school, attending clinics, taking up training). In this lecture Jennie Popay will consider some of the issues raised by these changes from the perspective of health equity and social justice.
A/Prof Lionel Orchard, Prof Jennie Popay - October 5 2010
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August 5 2010
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Drugs and development: The global impact of drug use and trafficking on social and economic development - Merrill Singer
Is modern Western culture a health hazard - Richard Eckersley ( reading notes (PDF 83KB) )
Transport and Health
Prof Tony Capon - July 7 2010
Tony is a public health physician with expertise in environmental health and health promotion. He convenes the national Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health and leads a research program on urban settlements, climate change and health. He is a frequent consultant to government, industry and international organisations. Tony has held National Health and Medical Research Council and World Health Organization Fellowships.
Presenter - June 28 2010
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Complexity Theory, Systems Theory, and Multiple Intersecting Social Inequalities - Sylvia Walby (
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‘Tick the Box Please’: A Reflexive Approach to Doing Quantitative Social Research – Louise Ryan and Anne Golden
Prof Marcello Costa, Dr Matt Fisher & Dr Pamela Lyon - May 26 2010
April 27-28 2010
This will be the Final Policy Event for National Health & Medical Research Council funded Australian Health Inequities Program. The aims of the Symposium are to:
Present research-based examples of Policies and Programs that were designed to intervene on the social determinants of health inequities
Contribute to debates about the ways in which policy makers can build social determinants of health inequities perspectives into programs inside and outside of government
Compare progress in the uptake of social determinants of health inequities perspectives in Australia and other countries
Consider how social determinants of health can contribute to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) goal of Closing the Gap.
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2nd Southgate Oration- Health promotion meets sustainability: the challenge of food
Professor Illona Kickbush - April 7 2010
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.
A/Prof James Harrison (Chair) - March 23 2010
This seminar presents an opportunity to discuss two approaches to resilience.
Smoking, Depression and Resilience: Quitting and the Process of Biographical Reinvention - Prof Paul Ward (MP3 13MB)
What does a “process of getting by” approach to resilience mean for farmers in times of drought? - A/Prof Colin MacDougall (MP3 18MB)
Gender, Power & Revitalising Feminism
Professor Fran Baum (chair) - March 9 2010
Feminism has pushed the boundaries of critical thinking and equitable practice and action in many aspects of our lives and culture. Key to the influence of feminism has been its specialisation over several decades in academia, women’s organisations and activism. While each has developed its own capacity, these forms of feminism have progressively lost their connections to each other and to broader social movements, making them vulnerable to many forms of attack from entrenched dominant interests. This forum will explore potential spaces for revitalising feminism through reconnecting thinking, practice and activism.
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February 23 2010
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Harvard Australia Symposium: media use and Children's wellbeing
February 18 2010
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Reducing Family Homicide: learning from loss
A/Prof Charmaine Power (chair) - February 5 2010
Recent action in some Australian states has led to the establishment of Domestic Violence Death Review teams, boards or panels , which conduct multi-disciplinary examinations of a number of such deaths over a defined time period to identify common traits, trends and missed opportunities for intervention. This forum will bring together key representatives from all the significant agencies/services involved in SA to discuss the processes of such reviews, their capacity to prevent deaths, how they differ from coronial enquiries and to address the strengths and limitations of current models.
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