Events 2019

Upcoming events 2019

29 November 2019

Join researchers from the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity who will be presenting findings from the Healthy South Project.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including mental illness and diabetes are increasing in South Australia. The prevalence of NCDs reflect the impact of a range of social determinants which shape people’s access to health promoting resources, activities and services. Yet, there has been disinvestment in disease prevention and health promotion activity within the South Australian health system.

Join researchers from the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity who will be presenting findings from the Healthy South project and facilitating discussion on how to stimulate governance and leadership for the promotion of health and wellbeing in the southern region of Adelaide.

Hear the results from a case study on healthy infrastructure; the development of the Healthy Urban Neighbourhood Transition Tool (HUNTT) and how this can help to guide the transition management of neighbourhoods to improve neighbourhood liveability and disease prevention as they undertake ad hoc knock down rebuild (KDR) infill.

The day will culminate in a hypothetical panel where key stakeholders and community members in the south will discuss a vision for the future of the south of Adelaide, to determine a sustainable health and wellness promotion system in the south involving multiple partners.

Hosted by the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University. The Healthy South project was funded by Health Translation SA through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation Program undertaken in 2019.

Date and time

Friday 29 November 2019, 9am to 4pm


Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex Rooms 3.06 - 3.09
Flinders University
Sturt Road
Bedford Park, SA, 5042

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31 October 2019

The 11th Oration for the Southgate Institute for Health, Society, and Equity


Thursday 31 October 2019, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

You are invited to attend the Southgate Institute’s 11th Oration with guest Orator Adjunct Professor Peter Sainsbury titled “Are humans smart enough to avoid making themselves extinct?”.

Peter Sainsbury was until his retirement in 2016 Director of Population Health in South Western Sydney Local Health District. In addition to qualifications in medicine, health planning, medical administration and public health, Peter has a PhD in sociology. Peter has had a career-long interest in social policy, particularly related to health equity and the social determinants of health, broadening in the last two decades to include healthy built environments and environmental sustainability.


Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex | Level 1 | Rooms 1.01

Registry Road, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Austra

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Past events 2019

20 September 2019

Where does the progressive health movement go in an era of neo-liberalism?

Planning for health equity and an ecologically sustainable society

PHM Australia invites you to attend a workshop on the 20th of September at Flinders in the City, Adelaide (9:00am – 4pm), to contribute to a discussion on how the progressive health movement organises for health equity and an ecological sustainable society.

The People’s Health Movement is a global network of grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from over 70 countries. Guided by the People’s Charter for Health (PCH), PHM works on various programmes and activities and is committed to Comprehensive Primary Health Care and addressing the Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Health.

The day will include:

  • A celebration of the life of Professor David Sanders, Chair of PHM Global Steering Council.
  • A session on Ecologically sustainable global economy: barriers and opportunities:
  • Fran Baum, Southgate Institute, Flinders University
  • Belinda Townsend, School of Regulation & Global Governance, ANU
  • David Legge, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe
  • A panel discussion Social security policy: imperatives and advocacy:
  • Tim Woodruff, Doctors Reform Society
  • Hayden Patterson, Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union
  • Greg Ogle, SACOSS
  • Tracey Phillips, SA Anti-Poverty Network
  • A PHM strategy session on the future of PHM, including sharing strategies with the Union, social services and environmental movements.

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16 September 2019


CRE Policy Symposium


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9 September 2019


Monday 9 September 2019


26 June 2019

Policy Translation Forum

14 May 2019

Policy Club

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Policy Club

presented "How can we best plan for healthy cities?"

How cities are planned affects where and how we work, live, and play, and can greatly affect our health and wellbeing. Considering health when designing cities is essential to create cities that will support future population well-being and health equity. Poor planning can lead to inequalities in access to transport, services, employment opportunities, housing and greenspace and thus contribute to inequities in health. This policy club presented three different approaches to considering health and wellbeing in urban planning practice and policy.

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Chair: Professor Fran Baum AO

Speaker: A/Professor Kenn Fisher

"Scoping the psycho-social spatial determinants of health and wellbeing at scale"

Kenn practices half-time as an academic and halftime as a consultant in the evidence-based planning and design of health, medical and learning environments. As an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne Kenn is currently a chief investigator in three ARC research projects focussed primarily learning environments research. Over the past decade Kenn has also consulted in, and researched, medical and health environments.

Speaker: Jane Fitzgerald

– "Urban Planning and mental health"

Jane has a clinical background as a psychologist. She has worked for SA Health for 20+ years in hospitals, mental health services and community based primary health care services. Jane has focussed both on the provision of therapy and supporting the settings and conditions that enable mental health and psychological wellbeing. In her last four years she has been examining the potential for policy in the Health, Built and Environment sectors to promote mental health.

Speaker: Dr Michael McGreevy

– "The multiple roles of neighbourhoods in health and health equity"

Michael has a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning. He has worked as a strategic and policy planner for state and local governments and is currently a research associate at the Southgate Institute for Health Society and Equity at Flinders University. Michael is the author of published urban studies articles in the areas of complexity theory, activity centres, housing policy, transport, urban history, and the social determinants of health.


12 March 2019

Policy Club

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Policy Club


“Exploring the value of national indicators for public health and wellbeing”

The goal of public health is to increase the health and wellbeing of the population. But what are the best indicators for considering this at a national level? There have been many calls to move beyond the traditional focus on gross domestic product (GDP) to consider a nation’s health and wellbeing. This policy club presents two different approaches to the potential for indicators to measure how well nations are supporting health and wellbeing.

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Chair: Professor Fran Baum

Speaker s: A/Professor Udoy Saikia – “The Wellbeing Index: Findings from Timor-Leste”

Associate Professor Udoy Saikia is currently the Head of Social Sciences Research section in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Flinders University. He is a Social Demographer with postgraduate degrees from London School of Economics, UK, International Institute for Population Sciences, India and PhD from Flinders University, Australia. Associate Prof Saikia has successfully completed several international research projects in the Asia and the Pacific region which includes Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and India. The “wellbeing index” which is the most innovative part of his research has been the core focus of a number of recent Human Development Reports published by the United Nations.


A/Professor Phil Lawn – “The genuine progress indicator (GPI) and its relevance to public health”

Philip is an Ecological Economist currently affiliated with the Centre for Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also a research fellow with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a member of the Wakefield Futures Group (South Australia). Philip is the author and editor of eight books on sustainable development and the steady-state economy along with 55 journal articles and more than 40 book chapters. Philip makes speaking appearances at public events/debates and is regularly invited to deliver keynote and plenary presentations at academic conferences.



A/Professor Udoy Saikia                                                    A/Professor Phil Lawn