The Investigator Lecture is an important part of Flinders University’s public education program and our contribution towards the cultural life of South Australia. It is also the showcase piece to our 2022 Fearless Conversations series, our thought-provoking and inspiring live panel discussions examining a range of industries to showcase innovation, creativity and to create a fearless future for our state.
Conflict and Crisis: A global health emergency
We are an interconnected and interdependent world. A crisis in one country can quickly impact the health, cultures and economies of societies around the globe.
The war in Ukraine. The conflict in Syria. The COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these crises has resulted in significant localised and immediate emergency situations, which have later spread to cause vast and wide-reaching global impacts upon business, trade, political landscapes, and societal health and wellbeing, just to name a few.
So, what is the fallout of these global emergencies and how well equipped are we to respond to and combat future crises?
The 2022 Investigator Lecture commenced with a special keynote from Reverend Tim Costello - one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. Following the keynote Reverend Costello was joined by our panel of experts who delved into current conflicts that are exacerbating already difficult challenges, from the impact of climate change on public health to the inequality and distribution of resources.
Panel members include:
Keynote - Reverend Tim Costello AO
Reverend Tim Costello AO is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders, renowned for ensuring the challenges of global poverty are firmly and consistently on the national agenda.
The director of Ethical Voice, and Executive Director of Micah Australia, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA) for 13 years until October 2016, after which he became WVA’s Chief Advocate for two years. Other positions Tim holds are Senior Advisor for the Centre for Public Christianity, Chair of the Community Council of Australia; Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership. Tim is a spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which advocates for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
Tim Costello is a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. Every year he addresses tens of thousands of people from the public and private sector, and the wider community.
Professor Paul Arbon AM, PhD FACN, FAAN
Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Director of the Torrens Resilience Initiative
Professor Arbon is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Torrens Resilience Initiative at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. The Torrens Resilience Initiative was established in 2009 to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges that have the potential to overwhelm disaster and crisis management capabilities and plans.
A Past President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and former Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance Australia, his research focusses on global health and health security in the context of disaster and crisis events. He is a Member of the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts, and the World Health Organisation, Health Security Interface, Technical Advisory Group, and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.
Professor Leonard Notaras AO
Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC)
Professor Leonard (Len) Notaras AO has had an extraordinary impact on Australian healthcare, particularly within the Northern Territory, as well as supporting Australia’s neighbours in times of critical need.
Professor Notaras is the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC). He was a strategic founder of the centre in 2002 and was appointed to the position in 2009. The centre has strong links with the Northern Territory Department of Health, Queensland Health, Charles Darwin University and Flinders University.
Professor Notaras was previously Chief Executive of the NT Department of Health. Prior to this, Professor Notaras spent 15 years at Royal Darwin Hospital, first as Medical Superintendent and then as General Manager. During this time, the hospital dealt with a number of crises, including the evacuation of East Timor in 1999, the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Ashmore Reef incident in 2009 and the retrieval and treatment of then President of Timor- Leste Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, following the assassination attempt in 2008.
In October 2002, Royal Darwin Hospital received nearly 100 victims of the Bali bombings, 70 of whom were critically injured. For his service in jointly coordinating the medical assistance provided by the Royal Darwin Hospital to the victims of the bombings, Professor Notaras was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.
A very learned man, Professor Notaras holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Law and Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Masters in History and Masters in Hospital Management.
In 2005, Professor Notaras was presented with the Best Individual Contribution to Healthcare in Australia Award during the AMA National Conference.
In 2010 Professor Notaras negotiated and coordinated, through the NCCTRC, the deployment of the AUSMAT (Australian Medical Assistance Team) to Pakistan following devastating floods. The group treated more than 11,000 people during the 10-week combined civil-military deployment. Professor Notaras led the NCCTRC through the AUSMAT response to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated part of the Philippines in November 2013, deploying for the first time, Australia's surgical field hospital and treating more than 2,700 patients.
In 2008 Professor Notaras received an honorary doctorate in Science from Charles Darwin University in recognition of his contribution to the medical field in the NT and in 2015, our own Flinders University honoured him with the title of professorial fellow in the then faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, now the College of Medicine and Public Health..
Video Journalist and ABC News reporter
Eric Tlozek is an ABC News reporter based in Adelaide. He was formerly the ABC's Middle East correspondent (from 2018-21) and Papua New Guinea correspondent (from 2015-18). He is a video journalist who has covered major stories across Australia and the world, including the 2019 Sri Lanka terrorist attacks, Turkey's incursion into northern Syria and the 2018 PNG highlands earthquake. Eric was nominated as a finalist in the Lowy Institute's Media Award for best Foreign Affairs reporting in 2016 and 2017. Eric has been a journalist since 2003 and has worked for the ABC since 2007.
MC and Facilitator: Jessica Adamson
Jess Adamson is an award winning journalist, an event host/facilitator and speaker.
In her 24 years at the Seven Network she covered some of the world’s biggest news stories including the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Banda Aceh, the Bali bombings, drug trials of Michelle Leslie and the Bali 9, the Beaconsfield Mine disaster, the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games and the 2008 Tour de France.
Jess was Seven’s top rating Weekend News Presenter from 2014-2020.
She is a passionate ambassador for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, as well as a Board Member of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and Sids and Kids SA.
Dealing with disaster
Torrens Resilience Initiative researchers are preparing communities for emergencies around the world.
Our world is in turmoil..what happens next?
War, famine, climate change, Covid – the Investigator Lecture looks at the local fallout from world emergencies.
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Lecture title: Climate Change: Managing the unavoidable, avoiding the unmanageable
Professor David Karoly FAA
Lecture title: Climate Change: Managing the unavoidable, avoiding the unmanageable
Dr Richard Harris SC OAM
Lecture title: Under Pressure
Dr Tia Kansara, Future City sustainability evangelist & entrepreneur
Lecture title: Replenish: A philosophy, a cause and action
Ambassador (ret) Jeffrey L Bleich, CEO, Dentons Diplomatic Solutions
Lecture title: Democracy's new challenge - runaway technology and walk-away government
Sergey Treshcheov, Pilot-Cosmonaut, Flight Engineer; and Professor Alex Akulov,
Head Consultant, from the Yuri Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre
Lecture title: How to live in space
Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN Rtd
Lecture title: Divided we fall: Finding a shared vision for South Australia’s economic transformation
Dr Paul Howard-Jones
Lecture title: What is leisure technology doing to our brains?
Dr Brian Schmidt 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Lecture title: The Accelerating Universe
Premier Mike Rann
Lecture title: Charting a course for change - the politics of progress
Professor Tim Flannery
Lecture title: Digging up the future on climate change
Former Chief Justice of the High Court, the Hon Murray Gleeson AC
Lecture title: Law and Change
James Bradfield Moody, General Manager, International Development, CSIRO
Lecture title: Insurmountable Opportunities: success in a resource-limited world
Donald McDonald AC (Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Board)
Lecture title: A decade of difference: Renewal of the ABC
Neil Mules AO, Flinders graduate and Australian Ambassador to Mexico
Lecture title: Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Responding to New Challenges
Posie Graeme-Evans; Flinders graduate, Head of Drama (Nine Network Australia) and creator McLeod's Daughters
Lecture title: Strictly Entertainment
Lech Walesa, Former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Laureate
Lecture title: The Future of Democracy in the Globalising World
Paul Kells, Founder, Safe Communities Foundation (Canada)
Lecture title: How you can save a life and never know whose it was!/p>
Hannie Rayson; Playwright
Lecture title: Degrees of Separation: the university and the spirit of inquiry
Michael Leunig; Cartoonist, painter
Lecture title: A Spoken Cartoon on the Subject of Human Happiness
Professor Peter Sellars; Director, Adelaide Festival of Arts (2002)
Lecture title: Cultural Activism in the New Century
Veronica Brady; Department of English (The University of Western Australia)
Lecture title: Politics, Passion and Poetry
Professor Ian Lowe; Professor in Science, Technology and Society (Griffith University)
Lecture title: Education for the 21st Century
Emeritus Professor Peter Karmel; Founding Vice-Chancellor of Flinders, and Vice-Chancellor Australian National University
Lecture title: Australia and the Economic Paradigm: Thirty Years of Change
Dr Kevin Wellington; CSIRO
Lecture title: Are We Alone? Is there Intelligent Life out there?
Dr Anne Summers; Writer and columnist
Lecture title: Women, Politics and the Millennium
Dr Robyn Archer; Writer, performer and director
Lecture title: A Personal Journey
Dr Pat O'Shane, Magistrate
Lecture title: Res publica – not vox majestica – This is your Sovereign Speaking
Dr Eric Willmot; Director-General of Education, South Australia
Lecture title: Vision 3 – A Fantastic Journey
Sir Gustav Nossal; Director, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
Lecture title: Ethical Frontiers of Medical Technology
Donald Horne; Writer and lecturer
Lecture title: Unlocking the Academies – Can it be done?
Peter Garrett; President, Australian Conservation Foundation
Lecture title: Vested Interests: The Politic versus the Altruistic – What Price Unbleached Toilet Paper
Geoffrey Robertson QC; Barrister, author
Lecture title: The Freedom to Investigate
Professor Di Yerbury; Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University
Lecture title: Higher Education and Beyond: Gender and Choice
Dr Bob Brown; Politician, environmentalist
Lecture title: The Politics of Conservation in the late 1980s and Beyond
Mr Brian Toohey; Editor, National Times
Lecture title: Journalism: Shackles on the Craft in the 1980s
HE Mr A Alohaty; Ambassador to Australia for Saudi Arabia
There was no Investigator Lecture in 1983.
Sir Charles Court; Premier of Western Australia 1972 – 1981
Lecture title: Building a Future for Australia
Bob Hawke; Shadow Federal Minister, Employment and Industrial Relations
Lecture title: Australia Ahead: Navigation Aids for Unknown Waters
Michael Kirby; Chairman, Australian Law Reform Commission
Lecture title: Law Reform: Filling the International Vacuum
Emeritus Professor Peter Karmel; Founding Vice-Chancellor, Chairman Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission
Lecture title: Universities to 1984 and Beyond
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