KEYNOTES 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Featuring :

  • Professor Helen Berry – Climate Change & Health
  • Professor Susan Prescott – Biodiversity in Health & Disease
  • Richard Denniss – Climate Change : Politics & Policy in Australia 2019

The opening session of iDEA 2019 introduces three keynote speakers who are
original thinkers, passionate communicators, and leaders in their fields.
Professor Helen Berry is a psychiatric epidemiologist, a member of the MJA-
Lancet Countdown scientific team, and an expert on the way climate change,
natural disasters and social and physical place influence mental health and well-being. Professor Susan Prescott is a paediatrician and immunologist who
explores the interdependence of human health, biodiversity and a healthy
natural environment. Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, will provide insight into the political and economic background of climate change action and inaction in Australia.

Clean Futures 10:45 AM – 12:50 PM

Featuring :

  • Dr Alice McGushin – Communicating urgency and hope : the Lancet Countdown
  • Phillip Harrington – Engaging policy makers
  • Annie Kia – Engaging community : developing the strategy for Lock the Gate
  • Dr James Whelan – Working with DEA : how effective (and frustrating) can doctors be?

The speakers in session 2 are all change makers who are working to bring
Australia, and the world, away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy
future. They come from a diversity of backgrounds and have worked at different
levels – from policy to community organization to public health and communication.

Open Space 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Coordinated by : Dr Sujata Allan, Dr Nick Towle & Dr Rohan Church

In Open Space sessions, participants will form smaller groups to explore the
topics they feel most passionate about, offer their own thoughts and expertise,
and work towards plans for action and advocacy.

Vulnerable Populations 03:45 PM – 05:15 PM

Featuring :

  • Prof Susan Prescott – Ecological injustice and intergenerational injustice, No Time for Games
  • Tessa Khan – Climate Change and Human Rights : The Global Perspective
  • Prof Glen Mola – Climate Change and Health in the Pacific

This session looks at some of the people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change; our Pacific neighbours, refugees, women and children. These are the people who struggle to have their voices heard, but possibly with the most to tell us about solutions to climate change. Speakers will tell their stories through the lenses of ethics, justice, and health.


Stewardship : Caring for the places that sustain us 08:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Featuring :

  • Prof Ted Lefroy – Agriculture
  • Prof Gretta Pecl – Oceans
  • Dr Nicole Anderson – Wild Places
  • Andry Sculthorpe – Indigenous Land Management

The speakers at this session are all Tasmanians with deep connections to our landscapes and oceans. How are human communities being affected by unfolding environmental disasters? How can communities care for the places that sustain us?

Open Space 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Coordinated by : Dr Sujata Allan

Groups may reform to continue discussions from the previous day, or open new topics.

Sustainable Urban Environments 01:30 PM – 02:45 PM

Featuring :

  • Dr Nick Towle – Human metabolism on a finite planet
  • Prof Jason Byrne – Redesigning urban spaces for sustainability
  • Dr Elliot Fishman – Revolutionising the way we move

Urban environments offer unique challenges and exciting solutions to issues such as sustainability and climate change. This session will have a strong health focus.

Open Space Presentations 03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Coordinated by : Dr Sujata Allan

Looking to the Future : Keeping our own movement sustainable 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Featuring :

  • Dr Alice McGushin – My journey as Doctor for the Environment
  • Prof Ben Canny – Environment in the medical school curriculum
  • Richard Flanagan – The Road ahead

Environmental health is the greatest public health challenge of our time, and doctors and students working together can be powerful advocates for change. Education, communication and mentorship are vital. The conference will close with an address from Tasmanian author and environmentalist, Richard Flanagan.

06 Apr, 2019
1Introduction & Welcome to Country08:30 AM - 08:50 AM
2Climate Change & Human HealthProf Helen Berry 08:50 AM - 09:20 AM
3Biodiversity in Health & DiseaseProf Susan Prescott 09:20 AM - 09:50 AM
4Climate Change : politics and policy in Australia 2019Dr Richard Denniss 09:50 AM - 10:20 AM
5Morning Tea10:20 AM - 10:45 AM
6Communicating Urgency & Hope : The Lancet CountdownDr Alice McGushin 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM
7Engaging Policy MakersPhilip Harrington 10:45 AM - 12:50 PM
8Engaging Community : developing strategy for Lock the GateAnnie Kia 10:45 AM - 12:50 PM
9Working With DEA : how effective (and frustrating) can doctors really be?Dr James Whelan 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM
10Overview of DEA ActivitiesDr Eugenie Kayak 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
11No Time For Games CampaignDr Ingo Weber 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
12Lunch12:50 PM - 01:30 PM
13Open Space : Session 1Dr Nick Towle , Dr James Whelan , Dr Sujata Allan 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
14Afternoon Tea03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
15Ecological and Intergenerational InjusticeProf Susan Prescott 15:45 PM - 17:15 PM
16Climate Change & Human Rights : the global perspectiveTessa Khan 15:45 PM - 17:15 PM
17Populations, Climate Change & Health in the Asia-PacificProf Glen Mola 15:45 PM - 17:15 PM
18Day 1 Closing Session17:15 PM
19Networking DinnerFirst Dog on the Moon 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM
07 Apr, 2019
1Sustainable Agriculture in the 21st CenturyProfessor Ted Lefroy 08:30 AM - 10:15 AM
2Oceans - our blue planetProf Gretta Pecl 08:30 AM - 10:15 AM
3What if running could save a rainforest?Dr Nicole Anderson
4Indigenous Land ManagementSharnie Read 08:30 AM - 10:15 AM
5Morning Tea10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
6Open Space : Session 2Dr Nick Towle , Dr James Whelan , Dr Sujata Allan 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
7Lunch12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
8Human Metabolism on a Finite PlanetDr Nick Towle 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM
9Redesigning Urban Spaces for SustainabilityProf Jason Byrne 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM
10Revolutionising the Way We MoveDr Elliot Fishman 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM
11Afternoon Tea02:45 PM - 03:00 PM
12Open Space : PresentationsDr Sujata Allan 03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
13My Journey as a Doctor for the EnvironmentDr Alice McGushin 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
14Environment & Climate Change in the Medical School CurriculumProf Ben Canny 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
15The Road AheadRichard Flanagan 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
16Conference Closing Remarks04:30 PM