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

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

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

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

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

Coordinated by : Dr Sujata Allan

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

Sustainable Urban Environments

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.

Looking to the Future : Keeping our own movement sustainable

Featured Speakers : Dr Alice McGushin, Prof Ben Canny & Richard Flanagan

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.