The iDEA2019 Pre-Conference Workshops program offer an array of opportunity to develop your advocacy, engage your creativity and stimulate your interest in a variety of practical ways to respond to the challenges of climate change.

With options for full-day or half-day attendance, you can choose to attend the workshops that most appeal to you in addition to seeing some of nipaluna/Hobart’s natural beauty up close.

Attendance of the Friday workshop program includes morning and afternoon tea only, not lunch. However the workshops will all be held within walking distance of several excellent bakeries and cafés and attendees are encouraged to enjoy a meal together – outside if the weather permits!

Permaculture & Food Sustainability

The convergence of climate disruption, peak oil and economic instability poses a major threat to our future health and prosperity. Already we are witnessing a diversity of responses, some guiding us toward positive futures and others maladaptive, leading us toward greater social upheaval and ecological decline.

Permaculture design has its origins in Tasmania and was developed as a conscious, proactive and positive response to the challenges we must all face. It is described as a design system for creating resilient human settlements and land use based on universal ethics and ecological design principles.

This workshop will explore some of the foundational principles and practical approaches to redesigning our cities and suburbs for resilience and wellbeing.

Participants will be taken on a site visit showcasing food security strategies within an urban city landscape.

Facilitators: Dr Nick Towle, Hannah Moloney, Anton Vikstrom

Dr Nick Towle is a medical education advisor and researcher at the University of Tasmania’s Rural Clinical School, who has a longstanding interest in sustainability, including permaculture.  Nick is a founder of the RESEED Centre, a hub for a positive response to the challenges of our time including economic and energy insecurity and our changing climate.

Hannah Moloney and Anton Vikstrom are the team behind Good Life Permaculture – a permaculture landscape design and education enterprise that creates resilient and regenerative lives and landscapes.

kunanyi (Mt Wellington) Walk

Come and start your day with a morning jaunt up kunanyi! Two local palawa will guide us through wet sclerophyll forest, light-dappled snow-gums and gentle scree slopes, sharing how Palawa have lived sustainably in the area for thousands of years and discussing how a changing climate is affecting our beloved mountain. Morning tea provided.

Ensure you are comfortable and safe for the walk – please bring a drink bottle, sturdy shoes, warm jacket, raincoat, and beanie.  It is likely to be at least 8°C colder on the top of the mountain than in nipaluna/Hobart and can snow in every season!

Take only photos and leave only footprints.

Facilitators: Dr Zoe Ling, Dr Lydia Birch & local palawa guides

Storytelling for Change

As clinicians, we all know that simply providing information about risk and treatment strategies is not enough to bring about behaviour change. In this 2-part workshop, attendees will develop their skills in advocating for change through a range of communication methods.

Facilitators: Dr Claire Konkes & Dr Eleanor Evans

Dr Claire Konkes is a lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communications and is the program’s News and Journalism stream coordinator. Her research interests include news media’s contribution to public debate and governance, especially in environmental matters and crime. She is an affiliated researcher with the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC) at the University of Tasmania and her recent projects have looked at Australian media representations of environmental public interest litigation and media representations of Australian environmental policy in relation to the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Elanor Evans is a South Australian DEA member, passionate communicator and advocate for the environment and human health.

Part 1 : The Written and Spoken Word

Part 2 : Making Movies

Assessing Political Opportunity

If you’ve been a campaigner for more than a year or two, you will surely have experienced brick walls… campaigns that just don’t seem winnable. You’re focused on a real problem and have a sense of a policy solution, but your campaign just isn’t gaining traction.

This workshop will discuss an evidence-based approach to targeting policy windows of opportunity and creating effective campaigns, and encourages participants to reflect on and critically analyse their current campaign work.

Facilitator: James Whelan, The Change Agency

James Whelan is an activist educator committed to building powerful social movements and the challenging work of striving for social and environmental justice. James has worked with small and large civil society organisations on campaigns to protect forests, reduce toxic pollution and uphold human rights. He has also been a researcher, research manager and lecturer at several Australian universities, publishing widely on popular education and social movements, participatory democracy and environmental politics.

The Art of DEA in our changing climate

With frequent requests for visual material to use on hospital notice boards, patient waiting rooms and online spaces, we are now seeking creative-minded members to share their ideas about how DEA can use visual art to create effective messages for promoting human health and care of our environment.

With the aid of a professional artist, a range of creative materials and DEA’s compiled publications, we invite you to create an artistic response to a health or environmental issue of your choice with view to it being used as a part of DEA’s ongoing advocacy work.

Facilitator : Dr Lydia Birch, with the aid of local artists

Dr Lydia Birch is a resident medical officer at the Royal Hobart Hospital, an avid bushwalker, artist and secretary of the Tasmanian DEA State committee.

Mentoring for DEA

DEA is currently establishing a mentoring program to better assist our medical student members as they evolve in their roles as health advocate and junior clinician. This workshop will cover skills and techniques in mentoring as well as the chance for discussion around what mentoring for DEA should practically look like.

This workshop is aimed at those already registered to participate as DEA mentors or those interested in becoming a DEA mentor.

Facilitator : Dr Rohan Church is the current chair of the Tasmanian DEA State committee.

Health co-benefits of climate action: policy and strategy matters

Can and does using a health co-benefits frame help governments justify the implementation of ambitious climate change policies?  What matters and how can we use it?

This workshop will firstly present key research findings from interviews with Australian policy-makers. Evidence for the strategic use of a health co-benefits frame will be discussed as well as barriers to political traction.

Workshop participants will then explore strategies to enhance DEA’s advocacy for climate change policies.

Workshop participants will learn the novel evidence in this space and practically develop their political strategy skills. This session is aimed to compliment the following James Whelan’s workshop and will benefit participants at all levels of advocacy experience.

Facilitators: Annabelle Workman is a PhD Candidate at The University of Melbourne & Dr Laura Beaton is an academic GP registrar the University of Melbourne.