Experiences with the healthcare system can be so varied. Often, a positive experience with healthcare is hinged on the ability of a health professional to communicate effectively. At this Global Ideas Lab, we were challenged by the proposition that our communication in healthcare can actually be harmful. Receiving a diagnosis is often confronting. It… Continue reading.
In 2009, The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change concluded climate change to be the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” While the role of the health sector is to prevent and cure disease, the delivery of health care – particularly within hospitals – inadvertently contributes to the very problem… Continue reading.
If you dropped a bag of groceries, you’d stop to pick it up – correct? And you wouldn’t go on to throw those groceries out a few days later – would you? “Imagine walking out of a grocery store with four bags of groceries, dropping one in the parking lot, and just not bothering to pick… Continue reading.
Dubbed ‘Back to the Future Day’, October 21st 2015 was the date Marty McFly travelled from 1985 to intervene in the fate of his future children. Bob Zemeckis, in his science-fiction classic, had to imagine in 1985 what a future 30 years down the track might look like. He made some very prescient predictions. Remembering the… Continue reading.
‘Doing the right thing is the most thankless and invisible thing that you will do, but it is what will hold you to your values.’ In roaring speech Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, brings the audience to a silence as his words echo through the auditorium. Public health permeates every… Continue reading.
As an individual, where does one start when considering the sustainable development goals for improving the health of the planet? Ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensure prosperity for all, are both lofty and daunting aspirations. Accordingly, the solutions to these are inherently complex. I approached the Global Ideas Forum with little experience in global… Continue reading.
The Global Ideas Forum addresses a complete spectrum of topics, and each year it gets the cogs turning. One speaker from this year’s Forum left an indelible mark on my mind: Philip Wollen. I know I’m not the only one; friends who also attended GIF15 have mentioned his name with a knowing glance on more… Continue reading.