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.
Global Ideas Forum is true to its name. It is a snapshot from the global forefront of human thought and innovation. It is a safe haven for creation and collaboration that transcends national borders, and considers every individual. No one is left out of the conversation and the diversity of the human condition is celebrated.… 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.
The practice of medicine has changed dramatically in the last two centuries. Whilst the early 19th century was marked by accomplishment in the field of arts and culture, healthcare didn’t enjoy such quantum leaps; surgery was literally butchery without anaesthetics, and infections, though ubiquitous, were neither understood nor treated effectively. It was in this era… Continue reading.
Consumer psychologist Adam Ferrier is a keynote speaker at the Global Ideas Forum this weekend. He wants us to consider how we can use consumer psychology to facilitate better health outcomes. You’d have to be living in a cave not to have heard of the ice bucket challenge. (For the troglodytes among us: the procedure… Continue reading.
Social innovator Christian Stenta is one of 40 brilliant speakers appearing at the Global Ideas Forum later this month. Christian believes that disruptive social initiatives are the only way to create genuine impact in a world that is constantly evolving. The desire to create meaningful social impact is not uncommon. The world is filled with… Continue reading.
Future Australian leaders called upon to reimagine Asia Pacific health in the 21st century. Melbourne, VIC, Monday 12 October 2015 Hundreds of delegates will meet later this month in Melbourne to “reimagine our region’s health” as part of the 2015 Global Ideas Forum. They will be joined by over 40 leading thinkers from Australia and… Continue reading.
Bridget Nwagbara, former President of the Melbourne Population Health Student Association, reflected on her GIF experiences after attending the Global Ideas Forum 2014. This report was originally published on the MPHSA blog in July 2014. If you have taken on biostatistics, epidemiology and a cocktail of MPH electives, probably you may feel like I do that you… Continue reading.