A foray into global health at #GIF15

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.

Publishing for global health — what I learned from a month at The Lancet

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.

How can we use consumer psychology to tackle global health issues?

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.

Why innovation is essential for a better world (and how you can be part of the movement)

Christian Stenta will speak about social impact at GIF15

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.

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.

What I learned from Global Ideas Forum (2014)

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.