Free Public Lecture
Detroit, the exemplary metropolis of automotive capitalism, is on its knees. Whodunnit and how?
Theme Leader: A/Prof John Fitzgerald
The aim of the Health Equity theme is to promote sustainable, healthy, fairer societies in Australia and in the Asia Pacific region. Drawing on the strengths of researchers at the University of Melbourne, this theme will focus on three interdisciplinary areas for which there are clear co-benefits for both community wellbeing and the environment.
The theme is comprised of three topics:
These three topics represent a continuum from promoting community wellbeing to preventing and then treating illness, with sustainability as an overarching principle. Their significance will vary according to the location of a community- for instance the emphasis will be vastly different for rural Victoria (see the McCaughey Centre) compared to the issues for a small village in the Asia Pacific region. The time frame matters too, for example, longer term issues such as addressing climate change will be crucial for the protection of the health of large populations in the Asia Pacific region (see the Nossal Institute).
The Health Equity theme within the Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute aims to foster research on these important public health issues. Its goal is to integrate the health sector with the broader university community to tackle these complex and interconnected problems.