From theory to reality: an academic’s encounter with the global public policy machine

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Date & time

Tuesday 04 September 2018


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity and Director School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), The Australian National University


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

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Theory and empirical evidence tells us that health inequities arise because of a toxic combination of poor social policies, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics. These, in turn, affect the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Why then, 10 years after the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health made recommendations about what could be done to address these issues has very little changed?

In this talk Sharon will present some candid reflections on the last couple of decades working at the interface between academia and public policy, particularly as the head of the Scientific Secretariat of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and will reflect on the realities of trying to create a paradigm shift in how we understand and act on the social determinants of health inequities.

About the speaker

Sharon Friel has been involved in matters of global health; social determinants of health inequities; food systems and food security; climate change and health; and urbanisation and health - as an academic, a government advisor, chairperson of public health organizations, and national and international committees.

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