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This is the second webinar in the 2020 Conversations- Critical junctures: Reimagining regulatory governance webinar series.
Webinar 2 - Virus
Tuesday 13 October | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on social and health inequities nationally and globally but has also presented opportunities for governance reform that prioritise people’s health. Within Australia, the short-term policy response to the pandemic has included positive and path-breaking temporary initiatives, including a long-awaited increase to income support payments, free childcare, and paid pandemic leave for the insecurely employer workforce in some States.
Globally, contests over the terms of access to a potential COVID-19 vaccine have brought the issue of pharmaceutical monopolies and access to medicines into the spotlight once again, with different proposals on the terms for developing and sharing a COVID vaccine. The pandemic response presents a critical juncture for health that could lead a prioritisation for people’s health and wellbeing through social change and reform, or a re-embedding of the status quo. This panel will explore these themes surrounding governance and regulation for health.
Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Sharon was Director of RegNet from 2014-2019. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. Her book, Climate Change and the People’s Health was published by OUP in Jan 2019.
Dr Bel Townsend is a Research Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and is Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at RegNet, at ANU. Belinda’s work is focused on the political economy of health and health governance. Her recent work examines agenda-setting in areas outside the “health policy” domain, such as in trade and investment, employment, and social and welfare policy.
(Chair) Dr Yandisa Ngqangashe is a Research Fellow in food regulation and governance in the Menzies Centre for Health Governance in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Her PhD was in social sciences (Communication) focusing on the effects of food media use on adolescents’ food literacy. Her current research focuses on the architectures of regulation and governance of food policies related to the prevention of diet-related non-communicable diseases.