Webinar Series: Governing Disruptions for Health Equity- Structurally weak actors? The positive impact of not-for-profits


Event details


Date & time

Thursday 03 December 2020


Online Event


Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, Dr Belinda Townsend


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Drought, fire, storms, and a global pandemic have mobilised governments, industry and the community in ways that would not have been imagined previously. But how will the deep, persisting ‘public bads’ of poor health, inequality and climate change fare as the pandemic continues and our economy enters what could be the worst depression in living memory.

This raises the question of how to encourage, steer, and shape disruptions and transitions within public policy, business and civil society as we emerge from COVID-19, so as to achieve a short, medium and long term future that ensures positive health, social, and environmental outcomes.

In this Menzies Centre for Health Governance webinar series ‘Governing Disruptions for Health Equity’ we ask policymakers, practitioners, and researchers this question. We discuss the complexity of interests, ideas and institutions, and how they can support or undermine health equity.

Event 3 - Structurally weak actors? The positive impact of not-for-profits

Date: Thursday 3 December 2020

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

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COVID-19 has exposed deep structural inequities, which unless redressed will undermine society, health and the economy now and into the future.

In the third webinar of the Governing Disruptions for Health Equity series we focus on the positive role and impact of not-for-profits in advancing greater policy attention to health equity. We will hear from two experts – Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine founding CEO of Health Justice Australia, and Mr Terry Slevin CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). Tessa will provide insights on the work of Health Justice Australia in advancing health and social justice for communities most in need. Terry will share lessons from the PHAA in using different types of influence to shape policy agendas for health and wellbeing.

About the speakers

Tessa Boyd-Caine is founding CEO of Health Justice Australia – the national centre of excellence for health justice partnership supporting collaborations between services to achieve better health and justice outcomes for vulnerable communities. Tessa has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally, and was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service. She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course and is on the Board of Gondwana Choirs.

Terry Slevin is CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, a member based leading non-government organisation focusing on achieving improvement in public health in Australia. He is one of Australia’s most experienced experts and commentators on public health research, chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Terry was previously Director of Education and Research at The Cancer Council WA from 1994 to 2018. He is Adjunct Professor at the College of Health and Medicine at the Australian National University.

Belinda 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 the Australian National University. 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.

Upcoming events in the series:

Event 4- Exiting the consumptagenic system: action on the common drivers of climate change and health inequity

Date: Feb 2021

(Details coming soon)

Event 5- Rebalancing power for health equity

Date: March 2021

(Details coming soon)

Previous events in the series:

Event 1 - COVID-19 multisectoral policy responses and the implications for health equity

Date: Thursday 27 August | Time: 12.30-1.30pm

A recording of the event is available here

Event 2 - Talking and acting differently about inequality

Date: Thursday 22 October | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

A recording of the event will be available soon

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