Webinar: Strategic frames, unusual bedfellows and forum shopping: Insights into the barriers to and strategies for advancing a health equity agenda from social, trade and welfare policy analysis

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This is the audio recording from the webinar that took place on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Note: the introduction of this audio has been slightly modified for a smoother listening experience and the Q&A session has been removed for privacy reasons. Please do not reproduce without permission.

How do policy actors advance prioritisation for health and health equity in policy domains outside the traditional health sector? What are the barriers to advancing health equity agenda and how do policy actors navigate these?

This webinar will discuss insights from in-depth studies in three important determinants of health; employment and social policy (Paid Parental leave); trade policy (Trans Pacific Partnership) and welfare reform (Northern Territory Intervention) in Australia.

Drawing on 71 key informant interviews and document analysis, Belinda will discuss insights on the ideational, interest-based and institutional barriers to advancing a heath equity agenda across multiple policy domains. She will explore three key strategies identified from the analysis that were used by policy actors to navigate barriers, with differing levels of success in the cases. The findings suggest nuanced strategies for policy actors seeking to prioritise health across multiple policy domains.

This study is part of a larger National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity.

Following Belinda Townsend’s presentation, Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO of VicHealth will offer a policy practitioner response.

The webinar will be chaired by Professor Sharon Friel, Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at RegNet.

About the speakers

Dr 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.

Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Sandro previously worked for the World Health Organization and was CEO of the EAT Foundation. He also co-founded the NCDFREE global social movement and established a not-for-profit foundation to improve the health and nutrition of Australian kids. Sandro has published many scientific journal articles and is author of the Doctor’s Diet cookbook. He also co-hosts the ABC television and Netflix show Ask the Doctor.

Professor Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the Australian National University. She was Director of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ANU for five and a half years. 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 recent book “Climate Change and the People’s Health” was published by OUP in Jan 2019.

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