Webinar: Talking and acting differently about inequality

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This is the audio recording from the ‘Talking and acting differently about inequality’ webinar, the second webinar in the Webinar Series: Governing Disruptions for Health Equity organised by the Menzies Centre for Health Governance. This webinar took place on Thursday 22 October 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.

COVID-19 has exposed deep structural inequities, which unless redressed will undermine society, health and the economy now and into the future. In the second webinar of the Governing Disruptions for Health Equity series we focus on the institutions, discourses and measurement of poverty and inequality.

This webinar features two experts - Professor Sharon Bessell from the Crawford School of Public Policy, and Anne Hampshire from The Smith Family. What we measure affects how we act, and Professor Bessell discusses her ground breaking research in multidimensional poverty. How we talk about poverty and inequality also affects the types of actions taken to redress it, and Anne Hampshire shares work from The Smith Family highlighting the importance of focusing not just on material inequities, but also the essentials of life.

View Anne Hampshire’s presentation.

View Sharon Bessell’s presentation.

About the speakers

Anne Hampshire is head of research and advocacy at The Smith Family. Anne has a background in education, research, social policy, service innovation and advocacy. She has over 25 years’ experience working across the community and government sectors, including at national, state, regional and local levels. Anne has researched and written in a range of areas, including young people, children and families, mental health, unemployment, social capital and rural and regional communities. She has contributed to the development of a range of initiatives aimed at addressing disadvantage including for young people and families, homeless people and for communities experiencing long term disadvantage.

Sharon Bessell is Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, where she is Director of Gender Equity and Diversity and heads the Poverty and Inequality Research Centre and the Children’s Policy Centre. She also leads the Individual Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty program. Sharon’s research interests revolve around issues of social justice and human rights focused on two broad areas: the rights of children, and the gendered and generational dimensions of poverty. In 2019 she was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Women of Influence.

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.

Other webinars in this series:

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

In this webinar, Professor Sharon Friel, Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance, RegNet ANU was joined by Dr Sandro Demaio (VicHealth) and Professor Emily Lancsar (Research School of Population Health, ANU). The speakers reflected on the Menzies Centre report ‘Australian COVID-19 policy responses: Good for health equity or a missed opportunity?’ published on 27 August 2020, which examines the Australian Federal and State/Territory policy responses to COVID 19 and their implications for health equity.

Listen to the audio recording here

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