‘When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.’ – Anonymous
Obesity here and malnutrition there; countries with flourishing economies slashing their foreign aid; life expectancy increasing worldwide on an already crowded planet; climate change lapping at the feet of the most vulnerable while the powers that be deny its very existence. Seeing a pattern here? So many global health issues have their basis in deficit and excess. On GHC18’s first academic day, let your mind feast on tough questions and ethical quandaries, learn about a new spectrum of challenges facing the world in the coming century and hear how some of the brightest changemakers in global health turned their passion into tangible change!
‘…the only way we can create global peace is by educating not only our minds, but our hearts and our souls.’ – Malala Yousafazi
On Day 2, delegates examine global health through the lens of politics, conflict and compromise. In a world where power is hidden, companies control economies and more humans are displaced than ever before, how can we achieve health equity? Hear from refugees and people seeking asylum. Learn how to not contribute to voluntourism. Understand the history of conflict in the Middle East. The day will carry a strong theme of advocacy and action, with delegates leaving empowered to make their voices heard!
‘The value of an idea lies in the using of it.’ – Thomas Edison
Monday will have delegates diving deep into global health issues and solving them from the bottom up. A GHC first, the morning of extended sessions will enable dedicated discussion, productive problem solving and real resolutions! In the afternoon, delegates will be let loose to get lost in the city of Melbourne – with guidance from your GHC map of course – before finding themselves at our festival venue for an afternoon of activities and an evening of entertainment!
‘Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity’ – Hippocrates.
The final academic day of GHC2018 will get back to basics: medicine itself, with a global health twist of course! Learn about emerging and neglected diseases, access to essential medicines and groundbreaking Australian research creatively solving global problems. From international epidemics to intracellular parasites and antibiotic resistance to the continued existence of life itself.