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  • Day 1 - Friday

    Aug 17, 2018

  • Day 2 - Saturday

    Aug 18, 2018

  • Day 3 - Sunday

    Aug 19, 2018

  • Day 4 - Monday

    Aug 20, 2018

  • Day 5 - Tuesday

    Aug 21, 2018

  • Driven by urbanization, globalization and demographic changes, there has been a dramatic and rapid shift in global diets resulting in major threats to health. Much of these changes are underpinned by economic drivers at odds with population and planetary health outcomes. Hear Sandro, previous WHO and current CEO of the EAT foundation discuss global influences on health and nutrition.
    Where
    Plenary

  • The health of all life on earth is interdependent, however an urgent story is unfolding. Our biodiverse world is out of balance, under threat from human activity and climate change. Join Professor Rosemary McKenzie and Dr Ken Winkle from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Professor Jodie McVernon from the Peter Doherty Institute and Dr Simon Firestone from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. This interdisciplinary panel will explore the interconnectedness of the health of humans, microbes, animals and the environment.
    Where
    Plenary

  • What impact does the food industry have on the health of Australians, and the health of the planet? Positive? Negative? A little of both? Hear experts from a diverse range of professions discuss how Big Food impacts health and equity, and how consumers can use their voices and their dollars to inspire change.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Described by the Lancet as the “biggest threat to global health in the 21st century”, climate change is an issue of monumental significance with real and imminent consequences. Come to this "grand rounds with a difference" to hear from doctors on the health effects of global climate change, how to prepare for and combat it as future health professionals, and the role of doctors in environmental advocacy.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • What is 'good aid'? How do we decide where our precious aid dollars are sent? When they arrive, how do we know whether they are actually making a difference? Inspired by the Effective Altruism movement, this session encourages critical thinking around aid work and aid organisations. Come along and learn how to choose to make meaningful contributions to worthy causes.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Want to work for the WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or MSF? But what if you don’t really understand what they do, where they fit in, or even who’s WHO? Having worked for all of them and more, join Prof. Rob Moodie as he takes us through the ins and outs of global health governance, and gives us the secret to doing global health well.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a military crackdown that began in August 2017. Despite being labelled as ethnic cleansing by the UN, and the state accused of crimes against humanity, governments around the world have failed to take decisive action on this humanitarian crisis. That is until March this year, when a group of Melbourne lawyers attempted to prosecute the country’s leader while she was in Sydney for a government summit. Hear from barrister & international human rights lawyer Marion Isobel, who worked alongside Ron Merkel QC & a team of legal experts in attempt to succeed where our government could not, and achieve justice for the people of Myanmar.
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • Want to put your passion for public health and policy into action? Get a taste of life in a not-for-profit and join Action for Health, advocating for healthy and liveable cities. Consider how your input can influence the election by learning skills such as stakeholder mapping and political planning. Contribute to a real campaign and make your mark on politics during your short (or long) time in Melbourne. Take-home a political advocacy resource package to run your own events and make change at your local level; a real chance to join an ongoing campaign!
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • We’ve all stood in awe in an operating theatre, surrounded by multi-million dollar equipment. But what does surgical management look like without the dollar signs? Join the Surgical Students’ Society of Melbourne in a hands on interactive workshop on how to manage surgical problems in a low resource environment.
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • Sometimes it feels like no matter what we try to do, our one action will never change the world. The problem often feels too big and we often feel too small, unequipped to even make a dint. This panel session will challenge that idea. Be inspired by our 3 remarkable panellists who started personal campaigns to change their industry, and learn how you too can make a difference.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Being swift as a coursing river may have worked for some, but what if you were told that you were no better than flora and fauna; that you were indigenous, not Indigenous? Take a walk with us through the annals of Australian policy history, and explore how policy has shaped and continues to shape the health of our First Nations people.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • In order to effectively treat or prevent disease, we first need to cure the healthcare systems that deliver the treatment. Develop an understanding of the complexities of healthcare structures, and the systemic barriers that pose challenges to effective health infrastructure. This session will explore countries around the world whose healthcare systems set examples (or not!) and the fundamental characteristics that underpin their success.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Accounting for 71% of deaths globally, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) carry an enormous burden in both developed and developing countries. Engage with this panel on how we can tackle this growing issue with a wide spectrum of approaches, from understanding socioeconomic and commercial vectors, to the global social movement NCDFREE, and the work of the Victorian Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation.
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • Anaemia is a common medical problem in pregnancy and continues to be a prominent global women’s health issue. The most common cause is iron deficiency (ID). Antenatal ID/IDA is associated with an increased use of red blood cell transfusion postpartum. Newer approaches to patient blood management (PBM), triggered by the increasing recognition of the cost of blood and risks of transfusion, have led to clinical practice improvements to focus on ID/IDA in pregnancy to minimise postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and reliance on transfusion as salvage therapy. The speakers will take you through an interactive journey about maternity blood management, postpartum haemorrhage, and blood transfusion in Australia.
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • Increasing respiratory disease, NCDs on the rise, resource wastage, obesogenic foods and toxic gases. Hospitals are contributing to our ill health more than we’re aware. Join us in creating a proposal to take to hospital executives and contribute to the worldwide revolution transforming hospitals into sustainable, health promoting institutions.
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • Come together under the guidance of physician, philosopher and ethicist Paul Komesaroff for this interactive session discussing reconciliation strategies in Gaza. Paul will draw on the delegate perspectives in the room to flesh out this seemingly impossible issue. Paul will help us to See The Spectrum of views on all aspects of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and incorporate medical student perspectives on how a peaceful reconciliation might be achieved.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • What do Morocco and Sri Lanka have in common? Both have given rise to two of the most influential restaurants and social enterprises that Melbourne laneway culture has to offer. Both Hana (Moroccan Soup Bar) and Shanaka (Lentil As Anything) have a powerful individual story to share with you. Hear about their ethos on food, and how it not only nourishes the holistic wellbeing of the individual, but brings people together as a powerful force for social change.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Eavesdrop on a candid conversation between two of the most prominent thinkers in the Australian Global Health landscape, Dr Susan Carland and Dr Maithri Goonetilleke. Listen to these two powerhouses delve deep into the surprising ways in which War and Peace are manifested in our globalised world, and explore forms of violence other than a gun. This is one conversation you won’t want to miss.
    Where
    Plenary

  • The treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru has shocked the world. How can Australia, a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, be permitted to act this way? Australia’s treatment of its first people is nothing short of disgraceful. We cannot change the past, but how can we promote respect for the unique rights of the world’s oldest culture in the future? Join Dr Fiona Lander and Professor Gillian Triggs as we explore the other side of human rights in a morning of active discussion and insight.
    Where
    Plenary

  • What is global health? Is it a biomedical challenge, an academic discipline, a human right or a social construct? How do you define global health? Find out what global health means to students & professionals across the world, how you can get involved; and learn about design theory and how we can apply it to concepts in global health in this session run by Monash MBBS/PhD Student Aidan Kashyap!
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • We’ve all heard of ‘human rights’, but how many of us know how they came to be? And what on earth do they have to do with health? Following from her plenary discussion, join Dr Fiona Lander as she leads us through the history of human rights, and how they can and do impact the health of everyone on the planet.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Transgender health is rarely mentioned in medical school, yet it’s something many of us will encounter in our professional careers whether we know it or not. How does the Australia system compare with the rest of the world, and how can we become better allies and doctors? Come listen, come learn.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Vicarious trauma is a huge problem for aid workers, first responders, therapists, social workers, medical practitioners and medical students alike. In fact, anyone exposed to the effects of violence, poverty, social inequity or disaster may be vulnerable to it, no matter how far removed from the frontline they may be. This session will explore experiences of vicarious trauma, and how we can protect ourselves from it.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • Doctors, drugs and health systems have always been proposed or imposed by the occupying power. In the colonial situation, going to the doctor, the police or the city council are, therefore, identical moves. Join Dr. Chelsea Bond as she challenges you to consider the above, and pushes you to apply critical and rigorous examination of the colonial legacy to your global health practice.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, or FGM/C is an extremely complex issue that even experienced doctors struggle with. How many of us would feel we knew where to start if we went to perform a pap-smear on a patient and things looked...different? This one of a kind workshop will look at where to go from speculum to referral, with the help of cultural sensitivity and FGM experts.
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • What do you do when you get your period in a refugee camp or when you’re alone on the streets? What do you do when you have no means or access to feminine hygiene products? Run in conjunction with Days for Girls,this workshop discusses the stigma and dangers of poor menstrual hygiene still faced by many women across the globe, and what you can do about it.
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • Take a moment to imagine your retirement. You’re late-middle-aged, maybe you’ve bought a caravan, made a sea-change or maybe you’re just busy spoiling your grandkids. Now cut it short by two decades. This unacceptable gap in life expectancy is just one of the myriad of inequalities faced by Indigenous Australians every day. With the Close The Gap initiative failing to meet most of its targets - What can we do about it? Hear from an all-Indigenous panel of doctors, scholars, actors and activists speak on the issues faced by themselves and their communities, and what needs to be done to improve the lives of our nation’s first people.
    Where
    Plenary

  • In collaboration with AMSA Crossing Borders we’ve brought together an exciting panel of 3 Australian university students who arrived here as refugees. Supported by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Immigrant Health Service at the RCH, these engaging students are here to answer your (presubmitted) queries, and to ask some probing questions of their own. Learn about their backgrounds, the trials and triumphs they’ve faced since receiving residency and their experiences as our peers in this country we all call home.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • International volunteering can be the highlight of medical school, and spark a lifelong interest in global health. It can also be tokenistic, extremely harmful and sometimes downright dangerous. Come look beyond the facebook ‘likes’ of you in scrubs and stethoscope somewhere exotic and think critically about voluntourism. If you are interested in contributing to a research project on voluntourism, please fill in this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDrpdL1fV-0nBu6gdfM2VmPeRHTypAm02n97HrpMt6kv1Pag/viewform?embedded=true Listen up for more info on the day!
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • Yarmouk Refugee camp was established by the Syrian government in 1957. Since this time, the camp has served as a potent symbol of Palestinian life and politics in Syria. In the post-2011 period, the camp has been engulfed - and ultimately destroyed -by the Syrian civil war. This session will utilize the experience of the Yarmouk camp to shed light on the intersection of Palestinian refugees, the Syrian war, the role of international agencies such as UNRWA and UNHCR and the provision of aid in complex conflicts.
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • What do you think save the most lives in an emergency? ABCDs? Vaccinations? Water? Join A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly, Head of International Programs at the National Trauma Research Institute, as he and Dr Jenny Jamieson explore the reality of International Emergency Care and Disaster Response. They will offer us practical steps on how to disaster-proof low-resource communities and, ultimately, how to save more lives.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Brought to you by the Monash Emergency and Critical Care Special Interest Group & St John, hear Dr Martin Dutch’s (RMH Emergency Consultant) experiences handling mass trauma before implementing the skills yourself. Join us to learn how to be a master airways manager or ace an intraosseous access. Spots are very limited, so be in quick!
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • Compassion Cultivation Training combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research to help you lead a more compassionate life. Through instruction, daily meditation, mindfulness, and in-class interaction, you can strengthen the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Learn how to train your mind to intentionally choose compassionate thoughts and actions and develop skills that help you relate to others—and yourself.
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • Conflict undeniably has devastating effects on the health of not just victims but the healthcare professionals working in these zones. This session will delve into protecting health in war zones, from civilians to medical professionals, and who can be held accountable when this protection is breached. Hear from Isabel Robinson (Australian Red Cross), Dr Chatu Yapa (MSF) and Margaret Beavis (MAPW) each present a different facet of this issue before coming together for a Q&A.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, or FGM/C, is an issue lying at the intersection between racism, feminism and global health. It happens to girls and young women in many countries across the world, including in Australia. With Khadija’s courage, insight and a great sense of humor, learn to challenge your unconscious bias, to not take things at face value and, above all, to listen to your patients.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Shot on a mobile phone on Manus Island detention centre, kept hidden from guards and smuggled out on a painfully slow internet connection, ‘Chauka Please Tell Us The Time’ is a film that breaks the silence. Produced in collaboration between detainee journalist Behrouz Boochani and Netherlands-based Iranian filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, the film shows the real human consequences of offshore detention. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Behrouz Boochani (If the tech gods smile upon us) - a rare opportunity, this session will allow delegates to see into a world which our government is trying desperately to keep hidden.
    Where
    Plenary

  • One of the biggest tools in the global health world is persuasion: convincing stakeholders to see the world as we see it, to acknowledge the need for change and to act. Common Cause Australia’s introductory workshop on values and frames-based community engagement will give you the skills to do just that. We will explore how to engage others based on their own intrinsic values and how to use this tool to further community engagement for individuals, organisations and movements seeking to create a more just, sustainable and democratic world.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • In collaboration with Global Ideas, join some of Global Health tech’s movers, shakers and innovators in an interactive workshop. Hear experts in entrepreneurship, telehealth, marketing and digital health technologies tell their stories of success and what they learned from failure (so you don’t have to make the same mistakes!). See their real examples of how technology and innovation can help solve global health problems. Then apply your own mind to the task, working in groups with advice from our speakers to solve global health problems with your newly acquired knowledge!
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Ever wondered how to integrate your passion for global health into your career as a clinician? Do you want to save the life in front of you, or to save the world? Or Both? This session brings some of global health’s - and clinical medicine’s - most brilliant minds together. Hear about how they’ve found a balance between global health and medicine, and learn about pathways that could help you do the same. Finally, come together in teams to workshop how medical students and junior doctors could effect change in a global health issue, facilitated by our amazing clinicians.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • Ever feel like the lone lemur trying to “move it move it” in a world full of uninterested onlookers? Change only happens when there is a critical mass of support; only then can we mobilise the immobile. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll be stepped through the ABCs of campaign design as you work in teams to build your own campaign. Under the tutelage of Oxfam Australia’s experts, you’ll learn to apply insight-driven strategy and psychological theory to make your campaign a success!
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • Simulation is a form of experimental learning. This simulation will allow you to experience the intricate task of managing a global health crisis. Sometimes the hardest part in handling an outbreak is not finding the cure but negotiating with stakeholders and managing your resources. In a world where international hostilities and bad politics is claiming innocent lives, what role will you play?
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • Confused as to why patients with cancer are served foods that are known to be carcinogenic? Frustrated by the lack of nutrition in the medical school curriculum? Achieve tangible change in this interactive advocacy workshop, creating proposals and be delivered to organisations at multiple levels but with a single goal: better nutrition and therefore better health outcomes for our patients.. Come be a part of the nutrition revolution sweeping through the healthcare system, with the opportunity to continue on this project following GHC in AMSA advocacy groups!
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • In a world where the political climate is heating up, the doomsday clock is at 2 minutes to midnight, and a certain tempestuous toupeed world leader could blow at any second, what stands between us and nuclear war? A...public health and infectious diseases physician? Professor Tilman Alfred Ruff, cofounder of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN), will share with us his journey from academic at the University of Melbourne to the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo. Can you imagine a future without nuclear warfare? ICAN!
    Where
    Plenary

  • What is Big Pharma? Is the pharmaceutical industry capable of ethical self-regulation, and how does profitability of certain drugs influence resource distribution? Answer these questions and more in this exciting panel featuring specialists in intellectual property and access to medicines, a student perspective, and a representative from Big Pharma itself.
    Where
    Plenary

  • It’s September 2017, and in the sprawling metropolis of of NYC, change is in the air: dozens of dedicated diplomats, advocates and even laypeople are working tirelessly to combat one of the greatest threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons. This is your invitation to join us as a delegate and leader at the UN negotiations that led to the Treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide. Chaired by the incredible Dr Margaret Beavis - GP, ICAN Vice President and Past President of the Medical Association for the Prevention War - this “model UN” session aims to upskill, engage and inspire, so come along for an hour of (nuclear) power you won’t forget!
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.Unregulated prescribing, misuse of antibiotics, and a lack of public understanding of antimicrobial stewardship are all contributors to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and it’s happening on a global scale - so what are we doing to stop this oncoming storm? Get involved in the discussion with a panel of experts, including Professor Michael Richards (director of Victorian Infectious Disease Service) Dr Khai Lin Huang (ID physician working in TB elimination) and Idan Ben-Barak (microbiologist and award-winning author of Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World). Get involved in the discussion with a panel of experts, including Professor Michael Richards, infectious disease physician and director of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Dr Khai Lin Huang, infectious disease physician who has worked internationally to reduce the impact of drug-resistant TB, and Idan Ben-Barak, microbiologist and award-winning author of Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • Globally, almost half of all women who are victims of homicide are killed by an intimate partner or family-member. It is a fact that is unacceptable, complex, and often ignored. What is it like for these women? In the global context of gender-based violence, no two stories are the same. Come walk a mile in her shoes by interactively exploring and discussing case studies from around the world with the guidance of experts.
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • 45% of indigenous adults in central Australia are estimated to be infected, and we’ve known about it since the 80s. Yet chances are you’ve never even heard of HTLV-1...so what the H$%-1 is going on?! Come explore the ins and outs of this emerging viral epidemic with Professor Damian Purcell convener of the 2021 HTLV congress in Melbourne and head of the molecular virology lab at the University of Melbourne.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Further to the journey of reaching a new country, asylum seekers face a long and difficult path upon arrival, not least in terms of their psychological health. Psychiatrist Suresh Sundram has worked for over a decade in asylum seeker mental health at both a local and global level. Join Suresh in this session to develop a nuanced understanding about the insidious and far-reaching mental health consequences of seeking asylum.
    Where
    Hoddle - Level 1

  • Australia is unique: we have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, yet we also have one of the largest disparities in health outcomes between our Indigenous peoples and the rest of the nation. Despite this, Indigenous health and culture remains poorly taught by many medical schools. As the future of medicine in Australia, learn how you can change this, with an interactive workshop designed to produce a tailored academic proposal that can shape the future of Indigenous health education at your medical school.
    Where
    Portico - Level 2

  • Despite our best efforts smoking still plays an enormous role in global morbidity and mortality. Strong campaigns through the last few decades have lead to a decline, but how can we put the final nail in this carcinogenic coffin? Plain packaging and taxes have gotten us this far, but where do we go from here? Hear engaging experts give an update on where global tobacco control is up to, and discuss where it might be going next.
    Where
    Plenary

  • Fiery debates continuously rage around illicit drugs and harm reduction. This session will address the arguments surrounding the use of safe injecting rooms, and analyse the broader approaches to harm reduction in the illicit drug space in Australia and around the world.
    Where
    Swanston - Ground Level

  • The Neglected Tropical Diseases together affect as many people as Malaria or HIV, and disproportionately affect disadvantaged groups. Like Chagas disease and dracanculiasis, most sound foreign, but diseases like Trachoma and the Buruli ulcer persist in our backyard. Come along to this dynamic session to test your knowledge on the NTDs, learn more about their prevalence in Australia, and learn about how you can be an advocate for populations affected by NTDs.
    Where
    Supper - Level 3

  • Choose your own adventure in this interactive session. Guided by an expert facilitator, you will become the decision-makers in managing cases of disease outbreaks. How do you contain an outbreak? What are the repercussions of your actions? And how do you prevent a pandemic? Discuss these questions and more as you find out how a local outbreak can become a global threat.
    Where
    Yarra - Level 2

  • Scrub in with Dr Maithri Goonetilleke, as he trains you to wield the figurative scalpel and dissect apart the complex interaction between biological and social disorder. He will train you to think outside of the box, to decode hidden meanings, to uncover missed insights and, ultimately, to deliver intelligent global health.
    Where
    Condell - Level 1

  • As medical students we often hear about the health issues faced by Indigenous Australians, as well as other populations, yet we are often left asking what we can do to help? This interactive workshop puts you in contact with Indigenous mentors and advocators to discuss exactly just what you can do, and how you can do it. Using the HTLV-1 crisis as a case example, you will have the opportunity to put everything you have learned at GHC into action!
    Where
    Portico - Level 2