Events 2018


CRE Policy Symposium  #SDOHfuture

The CRE Policy Symposium in 2018 was held in Canberra on Thursday 29 November

The 10 Year Rollercoaster of Global Health Equity: Power, Progress & Pitfalls

It’s been 10 years since the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health reported on how to reduce inequities in power, money and resources and people’s daily living conditions in order to improve health equity. The progress has been patchy reflecting the many political and policy challenges which occur throughout the policy process - how issues get onto the agenda, policy formulation, implementation and assessment. Understanding and acting on these challenges will be a key step forward to acheiving more equitable health outcomes for all Australians. The National Policy Symposium is an opportunity for politicians, government officials, non-government organisations, media, researchers and the general public to engage on these topics, which are addressed in the CRE-SDHE.

The Symposium focused on what works and why in the commercial determinants of health, trade and investment, Indigenous affairs, urban environments, social protection/paid parental leave and health systems, offering a range of national and international speakers.

The Symposium concluded with a panel discussion entitled “The 10-year Rollercoaster of Global Health Equity: Power, Progress and Pitfalls” hosted by Paul Barclay, Big Ideas, ABC Radio National. This discussion was broadcast on the Big Ideas radio program. Listen now.

Guest speakers included:

Professor Jeff Collin, University of Edinburgh

Professor Louise Signal, University of Otago

Professor Sharon Friel, Australian National University

Professor Fran Baum AO, Flinders University


Professor Sharon Friel

Co-Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity

Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at The Australian National University

Professor Fran Baum

Co-Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity

Director, Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University

Please email for further information


The Southgate Institute's 10th Oration - Professor Anne Kavanagh

Guest Orator, Professor Anne Kavanagh, focusses her talk on the health of people with a disability. Professor Anne Kavanagh is the inaugural Chair of Disability and Health at the Melbourne
School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Anne is
Academic Director of the Melbourne Disability Institute – an interdisciplinary
Institute which brings together researchers, government and non-government
organisations, and advocates to create systemic change to improve the lives of
people with disability. Anne is Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research
Excellence in Disability and Health.

This event can be viewed here:

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40 years from WHO's Alma Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care: Relevance for a Healthy and Equitable Australia

 Are you interested in the future of primary health care in Australia?

We held two events, one in Canberra on Wednesday 12 September, and one in Adelaide on the 17 September. Further details to come.

Please contact with any queries.

Policy Club

The Southgate Policy Club addresses hot topics of interest to academics, policy makers and practitioners within government and not-for-profit sectors. Perspectives from a wide range of professionals bring both a depth and a practicality to policy agendas in relation to health, society and equity.

Find out more about the Southgate Policy Club by contacting Dr Toby Freeman.

Theory Club

The Southgate Theory Club provides space and opportunities to think, deliberate and debate on the relevance of theories for understanding health and society. It provides an opportunity for debate and interaction between researchers, academics and professionals from diverse fields and with different experiences.

The Theory Club encourages cross-disciplinary perspectives.  Please email Southgate Institute for further details.