Policy Club - The next 10 years for primary health care: International and Australian perspectives

Ron Labonté, David Sanders - December 4 2012

Professor Ron Labonté (University of Ottawa) spoke about the global health and PHC consequences of the Global Financial Crisis and "the dangerous myth of austerity. Professor David Sanders (University of the Western Cape) examined the causes of global and national health disparities in under- and over-nutrition, including issues around the global food industry, processed foods, marketing and social change.

These presentations were followed by a panel discussion with three South Australians working in primary health care.

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The future of primary health care in Australia: opportunities and constraints

November 27-29 2012 

The second research symposium for the NHMRC-funded project “Evaluating the effectiveness of comprehensive primary health care in local communities” was held in Alice Springs in November 2012. It was co-hosted by the South Australian Community Health Research Unit, Flinders University, and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress.

Key messages from the symposium included the need to recognise and celebrate the Aboriginal community controlled sector as leaders in comprehensive primary health care; the need to consider the type and style of primary health care and health promotion in the changing national context; and the continued need for a social movement to reinvigorate and revalourise primary health care and health promotion.

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Journal Club

November 22 2012

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Reducing anti-fat prejudice in preservice health students: A randomized trial - O'Brien KS, Puhl RM, Latner JD, et al.

Social justice, health inequalities and methodological individualism in US health promotion - Goldberg, DS


Anti-Poverty Week - How to work and practice as a human service professional with a greater focus on addressing poverty and inequity

October 16 2012

Co-organised by the Southgate Institute and the Flinders University Health and Human Rights Group, this event offered students and professionals the opportunity to hear from human service professionals from SA and interstate involved in addressing poverty and inequity through their work.

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I only deal in healthcare: but is housing the cheapest and most effective treatment I have? - Dr Andrew Davies (PDF 694KB)

Social determinants of health and health equity - is the issue really about poverty, or actually about wealth (distribution)? - Prof Fran Baum (PDF 3MB)

Life after detention: Life as a refugee - Mr Nigel Cooper (PDF 229KB)

Habitat for Humanity's integrated community development work in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region - Ms Natalie Fuller (PDF 1MB)


Public mental health: Evidence to action

Dr Jonathan Campion - October 15 2012

In conjunction with the Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit, Southgate co-hosted a seminar by Dr Jonathan Campion on strategies of moving from evidence to action on public mental health.

Dr Jonathan Campion is Director for Public Mental Health and a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. He is also a special advisor on mental health strategy and policy at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He currently represents the Department of Health (UK) on a European Union Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, and sits on the national Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health

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More information about Jonathan's work:
Recent article: Campion J, Bhui K, Bhugra D; European Psychiatric Association, 2012. European Psychiatric Association (EPA) guidance on prevention of mental disorders. European Psychiatry, 27 (2): 68-80.

Maudsley International website.

Mental Well-being Impact Assessment: Maudsley International MWIA briefing 2012 (PDF 281KB)


Policy Club - Digital Exclusion and Health: Implications for policy, services and research

October 9 2012

Governments and health organisations are increasingly using digital technologies to communicate with the public, with innovations such online health information, iApps for health promotion, and telehealth.Yet these constitute a major new form of social exclusion for the many Australians who have no Internet or Smartphone.

This Policy Club focused on a discussion of the serious implications for equity and identifying ways to address these challenges in policy, research and practice. 

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Digital Technologies as 21st Century Determinants of Health & Wellbeing - Dr Lareen Newman (PDF 1MB)

Opportunities & Challenges of Using Social Media in Health Promotion - Kristy Schirmer (PDF 974KB)
Consumer Perspective: What's New in Broadband Access and Digital Literacy Policies - Jonathan Gadir (PDF 254KB)

* Please note that Meredith Stewart, Rama Ramanathan and Wendy Golder did not have PowerPoint presentations.


Translating Rhetoric in Reality: A review of community participation in global health policy

Prof Susan Rifkin - September 28 2012

Professor Rifkin is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, and Honorary Visiting senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Rifkin was the first Co-Ordinator of the Community Health Action Network (ACHAN), the forerunner of the Peoples' Health Movement, and has been a consultant for several international organizations including WHO and UNICEF, where she has developed frameworks for analysing and evaluating community participation in health that have been used in several countries throughout the world.

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4th Southgate Oration - Addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage by rebuilding relationships

Mick Gooda - September 27 2013

Mick has been the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner since February 2010. Prior to this, Mick was the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) for over five years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers.

Mick has been actively involved in advocacy in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments. He is currently a Board Member of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland, and is the Australian representative on the International Indigenous Council.

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Women's Repoductive Health

Presenter - September 13 2012

On Thursday 13th September 2012, the Alfred Deakin Research Institute and the Southgate Institute co-hosted a workshop on reproductive and maternal health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The focus was on the lessons learned from the MDGs, particularly MDGs 4 and 5, the remaining gaps and challenges, and the changes needed for meeting reproductive and maternal health challenges in the post-MDG agenda.

The overall focus was on new research findings and best practice for improving women's reproductive and maternal health.

Presentations were given by ten researchers and practitioners from Deakin, Flinders and Adelaide Universities, as well as a special international guest from a hospital in Lao PDR.

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Journal Club

Presenter - August 28 2012

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Conceptualising population health: from mechanistic thinking to complexity science - Jayasinghe S

A decolonizing approach to health promotion in Canada: the case of the Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen Garden Project - Mundel E and Chapman GE


EuroHealthNet and its role in improving health and health equity within and between EU states

Yoline Kuipers - July 31 2012

Yoline is the Health Equity Project Officer at EuroHealthNet, a not-for-profit network of regional and national agencies responsible and accountable for health promotion, public health and disease prevention in Europe.

EuroHealthNet aims to help improve health and health equity within and between EU states. It does so by supporting projects and policy development together with its members and the EU institutions; by exchanging information and by communication in and beyond their network.

EuroHealthNet currently counts 35 member or partner agencies in 27 European countries, thereby constituting a valuable platform for information, advice, policy and advocacy on health and equity issues at EU level.

Please email Yoline if you would like to receive her presentation or visit the EuroHealthNet website for more information.



Using complexity theory to identify policy interventions to address inequity

A/Prof Louise Signal - July 24 2012

Louise is the Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit (HePPRU) and the Health, Wellbeing & Equity Impact Assessment Research Unit (HIA) at the University of Otago, Wellington.

She is a social scientist with a PhD in Community Health from the University of Toronto. She has worked, and done research, in public health for over 25 years in a range of roles, including Senior Advisor (Health Promotion) for the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

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Policy Club - The potential role of Medicare Locals in promoting population health and preventing disease

June 26 2012

This Southgate Policy Club brought together key players involved in developing Medicare Locals to discuss the possibilities for their role in promoting health. The Keynote presentation was given by Professor Helen Keleher, Member of the Board of Directors, South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, and President of the Public Health Association of Australia.

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The potential role of Medicare Locals in promoting population health and preventing disease - Professor Helen Keleher (PDF 124KB)

Potential Role of Medicare Locals in Promoting Population Health and Preventing Disease - Adair Garrett (PDF 1MB)

Promoting Population Health and Preventing Disease - Chris Seiboth (PDF 921KB)

* Please note that Ms Michele Herriot and Dr Sarah Mahoney did not have PowerPoint presentations.


Journal Club

May 17 2012

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The changing meaning of family support among older Chinese and Korean immigrants - Wong ST, Yoo GJ and Stewart AL

Accessibility and equity of health and social care services: exploring the views and experiences of Bangladeshi carers in South Wales, UK - Merrell J, Kinsella F, Murphy F, Philpin S and Ali A


Qualitative research in health: exploring issues of relevance and methods

Prof Jennie Popay - April 4 2012

Professor Jennie Popay presented a seminar at the Southgate Institute on qualitative research in health, in particular exploring issues of relevance and methods.

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The Science of Wellbeing: More than the absence of illness

Professor Martin Seligman - February 24 2012

he Southgate Institute was proud to be a partner in the 'The Science of Wellbeing: More than the absence of illness' conference, which was part of the Thinker in Residency of Professor Martin Seligman. Professor Seligman is a prominent advocate of positive psychology and the Southgate Institute was eager to explore how this concept can be promoted at a population level. Professor Fran Baum chaired the 'Postive Communities in SA' theme of the conference.

See the conference webpage for more details.