Events 2019

12 March 2019

Policy Club

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Policy Club


“Exploring the value of national indicators for public health and wellbeing”

The goal of public health is to increase the health and wellbeing of the population. But what are the best indicators for considering this at a national level? There have been many calls to move beyond the traditional focus on gross domestic product (GDP) to consider a nation’s health and wellbeing. This policy club presents two different approaches to the potential for indicators to measure how well nations are supporting health and wellbeing.

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Chair: Professor Fran Baum

Speaker s: A/Professor Udoy Saikia – “The Wellbeing Index: Findings from Timor-Leste”

Associate Professor Udoy Saikia is currently the Head of Social Sciences Research section in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Flinders University. He is a Social Demographer with postgraduate degrees from London School of Economics, UK, International Institute for Population Sciences, India and PhD from Flinders University, Australia. Associate Prof Saikia has successfully completed several international research projects in the Asia and the Pacific region which includes Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and India. The “wellbeing index” which is the most innovative part of his research has been the core focus of a number of recent Human Development Reports published by the United Nations.


A/Professor Phil Lawn – “The genuine progress indicator (GPI) and its relevance to public health”

Philip is an Ecological Economist currently affiliated with the Centre for Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is also a research fellow with the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a member of the Wakefield Futures Group (South Australia). Philip is the author and editor of eight books on sustainable development and the steady-state economy along with 55 journal articles and more than 40 book chapters. Philip makes speaking appearances at public events/debates and is regularly invited to deliver keynote and plenary presentations at academic conferences.



A/Professor Udoy Saikia                                                    A/Professor Phil Lawn