Croakey readers are invited to join a Twitter festival on Wednesday 8 May, where more than 40 health advocates will be tweeting to profile important health issues ahead of the Federal election.
Follow the discussions on Twitter and contribute your views by using the hashtag #AusVotesHealth.
Please encourage your networks and organisations to follow the discussions and to retweet as much as possible. Bookmark this Twitter list to follow the guest tweeters.
The #AusVotesHealth Twitter festival will be timely, setting the scene for the third leaders debate, to be held during prime time at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday moderated by ABC journalist and National Press Club President Sabra Lane.
Download a press release about this event here.
8-8.30am – Launch
Mrs Janine Mohamed, chair of Croakey Health Media and CEO of Lowitja Institute
8.30-9am – Introductions
• Melissa Sweet, @croakeyblog: Our house is on fire, where is the emergency response?
• Marie McInerney, @mariemcinerney: Fantasyland – a place I want to be
• Jennifer Doggett, @JenniferDoggett: Highlights and holes – what do we already know about the major parties’ policies and what else do we want from them over the next 2 weeks to inform our decision on May 18th?
9-9.15am – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters
The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
9.15-9.45am – #VoteACCHO
Donnella Mills, chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: 10 great reasons why you should #VoteACCHO for Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands
9.45-10am – Worth two in the bush
Amy Coopes, editor at Croakey News
10-10.15am – #ClimateHealthEmergency
The Climate and Health Alliance
10.15-1030am – Public health policy
Malcolm Baalman, Public Health Association of Australia
10.30-10.50am – Getting us active?
10.50-11.15am – Fixing health inequalities makes everyone healthier
11-11.15am – Oral health, on the agenda
Dr Chris Bourke, National Oral Health Alliance
11.15 – 11.30am – Mental health supports and NDIS: when two policies collide…
Dave is an early career researcher with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has been active in advocacy, research and service design within Neami National for a number of years as a service user of that organisation. In recent times, Dave has become heavily involved as Co-Chair of the Equally Well Committee, which is working to address the physical health of people living with Mental Illness. Dave is passionate about social justice and ensuring appropriate access to supports for people in need, with a particular interest in Mental Health and NDIS.
11.30-11.45 – Self-determination matters
11.45-12 noon – What do election promises mean for consumers’ health?
11.45-12 noon – Training the public service
12-12.30 – What about policies for the social determinants of health?
12.15-12.30 – Healing for the future
12.30- 12.45 – For a healthy Australia, vote #1 health
12.45-1pm – Addressing poverty as a critical but under-recognised health issue
Lou is a PhD student at the Centre for Health Communication and Participation at LaTrobe University, examining how social media can be used as a tool to facilitate consumer involvement in health service design and quality improvement.
1-1.15pm – Walk with us
1.15-1.30pm – Active transport and other health policies
1.30-1.45 -What do election promises hold for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
Summer May Finlay, Yorta Yorta woman, public health practitioner and researcher, and contributing editor at Croakey
1.45-2pm – Coal seam gas and the climate emergency
2-2.15pm – Looking outside the health sector for better health
Dr Belinda Townsend, Research Fellow, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health, ANU.
2.15-2.30pm – Research Matters
The Lowitja Institute
2.30-2.45pm – Justice health
Dr Megan Williams, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Girra Maa Indigenous Health Discipline at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology
2.45-3pm – Where is the focus for rural and remote health?
National Rural Health Alliance
3-3.15 pm – What we’re asking for this federal election
3.15-3.30pm – Health for all, or high quality health care for some
3.30pm – 3.45pm – Cultural safety and health workforce
Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
3.45-4pm – Prioritise prevention to reduce chronic disease risk factors
Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
4pm – 4.15pm – Transport for health
Dr Graeme McLeay, member, Doctors for the Environment Australia
4.15-4.30pm – Back to Bilo
4.30-4.45pm – Show me the equity!
Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (Jennifer Doggett)
4.45-5pm – Governing for Health
Professor Fran Baum AO, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.
5-5.15pm – What are the major policies promising on health this election?
5.15-5.30pm – Social justice – it’s a health issue
5.30-5.45 pm – “Consumptagenic” threats to health
5.30pm-6pm – What do we want, when do we want it by? The first 100 days
6-6.15pm – Wrapping the election health news
Dr Lesley Russell, health policy analyst, contributing editor at Croakey News
6-6.15 – Everybody’s Home
6.15-6.30pm – Talking Teeth
Professor Marc Tennant, UWA
6.30-6.45 pm – Rural and remote health perspectives
Dr Ewen McPhee, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and Past President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia
6.45-7pm – Climate crisis: our future is now
7pm – Wrapping it up
Throughout the day, Paul Dutton will tweet election health commentary – follow @PaulDutton1968.
Sarah Sutton will drop into the discussions during the day – follow @SarahSuttonpsyc.
All times are AEST