World Leadership Dialogues

The World Leadership Dialogues are the 'prime time' high-level sessions held during the 15th World Congress on Public Health. They feature internationally-recognised experts, politicians, CEOs and public health leaders in a series of moderated public debates tackling key issues related to all areas of public health. Led by people whose personal achievements influence others and translate words into actions, the Dialogues will prompt new thinking in a bid to attain transformational changes to the future of public health.

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Politics, policies and processes: Advancing complex policy agendas – the case of the WHO commission on Social Determinants of Health

Monday 3 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Professor Sharon Friel, Australian National University

Speakers:

  • Professor Fran Baum, Flinders University
  • Professor Sharon Friel, Australian National University
  • Professor Laetitia Rispel, University of Witwaterssrand
  • Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement
  • Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS

The Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents and the Sustainable Development Goals: Working together to improve health and equity

Monday 3 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Professor Judy Lewis, University of Connecticut

Speakers:

  • Dr Emanuele Capobianco, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  • Lisa Hilmi, CORE Group
  • Professor Nighat Huda, Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College
  • Professor Deyanira Gonzalez de Leon, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco
  • Dr Mario Tristan, International Health Central American Institute

HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B elimination by 2030 – the importance of equity of access to achieve these ambitious targets

Monday 3 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Professor Margaret Hellard, Burnet Institute

Speakers:

  • Associate Professor Edwina Wright, Alfred Hospital
  • Mr Brent Allen, Living Positive Victoria
  • Associate Professor Heidi Drummer, Burnet Institute
  • Mr Giten Khwairakpam, Treat Asia Program Thailand
  • Associate Professor Peter Revill, Doherty Institute
  • Mr Jack Wallace, La Trobe University

Exploring systems approaches to chronic disease prevention

Monday 3 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Professor Andrew Wilson, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Speakers:

  • Professor Andrew Wilson, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre
  • Professor Diane Finegood, Simon Fraser University
  • Professor Sharon Friel, Australian National University
  • Dr Paul Kelly, ACT Health
  • Dr Therese Riley, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Trade and investment treaties and public health policy space

Monday 3 April, 1600– 1800, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Dr Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa
  • Dr Deb Gleeson, La Trobe University
  • Belinda Townsend, The Australian National University

Speakers:

  • Dr Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa
  • Dr Deb Gleeson, La Trobe University
  • Belinda Townsend, The Australian National University
  • Louise Delany, University of Otago
  • David Legge, People’s Health Movement
  • Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

A global pandemic experience – cross sectoral lessons

Monday 3 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Professor Raina Macintyre

Speakers:

  • Professor Raina Macintyre, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response & Head of School of Public Health, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Obi Aginam, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
  • Professor Sahotra Sakar, Department of Philosophy & Integrative Biology, University of Texas
  • Professor Michael Baker, Department of Public Health University of Otago
  • Professor Archie Clements, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Martyn Kirk, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University
  • Professor Bill Rawlinson, Prince of Wales Hospital
  • Associate Professor David Heslop, School of Public Health, University of New South Wales

Non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income settings and in Indigenous Australians

Sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association

Tuesday 4 April, 1330 - 1530, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Professor Dame Valerie Beral, University of Oxford

Speakers:

  • Professor Dame Valerie Beral, University of Oxford
  • Professor Henrique Barros, University of Porto
  • Alison Price, Malawi Epidemiology and Interventions Research Unit
  • Dr Vendhan Gajalakshmi, Chennai Epidemiological Research Centre
  • Dr Raglan Maddox, University of Canberra & Toronto
  • Robert Beaglehole, University of Auckland

Integrating ecological determinants into Public Heath Practice

Tuesday 4 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Dr Peter Tait, WFPHA Ecology Working Group
  • Dr Joanne Walker, WFPHA Ecology Working Group
  • Professor Peter Orris, WFPHA Ecology Working Group

Speakers:

  • Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organisation
  • Dr Colin Tuikitonga, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Professor Kerry Arabena, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and International Association of Ecology and Health

Child Health: Can we create more equitable systems of care fo the health and development of children? Implications for “what works” in policy and practice

Tuesday 4 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Speakers:

  • Professor Paul Freeman, University of Washington
  • Professor Sharon Goldfeld, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Professor Jody Heymann, UCLA

Nature is good medicine

Tuesday 4 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Jo Hopkins, Parks Victoria

Speakers:

  • Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organization
  • Cristina Rominelli, Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Daniel Buss, PAHO
  • Matthew Jackson, Parks Victoria
  • Kevin Lafferty, Forestry Commission, Scotland
  • Taholo Kami, IUCN Oceania Regional Office
  • Mr Zhang Xinsheng, IUCN
  • Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Seminar Austria

Islam and Public Health

Tuesday 4 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Dr Ahmed Soliman Mohamed Wasfi, Dubai Health Authority

Speakers:

  • Dr Ahmed Soliman Mohamed Wasfi, Dubai Health Authority
  • Ms Najwa Al Bastakee, Dubai Health Authority
  • Dr Sabya Farooq, Dubai Health Authority
  • Dr Muhammad Wasif Alam, Dubai Health Authority

Suicide Prevention in First Nations people

Tuesday 4 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Dr Vanessa Lee
  • Summer May Finlay

Speakers:

  • Richard Weston (Facilitator)
  • Professor Pat Dudgeon, Australia
  • Carol Hopkins, Canada
  • Michael Naera, New Zealand

Tobacco Control

Wednesday 5 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Dr Sarah White
  • Professor Mike Daube, Curtin University

Speakers:

  • Professor Mike Daube, Curtin University
  • Professor Prabhat Jha, University of Toronto
  • Professor Melanie Wakefield, Cancer Council Victoria
  • Martin McKee, London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Colin Tukuitonga Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Gun Violence Prevention as a Public Health Issue: Learning from Australia’s example

Wednesday 5 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Professor Joel Negin, Head of School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Speakers:

  • Professor Joel Negin, University of Sydney
  • Professor Charles Watson, Curtin University
  • Professor Rebecca Ivers, George Institute for Global Health
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, Sydney School of Public Health

Global Health Governance, WHO and the vision of health for all

Wednesday 5 April, 1330 – 1530, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Dr David Legge, People’s Health Movement

Speakers:

  • Dr Belinda Townsend, WHO Watch & Deakin University
  • Professor Zheng Xie, School of Public Health, Peking University
  • Professor Laetitia Rispel, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Don Matheson, International health systems consultant

The Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children

Wednesday 5 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Patty Kinnersly, Our Watch

Speakers:

  • Mary Barry, Our Watch
  • Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno, World Health Organisation
  • Dr Lorraine Greaves, Galvanizing Equity, Insight for a Change
  • Dr Nancy Poole, Galvanizing Equity, Insight for a Change
  • Dr Lara Fergus, Our Watch
  • Dr Emma Fulu, the Equality Institute

Universal dental care provision – will it really improve oral health?

Wednesday 5 April, 1600 - 1800, Room 111/112

Lead:

  • Professor Raman Bedi, WFPHA Oral Health Working Group

Speakers:

  • Mike Covey
  • Marsha Butler, Colgate-Palmolive
  • Bruce Simmons, WFPHA Oral Health Working Group
  • Ralph Fuccillo, Dentaquest Foundation
  • Professor Raman Bedi, WFPHA Oral Health Working Group
  • Irene Adyatmaka, University of Indonesia

Ending the rise in obesity in a generation: the case for primordial prevention

Wednesday 5 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Professor Anna Peeters, Deakin University
  • Professor Steven Allender, Deakin University

Speakers:

  • Professor Anna Peeters, Deakin University
  • Dr Colin Tuikitonga, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Dr Alessandro Demaio, World Health Organisation
  • Ms Jane Martin, Obesity Policy Coalition
  • Professor Steven Allender, Deakin University
  • Professor Marj Moodie, Deakin University

Global migration and health

Thursday 6 April, 1330 - 1530, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Associate Professor Alison Reid, Curtin University

Speakers:

  • Professor Marc Schenker, University of California Davis
  • Associate Professor Alison Reid, Curtin University
  • Linda Selvey, University of Queensland
  • Professor Stephanie Short, University of Sydney

Young Professionals and the Future of Public Health

Thursday 6 April, 1330 - 1530, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Dr Thomas Piggott, WFPHA

Speakers:

  • Dr Stefan Buttigieg, Ministry for Health Malta
  • Manasi Parikh, Canadian Public Health Association
  • Dr Thomas Piggott, WFPHA
  • Rachael N Reed, American Public Health Association Student Assembly

Can we end global Tuberculosis epidemic by 2030?

Thursday 6 April, 1330 - 1530, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Dr Suman Majumdar, Burnet Institute

Speakers:

  • Dr Greg Fox, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Justin Denholm, Victorian TB Program & Doherty Institute
  • Dr Kerri Viney, World Health Organisation & Australian National University
  • Dr Suman Majumdar, Burnet Institute
  • Professor Steve Graham, University of Melbourne & Burnet Institute

Towards Malaria Elimination in the Asia-Pacific – Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday 6 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 1

Lead:

  • Associate Professor Freya Fowkes, Burnet Institute

Speakers:

  • Professor Ric Price, University of Oxford
  • Professor James Beeson, Burnet Institute
  • Associate Professor Julie Simpson, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Leanne Robinson, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
  • Dr Win Han Oo, Burnet Institute
  • Professor Archie Clements, Australian National University

Global security, sustainability and public health: Chemical, biological and nuclear threats and responses

Thursday 6 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 2

Lead:

  • Paul Walker, Green Cross International

Speakers:

  • Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Dr Robert Matthews, Australian Government
  • Dr Lassina Zerbo, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization

Global finance, poverty and health

Thursday 6 April, 1600 - 1800, Plenary Hall 3

Lead:

  • Louise Delany, University of Otago
  • Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa
  • David Legge, People’s Health Movement

Speakers:

  • Professor Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa
  • Miranda Stewart, Australian National University
  • David Legge, People’s Health Movement