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REDEFINING INNOVATION: DESIGNING HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE AND LIVEABLE COMMUNITIES
February 3, 2016
Firstly, Fiona Armstrong will talk to “The role of the health sector in responding to climate change”:
Health professionals and organisations globally are mobilising in unprecedented numbers to advocate for climate action to protect people’s health and wellbeing. Hospitals and health care institutions around the world are also working to reduce their own carbon emissions and environmental footprint to accelerate the transition to low carbon operations. Recently launched campaigns such as the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge and the new international climate agreement approved by 195 nations in Paris in December 2015 signal a turning point for healthcare and a new era for the global community in tackling climate change.
Fiona Armstrong is a registered nurse, journalist and has a Masters in Politics and Public Policy, with her thesis on climate policy options for Australia published as a chapter entitled ‘Shifting from Fear to Hope’ in the 2010 book ‘More Thank Luck: Ideas Australia Needs Now.’
She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance, a founding director of CLIMARTE: Arts for a Safe Climate, a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute at the University of Melbourne.
The Climate and Health Alliance is the Australian affiliate of the international NGO Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and co-ordinates the Pacific region of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, a HCWH project.
Fiona’s personal story of how she came to be involved in advocacy for climate action appears in the 2015 book: Guarding Eden: Champions of Climate Action by Deborah Hart.
And our other presenter for this event is Aurecon’s Global Sustainable Buildings Leader, Jeff Robinson who will present on the topic of “Designing Healthy ,Sustainable and Liveable Communities”.
Jeff will explore why it is that where you live in Australia will influence whether you are more likely to suffer from chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardio vascular disease; how we design new and existing communities to make it easier for people to adopt healthier lifestyles (both physical and mental health); what design guides and rating tools are available to inform designers, developers and local authorities about designing for healthy lifestyles; what hard and soft infrastructure is needed to make our communities healthy; local and international case studies and what it would mean for the Australian health system if we could redesign our cities and communities to be healthy, sustainable and liveable?