Social Determinants of Health Webcast 2 - Early Life


MON 1 JUL 2019

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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM AEST



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About the webinar

Addressing early childhood development means creating the conditions for children – from gestation to 8 years of age – to thrive in their physical, socio-emotional, and language/cognitive development. During these critical years, the foundation is laid for a child’s physical and mental health, affecting everything from longevity and lifelong capacity to learn, to the ability to adapt to change and build capacity for resilience against adverse circumstances.

Early life therefore must be stable, responsive, nurturing, safe and supportive.

Early Life will explore what’s considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. Facilitated by Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO of Health Justice Australia, a panel of experts will look at successful models and challenges to implanting early child development programs and how you can work in concert with families to provide equitable access to strong nurturant environments.

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• pathways for families to rebound from crisis and reach their potential in society and the economy
• ways to offset the effects of adverse early experiences and environments
• evidence to support the interconnectedness between health, development, wellbeing, education and subsequent life outcomes

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Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO Health Justice Australia
Tessa Boyd-Caine has worked in health, criminal justice and human rights organisations in Australia and internationally. She was previously Deputy CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service and is the recipient of the inaugural Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nonprofit Leadership. Her PhD was published as a book, Protecting the Public? Detention and Release of Mentally Disordered Offenders, by Routledge in 2010.

Carolyn Curtis, CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Carolyn Curtis brings over 20 years’ experience working in social innovation and child welfare to her role as CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. Under Carolyn’s leadership, TACSI works on some of our most complex social challenges. From the pressures of an ageing population, to growing inequality and out-dated and ineffective public services, Carolyn believes social innovation is key to tackling the challenges of our time. Carolyn is a Non-Executive Director for world-leading social innovation network, The Social Innovation Exchange. She is also on the boards of The Fay Fuller Foundation and The Difference Incubator.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld, FRACP FAFPHM PhD
Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital
Theme Director Population Health and Co-Group Leader Policy and Equity, Murdoch Children's Research InstituteProfessor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician, public health physician, Co-Group Leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.Sharon has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education, including principal medical advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program focuses on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children.

Professor Peter Sly, Director, Children’s Health and Environment Program and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment

Professor Peter Sly is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology, developmental immunology and children's environmental health. Peter’s research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying chronic childhood lung diseases and improve methods for assessing the effects of early life environmental exposures and understanding how these increase long-term risk of chronic disease.

As the Director, Children's Health and Environment Program and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Children's Health and Environment, Peter studies the impact of environmental exposures during fetal development and in early post-natal life. Professor Sly is the chairman of the board of directors for the Pacific Basin Consortium for the Environment and Health and currently serves on International Advisory Boards and committees, including: WHO Public Health and Environment; WHO network of Collaborating Centres in Children’s Environmental Health; Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study, Canada; and the Infant Lung Health Study, Paarl, South Africa.

Carmen Stewart, Project Designer and Activator, It Takes a Town

Carmen Stewart comes to the world of community development through the eyes of a futurist. Since her early 20’s, she has been observing and learning from how we humans think and feel about our collective future. This was the focus of her Masters in Applied Science and led to her spending 12 years designing and managing initiatives to help children and young people imagine better futures.

More recently, Carmen has worked in the Northern Rivers as a consultant specialising in community engagement, workshop facilitation, project design and strategic planning. Combining her learnings from the community sector with her passion for better futures, has led Carmen to design It Takes a Town - a collective impact initiative that’s all about getting the culture of community right to support children and their families.

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This Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation webcast series is delivered in partnership with Social Futures and Health Justice Australia.