Ebola outbreak, health security and Australian aid to be tackled at Global Health Forum

At a time when the world is at a crossroads looking at how to respond to infectious diseases, issues of health security and the challenges for Australian aid need urgent attention.

The 10th iteration of the forum, to be held this this Wednesday at the University Of Melbourne, will focus on the topic ‘Health Security and economic growth in Asia-Pacific – challenges for Australian aid?’

Internationally renowned health economist and Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Professor Barbara McPake said world events such as ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria can destabilise global health systems, seriously compromising their ability to provide sufficient health care.

“Disease spreads fastest in conditions of poverty, such as overcrowding, unsafe water supply and poor sanitation. We need to control disease by improving our responses to this. Crucial to this is adequate response to disease and investment in functional health systems,” she said.

“The Global Health Forum will bring together academia, the broader community and officials planning the implementation of Australian aid. At the forum, we will tackle the difficult questions that need to be faced when planning the implementation of Australian aid, for health security and responses to disease outbreaks such as Ebola as well as those closer to home in the Asia Pacific.”  

Leading international and local speakers will address the above strategic challenges as part of a larger debate leading up to the G20 Heads of Government meeting in November.

Among those speaking include:

Date: Wednesday 22 October, 2014
Time: 8.45 am – 9.15am
Location: First floor auditorium, Bio201 Institute, 30 Flemington Rd, Parkville.