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PHM-SA Meeting, Tuesday 9th June, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Economic Crisis: Implications and Opportunities for Global Health

A discussion led by Associate Professor David Legge, School of Public Health, La Trobe University.

Followed by a response “Implications of the global growth crisis” from Dr Philip Lawn Senior Lecturer in Ecological Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Flinders University.

Inequality, poverty, exploitation, violence and injustice are at the root of the ill-health and deaths of poor and marginalised people. Achieving health for all means that powerful interests have to be challenged and that political and economic priorities have to be drastically changed. The Peoples Health Movement is a network of global and national organisations committed to building long-term, fair and sustainable solutions to health problems. Like global inequalities in health, the global financial crisis has come about through governments and corporations pursuing unlimited growth in an unfettered market. But now even Kevin Rudd agrees that game is finished. So... are there new opportunities for advancing global health and equity in the current crisis? Our distinguished speakers will explore the issues...

Chair: Professor Fran Baum, Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University.

Tuesday 9th June 2009
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building,
State Library of South Australia
Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Light refreshments provided
Gold coin donation
RSVP to Paul Laris ( by Friday 5th June 2009

Meeting Program

5:30pm Welcome and Introduction by Chair

5:45pm The People’s Health Movement – S.A., Australia and Globally

5:55pm Implications of the global financial crisis on the political economy of health, David Legge

6:45pm Response by Dr Philip Lawn

7:00pm Discussion and Strategy Planning

7:30pm Close

Maude Barlow in Conversation - Saturday 4th April 2009, 1pm-3pm

A unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in the politics of water and in particular the common right to water.

The Community Water Summit Action Committee has pleasure in announcing the visit of Maude Barlow to Adelaide on Saturday 4th April 2009. This visit has been arranged in conjunction with Imprints Booksellers of Hindley Street and Maude's publicist in Australia Black Inc. Maude will be fresh from the Australian Water Summit being held at Darling Harbour Sydney from 1-3 April 2009 and the World Water Forum currently being held in Instanbul Turkey. Maude Barlow's "Right to Water" address to the UN Panel on Emerging Issues – 10th December 2008

Maude Barlow in Conversation
Saturday 4th April 2009, 1 pm – 3 pm
Grainger Studio
91 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Bookings Essential – Cost $10
(Tickets are non-refundable & Pre-payment is required)
Tickets from Imprints Booksellers
107 Hindley Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000
Ph (08) 8231 4454 or

Maude Barlow is the author of Blue Covenant – The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water. A recipient of Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel”) and a Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship, Maude Barlow is head of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organisation, and founder of the Blue Planet Project. She is the author of sixteen books and is on the board of Food and Water Watch and the Interna­tional Forum on Globalisation. She was recently appointed as the first Senior Advisor on water issues by Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd session of the United Nations.

“Maude Barlow has for decades been a leading voice for water sustainability and justice. In Blue Covenant, she shows us the way.” – David Suzuki

SA Launch of Global Health Watch 2

The South Australian Launch of Global Health Watch 2 – An Alternative World Health Report (GHW2) was held on the 4th of December at Flinders University. This event was jointly organised by Flinders University, People’s Health Movement, Australia and the Public Health Association (SA Branch). The GHW2 was launched by Professor Fran Baum, Head of the Department of Public Health, Flinders University, and Co-chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement. This was followed by an interesting and pertinent presentation from Mrs Elizabeth Harris, Director of the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation, on unemployment and the health system response. A response to the launch was provided by President of the Public Health Association, SA Branch, Professor John Coveney. The final presentation was from Mr Paul Laris, who discussed the strategic directions and plans for PHM SA in 2009. This Launch was attended by about 50 people from academia, Government, the NGO sector and civil society.

Global Health Watch 2 is a significant resource for health professionals and social activists, covering a comprehensive range of topics and drawing attention to the politics of global health and the policies and actions of key actors. It makes clear the need for global health advocates to engage lobbying key actors to do better and to do more, while resisting those who do harm.

Navigating the Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community - a Workshop with David Korten

On July 16, 2008. PHM Oz together with the Conservation Council of SA and Flinders University presented a free workshop aimed at small health and environment groups, social campaigners and people interested in a sustainable future. Numbers were limited and the event quickly became fully subscribed. Dr. David C. Korten is the author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. His previous books include the international best-seller When Corporations Rule the World; and The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism. Dr. Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures; founder and president of the People-Centered Development Forum; a founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization; a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); and a member of the Ventures Network, and the Club of Rome. He holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, has thirty years experience as a development professional in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and has served as a Harvard Business School professor, a captain in the US Air Force, a Ford Foundation Project Specialist, and a regional adviser to the US Agency for International Development.

In the workshop David set out the key arguments from his book The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. He explained that the linked global crises of climate change, the end of cheap oil, global financial collapse and widespread social disintegration were marking the end of a long and deeply destructive era of human history. This era was characterised by a dominator, male and imperial ethos. Carried to its logical conclusion in the face of these unambiguous signs of unsustainability, this ethos will lead to a suicidal, ‘last- man-standing’ destructive demise for humanity. The alternative is to make ‘the great turning’ to a model based on cooperation and partnership, community, local autonomy and civic participation.

Korten was challenged by the workshop participants and asked whether, given the analysis he had presented, it was not already too late. His response was a pragmatic one. We cannot afford to believe that – for if we do, we do nothing, and it is too late. Only by acting as if we can make the great turning a reality do we have any chance of creating a sustainable and just human society. Events in the few months since his visit seem to support this approach. The global financial crisis (as predicted by Dr. Korten) heightens our alarm, while the election of Barack Obama brightens our hopes. At a local level, the workshop brought together a diverse group, one David Korten would see as a local community working together towards the great turning. David Korten’s talks can be seen on YouTube.

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