Two in three Australians live in urban areas. How is this affecting our health? This panel discussion will bring together experts in the fields of public health policy, demography, and human geography.

The panel looks at how natural disasters, the design of cities and our urban lifestyles could be making us sick. Contemporary examples like urban flooding, avian flu, and the suburban obesity epidemic will be explored.

Conversely, could the design of our cities hold the key to improving our health?


Professor Robert Bush (Panellist) 
Director Healthy Communities Research Centre, The University of Queensland
Professor Robert Bush is the current Director of the Healthy Communities Research Centre in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. He was also a member of the Qld health Promotion Council from 2006 to 2011. Professor Bush is a Social and Behavioural Scientist in relation to medicine with an extensive career in both the university and public sectors in Australia and other countries.  Among his research interests is building the capacity of communities to grow and maintain their health and he was a speaker at the 2009 healthy cities conference. 
Professor Bush has been awarded 49 competitive grants (ARC, NHMRC and other bodies) and has more than 135 published journal papers, refereed monographs, and reports for government in Australia and internationally.  He has published on social health issues in mental health, community health, adolescence health, alcohol and drugs, general practice and primary care and in community capacity building and engagement. He has worked with a wide variety of groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on program development and evaluation.

Dr Dominic Brown (Panellist)
National Head of Research at DTZ Australia
Dominic specialises in population geography/demographic research and analysis, though he also has a strong grounding in urban development issues. He is currently the National Head of Research at the Australian branch of DTZ, of the largest property services companies in the world.
Dominic has an extensive academic background with an Honours degree and a PhD in Geography, with a focus on health inequalities, small area population estimates and population migration. He has a number of peer reviewed publications to his name as well as a wide array of professional conference presentations. Dominic has previously served as the Vice President of the Australian Population Association, and is still active on the national council. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor to the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland

Dr Rosemary Hill (Panellist)
Human Geographer, CSIRO
Rosemary specialises in collaborative environmental governance and planning research with communities at multiple scales to foster social-ecological sustainability, with a particular focus on Indigenous systems.  A UQ honours graduate in Chemistry, Rosemary joined CSIRO in 2006 as a senior scientist, and is currently Officer-in-Charge of CSIRO Cairns, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University. Rosemary has an extensive background and publications in inter-disciplinary sustainability science and practice, and holds Masters and PhD degrees in these fields. She is a member of the World Commissions on Protected Areas and on Economic, Environment and Social Policy. Rosemary was appointed by the Australian Minister for Agriculture to the Australian Landcare Council in 2010, and by the Queensland Environment Minister to the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority in 2012. She is Vice-President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and a Director of Ecotrust Australia. Rosemary was a joint recipient of the National Cooperative Research Centres Association Award for Excellence in Innovation in 2005 for the book Yalanji Warranga Kaban of which she is the senior author.

Professor Peter O’Donoghue (Facilitator)
Professor of Parasitology at The University of Queensland
Peter specializes in research on parasitic infections causing disease in humans and animals in Australia. He endeavours to differentially diagnose infections in host populations, determine the mechanisms by which parasites cause disease, examine how hosts respond to infections, and attempts to break transmission cycles through appropriate interventions. He has focussed on infections which are zoonotic, finding their way to human hosts through food and water supplies or being carried by arthropod vectors. Peter won an Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000, an Australian Award for University Teaching in Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies and was joint winner of the Prime-Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year in 2002. He was awarded a Doctor of Science by The University of Queensland in 2005 for his studies on protozoan diseases of humans and animals, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology in 2006.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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