NACCHO Aboriginal Health #VoteACCHO 40 health advocates will be tweeting via #AusVotesHealth today 8 May to profile important health issues ahead of the Federal election.

NACCHO and Croakey followers are invited to join a Twitter festival on Wednesday 8 May, where more than 40 health advocates will be tweeting to profile important health issues ahead of the Federal election.

Follow the discussions on Twitter and contribute your views by using the hashtag #AusVotesHealth.

Please encourage your networks and organisations to follow the discussions and to retweet as much as possible.

Bookmark this Twitter list to follow the guest tweeters.

The #AusVotesHealth Twitter festival will be timely, setting the scene for the third leaders debate, to be held during prime time at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday moderated by ABC journalist and National Press Club President Sabra Lane.

Download a press release about this event here.

Published from Croakey


#AusVotesHealth program

8-8.30am – Launch

Mrs Janine Mohamed, chair of Croakey Health Media and CEO of Lowitja Institute

8.30-9am – Introductions

#AusVotesHealth moderators

• Melissa Sweet, @croakeyblogOur house is on fire, where is the emergency response?
• Marie McInerney, @mariemcinerneyFantasyland – a place I want to be
• Jennifer Doggett, @JenniferDoggettHighlights and holes – what do we already know about the major parties’ policies and what else do we want from them over the next 2 weeks to inform our decision on May 18th?

9-9.15am – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health matters

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives


9.15-9.45am – #VoteACCHO

Donnella Mills, acting chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: 10 great reasons why you should #VoteACCHO for Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands
@NACCHOChair ‏ 




9.45-10am – Worth two in the bush

Amy Coopes, editor at Croakey News

10-10.15am – #ClimateHealthEmergency

The Climate and Health Alliance

10.15-10.30am – Public health policy

Malcolm Baalman, Public Health Association of Australia

10.30-10.50am – Getting us active?

Professor William Bellew

10.50-11.15am – Fixing health inequalities makes everyone healthier

Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS

11-11.15am – Oral health, on the agenda

Dr Chris Bourke, National Oral Health Alliance

(Concurrent session)

11.15 – 11.30am – Mental health supports and NDIS: when two policies collide…

Dave Peters

Dave is an early career researcher with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and has been active in advocacy, research and service design within Neami National for a number of years as a service user of that organisation.  In recent times, Dave has become heavily involved as Co-Chair of the Equally Well Committee, which is working to address the physical health of people living with Mental Illness.  Dave is passionate about social justice and ensuring appropriate access to supports for people in need, with a particular interest in Mental Health and NDIS.

11.30-11.45  – Self-determination matters

The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) 

11.45-12 noon – What do election promises mean for consumers’ health?

Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

11.45-12 noon – Training the public service

Sally Fitzpatrick

(Concurrent session)

12-12.30 – What about policies for the social determinants of health?

Lyn Morgain, SDOH Alliance, cohealth
@MsLynM@SDOHAlliance, @cohealth_au

12.15-12.30 – Healing for the future

Richard Weston

(Concurrent session)

12.30- 12.45 – For a healthy Australia, vote #1 health

Alison Verhoeven, CEO of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

12.45-1pm – Addressing poverty as a critical but under-recognised health issue

Lou Walsh

Lou is a PhD student at the Centre for Health Communication and Participation at LaTrobe University, examining how social media can be used as a tool to facilitate consumer involvement in health service design and quality improvement.

1-1.15pm – Walk with us

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) – see election statement.

1.15-1.30pm – Active transport and other health policies

Dr Arnagretta Hunter, consultant physician and cardiologist, Doctors for the Environment Australia member
@cbr_heartdoc,  @DocsEnvAus

1.30-1.45 -What do election promises hold for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Summer May Finlay, Yorta Yorta woman, public health practitioner and researcher, and contributing editor at Croakey

1.45-2pm – Coal seam gas and the climate emergency

Dr John Van Der Kallen, rheumatologist, member Doctors for the Environment Australia
@johnvanderkall1, @DocsEnvAus

2-2.15pm – Looking outside the health sector for better health

Dr Belinda Townsend, Research Fellow, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health, ANU.

2.15-2.30pm – Research Matters

The Lowitja Institute

2.30-2.45pm – Justice health

Dr Megan Williams, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Girra Maa Indigenous Health Discipline at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology

2.45-3pm – Where is the focus for rural and remote health?

National Rural Health Alliance

3-3.15 pm – What we’re asking for this federal election

El Gibbs, People with Disability Australia

3.15-3.30pm – Health for all, or high quality health care for some

Dr Tim Woodruff, Doctors Reform Society

3.30pm – 3.45pm – Cultural safety and health workforce

Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

3.45-4pm – Prioritise prevention to reduce chronic disease risk factors

Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

4pm – 4.15pm – Transport for health

Dr Graeme McLeay, member, Doctors for the Environment Australia


4.15-4.30pm – Back to Bilo

The Home to Bilo campaign and better health for asylum seekers and refugees

4.30-4.45pm – Show me the equity!

Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (Jennifer Doggett)

4.45-5pm – Governing for Health

Professor Fran Baum AO,  Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.

5-5.15pm – What are the major policies promising on health this election?

Professor Stephen Duckett, the Grattan Institute @stephenjduckett@grattaninst.
Read more.

5.15-5.30pm – Social justice – it’s a health issue

Dr Simon Judkins, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

5.30-5.45 pm – “Consumptagenic” threats to health

Professor Sharon FrielDirector, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Professor of Health Equity, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

5.30pm-6pm – What do we want, when do we want it by? The first 100 days

Associate Professor James Ward, SAHMRI

(Concurrent session)

6-6.15pm – Wrapping the election health news

Dr Lesley Russell, health policy analyst, contributing editor at Croakey News

6-6.15 – Everybody’s Home

Kate Colvin, Spokesperson for the Everybody’s Home campaign, and Manager – Policy and Communications, Council to Homeless Persons

(Concurrent session)

6.15-6.30pm – Talking Teeth

Professor Marc Tennant, UWA

6.30-6.45 pm – Rural and remote health perspectives

Dr Ewen McPhee, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and Past President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia 

6.45-7pm – Climate crisis: our future is now

Professor Melissa Haswell, QUT

7pm – Wrapping it up

Throughout the day, Paul Dutton will tweet election health commentary – follow @PaulDutton1968.

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