This Tuesday 31 August I have the honour of joining a panel of highly distinguished guests to discuss the topic, Health at Whose Cost! Writers on Poverty and Health. This free public forum brings together guests from the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) NGO conference, ‘Advance Global health – Achieve the MDGs’, and the Melbourne Writers Festival, both of which are being held in Melbourne over the next week.
The panellists are Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE FAA FRS, The Hon Dame Carol Kidu CBE MP, Minister for Community Development and Women, PNG, Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director and founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, and myself, with broadcaster/journalist Tracee Hutchison, in the role of moderator.
The forum is an initiative of One Just World, which aims to engage the community in conversations and debate about global development issues. The panel will discuss major health issues in developing countries, the need for communities to have a voice in policy and programs that affect their health and wellbeing, and how to get the Millennium Development Goals on track for the world’s poorest and least powerful people.
I’ve been asked to focus on how my experiences working in HIV/AIDS in South East Asia have affected my writing, and the role of writers in bringing global social justice issues to public attention.
The forum will take place from 6-7.30pm at BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. If you cannot attend, it will be available to view via Live Stream on the night. Just go to One Just World, click the ‘Live Stream’ link, and this will take you to the University of Melbourne webstream. The forum should be listed at the top of the page. It will also be available to view after Tuesday evening.