On Thursday 28th of March 2019, Prof. Fran Baum, launched her new book ‘Governing for Health: Advancing Health and Equity through Policy and Advocacy’ at Imprints Bookshop, Adelaide. The book summarises economic, political science, and public health evidence and arguments for how our societies can and should be governed for health, and includes a ‘well-being manifesto’.
The event was hosted by Emeritus Professor Sue Richardson AM, who spoke of the urgent need for governance for health instead of wealth, quoting Adam Smith: “What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”
Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO launched the book. In noting the book was dedicated to the next generations, he reiterated the need for governments to act on climate change for the health of all. Prof. Lowe outlined the six messages for governing for health from the book, that:
- Reducing inequities is the central, vital mechanism for building population health
- Human health is intimately connected to planetary health and needs to be viewed as part of the broader ecosystem
- Co-ordinated government is vital
- There is a need for regulation for health
- New ways of measuring progress are important
- Ubiquitous leadership is required for health, equity, and well-being
- Hope and courage are required for governing for health
The launch was well attended by academics, civil society, and non-government organisations.