Between the 7th and 11th of April 2019 Professor Fran Baum & Dr Toni Delany-Crowe represented the Southgate Institute at the 23rd International Union for Health Promotion and Education Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Professor Baum presented an opening keynote plenary for the Conference, in the same session as Sir Mason Durie, who is a leading Maori scholar. Professor Baum emphasised the importance of using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals agenda to change the social, economic and environmental conditions that drive health inequities. She advocated for an expansion of the Goals to mandate corporate accountability, achieve a redistribution of global wealth and introduce a global financial transaction tax.
Professor Baum also presented in several other sessions, during which she emphasised the importance of addressing the corporate determinants of health and assessing the health impacts of policy decisions prior to implementation.
Dr Toni Delany-Crowe presented two papers drawn from an Australian Research Council funded study of how policy in the sectors of urban planning, energy, environment and justice can support well-being and health equity, see http://www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/sites/southgate/research/healthy-public-policy/australian-government-policy-action-on-sdh.cfm
Dr Delany-Crowe advocated for decision makers to govern for health across all sectors. This will require proactive strategies to initiate structural change and effective management of private interests.
Other speakers at the Conference included Sir Michael Marmot, Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Trevor Hancock.
The Conference theme was focussed on planetary health and included a strong emphasis on the importance of valuing Indigenous knowledges to achieve sustainable development for all. The Conference culminated in the production of two statements to guide future health promotion, see http://www.iuhpe2019.com/iuhpe-%E2%80%93-tnz/rotorua-indigenous-statement_idl=10007_idt=2939_id=16107_.html
The Twitter hashtag #IUHPE 2019 provides access to tweets from the Conference.