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AHPA Event: How to put equity and the social determinants of health at the heart of prevention

19 Jul 2022, 5:00pm-7:00pm

The Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA®) is hosting a session to explore what can be done to tackle health inequalities and how to put equity and the social determinants of health at the heart of prevention.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from the world-leading expert in health inequalities, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, along with an all-star panel of Australian leaders and AHPA members.

The session will include a presentation by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, responses from four panellists reflecting on the challenges and opportunities facing health promotion in Australia, followed by a discussion moderated by the illustrious AHPA Fellow, Fran Baum AO. 

The event is free for AHPA members and $25 for non-members.  

At this session participants will: 

  • Explore what can be done to tackle health inequalities and address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age 
  • Better understand health inequalities evidence and best practice 
  • Gain insights into how to centre equity and the social determinants of health within the Australian health promotion and illness prevention landscape.


  • Event registrations close COB Friday 15 July. The event link will be emailed to registrants on Monday 18 July 
  • AHPA members: Please ensure you are logged in to receive your member discount 
  • Non-members: A tax invoice will be emailed when payment and registration is completed.
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm AEST, 3:00pm-5:00pm AWST, 6:00pm-8:00pm AEDT, 8am-10am BST

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Guest speaker

Professor Sir Michael Marmot


Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985.  He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015), and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-), and co-Director of the of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity. He is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award; the Harvard Lown Professorship (2014-2017); the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2015), and 19 honorary doctorates. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years.  He chaired the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO) and chaired the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014; Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On, in 2020; Build Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmot Review in 2021; and the Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, for WHO EMRO, also in 2021. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  

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Panel discussion host

Fran Baum AO 

Professor of Health Equity and Program Director Stretton Health Equity, Stretton Institute University of Adelaide

Fran Baum AO is a public health social scientist and activist with a special interest in creating healthy, equitable and sustainable societies. She is Director of Stretton Health Equity, University of Adelaide and previously was a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders. She is co-Chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement, a global network of health activist. She is author of The New Public Health (2016, Oxford University Press) and Governing for Health (2019 OUP). She is just starting a NHMRC Investigator Fellowship which provides $2.24m for research entitled “Restoring the Fair Go: which policies and practices are likely to reverse growing health inequities post-COVID-19. 

Connect with Fran on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Kate Ditchburn 

Engagement Coordinator, Victorian Healthcare Association 

Kate Ditchburn is an early-career health promotion practitioner from Melbourne. 

Kate is the Engagement Coordinator at the Victorian Healthcare Association and works with other not-for-profit organisations including Women with Disabilities Victoria, YWCA and The Water Well Project. Kate is also a member of AHPA's Student and Early Career Committee. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism and Master of Health Promotion and enjoys combining her interests in communications and health. Kate is driven by the desire to reduce health inequities and has particular interest in women's health.

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Dr Kalinda Griffiths

Epidemiologist, UNSW

Kalinda is a Yawuru woman and epidemiologist at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. She is also the Research and Education Lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and holds honorary positions at the University of Melbourne and Menzies School of Health Research. Dr Griffiths’ research addresses issues in the collection and use of population level data to better drive health equity in Australia. Her work is highly translational with a focus on health measurement, data quality and data governance and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kalinda is a former AHPA Thinker in Residence.

Connect with Kalinda on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Edwina MacDonald

Co-Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and Advocacy, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)

Edwina is passionate about working collaboratively for social justice, putting people at the centre of this work. She has expertise in policy, strategic advocacy and driving change on social justice and human rights issues, and experience in research and policy and advocacy in government and community sectors.

Prior to joining ACOSS, Edwina led United Nations advocacy for the Human Rights Law Centre and reform agendas for Women’s Legal Services and UNSW’s Kingsford Legal Centre, worked as a researcher with UNSW’s Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, lectured in law reform and public interest law, and worked in federal government.

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Registrations for this event are now closed.

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