iDEA 2021: Planet Health and Hope

iDEA 2021: Planet Health and Hope

Registrations are now open for iDEA 2021: Planet, Health and Hope. Click here to secure yourself a ticket.

iDEA 2021: Planet, Health and Hope, will provide you with an honest appraisal of the  climate crisis from scientific, medical, cultural and political perspectives. 

The conference will also focus on solutions: offering treatment pathways that offer ways to combat planetary health problems, as well as providing psychological approaches to support attendees. 

You can expect to learn about health-based approaches, as well as solutions from other sectors— things like carbon drawdown technologies, engineering and legal solutions.

Further details about sessions, speakers and what else you can expect from the conference will be released in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing border closures associated with COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s conference will be held online.

Doctors for the Environment Australia is a registered not-for-profit organisation. All proceeds from this event will go towards our health- and environment-related projects and campaigns.

A copy of the program can be found here.


Zali Steggall

Zali Steggall OAM is the Independent Federal Member for the seat of Warringah in Sydney’s North.

She is also Australia’s most successful alpine skier, winning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and a World Championship gold medal in 1999.

From 2008, Zali was a practising Barrister, specialising in commercial law, sports law and family law. In 2019, Zali contested the Federal Parliamentary Seat of Warringah as an Independent Candidate. The seat had been held for nearly 25 years by former Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott. On 18 May, Zali won the seat with a two candidate preferred vote of 57.24%.

Dr Helen Haines

Helen Haines is the Independent Federal Member for Indi. She was elected in May 2019 – the first Independent to succeed another in the same electorate since Federation in 1901.

Before Parliament, she was a nurse, midwife, health administrator and rural health researcher in Victoria’s North East.  She completed a doctoral degree in Medical Science in 2012.

Helen lives with her husband, Phil, on a small beef farm by Wangaratta’s King River, where they raised three children.

She is a member of the House Select Committee on Regional Australia and Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network.

She is also co-chair of these Parliamentary Friends’ groups: Climate Action, Bushfire Recovery, Preventive Health, Regenerative Agriculture, and Cycling.

Professor Lidia Morawska

Lidia Morawska is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health.

Lidia also holds positions of Adjunct Professor, Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (ECI), Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, of Vice-Chancellor Fellow, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, UK, and is a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. She is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. 

An author of over eight hundred journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers, Lidia has been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies, is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and a recipient of numerous scientific awards.

Professor Hugh Possingham

Professor Hugh Possingham became Queensland Chief Scientist in September 2020. 

He is a conservation scientist and mathematician who has held positions in the university, public and not-for profit sectors.  He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He completed his PhD at Oxford University in 1987 as a Rhodes Scholar and was most recently the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organisation operating in 79 countries.   

A winner of two Eureka Prizes, his most significant contribution to conservation was the co-development of Marxan, software first used to rezone the Great Barrier Reef, and now used in almost every country in the world to inform the expansion of their marine and terrestrial protected area systems. Hugh has worked with all levels of government and many not-for-profit organisations, pro bono, to improve the state of Australia’s threatened species and habitats.  He is currently on the board of directors of BirdLife Australia. 

He has supervised over 200 honours students, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows. He has published over 650 peer-reviewed publications, with more than 30 publications in the Nature and Science journal.

Rosemary Wanganeen

“Heal humanity, we’ll heal Mother Earth,” proclaims award winning Rosemary Wanganeen, a proud South Australian Aboriginal woman.   

Between 1987-1992 she became an intuitive researcher. Her research question was to investigate not ‘what happed when 1788 arrived?’ but ‘why did it arrive so violently?’.  Such a process led to her develop the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model, whereby she journeyed out of grief fear which disconnected her from Mother Earth to ‘switch on’ her human intuitive intelligence which reconnected her back to Mother Earth. She went from Aboriginal disadvantage to Aboriginal prosperity, but to be clear: such a process is a human experience—loss and grief doesn’t discriminate! 

Rosemary’s hypothesis: support humanity to ‘switch on’ their human intuitive intelligence and to reconnect back to Mother Earth! Humanity will hear her tell us what we humans need to do to protect her, her environment and all living creatures that depend upon her. Mother Earth is waiting to ‘gift us back’ the Dreamtime Energy.

Dr Richard Yin

Dr Richard Yin is a GP in Perth and secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia. Over 10 years ago, he and his colleague Dr George Crisp developed a “Green Practice” website to try and build a GP movement for sustainability within primary care. They continue to believe that primary care could be the basis for climate and health advocacy beginning in waiting rooms, to consulting rooms and  into the broader community. Outside of advocacy he is interested in the purposeful cultivation of resilience through contemplation, imagination and practice.

Dr David Pencheon

David Pencheon is a UK trained doctor and was the founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit [SDU] for NHS England and Public Health England, established in 2007. He left the SDU on 1st January 2018 and is now an Honorary Professor and an Associate at the Medical and Health School at the University of Exeter, UK, an Advisory Group member and associate with the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, a trans-disciplinary centre, and a collaborator with the European Centre for Environment and Health and the Global Systems Institute, at the University of Exeter. He has held appointments at University College London (UCL), is a visiting Professor at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) at the University of Surrey, and was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Monash University in Melbourne in 2020. In 2018 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Professor Colin Butler

Colin has long had an interest in international health and social and environmental justice. As a mature aged medical student (University of Newcastle) he spent 10 months overseas (1985) mainly studying health problems related to “developing” countries. In 1989 he and his late wife co-founded an NGO called BODHI, which survives, working with partner NGOs, now mainly in India. After graduation and two years hospital training Colin worked as a GP in rural Tasmania until mid-1996. He then studied epidemiology and population health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (with Professor Tony McMichael) and at the Australian National University (ANU). From 2002-2016 he pursued a precarious academic path, at three Australian universities, mainly working in research related to global environmental change. In 2012 he was appointed as professor of public health at the University of Canberra.

He is sole editor of Climate Change and Global Health (CABI, 2014) and senior editor of Health of People, Places and Planet Reflections Based on Tony McMichael’s Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding (ANU Press, 2015). In 2014 Colin was arrested at the Maules Creek coal mine (NSW), protesting what he sees as the “immorality” of Australian coal exports, in an age of climate change. In so doing he became the first contributor to the health chapter of the IPCC to be arrested for “climate disobedience”. Since 2016 Colin has been unemployed, but he continues to write and to complain. He is currently working (as senior editor) on the second edition of Climate Change and Global Health, which he hopes will be published in late 2022.

Colin became a founding board member of DEA in 2001. In 2018 he was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Public Health at the ANU. Apart from the edited books he has published approximately 200 scholarly articles and chapters, mainly focussing on the urgency of reform to the global system. His first article on this topic was a letter, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, in 1991. He has been a member of the scientific advisory committee for DEA since 2018. In 2009 Colin was named as “one of a hundred doctors for the planet” by the French Environmental Health association.

Professor Will Steffen

Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen was Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm. His research interests span a broad range within Earth System science, with an emphasis on sustainability and climate change.

Professor Steffan is the principal author of the Climate Councils “Aim High, Go Fast” report, which calls for urgent action now to prevent climate tipping points being reached.

Dr Kimberly Humphrey

Kimberly is an Emergency Physician from Adelaide with a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is a passionate member and current Chair of the SA DEA Committee. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide, and holds numerous committee roles within the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine, including many years on the ACEM Public Health and Disaster Committee.

Her particular interests within climate action are the intersection of the social determinants of health with climate change and emergency medicine, heat health, waste management and greening healthcare, and the integration of climate and planetary health into university and post graduate medical curriculum and teaching.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and parenting two very exuberant small children.

Carol Ride

Carol has worked as a psychologist in the field of couple therapy, as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. Her shift to work in the field of climate change was motivated by the urgent need to contribute to engaging and supporting people psychologically in responding to the unfolding climate crisis. Carol is the Founder and President of Psychology for a Safe Climate. 

Dr Anne Poelina

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Poelina is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and a respected academic researcher, with a Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science), Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) a Signatory to the Redstone Statement 2010, she is a 2011 Peter Cullen Fellow for Water Leadership.  In 2017, she was awarded a Laureate from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), elected Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council (2018), Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University and a Research Fellow with Northern Australia Institute Charles Darwin University. Poelina is a Visiting Fellow with the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra Australia Water Justice Hub to focus on Indigenous Water Valuation and Resilient Decision-making. 

Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, Minister for Financial Services, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy, Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tertiary Education.   Chris has been responsible for a range of significant policy reform programs in these portfolios.

He served as Interim Leader of the Labor Party and Acting Leader of the Opposition following the 2013 Federal election and served as Shadow Treasurer. He is now the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy. 

Chris served on Fairfield Council for nine years, was a former Mayor of Fairfield Council, and former President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

He has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and a Diploma in Modern Languages (Bahasa Indonesia).

He lives in Smithfield with his wife Rebecca, children Grace and Max and his Labradors Ollie and Toby.

Charlotte Turner

Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the Climate Risk Governance Team at MinterEllison. Building on her background as an experienced litigation and administrative disputes lawyer, Charlotte now specialises in climate risk though a finance, corporate governance and liability lens, with a particular focus on the health sector. 

Charlotte has significant experience advising on both public and private sector health services providers in litigious and advisory matters. She played an integral role in the teams acting in both the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Disability Royal Commissions for the Department of Health in Victoria.

Emma Strutt and Ben Eitelberg

The Lentil Intervention!

Emma Strutt is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and is currently completing post-graduate studies in climate change adaptation. Ben Eitelberg is an accredited endurance sports coach, has a vegan nutritionist diploma, and as an ultra-marathoner, regularly sees first-hand examples of degradation in the previously pristine environments he explores.

Ben and Emma are the co-founders of The Lentil Intervention (TLI), an Australian and New Zealand educational and advocacy platform dedicated to raising awareness about the current climate and health crises. TLI aims to inspire the adoption of climate-friendly and healthy lifestyle practices and foster resilient communities by way of community outreach, campaigns, provision of resources and a podcast. TLI is a New Zealand registered charitable trust.

Dr Ben Dunne

Ben Dunne is a Thoracic Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. He has a significant interest in reducing the carbon footprint of healthcare delivery.

As part of an effort co-ordinated by Doctors for the Environment Australia he successfully lobbied for the new RMH campus and the rebuild of the existing RMH campus to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

Kate McBride

Kate McBride is a fifth-generation farmer from Western NSW. She was born and brought up on Tolarno Station, a 500,000 acre sheep property located along the Lower Darling river. In 2020 Kate completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Adelaide University, majoring in management. This year she has begun a masters in Global Food and Agricultural Business.

Having grown up on the Darling-Barka River and seeing its continual mismanagement in 2017, Kate became a healthy river ambassador and has worked with people from all walks of life fighting for better water management within the Murray Darling Basin. 

In 2017 Kate was elected by fellow landholders onto the Western Local Land Services board, becoming the youngest board member in the organisation’s history. Kate has been an active member of both the Aboriginal Community Advisory Group and Chair of the Regional Weeds Committee.

Over the past five years she has become a familiar face in the fight for a healthy Darling- Barka River and Menindee Lakes and has been interviewed for a number of programs, most notably Australian Story Cry Me a River and ABC’s Q&A drought special.

In 2019 Kate completed Women & Leadership Australia’s ‘Executive Ready’ program and is set to complete the Peter Cullen Trust ‘Women in Water’ program in 2021. In early 2021 Kate became a ‘Livestock Leader’, strengthening her ability to advocate for the Agricultural industry. She is passionate about rural and regional Australia and is dedicated to fixing water management to ensure healthy communities. 

In February 2021 Kate began working at The Australia Institute in their Anne Kantor Young Women Environmentalists Fellowship, in partnership with Conservation SA continuing her work on water and rural issues.

Dr Kate Wylie

Dr Kate Wylie is a GP who is passionate about climate action to improve health and is the curator of iDEA2021 “Planet, Health and Hope”. Based in Adelaide, Dr Wylie is an active member of RACGP Climate and Environmental Special Interest Group and works with Doctors for the Environment facilitating their After Hours webinar series. She is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp having completed training with Al Gore. 

Dr Wylie has founded Climate Medicine, an advocacy project whereby she presents to community groups on the health effects of climate change.

In all her work, Dr Wylie applies a medical model to the climate crisis and as such offers a treatment plan for climate change. She seeks to activate her audience so they can become more involved in creating the paradigm shift that we need to combat the climate crisis. 

“Our planet is worth saving, and so are we.”

Dr Chris Moy

Dr Chris Moy is a full-time General Practitioner from Adelaide. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1991 and he has worked in general practice for over 25 years. His specific interests include aged care, palliative care and health communication systems.

Chris is the current Federal AMA Vice-President and, prior to this, was Chair of the Federal AMA Ethics and Medico-legal Committee for 4 years. 

He also recently completed his term as AMA South Australia President.

He has participated in many initiatives related to aged and end-of-life care, Advance Care Directive legislative and policy development, and the advancement of digital health at a national level.
in 2019 he proposed the AMA Federal Council motion recognising Climate Change as a Health Emergency, and he spoke to this alongside other Federal Council members at the 2020 National Climate Emergency Summit. Last year, he met Zali Steggall MP in representing the AMA’s support of her Climate Change Bill.

Brian Von Herzen

Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship. While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth’s orbit affects climate.  During his Caltech years Brian worked on models of the overabundance of carbon in Jupiter’s atmosphere.  Little did he know that a decade later we would have to solve this problem for the Earth’s atmosphere. From these experiences he acquired a detailed understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and has envisioned sustainable approaches to restoring carbon balance in our atmosphere.  Nature does a great job of fixing carbon.  Primary production on the Earth has been fixing carbon for billions of years.  By restoring natural carbon cycles, we can restore food productivity of Earth while concurrently balancing carbon.  Once we reduce the carbon intensity of our own lifestyles, natural biogeochemical processes can take our civilization carbon negative using technologies comprising biochar to withdraw gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere for millennia.

Dr John Van Der Kallen

John is the National Chair of DEA. He joined DEA in 2015 because he was concerned about the lack of medical representation in the climate debate. Even at that time DEA was active in advocating for a healthy environment to have a healthy population. John is a Rheumatologist who works in Newcastle after working in a number of rural and metropolitan regions. His parents are Dutch, so he was able to finish his Rheumatology training by doing a year in the Netherlands. Jane, his wife, and John have been growing trees and regenerating an old cattle farm for over 23 years and hope that one day much of Australia’s land degradation can be reversed with improvement in biodiversity and mitigation against climate change.

Roland Wilson

My people are the Nari Nari People, on the Hay Plains of NSW. My ancestors also come from the Ngemba Tribal Groups of the Brewarrina region. I have been living off Country now since 1997, but the Hay Plains are where I was born and raised, and where home and Country is. I have been living on Kaurna Country for over 14 years now and have had the privilege of working with the local community, lecturing in Indigenous Education and Health for most of my time at Flinders University. My professional background is as a trained forestry scientist, working for a period with the CSIRO before commencing an academic career. I have now been in the tertiary sector for 10 years.

I took up the position of Lecturer of Indigenous Health for the Flinders Medical School, in the College of Medicine and Public Health in 2020, just before COVID hit. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of commencing a medical curriculum transition and transformation in Indigenous Health over the last 18 months across the Doctor of Medicine program, and across the footprint of Flinders University in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

I am passionate about driving and transforming conversations, learning, and relationships in Indigenous health with my students to shift thinking, eliminate stereotypes and create critical medical allies who are culturally and clinically effective, safe and regardful practitioners for our families and communities.

Although my work does not directly address the climate crisis that has been underway for decades now, the intersection of global warming, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples physical and cultural health, and the very real threat it poses to the health of Country is profound. It is a privilege to be invited to help guide the conversation regarding Indigenous health and climate change at this years “iDEA2021” conference. 

Laura Trotta

Laura is an environmental engineer and award-winning sustainability educator with over 25 years experience in sustainability and environmental management services. She is experienced in conducting climate change risk assessments and has completed climate studies for multiple Defence, resources/ mining and transport/ infrastructure projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. 

A passionate believer in addressing the small things to achieve big change, and protecting the planet in practical ways, Laura has inspired and educated tens of thousands of people globally to adopt a greener lifestyle through her popular Eco Chat podcast and sustainable living programs. She is also a Climate Reality Leader and regularly delivers presentations on climate science at a corporate and community level. 

Dr Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges, the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australia Museum, and an award winning author. Jared is involved in a range of caring for country initiatives and his writing explores environmental issues, Aboriginal marginalisation, and the power of belonging and culture.

Sarah Hanson Young

First elected to the Senate in 2007 at age 25, Sarah is the youngest woman elected to Federal Parliament. Sarah has worked hard to represent her home state of South Australia and to give a voice to those too often forgotten.

Sarah believes our economy must deliver for both people and planet. She knows her generation is the first to see the impacts of climate change – and the last that can stop it. Sarah is a big believer that we all have a role to play in protecting our environment. But to make the big changes we need, government and business must work with communities to reduce pollution, become more sustainable and restore our endangered planet. Sarah is a strong advocate for making sure no-one is left behind as we transition to a cleaner and safer world.

The 2019 Federal Election saw Sarah double her vote in South Australia and regain her seat in the Senate. With six years ahead of her, Sarah is more energised and determined than ever to protect the Great Australian Bight, demand real action on climate change and get water back to the Murray Darling. As of February 2020, Sarah holds the Greens portfolios for Environment & Water, the Arts & Communications, Tourism and Dental Health.

In 2018, Sarah released her first book, En Garde, an intimate journey of her experience in politics.

In December 2019, Sarah won a #MeToo case against a former senator.

Dr Eugenie Kayak

Eugenie is a Melbourne based public (Alfred and Austin Health) and private anaesthetist. She has worked for over a decade with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), and her own anaesthetic specialty, to raise awareness of, and address, the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation – including health care’s own impact.

Eugenie has represented DEA on multiple issues, including siting on the Victorian State Government Climate Change Advisory Panel and leading DEA’s 2011 legal challenge on health grounds to a proposed new coal fired power plant.  She is presently Convenor of DEA’s national Sustainable Healthcare Special Interest Group and is a past DEA Board member 2009 -2020, Co-chairing the Board from 2018-2020.

Eugenie has presented, taught and contributed to numerous publications in relation to climate change and health, with a particular interest in environmentally sustainable healthcare, including ANZCA’s Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice and DEA’s Healthcare Emission Reduction Target Report.   Recent work with the AMA has resulted in a DEA / AMA MOU and collaboration calling on the Australian healthcare sector to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2040.

Dr Kim Loo

Kim is a passionate advocate for climate health action. A mother of two children active in AYCC, Kim is a GP,  at Riverstone Family Medical Practice. She is the NSW Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia, an AMA NSW council member and a member of DEA’s Air Pollution, Divestment and Energy Special Interest Group. She is involved in numerous climate groups including Hills 4 Climate Action, the Citizens Climate Lobby, Australia Women’s Climate Congress and  Australian Parents 4 Climate. She is a Healthy Futures Ambassador for Better Futures Australia.

Professor Nicholas Talley

Professor Nicholas J. Talley, AC, MD (NSW), PhD (Syd.), FRACP, FAFPHM, FAHMS is a distinguished physician scientist and gastroenterologist, with a special interest in functional and inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases. 

He is currently Distinguished Laureate Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle; Nick has protected time for research and clinical practice as part of this appointment. He is a Past President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a past Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, former Treasurer of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, and a member of the NHMRC Research Committee and MBS taskforce. 

Nick has an outstanding highly cited academic track record with over 1000 publications. He is CIA on a NHMRC CRE in Digestive Health and PI on a University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre, has been a chief on several successfully completed NHMRC and NIH grants, and has attracted funding worth more than AUD$15 million dollars in the 5 years. He is invited to deliver lectures and present his research around the world, and is considered an international authority in the field.

Dr Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss is the Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and a former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.

Denniss has regular columns in the Guardian Australia as well as writing regular essays for The Monthly. He publishes regularly in academic journals and has written 7 books including: Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough (with Clive Hamilton), An introduction to Australian Public Policy (with Sarah Maddison), Minority policy: rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Brenton Prosser) Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense, Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World, and Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next.

He has been described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides, due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy”.

David Barnden

David represents Katta O’Donnell in a unique Federal Court of Australia claim about climate change risks to sovereign bonds. He also represents 8 students from around Australia bringing a class action against the Federal Environment Minister to protect young people from the climate change impacts of the proposed Vickery Extension Coal Project.

Prior to establishing the firm in 2019 David was a principal lawyer at Environmental Justice Australia where he represented Guy and Kim Abrahams in Federal Court proceedings against CBA, Australia’s largest bank, for failing to disclose climate change risks to investors.

David is experienced in litigating complex class actions. At Maurice Blackburn he represented group members in proceedings against Gunns, Nufarm, Treasury Wine Estates and Cash Converters International.

He holds degrees in Law and Applied Science (Coastal Management).

David respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land.

Alison Cox

Alison Cox is the Policy and Advocacy Director at the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

Having begun her career with environmental campaigning organisations including Greenpeace International, Alison went on to lead strategy development and direct advocacy for global public health alliances: for the Framework Convention Alliance, bringing the civil society to voice to the WHO treaty on tobacco control; and for the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance working to increase the integration of NCDs and their risk factors into the global development agenda. As Prevention Director at Cancer Research UK, she has led successful campaigns for restrictions on tobacco and junk food marketing, and built an international programme to support tobacco control advocacy in LMICs. 

Kate Charlesworth

Dr Kate Charlesworth (MBBS (Hons), MPH, FAFPHM, PhD) is a public health physician in Sydney. After working as a hospital doctor in Australia, Kate completed much of her public health medicine training in the UK. She was a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and then worked in the NHS’s national sustainability unit, the leading healthcare decarbonisation program in the world.  Kate also has a PhD in low-carbon healthcare, and now works as a medical specialist in climate risk across Sydney North Primary Health Network and Northern Sydney Local Health District – the first such role in Australia.  

Charles Le Feuvre

Charles Le Feuvre is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne. He has been Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the RANZCP. He has been interested in psychological and other perspectives on the natural environment and climate change for many years. For 10 years he has
been involved with Psychology for a Safe Climate (PSC), a Melbourne based group which aims to support people emotionally in facing the climate reality. He is currently Deputy Chair. Charles has been involved in running workshops and speaking and writing on their behalf. He is also is involved
in PSC’s current initiative to set up a Climate Aware Practitioner Network within Australia.


Day one of the conference will focus on providing an honest appraisal of the current state of the climate crisis from scientific, medical, cultural and political perspectives. You can expect a range of keynote addresses, workshops and plenaries beginning at 8:30am and continuing until 5:30pm.


Day two of the conference will focus on solutions: offering treatment pathways that combat planetary health problems, as well as solutions to address the immediate health effects of climate change and environmental degradation on patients.