Join Doctors for the Environment Australia for the iDEA23 “Surviving and Thriving” conference in July 2023.

This highly anticipated weekend conference is to be held at the beautiful University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in Brisbane from 14th-16th.

Join us to hear from Australian and international speakers who will be sharing practical knowledge from their fields of expertise to help us adapt to the inevitable challenges of climate change while cultivating hope for the wellbeing of our planet and its people.

Conference content will take a variety of formats including talks, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities.

Food and drinks will be available throughout the conference weekend and catered by local vendors.

Stay tuned for further updates on the details of the Saturday night social event, which our DEA student organisation at the University of Queensland is kindly organising for us.

To survive and thrive, deep systemic and societal change is required; our transition to a greener future should be equitable and ethical. At iDEA23 we will explore the intersection of environmental advocacy across a range of spheres including healthcare, economics, and law.

Although the situation is dire, we would like to showcase proven strategies and mobilise hope for the future in a way that leaves us connected to our community and paves the way for us to act!

iDEA 2023 Program

Friday 14th July 2023 - Day One

UQ St Lucia – Advanced Engineering Building Auditorium

2.30pm - 5.30pm   Media Skills Workshop

  • Climate Media Centre


Saturday 15th July 2023 - Day Two

UQ St Lucia – Advanced Engineering Building Auditorium


8.00am - 8.30am   Check In

8:50am  Welcome to Country

  • Derek Sandy

9.00am - 10.30am   Session 1: Plenary

  • Dr Lachlan McIver (Online only) - The Ultimate Emergency: Why we need to treat the planet as a patient to save the human race.
  • Francis Nona
  • Prof Ian Lowe (Online only) - The complex environmental factors influencing public health.

11.00am - 12.30pm   Session 2: Health Care Sustainability

  • David Walker- Health Infrastructure Sustainability.
  • Dr Ben Dunne - Embedding sustainability in hospitals and health services.
  • Dr Richard Yin - Sustainable general practice - a platform for advocacy?
  • Trevor Berrill - Healthy GP Clinics, Healthy People, Healthy Planet.

1.30pm - 3.00pm   Session 3: Workshops

Choose one of the following workshops:

Cultivating Hope in the Time of the Climate Emergency

This is an experiential workshop to help people air some of the painful feelings they have about the climate crisis, and to learn techniques for making room for uncomfortable feelings, cultivate a perspective of active hope, and increase one's capacity to be present and focus on what matters in the context of the climate emergency.

Facilitated by Dr Susie Burke

The Doctor as Advocate: Introduction to Campaigning

Come along to this interactive workshop as we explore the background to advocacy, touch on DEA goals and discuss what it takes to run a successful campaign. Whether your interest lies in small scale shift in your workplace, or tackling political reform, this workshop will provide a framework for making change happen.

Facilitated by Dr Kate Wylie and Dr Richard Yin

Designing a carbon literacy program for climate-mitigation in healthcare

A workshop providing a shared understanding of the polycrisis that the world is facing and examining the key components of and pathways to developing a carbon literacy program for the Australian healthcare sector based on the Carbon Literacy Project learning framework.

Facilitated by Roxane Valier-Brasier

3.30pm - 5.00pm   Session 4: Ecology

  • Prof Richard Fuller - Biodiversity, Health and Connection to Nature.
  • Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg - Will the Great Barrier Reef survive and thrive under extreme climate change?
  • Prof Susanne Schmidt - Healthy landscapes, plants and people.


Saturday night social event 

UQ Anthropology Museum

5.30pm   Social Cocktail event at UQ Anthropology Museum


Sunday 16th July 2023 - Day Three

UQ St Lucia – Advanced Engineering Building Auditorium


6.30am - 8.00am   Bird Walk

  • Prof Hugh Possingham (Oxley Creek Common)

8.30am - 10.00am   Session 1: Ethics and Justice

  • Elise West -War and Warming: Connecting the Dots.
  • Michelle Maloney (Online only)

10.30am - 12.00pm   Session 2: Members Assembly


1.30pm - 2.30pm  Session 3: Personal and Community Solutions

  • Dr Moira Williams - Building people power to tackle the climate crisis.
  • Dr Nina Lansbury - Protecting health in a changing climate: From the IPCC ivory tower to on-ground in a remote community.
  • Prof Matthew Hornsey - A toolkit for understanding and addressing climate inaction

3.00pm - 4.30pm Session 4: Environment and Society

  • Joanna Zhou
  • Murrawah Johnson
  • Prof John Quiggin (Online only) - Climate Change, Despair and Mental Health: What can Behavioural Economics tell us?


iDEA23 Organising Committee Members


Isaac Tranter


Peta Higgs


Mia Wong


David King


Linda Selvey


Olivia Williams


Lana Del Vecchio


Jenni Ng


Albert Qui