How are health and the environment linked in the 21st Century and are our lifestyles putting economies at risk?
Hosted by Paul Barclay, Australia Talks
Global concerns about health and environmental degradation and change permeate almost every aspect of our lives in the 21st century. We are becoming increasingly interested in how scientific research being undertaken by our leading researchers is reflected in broader political decisions and policies, and the public availability of this cutting-edge information.
Guest panellists will explore some of the pivotal issues about health and the environment in the 21st century, including clinical innovations in medicine, public perceptions of environmental issues such as climate change, media representation, and the actions begin taken by young Australians.
Paul Barclay (Host)
Paul Barclay is in his fifth year moderating the ‘national conversation’ on ABC Radio National’s, Australia Talks program. He also presents and contributes to the station’s Big Ideas program. For seven years, Paul was the executive producer of Australia Talks’ predecessor, Australia Talks Back, and in 2005 he won a Walkley Award for his investigation of the events and issues surrounding Bundaberg’s notorious ‘Dr Death’.
Professor Ian Frazer is a clinical immunologist and Director of the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. Ian’s groundbreaking work developing the human papillomavirus (HPV) cervical cancer immunisation program has earned him worldwide acclaim. Between 1999 and 2008 Ian received more than 20 national and international awards for scientific research, including Queenslander and Australian of the Year in 2006, the International Life Award for Scientific Research in 2007 and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2008.
Anne Fulwood is one of Australian television’s most respected journalists. In the early 1990s, she established herself as the founding presenter of the Channel Ten Late News, and finished a long career of network news presentation on Channel 7 in 2000. The Late News established not only a new time slot for evening news, but was instrumental in changing Australia’s late night viewing patterns. In 2007 Anne was appointed by the Commonwealth of Australia as the official spokesperson for the APEC Summit. From a rural family, Anne has a strong interest in primary industry, and sustainability, particularly water resources.
Amanda McKenzie is co-founder and current CEO of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the largest youth-run organisation. Amanda has established herself as a leader and expert in climate change awareness and youth community participation. At just 24 years of age, Amanda worked with other young people from around the world to build the global youth climate movement, helping to organise the International Youth Climate Conference in 2007 and 2008, and also to establish the International Youth Climate Network. Amanda was named as the joint 2009 Banksia Foundation Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Dr Joseph Reser is an environmental psychologist who is currently involved in an in-depth nationwide survey of public risk perception, understandings and responses to climate change and natural disasters. Joseph’s research draws from a number of areas, including social, environmental, cross-cultural, and health psychology. His work focuses on public understandings of, and responses to, social representations of climate change and other environmental threats and problems, and investigates the possibility of psychological theory and research to effectively address climate change issues.