Introduction by Croakey: This year’s Healthy Environments and Lives Network conference (HEAL2022 ) was convened as an event to promote “transformational change for environmental, planetary and human health.”
As a platform to pave the way for such change, the conference set out to provide “an inspirational forum for knowledge transfer, scientific debate, and community-wide conversations about research and policy priority setting on human health, climate and environmental change solutions in Australia.”
It did so via a packed two day program of nine plenary presentations and 40 breakout sessions, grouped around the #HEAL2022 themes, and gatherings to build regional communities of practice in each State and Territory across Australia.
We can’t bring you everything that happened, but you can read Croakey’s coverage of many sessions via the articles in this link.
And in this final article from #HEAL2022, Marie McInerney takes us on a Twitter tour of some of the other sessions and discussions that she and Croakey colleague Alison Barrett were able to attend, as well as regional reporting, conference highlights and reflections.
Clean energy solutions
Read Alison Barrett’s Clean Energy Twitter thread
Food, soil and water security
WATCH: With thanks to Dr Nina Lansbury and her colleague Waanyi/Kalkadoon woman Adjunct Professor Sandra Creamer, you can view this video presentation on: Remote Indigenous communities, climate change and water security: Projections and options for the future. See also this video that documents Aboriginal women’s experiences of remote living, and their views on how housing and crowding affect the health of their families. It was filmed on Arrente country in the Northern Territory, produced by UQ and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA).
Read Marie McInerney’s Twitter thread on the session here
Bushfires, air pollution, heatwaves, other extreme events
Read Alison Barrett’s Twitter thread of this session here
Big issues, big questions
Regional breakout sessions
HEAL2022 participants met in person and virtually in state and territory based sessions to identify regional priorities and evidence needs and set local research/co-design and implementation plans.
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
HEAL Network, heading forward
Reflections ON #HEAL2022
See our full #HEAL2022 coverage
Read our #HEAL2022 Twitter threads: