International Symposium on Public Health


Tuesday 9th November 2021 
Deakin Downtown, Melbourne 
Live & Virtual 

Registrations details will be available soon.




Australian Policy History and the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin University are delighted to host a stellar group of academics and policy experts from across the world to discuss public health policy from historical, policy and international perspectives. Speakers will examine the place of public health care in the public imaginations of Australians, CanadiansBritons and Americans. 

Papers will include:

 ‘The Birth of Medicare: An Insider’s Perspective’ Bill Bowtell (Former adviser to Hawke and Keating governments)

‘Hip-pocket First, Fairness Second: Australians and the Birth of Medicare’ Carolyn Holbrook (Deakin University )

‘Getting a read on Medicare Awareness, Relevance and Satisfaction’ Catherine Bennett, David Lowe, Carolyn Holbrook and Ekaterina Bogatyreva  (Deakin University)

‘Marketing Medicare: The Transformation from Bricks to Clicks’ Richie Barker (Deakin University)

‘What do we want from Medicare? An Economic Perspective’ Martin Hensher and Paul Crosland (Deakin University)

‘The Ill-Health of Health Journalism’ Chris Scanlon and Matthew Ricketson (Deakin University)

 ‘Melbourne Women during the 1919 Spanish Influenza Pandemic’ Mary Sheehan (University of Melbourne)

 ‘Maple Syrup, Mounties and Medicare: How Universal Health Insurance became a National Identity in Canada’ David Wright (McGill University)

 ‘History-Making, Popular Memory, and the British National Health Service’ Andrew Seaton (New York University)

‘Seeing the Love? Forging and Fighting Feelings for Britain’s NHS’ Roberta Bivins (Warwick University) 

 ‘Anti-welfare Nationalism: U.S. Health Care as an Ideological System’ Beatrix Hoffman (Northern Illinois University)


**Registration will be available shortly. This event will cost $40, to cover the costs of catering.**