Contemporary Histories Research Group, Deakin University and Australian Policy and History

 

International Symposium on Public Health Systems: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

A virtual conference

Tuesday 9 November 2021, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC + 11)

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About this event

Australian Policy and History and the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin University will host leading academics and policy experts from across the world to discuss public health policy from historical and contemporary perspectives. Speakers including Hon Dr Neal Blewett, Bill Bowtell and Professor Catherine Bennett talking about the foundation of Medicare and the contemporary state of our public health system. Historians from the US, UK and Canada will offer perspectives on their  health systems.

Program Details

9.00am-9.15am

Welcome to Country and Introduction

Professor Chris McConville

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Strategy and Performance

Deakin University

 9.15am-9.45am

‘Hip-pocket First, Fairness Second: Australians and the Birth of Medicare’

Dr Carolyn Holbrook

Contemporary Histories Research Group, Deakin University

9.45am-10.45am

‘Building and Maintaining Medicare: Insiders’ Perspectives’: Panel Discussion chaired by Professor Frank Bongiorno, ANU

Hon. Dr Neal Blewett, Commonwealth Minister for Health, 1983-1990

Bill Bowtell, senior adviser to Health Minister Neal Blewett, 1983-1987 and Prime Minister Paul Keating, 1984-1996

Caroline Edwards, Deputy Secretary/Associate Secretary of Commonwealth Department of Health, 2017-2021

10.45am-11.00am

Morning tea break

11.00am-11.30am

‘How Healthy is Health Journalism?’

Professor Matthew Ricketson and Dr Chris Scanlon

School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

11.30am-12.00pm

‘Isn’t it iconic? Investigating the past, present and future of Medicare as a public sector brand’

Dr Richie Barker

School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

12.00-12.30pm

‘Medicare and the economics of health care in Australia’

Associate Professor Martin Hensher and Paul Crosland

Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

12.30pm-1.00pm

‘Getting a read on Medicare Awareness, Relevance and Satisfaction’

Professor Catherine Bennett, Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University and Professor David Lowe, Contemporary Histories Research Group, Deakin University

1.00pm-1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm-2.00pm

‘Melbourne Women during the 1919 Spanish Influenza Pandemic’

Mary Sheehan

Public Historian and PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

2.00pm-2.30pm

‘History-Making, Popular Memory, and the British National Health Service’

Dr Andrew Seaton

Research Fellow, Oxford University, UK

2.30pm-3.00pm

‘Seeing the Love? Forging and Fighting Feelings for Britain’s NHS’

Professor Roberta Bivins

Warwick University, UK

3.00pm-3.30pm

Break

3.30pm-4.00pm

‘Anti-welfare Nationalism: U.S. Health Care as an Ideological System’

Professor Beatrix Hoffman

Northern Illinois University, USA

4.00pm-4.30pm

‘Maple Syrup, Mounties and Medicare: How Universal Health Insurance became a National Identity in Canada’

Professor David Wright

McGill University, Canada

4.30pm-5.00pm

Discussion and Closing Remarks

                                   

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