Health Inequities, Trade and Global Governance Research Symposium

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La Trobe University, City Campus

Level 2, 360 Collins Street

360C - 3.03 Teaching Room 7 360C - 3.04 Teaching Room 8

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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This workshop will bring together researchers on health inequities, trade policy and global governance to explore key issues facing the Asia Pacific Region in the 21st century. Drawing on political economy perspectives, speakers will explore the relationships between health inequities and global economic governance, and intersections between trade, health and intellectual property rights, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific.


Professor Anne-Maree Farrell - Professor and Chair of the Centre for Health Law and Society, Director of the Centre for Health Law and Society within the La Trobe Law School, and is also an ARC Future Fellow. Professor Farrell’s research expertise lies generally in health law, policy and ethics.

Professor Sharon Friel - Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Professor of Health Equity, Australian National University. She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU. She is also co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity

Professor Ronald Labonté - Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine; Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

Professor Susan Sell - Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Centre for Governance of Knowledge and Development (CGKD), Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Australian National University

Dr Owain Williams - Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Dr Williams has research expertise and published widely on the political economy of health

Dr Deborah Gleeson - Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. She is Convenor, Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), playing a key role in PHAA's advocacy for healthy trade agreements


| 08:45 - Tea/Coffee on Arrival

| 08:55 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

| 09:00 - Global economic governance and health inequities

Professor Ron Labonté (University of Ottawa)

| 10:00 - Winners and losers – the politics of health equity in the Asia Pacific region

Professor Sharon Friel (Australian National University)

| 11:00 - Morning Tea

| 11:30 - Trade and health in the Asia Pacific region: challenges and opportunities

Dr Deborah Gleeson (La Trobe University)

| 12:30 - Lunch

| 01:00 - The international political economy of public health

Professor Susan Sell (Australian National University)

| 02:00 - The potential transformation in global medicines governance

Dr Owain Williams (University of Queensland)

| 03:00 - Close of Seminar

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La Trobe University, City Campus

Level 2, 360 Collins Street

360C - 3.03 Teaching Room 7 360C - 3.04 Teaching Room 8

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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