Making the right to health a reality

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A virtual panel on health and human rights, featuring Australian leaders in these sectors.

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Everyone should be able to access quality healthcare when they need it, regardless of their bank balance or personal circumstances.

But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, people with disabilities, those in aged care, and First Nations communities can be at a disadvantage when seeking care. And that can be exacerbated in times of crisis, such as during a pandemic.

Healthcare is a human right, but how do we ensure decision-makers do as much as they can to make it a reality for everyone? And how do we ensure that people can take action when that right has been violated? Would having a national Charter of Human Right make a difference?

This forum, co-hosted by the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Human Rights Institute, will hear from speakers who are leading the conversation on health and human rights.


● Donnella Mills, Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

● Rosemary Kayess, Senior Lecturer and Chair of UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

● Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre

Moderated by Professor Justine Nolan, Director, Australian Human Rights Institute

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The Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney is dedicated to interdisciplinary research in three priority areas; business and human rights, health and human rights and gender justice.

By bringing together researchers in different disciplines, the Institute will produce innovative solutions for human rights violations. It will have a meaningful social impact, with responses to rights challenges that can be applied by governments, industries, and communities across the globe.

The Institute builds on the outstanding legacy of the Australian Human Rights Centre, which since its establishment in 1986, has increased public awareness and academic scholarship on human rights through research, public lectures and events, and publications.

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