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Australia's Chance to Foster Good Health in Asia-Pacific

Published on May 8, 2024

By Seamus Horan

As the Assistant Minister for Health, Ged Kearney, stumbled over the name of the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the opening of the World Health Summit Asia-Pacific meeting in Melbourne last month, Australia's identity crisis played out on stage.

Debating Australia's Place in the World

Following the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, the Asia-Pacific regional meeting of the World Health Summit raises questions about Australia's position. Are we a "Western" country in the East? Part of the "Global North" but in the South? These questions come to the fore as experts gather to discuss health challenges in the region.

Embracing First Nations Cultures

Reflecting on racism and colonization, the summit recognizes the strength and inseparability of First Nations peoples and Australian identity. This acknowledgment is a significant shift.

Pandemic Preparedness

Urbanization, population growth, global trade, and climate change create an environment for new infections. The next pandemic may not be a century away. Aotearoa New Zealand's former prime minister, Helen Clark, reminds us that we haven't even fully recovered from Covid-19 yet.

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