iDEA Conference 2020


Conference Welcome

iDEA 2020, the annual national conference for Doctors for the Environment Australia, is the leading Australian conference on Climate Change and Health. This year we welcome our friends and colleagues from around Australia to a cross-disciplinary meeting focusing on climate change as an increasing health crisis. 

On Saturday 4th April, ideas and challenges in climate change and health will be presented. We will start with Indigenous understanding of land and country, move into the Australian countryside to discuss agriculture and the natural environment, then back to the cities to talk about the built environment, security and migration. 

Sunday will offer a strong solution focus, beginning with framing the problems, then considering solutions through a cross-disciplinary lens, including economic elements. We will examine narrative techniques for communicating the challenge, and finish with the policy and politics of climate change. 

Purpose 

iDEA2020 brings together medical practitioners, medical students, academics, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenge of climate change and its effects on human health. 

Rationale for Attending 

Join friends and colleagues from around Australia to discuss climate change and the environmental determinants of health. iDEA2020 brings together thinkers from a range of diverse disciplines and perspectives, and offers intelligent and useful framing of the challenges and their solutions. 

iDEA 2020 is supported by



Speakers

iDEA 2020 will feature a diverse line up of speakers who will deliver challenging, inspiring and educational presentations.



iDEA is the annual conference of Doctors for the Environment (DEA) – an organization focused on promoting good health through care of the environment. Formed in 2001, we are guided by our vision ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’. We are an organisation of doctors: interns, hospital doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, physicians, anaesthetists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, public health specialists, academics, students and scientists. We bring together an extraordinary level of leadership and expertise drawn from every branch of medicine, using compelling scientific evidence to demonstrate the important health benefits of clean air and water, biodiverse natural places, stable climates and sustainable health care systems. 

iDEA 2020 centres around the intersection between climate change and health. iDEA2020 will attract 300-plus professionals in-person, plus additional groups in each satellite hub where the conference will be live-streamed – Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Brisbane. We anticipate an audience of well over 500 doctors for this year’s event.

We are also delighted to invite you to the inaugural Ideas Fair – a gathering of professionals, businesses, NGOs, environmental organizations and companies like yours. Not just a trade fair, the Ideas Fair provides you with a place in which you get to create your own unique space and invite would-be customers in to your world to hear your story and experience your brand.

  • Contact Amber Deveridge on 0413 642 145 for more information or a copy of the sponsorship prospectus.



3
Apr

FRIDAY

Eco-Anxiety Symposium   1:30pm – 4pm

Anxiety related to the changing climate is growing in the community, particularly among young people, and those working to address the climate change challenge. Medical practitioners are increasingly required to address this in their practice. 

This symposium brings together academic researchers, psychologists and doctors in an open discussion on how to address this anxiety in our health practice and in our own lives. Participants in the workshop will hear from a number of people working on the problem, from the epidemiology of concern and how we define it, through to practical advice on how to tackle the mental health challenge of climate change. 

Healthcare Sustainability Symposium   1:30pm – 4pm 

The Australian healthcare industry is responsible for approximately 7% of Australia’s carbon footprint. There is an increasing awareness among staff in hospitals and healthcare facilities that our environmental impact should be reduced. 

This workshop brings together doctors and health workers from around Australia to discuss healthcare’s environmental burden, and what has been and can be done to reduce it. It is a great opportunity to network and get new ideas which can then be promulgated to other healthcare locations. 


4
Apr

SATURDAY– Mapping the problem

7.30am – 8.30am

Registration

8.30am – 10.00am

Session one - Indigenous framing of health and climate change

Indigenous Australians have a unique understanding of the relationship between people and Country. Representatives will share their perspective on the importance of Country to health and how it will be affected by climate change.

10.00am – 10.15am

Morning tea

10.15am – 11.30am

Session two – Agriculture and the natural environment

Speakers will offer agriculture problems in climate change and health, and their perspective on how protecting the natural environment can help ameliorate climate change and improve health outcomes.

11.30am – 1.00pm

Session three – Cities and the built environment

Architects, urban planners and policies developers will come together to talk about the ways in which cities can both amplify and solve some of our climate change problems.

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Lunch

2.00pm – 3.30pm

Session four – Security and migration

Climate change will increase global insecurity and is projected to result in hundreds of millions of climate refugees in the coming decades. This session will discuss the projected effects on security and migration, and how we can deal with these.

4.00pm

Session five – Open spaces

Encourages fluid discussion of ideas that can come from the conference or be brought to the conference by participants. An opportunity to sit with friends and colleagues to discuss ideas from a stimulating first day.


5
Apr

SUNDAY– Policy, politics and how to achieve change

8.00am – 9.00am

Registration

9.00am – 10.00am

DEA members’ assembly

Breakfast and discussion with the DEA management committee and board regarding the DEA direction and plans.

10.00am – 12.30pm

Session six – Consumptogenesis and economics

Consumption, capitalism, economic systems, growth, health and climate change are all interconnected. In this session, world-leading author Professor Sharon Friel provides a public health perspective on climate change and health, coupled with ideas of economic solutions.

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Session seven - Narrative and the art of climate change persuasion

Story-telling is tremendously powerful in health and in the political discussion around climate change. Hear from climate scientists, writers and communicators about the value of narrative and how it drives change.

2.30pm – 2.45pm

Afternoon tea

2:45pm – 4.00pm

Session eight – Health and the politics of climate change

Politics is key in dealing with climate change and ameliorating its health effects. Hear from those involved in climate change politics and campaigns at a local, state and federal level.

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Closing session

Wrapping up the conference




Sugar Glider at Mulligans Flat, image courtesy Visit Canberra


3
Apr

Friday Night

Medical Student Event
  • Free event for medical students only
  • Network and relax with like-minded fellow medical students before we start the serious stuff on Saturday.
Jerrabomberra Wetland Walk
  • Located on the Molonglo river floodplain close to the Canberra city centre, Jerrabomberra Nature Reserve is a wetland habitat of national and international importance, offering a refuge for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere and inland Australia.
  • See some of the 200+ species that can be found in the wetlands on a beer+birding tour, and then refresh with a cold beverage from the adjacent Capital Brewing microbrewery.
Mulligan’s Flat nature walk 6-8 pm Friday
  • Mulligan’s Flat is a protected area of intact endangered box gum woodland containing a 485 hectare sanctuary protected by feral predator-proof fence. Inside the sanctuary, species vulnerable to predation thrive, such as the Eastern Bettong, in its first mainland population for more than a century. Twilight tours at the sanctuary offer the opportunity to observe these and other rarely-seen animals such as sugar gliders and Eastern Quolls, in their natural habitats. Tours include expert guides.
  • Note that the walk is just less than 4km in total and takes 2-2.5 hours; bring wet weather gear in case of rain and sturdy walking shoes.


4
Apr

Saturday Night 

 Network with like-minded colleagues and enjoy a pleasant evening with light refreshments and entertainment.


5
Apr

Sunday

Walk around Lake Burley Griffin Central Loop (5km)
7 – 8am
An opportunity to exercise and network with fellow DEA members, while enjoying Canberra’s pleasant environment. Free.


DEA Members Assembly
9-10am
KAMBRI ANU
Breakfast
DEA Members only




Registration Rates

Full registration - DEA member $450 $495

Your full conference registration includes the conference program, catering, access to the Ideas Fair and the Saturday night social event.

You will need to log in to register as a DEA member.

Full registration - DEA non member $525 $570

Your full conference registration includes the conference program, access to the Ideas Fair and the Saturday night social event.

Full registration - medical student $50 $95

Limited number of tickets available.

Your full conference registration includes the conference program, access to the Ideas Fair and the Saturday night social event.

This category is available to full time medical students only. You will need to provide your student number.

Full registration - student non-medical $125 $170

Limited number of tickets available.

Your full conference registration includes the conference program, access to the Ideas Fair and the Saturday night social event.

This category is available to full time students (non-medical) only. You will need to provide your student number.

Day registration - DEA member $250 $295

Your day conference registration includes the conference program, catering and access to the Ideas Fair for one day only.

You will need to log in to register as a DEA member.

Day registration - DEA non member $300 $345

Your day conference registration includes the conference program, catering and access to the Ideas Fair for one day only.

Day registration - medical student $30 $75

Limited number of tickets available.

Your day conference registration includes the conference program, catering and access to the Ideas Fair for one day only.

This category is available to full time medical students only. You will need to provide your student number.

Day registration student non-medical $70 $115

Limited number of tickets available.

Your day conference registration includes the conference program, catering and access to the Ideas Fair for one day only.

This category is available to full time students (non-medical) only. You will need to provide your student number.

Mulligans Flat Walk $50 $50

Includes transport

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Walk $55 $55

Includes transport

Friday Symposium $40 $40

Symposium 1 - Eco-anxiety

Symposium 2 - Healthcare sustainability

Saturday social event $60 $60

Theatre Extravaganza

Registration category Early-bird (until 13 January 2020) Standard Inclusions




Image courtesy Visit Canberra

iDEA 2020 will be held at the Australian National University campus in Canberra. Situated within the CBD, ANU is close to a wide variety of accommodation, restaurant and entertainment options, plus close to some of Canberra’s beautiful open spaces, like Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian Botanic Gardens.
For more information on getting to Canberra, plus all the great things you can do during your stay, go to  www.visitcanberra.com.au.
Accommodation will be available at a range of nearby hotels.

  Site   University House, ANU
  Address  1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT
  Webpage   http://unihouse.anu.edu.au/
  Discounts Available Twin standard rooms $144 per night ($164 single breakfast, $184 twin breakfast)
Twin superior rooms $157 per night ($177 single breakfast, $197 twin breakfast)
Queen superior rooms $157 per night ($177 single breakfast, $197 two breakfasts)
  Discount Code  2004DOCTOR
  How to Book  contact University House reception on 02 6125 1550 or email  accommodation.unihouse@anu.edu.au
  Notes  Available until 6/3/20. Limited numbers of rooms available
  Site   Ovolo NIshi
  Address  25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, ACT
Webpage    https://ovolohotels.com.au/ovolonishi/
  Discounts Available  On all rooms
  Discount Code  Via web page ->
  How to Book   click here to book
  Notes  
  Site   Nishi Apartments
  Address  25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, ACT
  Webpage   https://ovolohotels.com.au/apartmentsnishi/
  Discounts Available  On all rooms
  Discount Code  Via web page ->
  How to Book   click here to book
  Notes  
  Site   Canberra YHA
  Address  7 Akuna St, Canberra
  Webpage   https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/canberra/canberra-city-backpackers-hostel/
  Discounts Available  Multi-share dorms and private rooms
  Discount Code  Conf00
  How to Book  Web page
  Notes  





For more information about iDEA 2020, email  deaact@gmail.com