iDEA2020 cancelled due to COVID-19


We are distressed to cancel iDEA2020, however we cannot host an event like this during a global pandemic of this magnitude and risk. We are grateful to our extraordinary speakers, the remarkable organising committee, ANU Climate Change Institute, and to those who have registered for our event.  DEA will offer a refund of the conference fee. 

The iDEA Canberra team hopes to present a wonderful conference in 2021. And we look forward to seeing many of you then! 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

REFUNDS

A refund process will commence in the next few days and all registered participants will receive an email advising them of the process early next week. If you have registered and have not received an email regarding the refund process by Friday 20 March 2020, please contact the DEA office via email at admin@dea.org.au    



 


Speakers



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   1:30 pm – 4 pm

Lying awake at night wondering how we’ll survive a few more degrees of warming? Grieving the damage to our natural world in recent fires? Going crazy for want of fresh air and somewhere green to play? Caring for terrified survivors of a dangerous climate-related event? Feeling ashamed that you haven't embraced a plant-based diet? This is the workshop for you! 

We’ll hear how eco-anxiety affects us, and explore some practical ways to manage climate and environmental distress. The climate emergency is an invitation to think about who we want to be, and what our most important priorities are.

Lead: Susie Burke

Speakers 

  • Katrina Anderson: How eco anxiety is impacting people
  • Ben Edwards: Exposure to natural disasters, including the impact on attitudes of the 2019-20 Australian Bushfires
  • Anna Seth: Practical aspects of how we manage climate and environmental distress in our community
  • Dimity Williams: Spending time in nature: an antidote to solastalgia/ecological distress

Healthcare Sustainability Symposium   1:30 pm – 4 pm 

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. 

Speakers: Forbes McGain, Simon Corbell, Carol Behne, Luke Douma, Greg Robertson


4
Apr

SATURDAY– Mapping the problem

7.30 am – 8.00 am

Registration

8.00 am – 9.30 am

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.

Speaker: Virginia Marshall

9.30 am – 10.00 am

Morning tea

10.00 am – 11.30 am

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.

Speakers:  Ken Winkel, Charlie Pell, David Lindenmayer, Cormac Farrell, Sally Box

11.30 am – 1.00 pm

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.

Speakers:
  • Barbara Norman: Planning for climate risks – challenges and opportunities for our cities
  • Sotiris Vardoulakis: Cities and health, including challenges related to climate change, and health co-benefits from climate change mitigation
  • Jenny Edwards: At the scale of the single residence, how can we retrofit, renovate and convert homes into highly-efficient, climate-resilient, comfy, healthy homes?
  • Andrew Maynard: Creating ethical, socially sustainable, and cost effective housing

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Lunch

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

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.

Speakers: Robert Glasser, Misha Coleman, Russell Miles

4.00 pm

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

8.00 am – 9.00 am

Registration

9.00 am – 10.00 am

DEA members’ assembly

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

10.00 am – 12.30 pm

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.

Speakers: Sharon Friel, Richard Denniss, John Hewson

12.30 pm – 1.00 pm

Lunch

1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

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.

Speakers: Arnagretta Hunter, Siobhan McDonald

2.30 pm – 2.45 pm

Afternoon tea

2:45 pm – 4.00 pm

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.

Shane Rattenbury, Misha Coleman, Mark Howden, politician panel discussion

4.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Closing session

Wrapping up the conference

Panel Discussion




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
5:30 - 9 pm Friday
  • 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.
  • Meet 5:30 pm in the foyer of the Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU
  • Bus to Capital Brewing, Fyshwick for a drink. Walk to wetlands for wildlife spotting in 2 groups, each with a guide. Return to Capital Brewing around 8 pm. Food available at Brodburger (co-located with Capital Brewing) or eat once return to city. Bus departs Capital Brewing at 8:45 pm to arrive back at ANU by 9 pm.
Mulligan’s Flat nature walk
7:30 - 10:30 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 4 km in total and takes 2-2.5 hours; bring wet weather gear in case of rain and sturdy walking shoes. Please eat before departure. Food will not be available on this walk.
  • Meet 7:30 pm in the foyer of the Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU
  • Bus to Mulligan's Flat, arriving 8 pm. Walk through sanctuary in 2 groups, each with a guide. Bus departs Mulligan's Flat at 10:15 pm to arrive back at ANU by 10:30 pm




4
Apr

Saturday Night 

Network with like-minded colleagues and enjoy food, drink, and a special live theatre surprise.

Venue:  Badger & Co., Kambri ANU

7-11 pm


5
Apr

Sunday

Bushland Nature Walk, Black Mountain (3.2 km)
7 – 8 am
An opportunity to exercise and network with fellow DEA members, while enjoying Canberra’s pleasant environment. Free.
Meet at the entrance to the Australian National Botanic Gardens (a short walk from ANU) at 7 am.
A map of the walk can be found  here  and below:

Walk map


DEA Members Assembly
9-10 am
Cultural Centre, Kambri ANU
Breakfast
DEA Members only




COVID-19: Travel  insurance is advisable. We are exploring options to stream the conference in the event of travel bans

Registration Rates

Full registration - DEA member $450 $495

Your full conference registration includes the conference program, catering and access to the Ideas Fair

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 and access to the Ideas Fair

Full registration - medical student $50 $95

Limited number of tickets available.

Your full conference registration includes the conference program and access to the Ideas Fair.

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 and access to the Ideas Fair

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

Saturday night social event

Registration category Early-bird (until 31st January 2020) Standard Inclusions




Image courtesy Visit Canberra

Conference Venue

iDEA 2020 will be held at the Australian National University campus in Canberra. Registration desk, meeting point for walks, and weekend conference sessions will be in the Cultural Centre, Kambri precinct. The friday pre-conference symposia will be in other venues on the ANU campus (see map). 

Friday

Eco Anxiety: Lotus Hall Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU
Healthcare Sustainability: Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research

Evening Walks: Meet in Cultural Centre Foyer, Kambri ANU

Saturday - Sunday

Registration desk and conference: Cultural Centre, Kambri ANU

Social Event: Badger & Co., Kambri ANU

Sunday walk: Meet at main gate into Botanic Gardens

iDEA2020 Interactive Map


ANU Campus Map


ANU Campus Map


Transport

Being located in Canberra's CBD, a range of transport options are available and walking between venues is feasible.
Information on public transport can be found at Transport Canberra,  www.transport.act.gov.au
Bicycle sharing is available through Airbike at $1.80 per 30 mins. See  airbike.network
Car parking on ANU campus is limited. PAYG parking on site is managed via CellOPark Australia,  www.cellopark.com.au/Site


Accommodation

Accommodation is available at a range of nearby hotels. We have arranged a special conference rate at the places listed below. 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.

  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