Will the road to recovery be paved with casualties?

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, a behaviour change specialist and a leading Australian health economist will present at Health Issues Centre’s next consumer online forum in June.

The event will provide a fascinating opportunity to dig into how Government policy is impacted by the foibles of human psychology and what this means for whether Australia’s recovery plan will stay on track – both in terms of the economy and human lives.

In particular, the event will give consumers the opportunity to discuss with experts whether Australia’s recovery plan will come at a high human cost, as has been the case in Sweden, where remaining open has potentially not provided the hoped-for economic benefits but has come at enormous human cost – Sweden has among the worst Covid-19 death rates in Europe.

If you would like to attend the forum, please register here.

See below for full bios on our speakers. 

Prof Brett Sutton, VIC Chief Health Officer

Professor Brett Sutton is Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer undertakes a variety of statutory functions under health and food-related legislation. He also provides expert clinical and scientific advice and leadership on issues impacting public health.

Professor Sutton has extensive experience and clinical expertise in public health and communicable diseases, gained through emergency medicine and field-based international work, including in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste. He represents Victoria on a number of key national bodies including the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee).  He is also Chief Human Biosecurity Officer for Victoria. Professor Sutton has a keen interest in tropical medicine and the incorporation of palliative care practice into humanitarian responses.

Professor Sutton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM). He is also a member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

Luke van der Beeke speaking on-stageLuke van der Beeke, Behaviour Change Specialist

Luke is the Founder of The Behaviour Change Collaborative, a social enterprise that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address health, social and environmental challenges.

He has delivered behaviour change programs, training and advice to organisations including the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, the Department for International Development (DFID UK) and the British and Scottish governments.

For three years he managed the Department of Health England’s social marketing capacity building program for the NHS, and he also served as a technical advisor (social marketing) to the Marmot Review on Health Inequalities in England.

While the bulk of his experience has been in public health he enjoys working across policy domains. Recently he’s been working on projects addressing climate change, sustainability, active travel, and domestic violence.

He’s a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Australian Marketing Institute, and an adjunct research fellow at both Curtin University (public health) and Griffith University (social marketing)

 Prof John Karnon headshotProf Jonathan Karnon, SA Health Economist

Professor Karnon is Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) Deputy Director (Theme Lead, Healthy Communities), College of Medicine and Public Health.

His applied research focuses on the use of economic evidence to inform resource allocation decisions. He has undertaken applied economic evaluations in primary care, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, residential care and community pharmacies. He has published cost-effectiveness models in a wide range of clinical areas, including frailty, cardiovascular disease, ophthalmology and cancer screening

Recent research has estimated the opportunity costs of decisions to fund new technologies, which provides generated the first empirical estimate of the cost-effectiveness threshold in Australia – a critical input to funding decisions. He has been a member of the Economic Sub-Committee to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee since 2009, reviewing and presenting on around 100 submissions to the PBAC and contributing strongly to the recent updating of the PBAC guidelines. In South Australia, he has been involved in a wide range of committees and working groups, including SA Health’s Transforming Health Evaluation Working Group and Closing the Gap for Aboriginal South Australians prioritisation panel.

Professor Karnon was President of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) from 2014 to 2018. He remains on the Executive committee and represents the Association as a member of the MRFF funded Health System Improvement and Sustainability Initiative.

Registrations are now open. If you would like to attend the forum, please register here.