WRITING WRONGS IN GLOBAL HEALTH
LACHLAN McIVER in conversation with DEBORAH CASSRELS
The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. But this pandemic was not unexpected. It was not the first, nor will it be the last. And while that inferno has blazed, other global health crises which already cause millions of avoidable deaths every year have continued… Not only unabated, but completely ignored.
Should we, as a human race, not have been far better prepared for this emergency? Why are serious threats to health that we all face, such as climate change and antibiotic-resistant infections, not more widely understood? How can we make medical science more accessible to the public and policymakers?
Dr. Lachlan McIver has devoted his career to tackling so-called ‘wicked’ problems – those considered difficult or impossible to solve. He has fought inequities in Indigenous health in remote Australia, delivered emergency humanitarian assistance to disaster-affected regions in Asia, treated patients in civil war zones in Africa, and established a non-profit organisation to help train doctors in Pacific island countries.
In this session, Lachlan discusses the role of health professionals as communicators, advocates, and champions for change, based on his medical career and debut book Life & Death Decisions.
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