Upcoming workshops

 Extreme heat, social vulnerability and health: Evidence-based public health guidance during hot weather and heat waves

Time: 30 March 2017, 9.30AM -4.30PM

Venue: University of Sydney

Partnering with The University of Sydney 
The goals for the forum are to:
Share the latest research evidence relevant to the development of public health guidance about protecting health from extreme heat and humidity, especially in regard to people with co-morbid health and psychosocial problems
Review current guidance across governmental jurisdictions and other policy contexts
Document a set of recommendations for policy, research and education development on this topic

Extreme heat, social disadvantage and health

Time: 7 April 2017, 9.30AM - 4.30PM
Venue: Perth WA (Venue TBA)
Partnering with WA Health
The goals for the forum are to:
Raise awareness of the nexus between extreme heat, social disadvantage, poverty and risk to health; 
Leverage current knowledge to inform good policy, research and practice;
Develop new and supporting current ‘communities of practice’; that is, between researchers, practitioners and decision-makers.

Adaptation to climate change in a transitioning Tasmanian economy: opportunities and risks for vulnerable communities

Time: 26 April 2017
Venue: Hobart (Venue TBA)
Partnering with Tasmanian Council of Social Service 
The goals of this forum are to:\
Raise awareness of links between climate change, transitioning economies, risk to industry, social disadvantage, poverty and health.
Inquire into how local industries can adapt to climate change. Explore what kinds of tools are available to assess exposure, adaptation capacity and vulnerability.
Introduce Resilient Communities Organisations benchmarking tool.

Examine what kinds of socio-economic opportunities will be afforded by climate change in the Tasmanian context.  How can community-led initiatives provide wealth-creating jobs for regional areas? What needs to be done to help facilitate this process?

Explore how Tasmania’s energy supply (e.g., Hydro) will be impacted by climate change and how this will mediate adaptation capacity. How will this affect low-income people and families?

Past workshops

Indigenous Health, Wellbeing and Climate Change in Darwin: Urban Resilience and Vulnerability

TimeFriday 16 September, 2016, 1.30PM – 5.30PM. Afternoon tea and buffet dinner provided
Venue: Oaks Elan Darwin, 31 Woods St, Darwin City NT.
For more information, or to RSVP (essential), please contact Dr. Scott Hanson-Easey: or Ph: (08) 8313 0160
The key objectives of the Darwin forum are:
To share knowledge and learn about the interrelationships between climate change impacts, Indigenous health and other contributing vulnerability factors, including inadequate housing and socio-economic disadvantage. Invited speakers will give their perspective on how Indigenous resilience to climate change is currently situated in the Darwin and NT context; To identify and develop key policy measures aimed at enhancing Indigenous resilience, participants will collaborate in small groups to elaborate on key presentation points and devise research priorities and policy recommendations
Climate change, homelessness and housing forum 
Time18 October 2016
Venue: Australian Red Cross, 23-47 Villiers St North MelbourneThe Australian Red Cross, NCCARF Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN), University of Central Queensland and theVictorian Council of Social Service are pleased to present the Climate change, homelessness and housing forum to behosted at the Australian Red CrossClimate change related impacts are on the rise and will disproportionately impact some of our most vulnerable community members, including people facing homelessness and/or living in poor quality housing. We are bringing together practitioners, researchers, advocates, and policy-makers to introduce and develop thinking on the intersection of climate change, social disadvantage, homelessness and poor quality housing, with a view to initiating strategies for building community resilience.