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Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

In reviewing last year’s EcoHealth conference in Montreal, Dr Jonathan Kingsley, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, also gives a taster of a conference heading to Melbourne next year. Jonathan Kingsley writes: Professor Kerry Arabena and I had the privilege of attending the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Public Health […]

Integrating health, social and environmental thinking and practice: a wrap of #EcoHealth13 discussions

Integrating health, social and environmental thinking and practice: a wrap of #EcoHealth13 discussions

What are the principles of trans-disciplinary collective learning? How can they be applied to create a new compact between all peoples with all species? How can we become agents of both radical change and radical hope? These are just some of the questions explored by speakers at the recent Eco-Health Symposium in Melbourne, an event which […]

Linking the cultural and environmental stories of the Darling and Murray Rivers: a case for eco-health

Linking the cultural and environmental stories of the Darling and Murray Rivers: a case for eco-health

The importance of Indigenous knowledge and culture in maintaining the health of the Darling and Murray Rivers was highlighted at the recent Oceania Eco-Health Symposium and Workshop. Marie McInerney reports: Since 2010 Aboriginal people of the Darling and Murray rivers have come together each year to dance the healing River Country Spirit Ceremony (Murrundi Ruwe Pangair […]

How one regional city is harnessing the health-promoting benefits of a connection with nature

How one regional city is harnessing the health-promoting benefits of a connection with nature

An innovative program to enable more people in Geelong to enjoy the health benefits of physical activity in the great outdoors was profiled at the recent Oceania Eco-Health Symposium and Workshop, “Linking Peoples, Landscapes, Health and Wellbeing”. The program includes walks in national parks for newly arrived migrants and refugees, “Green Referrals” by GPs, and “Green Gym” […]

A serious story (with a few jokes) about putting our waste to work

A serious story (with a few jokes) about putting our waste to work

One of the world’s best-read scientists on the topic of faeces – Canadian David Waltner-Toews – was a keynote speaker at a recent Eco-Health symposium in Melbourne. Marie McInerney reports that Waltner-Toews, who has been internationally recognised for his contributions to ecosystem approaches to health, is adept at using humour to engage audiences in the serious […]

An “underground insurgency” that is transforming agriculture and health

An “underground insurgency” that is transforming agriculture and health

The transformative practices of regenerative farmers were recently profiled at the Oceania Eco-Health Symposium and Workshop, “Linking Peoples, Landscapes, Health and Wellbeing”. Marie McInerney reports: For Colin Seis, it was a devastating bushfire that sparked his move from traditional “industrial” farming to being part of an “underground insurgency”, a small but growing group of Australians at the forefront […]

Eco-Health symposium to put focus on collective learning, transformational change and health for all

Eco-Health symposium to put focus on collective learning, transformational change and health for all

As the ramifications of environmental destruction and climate change become ever-more evident, it is clear that transformational change is needed if there is to be a healthy future for the planet and all who dwell upon it. The role of collective learning in achieving transformational social change will be up for discussion at a three-day eco-health […]

Two researchers tell of their transformative discovery of ecohealth

Two researchers tell of their transformative discovery of ecohealth

Discovering the field of ecohealth at a 2007 conference was a life-changing experience for two young scientists, Jonathan ‘Yotti’ Kingsley and Dr Maya Gislason. A similar opportunity now awaits others, they say, thanks to the Oceania EcoHealth Symposium that will be held next month at The University of Melbourne. *** How a conference became a […]