Unhealthy Marketing to Kids Forum


Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Start Time: 9:15am

Finish Time: 5:00pm

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Systems thinking breakfast with Professor Diane Finegood


Date: Thursday 13 June 2019

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Start Time: 7:30am

Finish Time: 8:30am

Registration Cost: SOLD OUT

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Why complex is not the same as complicated and what this means for how we approach complex problems

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre invites you to an interactive breakfast on the second day of the PHAA Health Prevention Conference 2019 with visiting international systems thinking expert Professor Diane Finegood.

This interactive session will engage participants in reflecting on the importance of perspective and the challenges they face that are similar to baking a cake, sending a rocket to the moon and raising a child. We will then introduce some frameworks for thinking differently about complex, not just complicated problems.


This will also be an excellent opportunity to ask Professor Finegood follow-up questions to her plenary from day one of the PHAA Smashing the Silos conference.


Professor Diane Finegood is one of the world’s leading experts in systems thinking, based at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada.

Her research focuses on how to approach complex problems, understand how complex is different from complicated, and share frameworks for thinking differently about complexity.

Diane is currently a Professor and Fellow in the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Before her return to SFU in July 2017, Diane served for five years as the President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She also served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. Recently she took on the part-time role of Executive Director of the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance.

Diane is a member of the Prevention Centre's international scientific advisory committee. She has played an important role in guiding the Prevention Centre in trying to address the complex problem of prevention in different ways, such as through partnerships and building trust.

About Professor Diane Finegood

Australian Burden of Disease Study 2015 and associated

Health Expenditure by Disease results (AIHW)


Date: Thursday 13 June 2019

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Start Time: 12:45pm (lunch session)

Finish Time: 1:15pm

Registration Cost: FREE

To coincide with the release of the Australian Burden of Disease Study (ABDS) 2015, a snapshot of the findings will be presented. The Study includes comprehensive estimates of the fatal and non-fatal impact of 216 diseases and injuries, burden attributable to risk factors, health adjusted life expectancy and health expenditure associated with each of the diseases. This is an opportunity for a first look at this important resource, which will inform and support policy, practice and research.

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