World Food Day Event - Food Insecurity in Australia: Time for Action against Inequality

The 16th of October marks World Food Day – an event celebrated each year to promote awareness and action for those exposed to hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Among organisations across 150 countries participating, the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Curtin University, Flinders University, Monash University and the University of New South Wales will be hosting a free public symposium on food insecurity in Australia.

Food insecurity is a serious public health concern in high income countries with prevalence ranging from 8-20% of the population. About 7% of the population in high income countries uses food banks. Australian social protections are inadequate and although food charity attempts to feed people, many remain hungry. A diverse range of nutritionists, dietitians, practitioners and social scientists will reflect upon the state of food insecurity in Australia, in both the Aboriginal and non-Indigenous population.

Following the symposium, a special issue on Addressing Food and Nutrition Security in Developed Countries published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health will be launched.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Sue Booth, Flinders University
Prof. Danielle Gallegos, Queensland University of Technology
A/Prof Jeromey Temple, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Christina Pollard, Curtin University
A/Prof Julie Brimblecombe, Monash University
Prof. Amanda Lee, University of Queensland
Clare Brown, Apunipima Cape York Health Council
Dr. Megan Ferguson, The University of Queensland
Dr. Penelope Love, Deakin University
Tim Landrigan, Curtin University
Dr. Leisa McCarthy, Menzies School of Health Research
Dr. Sue Kleve, Monash University
Alison Markwick, Department of Health, Victoria

Location: Rydges on Swanston (701 Swanston St, Melbourne)
Time and date: 1pm – 4pm on 16th of October 2019.
Cost: Free to the public with registration
Registration: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/9hhr

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