Masterclass: Nature is Good Medicine
Convener: Karen Keenleyside
Nature provides for the ultimate foundations of life and health. We are all part of the natural world. This has been known by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Our parks, protected areas and green spaces are vital for accessing the health benefits of nature, particularly for urban populations. The growing body of evidence on the connections between nature and human health and well-being call for our urgent attention.
However, as the global population shifts from 54 per cent of people living in cities today to a forecast 70 per cent by 2050, access to and experiences in nature are become harder to achieve. Sprawling urbanization coupled with shrinking natural spaces is disconnecting society from the natural world.
The session will feature Dr Julia Miranda Londoño (Colombia) and Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventive Health Officer, Victoria). This Master Class will be hosted by Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
In the context of a changing climate and an urbanising planet, global health and environment experts will look to the future with a positive lens to explore practical nature-based solutions for human health and well-being, as well as for the environment. This Master Class will examine how leading change makers can champion new policies, programs and funding across health, environment and urban sectors.Key Speakers:
Dr Julia Miranda Londoño, Deputy Chair, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) & Director General, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia
Dr Bruce Bolam, Chief Preventive Health Officer Victoria, DHHS
Dr Melanie Davern, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group
Dr Mark Norman, Executive Director Environment & Science and Chief Conservation Scientist, Parks Victoria
Danielle Flakelar, Manager Aboriginal Heritage and Partnerships, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Panel Discussion with audience Q & A