• 2 July 2020, 6:00pm to 2 July 2020, 7:00pm
Zoom webinar
Free webinar

Learn about the new and unique Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health, offered by Victoria University (VU), at a free webinar on 2 July. Planetary health addresses the intersect between the health of the planet and the health of communities. It highlights how each profoundly affects the other.

The effects of globalisation, climate change and international pandemics have brought the topic of planetary health onto centre stage. From bushfires to drought, floods and food shortages, we need to adapt and learn how humans and the environment can survive and thrive together.

The term planetary health has been used in health and environmental sustainability discourse since at least the 1980s and addresses the intersect between the health of the planet and the health of communities. It highlights how each profoundly affects the other.

This means that our health depends upon the health of our environment.

The Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health is one of three fast-tracked Higher Education (HE) certificate courses we are offering online, subsidised by the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package.

This means you can study selected courses online, faster, and with heavily-subsidised fees.

On July 2, we’ll be running a free webinar that will discuss the new and unique course and its future-focused approach to our communities, businesses, education institutes and environment.

VU’s approach to planetary health: place-based & future focused

VU focuses on a place-based approach to finding socially equitable local solutions relevant to local communities, whilst sharing knowledge with communities around the world. VU is committed to this approach and as an education institute have joined the growing international movement of place-based planetary health.

That’s why VU has launched a Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health short course - the first of its kind in Australia - which explores this intersect.

Businesses, governments and communities will be looking for expertise in this increasingly critical area and this course can help create future-focused graduates in an ever-changing world.

Open to professionals in a variety of industries such as health, business, science, creative arts or education, graduates can apply the knowledge and skills learnt to add value to their existing or new roles. They can provide advice and skills to aid the implementation of policies to change the way organisations, communities and companies run.

Our expertise

Professor Corinne Reid, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research

Professor Corinne Reid, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research will facilitate a Q&A (question and answer session) with Course Chair Associate Professor Jeannie Rea and academics teaching in the program. Listeners are invited to ask their questions.

Professor Corinne Reid is the lead in VU’s whole of university commitment to place-based planetary health and is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for the VU Research Portfolio.

She formerly held a Chair in Psychological Therapies in the School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh and continues to be a Senior Fellow of the Global Health Academy.

Associate Professor Jeannie Rea

Associate Professor Jeannie Rea is Chair of the Graduate Certificate in Planetary Health and has extensive experience in research, development and teaching in trailblazing postgraduate programs.

She has decades of academic and professional experience in organising local and global interventions in response to the joint challenges of environmental destruction and inequity between people and communities.

Currently, she is the Senior Project Manager for VU’s place-based planetary health initiative.

Professor Maximilian de Courten

Professor Maximilian de Courten is a medical and public health graduate with expertise in chronic disease prevention (mental health issues included) and a focus on policy and evidenced-based large-scale solutions.

He has worked in a range of different organisations, such as large governmental research institutes (the National Institutes of Health in the US), inter-governmental institutions (World Health Organization, World Bank), private research institutions and academia.

He is also is a global public health expert who has studied and worked in several countries. He has more than 25 years’ experience in interventions including the development of community-based programs and international government programs development of policies for chronic disease prevention and control.

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