Australia’s Health Tracker by Socioeconomic status (SES) is a national report card on chronic diseases and their risk factors in the population, by socioeconomic quintile. Co-hosted with the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Health Policy Collaboration the idea is to launch the new report card as part of the latest in the Tracker series. A panel of Australia’s leading public health experts and media personalities will follow the launch to discuss action and accountability for the prevention and better management of chronic diseases.
This new report card highlights some concerning health risks for all Australians especially those earning less than average incomes.
Panellists will discuss the relationship between employment and health, and the changing nature of work in Australia for many sectors, including journalism, and the ramifications for health, well-being and the economy. Panellist will offer both practical and political insight on what can be done to improve health in Australia.
Alan Kohler has been a financial journalist for 46 years, starting as a cadet on The Australian. He was editor of the Australian Financial Review between 1985 and 1988 and editor of The Age between 1992 and 1995. He was the Chanticleer columnist for the Financial Review twice, and in 1995 joined the ABC, first as a reporter on the 7.30 Report and then as host of Inside Business and finance presenter on ABC news, which he still does.
In 2005 he launched Eureka Report, a newsletter for self-directed investors, and in 2007 he was the largest shareholder and CEO of Business Spectator, a 24 hour a day online business publication. In 2012 those businesses were sold to News Corporation.
Currently Alan is publisher and editor of his new 100%-owned publication, The Constant Investor; business editor at large of The Australian; finance presenter on ABC news; presenter of the Talking Business channel on Qantas inflight radio; and adjunct professor in the business faculty of Victoria University.
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO
Mukesh graduated and trained in general practice in Leicester, UK, gaining additional Diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Immediate Medical Care. Mukesh has supported his profession and advocated for better health for all at every stage of his medical career – as student leader, junior doctor and GP principal. This work has seen him become State and National President of the AMA and Chair of the Council of the World Medical Association.
He is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Flinders University, works with Brain Injury Australia and former chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Previously, he spearheaded clinical and community efforts to use technology in health and worked for State and Federal health committees including the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.
He has been awarded the AMA Gold Medal, the President’s Award and Fellowship of the AMA, honorary Fellowship and life membership of the RACGP.