Pandemics like SARS and swine flu capture the world's attention. But public health issues like obesity in developed countries and AIDS in the developing world are greater killers.
As life expectancy increases, health care costs seem destined to spiral out of control. The financial crisis is forcing belt tightening around the world. How can we achieve sustainability in human health?
Lawrence O. Gostin
Lawrence O. Gostin, an internationally acclaimed scholar, is Associate Dean (Research and Academic Programs) and the Linda D. and Timothy J. O'Neill Professor of Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Dean Gostin is also Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dean Gostin is Visiting Professor of Public Health (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Research Fellow (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) at Oxford University. He is the Health Law and Ethics Editor, Contributing Writer, and Columnist for the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2007, the Director General of the World Health Organization appointed Dean Gostin to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health.
Stephen Leeder is a professor of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
He has a long history of involvement in public health research, educational development and policy. His research interests as a clinical epidemiologist have been mainly asthma and cardiovascular disease. His interest in public health was stimulated by spending 1968 in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Professor Don Nutbeam, a world-renowned expert in public health, is currently Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. His career has involved senior positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute.
Between 2000 and 2003 he was Head of Public Health in the UK's Department of Health, leading policy development within the Department and across government on a range of public health challenges.
Peter Thompson is the host of Talking Heads and was the long running presenter of the Radio National Breakfast Program and the current affairs program, AM, on ABC Radio.
Thompson loves journalism that involves both people and ideas and for him, interviewing a guest on Talking Heads is an opportunity to find out about both the person and the social background that has shaped them.
Away from journalism, Thompson is a Professor and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government where he teaches on communication, leadership and social change issues. He's also an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University's Department of International Communication.
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation technologies and services, mass migration and the movement of peoples, a level of economic activity that has outgrown national markets through industrial combinations and commercial groupings that cross national frontiers, and international agreements that reduce the cost of doing business in foreign countries. Globalization offers huge potential profits to companies and nations but has been complicated by widely differing expectations, standards of living, cultures and values, and legal systems as well as unexpected global cause-and-effect linkages. See alsofree trade.