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Is it possible to feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?
Four years ago, this question was posed to a group of doctors and dieticians from all over the world, and their response became the Planetary Health Diet – a way of eating created by scientists to bring together the health needs of humans with what our planet can afford.
By exploring simple food principles, the Planetary Health Diet charts a way to solve major health issues, and balance human needs with our impact on the environment in the age of climate change. Join public health advocate and CEO of VicHealth Sandro Demaio for a keynote talk, followed by a panel discussion with Alexandra Jones from The George Institute for Global Health, clinical dietician Jennifer Cohen and director of That Sugar Film, Damon Gameau as they discuss how we can all eat better and contribute to a healthier world.
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Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Sandro previously worked for the World Health Organization and was CEO of the EAT Foundation. He also co-founded the NCDFREE global social movement and established a not-for-profit foundation to improve the health and nutrition of Australian kids. Sandro has published many scientific journal articles and is author of The Doctor’s Diet cookbook. He also co-hosts the ABC television and Netflix show Ask the Doctor.
Dr Alexandra Jones is Research Fellow in Food Policy and Law at The George Institute for Global Health. Alexandra’s current research interests include front-of-pack nutrition labelling, fiscal policies to improve diets, restrictions on unhealthy marketing, the interaction of international trade law and health, and the transition to healthy and sustainable food systems. Alexandra has previously worked on global tobacco control, and in health and human rights.
Dr Jennifer Cohen is a clinical dietitian and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at the UNSW Sydney, and is the Evaluation Manager at Canteen Australia. Her numerous professional publications focus on her research and clinical interests in the nutritional care and health behaviours of children with cancer, both during and after treatment. Dr Cohen was recently named the Australian Dietitian of the Year at the 2019 National Allied Health Awards.
Damon Gameau is an Australian actor and director. He has starred in several feature films, including Rolf De Heer’s critically acclaimed The Tracker, Darren Ashton’s Thunderstruck and Razzle Dazzle and Robert Connolly’s Balibo.
As Director he wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, Animal Beatbox, which has now played at over 25 festivals worldwide. That Sugar Film was Damon’s first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards and became the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time. That Sugar Book is his first published book and was published in nine languages.
Damon’s new film, 2040, is an innovative feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet. It was released in April 2019 and is already in the top five highest grossing documentaries of all time in Australia at the cinema.
Vlado Perkovic (Chairperson)
Scientia Professor Vlado Perkovic is the Dean of Medicine and Health at UNSW Sydney. In this role, Professor Perkovic leads over 3,500 staff and is currently re-developing the Faculty’s scope, including its research activities, infrastructure and resources. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of The George Institute for Global Health. Perkovic is also a Staff Specialist in Nephrology at the Royal North Shore Hospital and undertakes research in clinical trials and epidemiology. His particular focus is preventing the progression of kidney disease and its complications. He leads several international clinical trials and has been involved in developing Australian and global treatment guidelines.