It is a simple but important truth that each of us has the opportunity to act when we see something that could be better in the world. Global health issues are not exclusive to developing countries overseas, and in reality often affect people in our own communities, which is why we advocate the ‘thinking globally, acting locally’ ethos. It is, however, difficult to tackle these issues without a solid understanding of their root causes. The education team addresses this by holding interactive workshops that raise awareness of international health problems in an Australian context, providing participants with the foundational knowledge and direction to pursue them further.
Workshops delivered by the education team take place at the University of Melbourne and Nossal High School and may cover various global health issues the world is tackling such as homelessness, discrimination, mental illness and public health. We hope that participants can walk away from these events feeling inspired and empowered to engage with these issues further and act as change agents in their own communities.
The University of Melbourne workshops are open to all students regardless of their field of study and offer an opportunity to learn more about global health issues and how they can affect people locally, with a focus on interactive games and peer discussion.
The Nossal High School workshops are part of an annual program for year 9 and 10 students at the school aiming to engage the next generation of leaders in a dialogue about global health through fun activities.
“The future depends on what you do today”