Global problems, rural perspectives: addressing the pandemic in rural Australia

Experts from the University of Melbourne will engage with rural communities this June to address the big questions on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While the global perspective is massive, the Department of Rural Health will deliver a three-part webinar series presented by experts in health and education to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Australia.

The first session presented by Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, will provide insight into the deadly virus and what we know so far. He will explore how this has affected rural and regional Australia, and also offer a roadmap for solutions for the future.

The second presentation touches on an area that has been deeply disrupted by the current pandemic. Professor John Hattie from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education will draw on his knowledge of education systems to provide a view on dealing with what works best for learning in schools and considerations on home-schooling. As schools transition back to full time teaching, Professor Hattie will provide sound advice for teachers, parents and students.

Professor Lisa Phillips, the third speaker, is a Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has conducted research into a broad range of issues including the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in young people, university student wellbeing and anxiety and depressive disorders.

Living in a time of pandemic has been challenging for many in the community and as we come to a realisation about new ways of working and engaging, Professor Phillips will address the profound changes that are likely to emerge.

There will be the opportunity for Q&A at the end of each session. https://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/school-structure/rural-health/news-and-events

Session 1- Professor Shitij Kapur- Tuesday 2 June from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Session 2- Professor John Hattie-Tuesday 9 June from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Session 3- Professor Lisa Phillips-Tuesday 16 June from 5:30pm - 6:30pm