NCDFREE - Launch of a global social movement against NCDs, Melbourne Australia

Date: 
5 October 2013
Venue: 
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Contact person: 
www.ncdfree.org



NCDFREE is a global social movement against Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, lung disease and mental illness. www.ncdfree.org

NCDFREE is launching a global campaign first at Harvard University on 23 September, then in Melbourne with the University of Melbourne on October 5 as part of the Festival of Ideas.

At these events, NCDFREE will debut a series of crowd-funded, advocacy short-films, shot on location in Mongolia and Ghana this year.

The Melbourne launch will also feature Q&A, talks and activities with the speakers, plus a whole buffet of local artists, comedians, musical acts and a crowdsourced photography exhibition, run by our friends at REACH.

Reserve your ticket here - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8122060301

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Talks from our inspiring change-makers will include:

"The economics of investing in NCDs – it's not that we cannot afford to, it's that we cannot afford not to"

"NCDs 2.0: the role of mobile and emerging technologies in the response to NCDs"

"Rethinking the way we live – redesigning our cities, to make health easy"

"The forgotten 'other' burden – NCDs and Asia"

"Reconnecting with food and the food supply – essential in overcoming NCDs"

“The NCD crisis in the ATSI community (Indigenous Health)”

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In collaboration with NCDFREE, REACH are producing a crowd sourced photographic exhibition, taking place at the launches.

The competition is now open for submissions, get more details here. http://bit.ly/NCDFREEWorld


The 2013 Festival of Ideas NCDFREE Launch will showcase the narratives of young health change-makers – featuring talks, Q&A, comedy, music, art and entertainment, in addition to the Australian debut of the NCDFREE series of advocacy short-films. 

NCDFREE will be handing the stage over to visionary young change-makers from all corners of the globe to tell their stories and call for action on NCDs:

  • Kate Taylor (Aus) - The economics of investing in NCDs – it's not that we cannot afford to, it's that we cannot afford not to.
  • Fred Hersch (UK/Aus) - NCDs 2.0: the role of mobile and emerging technologies in the response to NCDs.
  • Lucinda Hartley (Aus) - Rethinking the way we live – redesigning our cities, to make health easy.
  • Shusmita Khan (Bangladesh) - The forgotten 'other' burden – NCDs and Asia.
  • Shauna Downs (Canada/Aus) - Reconnecting with food and the food supply – essential in overcoming NCDs.
  • Tuguy Esgin (Aus) - NCD crisis in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

NCDFREE is a global social movement to address Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease and mental illness.

Linked by common determinants, NCDs kill more people than HIV, TB, Malaria and all other causes combined – 35 million each year – and more than 80% of deaths occur in the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities.

Founded by brothers Dr Alessandro & Giuseppe Demaio, a team of dedicated volunteers and the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, the NCDFREE campaign aims to shine a light on leading young change-makers working to prevent NCDs in communities all across the globe, through community, stories and films.

After a year of connecting with inspiring individuals, NCDFREE is launching a series of global symposia, first at Harvard University, then with the University of Melbourne as part of the 2013 Festival of Ideas.

Sponsored by Australian Unity & Remedy Healthcare and Melbourne communications company Local Peoples.

Find out more at ncdfree.org

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