International experts in social justice, Catholic health to examine Australian disadvantage

Australian and international leaders in social justice will gather in Hobart next month to examine why disadvantaged Australians get sicker more and die earlier.

Professor Fran Baum, of the World Health Organisation's Commmission on the Social Determinants of Health and Caritas Australia CEO Jack de Groot are among the health, social justice and religious leaders gathering for Catholic Health Australia's (CHA) annual National Conference.

"Our Conference this year carries the theme Hand in Hand, looking at how different aspects of the Church's healing and social justice missions can be brought together to better serve disadvantaged Australians in particular," CHA CEO Martin Laverty said.

"Why the poor are sick more and how we can change that, and achieving social impact in times of economic downturn, are two key sessions at the Conference.

"We'll also examine different aspects of mission, Catholic ethics and how they differ from ethics, and carrying Catholic governance through into the future."

Headline speakers at the Conference include Fr Brian Lucas of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Chair Dr Christine Bennett, Australian Medical Association Vice President Dr Steve Hambleton, and Catholic Health Association USA CEO Sr Carol Keehan.

Readers of the Catholic press are entitled to claim the group discount on registration fees -- worth $110 -- if they mention on their registration form the publication in which they read about the Conference.

The Conference is being held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart from August 17 to 19. More details are available at

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