Academic Day Two – The AM Adventure
By Lachlan O’Sullivan
I will mark this day in my media-tart-heart as one of veritable inspiration, practicality and humbling edification. For this I have to thank the morning academic session, opened by AMA president Brian Owler, and boasting speakers including science communicator Renae Sayers, Fremantle based head of the “I Immunise” campaign Katie Atwell, Greens Senator Scott Ludlum and Dr. Jonathan Carapetis – paediatric physician and head of the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth who is changing the landscape of rheumatic heart disease public policy in Australia.
I will mark this day in my media-tart-heart as one of veritable inspiration, practicality and humbling edification.
Brett de Hoedt invited us to share in the “fairy dust, kudos, (and) credibility” that the media has to offer and Ronni Kahn shared her heart with us, in awakening our sense of purpose, and through Ozharvest, so eloquently encapsulated here: “food is about sharing, food is about caring, food is about dignity”. I too am so glad to have heard from Dr. Claire Waddington, to be shown how “we need to get on and do the type of research that people around the world need”, and to be left dewy eyed by Jarred Seng’s production depicting the effects of Australian asylum seeker policy. Simply said, what a morning!
The afternoon saw our workshops crank up for the first time – more on them later.