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life in a herd

Three doctors sat down for a picnic by a river. An emergency physician, an intensive care specialist, and an epidemiologist. Suddenly they notice a body in the water!

They rush into the current to pull the man ashore, clear his airways and start giving CPR.

But then they see another person in the water, face down. They rush out, and drag her in. They clear her airways and do CPR.

But then a third body comes floating by! Suddenly the epidemiologist gets up and starts running. “Hey! Come back! Where are you going?” the others scream out to her. Looking over her shoulder she yell back: “I’m going upstream to see who’s throwing all these people in!”

Welcome to a series of episodes we're calling Life in a Herd!

In this series we're journeying with that epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who's chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. Over the next 7 episodes we'll talk to a range of key voices in the field of population health science, and reflect on what it all means.

part 1 - Introduction

Welcome to Life in a Herd - in this episode we're chasing our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who's chucking in the bodies.


Part 2 - Why focus on populations? With Professor Penny Hawe

In this episode we talk with Professor Penny Hawe, from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.

Part 3 - Racism Is A Public Health Issue, with Summer May Finlay

In this episode we talk with Summer May Finlay - Yorta Yorta woman, Croakey journalist, Cancer Institute consultant and Phd student at the University of South Australia.

Part 4 - Sharon Friel And The Manufacturers Of Disease

In this episode we talk with Professor Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

Part 5 - Let's Make Health Cool (Ironically) with Cynthia Webster

In this episode we talk with Associate Professor Cynthia Webster, from the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University.

Part 6 - Can Big Junk Food Go Straight? With Don Nutbeam

In this episode we talk with Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Part 7 - What's It All Mean?

In this episode we wrap up - what does it all mean, what do we do from here?