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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Australia

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Policy Forum Pod is the podcast of Policy Forum.net - Asia and the Pacific's platform for public policy debate, analysis and discussion. Policy Forum is based at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Language:

English

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0261256413


Episodes

Justice for First Nations Australians

11/25/2022
Valerie Cooms from The Australian National University joins us on this episode to discuss justice reinvestment, the importance of the whole Australian community embracing First Nations languages, and progress towards a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament. Is the allocation of $81.5 million for justice reinvestment initiatives in the recent federal budget a step in the right direction when it comes to reducing the high rates of incarceration of First Nations peoples? And why is...

Duration:00:57:53

Addressing the housing affordability crisis

11/18/2022
In the final instalment in our series on housing, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers joins us to discuss the dire state of housing affordability and how policymakers can turn things around. Housing affordability, particularly in Australia’s private rental market, is an issue of major concern for people on low incomes. According to Anglicare’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot, less than 10 rentals across the entire country were affordable for a single person looking...

Duration:00:55:13

Not every house is a home

11/11/2022
Joel Dignam from Better Renting and Farzana Choudhury from Canberra Community Law join us to discuss housing accessibility and justice on this episode of Policy Forum Pod. How do poor housing conditions affect people’s health and wellbeing, particularly in the context of a cost-of-living crisis? How can policymakers ensure all Australians have access to safe, affordable, and healthy homes? And what role could anti-discrimination laws play in protecting people who might be experiencing...

Duration:00:43:33

Housing in a changing climate

11/4/2022
To kick off a new bundle of episodes on housing, we discuss the impact of climate change on planning and housing policy with Barbara Norman, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra. As the global population heads towards at least nine billion and pressure on the natural environment increases, how must policymakers adapt their plans for housing and the built environment? Do Australian governments need to introduce stricter regulations around where...

Duration:00:48:36

Building a new architecture of fairness

10/28/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, John Falzon joins Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta to examine the new Australian government’s first budget and what it means for equity and wellbeing. What does the new government’s budget mean for the millions of Australians living below the poverty line? Does the government have the political will to build a new architecture of fairness? And how could a wellbeing economic framework support all Australians? Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice at...

Duration:01:02:44

Reimagining the future of higher education

10/13/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, higher education and public policy leaders Helen Sullivan and Janine O'Flynn join us to discuss Australia’s higher education system and how universities can change to better foster fearless future leadership. What role do universities play in our contemporary, globalised world? How can universities advance equity and diversity among students and staff? And how can we create a more sustainable and equitable higher education system for the whole university...

Duration:01:12:06

Playtime: transforming teaching and learning

10/7/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we speak to former teacher Alice Garner and award-winning author and educator Pasi Sahlberg about transforming the teaching profession in Australia. What needs to change so that teaching is a respected, valued profession in Australia - on par with medicine and law? How can policymakers better support teachers to do the critical work of educating children? And how can schools encourage more play and creativity in the classroom? On this episode of Policy...

Providing an inclusive 21st century education

9/30/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, education experts Kitty te Riele and Jennifer Skattebol join us to discuss how the education system can ensure all children have access to high quality education. How can policymakers ensure students with challenging behaviours and their teachers are receiving enough care and support in the classroom? What role should alternative schools play in the education system? And should suspensions and expulsions be used as a way to manage student behaviour, or...

Duration:00:59:07

Changing childcare

9/23/2022
To kick off our new series of episodes on education, Deborah Brennan and Leonora Risse join us to discuss how to create a world-class childcare and early education system. How could the Australian government provide universal childcare, making it available and affordable for all? What can the country do for the early education and care workforce to ensure they receive fair pay and recognition that goes beyond platitudes? And how can policymakers engage with children to put their needs at...

Duration:00:59:33

The art of living together

9/16/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, political economist Katherine Trebeck and author and advocate Tim Hollo join us to discuss reshaping political and economic systems that help us to better care for ourselves, each other, and the planet. To deal with the major challenges that society faces, will small policy adjustments shift the status quo, or is deep systemic change necessary? How can policymakers ensure that wellbeing is at the heart of government decision-making? And how can...

Duration:00:50:47

Waste and reward: low-value health care and its impact on patients

9/9/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we discuss how ‘low-value’ health care is causing harm to patients and what policymakers can do to address it. How can policymakers and health professionals reduce ‘low-value care’, improve outcomes for patients, and address the health system’s carbon footprint? What is the impact of waste and inefficiency on the wellbeing of healthcare workers? And how can the policy debate be reframed so that patients - and meaningful relationships - are at the centre...

Duration:00:42:40

Navigating the mental health system

9/1/2022
General practitioner Louise Stone and psychiatrist Philip Keightley join us to discuss Australia’s mental health system, the wellbeing of health workers, and what policymakers can do to improve outcomes for patients on this episode of Policy Forum Pod. Why is it ‘no longer' possible to provide best practice mental health care for everybody in Australia’s public health system? What needs to change to improve the wellbeing of healthcare workers? And how can policymakers ensure there is...

Duration:01:01:18

Taking the temperature of Australian health care

8/25/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, Clare Skinner and Lesley Russell join us to explore where the opportunities exist for meaningful reform of Australia’s healthcare system, especially in emergency medicine. What factors have contributed to Australia’s healthcare system being under-funded, under-resourced, under-staffed, and sometimes under-valued? Is the current funding model fit for purpose as patients’ requirements become increasingly complex? And where should the government start when it...

Duration:00:55:00

Australia’s drinking water divide

8/19/2022
According to a new study, Australia needs a national drinking water quality database - we speak to Paul Wyrwoll and Evie Rose, two authors of the study, about why on this episode of Policy Forum Pod. How many Australians lack access to safe and good-quality drinking water? What does it mean for people’s lives to not have access to water that meets Australian health and aesthetic standards for water quality? And how can policymakers ensure people in regional and remote Australia have agency...

Duration:00:53:04

Australia’s road to a sustainable and equitable energy future

8/12/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, the ANU Energy Change Institute’s Thomas Longden and RegNet’s Lee White join Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter to discuss the importance of equitable energy policies and survey the terrain ahead for Australia’s energy policymakers. As Australia grapples with transitioning to renewable energy, how is the country integrating affordable, reliable, and clean power sources into its energy system? What roadblocks stand in the way? And how do policymakers ensure...

Duration:00:57:29

A penguin gets lost in the Australian desert

8/5/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, David Lindenmayer joins us to discuss Australia’s dire biodiversity trajectory and what policymakers need to achieve in the five years until the next State of the Environment Report. Why is environmental monitoring so important? How effective are biodiversity offsets in Australia and around the world? And what could the next State of the Environment Report look like in 2026 if Australia changes its trajectory on conservation and biodiversity? On this episode...

Duration:00:57:39

The state of the environment

7/29/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, Mark Howden joins Arnagretta Hunter and Sharon Bessell to discuss the recent state of the environment report and the growing strain on the most important system of all - the planet. With a general public demanding action on climate change, how can the government start delivering on its targets? Just how much leadership, and what legislative and policy responses will be enough to protect our environment? And can Australia move beyond the political polarisation...

Duration:00:47:36

Making empathy unconditional: changing the story on poverty and inequality

7/22/2022
On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, John Falzon, Sharon Bessell and Arnagretta Hunter discuss the serious impact inequality has on Australians, especially children, and how policymakers can reverse the marginalisation and demonisation of people experiencing poverty. What does the experience of living with poverty mean for the lives of Australian children? Is the new government’s move to create a ‘wellbeing budget’ a step in the right direction when it comes to measuring the strength of the...

Duration:00:56:55

The price of a healthy life

7/14/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, Sharon Friel joins Arnagretta Hunter and Sharon Bessell to look at the health impacts of the cost of living acrisis. How is the current cost of living crisis impacting the health and wellbeing of Australians? How do the social determinants of health play out in the community? And how might policymakers respond to future socio-economic crises without compromising people’s health? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, Sharon Friel joins Arnagretta Hunter and...

Duration:00:58:51

Economic sovereignty for First Nations Australians

7/7/2022
This week on Policy Forum Pod, Vice-President First Nations at The Australian National University Peter Yu joins us in the second episode in our new mini-series on the social impacts of rising costs of living and the inflation crisis. What would an economic self-determination framework look like in Australia? What can we learn from First Nations’ experiences around the world, particularly from New Zealand and Canada? And can our current economic system empower and create pathways for...

Duration:00:52:44