Change will focus on the intersection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Health. Be informed during an incredible morning of speakers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, before taking action in an afternoon of collaborative, engaging workshops run by a diverse group of student and professional initiatives. Change will be held on Saturday August 6, at the George Hicks Building, International House, Melbourne.

As an intermission to the academic side of this conference, all delegates will be invited to a networking dinner on Saturday night (August 6) in the Melbourne CBD, where we will be joined by the majority of speakers from the day.

For the complete program, please view our Delegate Handbook.


War, Refugees and Health

Effective Altruism

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Specialists Without Borders

Environmental Management and Sustainability

Sustainability, Communities and Business


Global Health at Home

Microfinance and Global Health

Health through Peace and the
Prevention of War

Humanitarian Aid

Community Campaigning


Be informed in our Morning session - Speakers

Dr Margaret Beavis is President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW). the Australian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. As a professional not-for-profit organisation, MAPW aims to reduce the physical and psychological impact, as well as environmental effect of wars throughout the world.

Dr Beavis will be speaking about the impact of war on health, including the health issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers displaced by war. At a time in history with greater migration and changing populations than ever before, addressing these issues is core to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Chris Quin, leader of the Melbourne chapter of The Life You Can Save, is a strong advocate for Effective Altruism. The Life You Can Save was founded as an advocacy and educational outreach organisation to raise awareness for the 700 million men, women, and children who live in extreme poverty. Each year, TLYCS publishes a list of the world’s best charities that aid the global poor.

Chris endeavours to change the culture of philanthropy by making effective giving a societal expectation and qualifier for a moral and just life. He wants to widen our collective understanding of community to include not just our immediate circle of family, friends, and local institutions, but instead a global community that feels responsibility toward the needy and deserving all over the world.

Siamak Sam Loni currently serves as the Global Coordinator of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network - Youth (SDSN-Y). SDSN-Y is an initiative that educates and encourages young people to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating a global platform to advocate for change and to offer solutions for achieving the SDGs. Sam is undertaking a double honours degree in political science and international affairs at Monash University, and was the first president of the Monash International Affairs Society in 2011-2012. Sam will be kick starting our conference with an introduction to the SDGs, global health and YOUR role in achieving them!

Dr Paul Anderson is a consultant surgeon, founder and chair of Specialists Without Borders. Born in New Zealand, Paul Anderson collected degrees from around the world before gradating as a doctor from the University of Cape Town. Following medical volunteering trips to Rwanda, he founded Specialist’s Without Borders as a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on provision of specialist medical training in developing and resource poor countries.  Committed to community partnerships and sustainable development, Paul speaks about his own global health journey and path to founding Specialists Without Borders. 

A/Prof Wendy Stubbs is a senior lecturer and Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University. She is also the Director of the Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability (MEMS) and plays an active teaching role at the university. Previously, Dr Stubbs was a corporate executive in IT and Telecommunications, which had made her question the environmental, social and economic responsibilities of businesses. Ever since then, she has undertaken extensive research into developing sustainable business models, industrial ecosystems, and education in sustainability. She joins us on the discussion panel to provide expert insight on the importance of incorporating sustainable practices into businesses and communities.

Dr Steb Fisher originally studied at the University of Oxford where he attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Chemistry. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow and lecturer in Environment and Sustainability at Federation University Australia and Monash University. Through his research and teaching, Dr Fisher hopes to further emphasise and explore ideas around tackling the global crises of sustainability. He is also the founder of The Pathfinder Network, and stands on our discussion panel to look at how we can employ and optimise the principles of sustainability into communities and businesses.


Engage in our Afternoon Session - Workshops

Global Health at Home

The Water Well Project is a health promotion charity that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people of refugee and asylum seeker background by improving their health literacy. Global Health can begin at home – in this workshop you will learn the process of running health education sessions on topics such as navigating the Australian healthcare system, nutrition, mental health and men’s, women’s and children’s health topics.

Microfinance and Global Health

The Melbourne Microfinance Initiative (MMI) is the first and largest Australian student-run organisation providing consulting services to microfinance institutions globally with a vision of having a direct impact on communities in need. They hope to empower individuals to create social change. In this engaging 1.5 hour workshop, you will learn the basics of microfinance before splitting off into small groups to tackle case-studies which you will eventually present back to the larger group!

Health through Peace and the Prevention of War

How does war impact on global health? What can health professionals do to advocate for peace? Join MAPW in a workshop covering war and conflict, refugee rights and general advocacy skills. Hear from professionals who have fought long and hard to keep at bay one of the greatest threats to health; conflict.

Humanitarian Aid

In this workshop on International Humanitarian Aid you will hear directly from those ‘in the know’ - facilitators who go beyond theory to share their experiences in the field, explain the realities and complexities of the aid sector, and provide advice about career pathways.

Community Campaigning

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is a grass roots movement of more than 110,000 young Australians advocating for climate change action. The volunteer run organisation aims at empowering young people to actively engage in solving the climate crisis. AYCC’s workshop will educate Change delegates in campaigning and advocacy, guiding the development of some fundamental skills needed to inspire change on both local and global levels.


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