Oxford Dialogues

The Oxford Health Alliance has a tradition of holding topical dialogues to engage a range of people in discussion on key topics.

The law and health policy

(University of Sydney, 12 February 2007 and Melbourne, 21 June 2007)

The subject of these Dialogues were ‘The law and health in relation to workplace and the physical environment’. Both were chaired by Justice Terry Sheahan (President, NSW Workers Compensation Commission) and A/Professor Ruth Colagiuri. The event brought together a group of people with an interest in workplace health and improving the effect of the built environment on health, including those from law, academia, government departments and private business.

Patients’ rights in Europe

(Brussels, 28 February–1 March 2005)

A conference held in the European Parliament, Active Citizenship Network (an international network of civic, consumer and patient organisations) unveiled the preliminary results of a two-year study on the implementation of patient rights within 13 European health-care systems. Attending the event were 140 health stakeholders, including the European Commission.
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Information to and communication with patients: the role of health professionals

(Oxford, 15 December 2004)

This Dialogue focused on the specific role of health-care professionals, i.e. on the ways health-care professionals can improve their communication with and information provision to patients. Background to the topic is the wider context of ‘the informed patient’, which is currently being addressed by a variety of different health stakeholders, including patients, health professionals, the health industry and policy-makers.
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Global demographic and economic prospects

(University of Oxford School of Geography and the Environment, 21 May 2004)

This Dialogue brought together specialists from various disciplines to examine issues pertaining to global health futures. A principal objective of the day was to discuss who should pay – and how – for the modern fiscal challenges of aging societies, chronic disease and long-term health problems.