Thursday 1 October


Format: Live on Stage Forum – convened by the Croakey News Team

This forum will serve as a vital signs check on health in Australia and beyond. Interview and forum guests will be hand picked to bring unique, disruptive and thought provoking experiences and perspectives to help define the problems – personal, socio-political, structural, and planetary. How can we create optimism and hope for the future?

Melissa Sweet

Dr Melissa Sweet is Managing Editor of and a founding director of the non-profit public interest journalism organisation, Croakey Health Media. Melissa is a public health journalist and the author/co-author of several health-related books. She holds an honorary position as adjunct senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. More info:


Megan Williams

Associate Professor Megan Williams is the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney. From 2017 to early 2020 she was Head of Girra Maa, the Indigenous Health Discipline at the Graduate School of Health, UTS. Megan is Wiradjuri through her father’s family and has over 20 years’ experience working on programs and research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people engaged in the criminal justice system. Megan has government and industry funding and collaborations for research, including about health service delivery, workforce development and facilitation of community driven research. Megan is an Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Program trainer, has contributed to defining pillars of government policy, and for program evaluation uses her Ngaa-bi-nya (said naa-bin-ya) Aboriginal framework published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia. Megan is a commissioning editor of health media organisation, and is recognised for her commitment to conveying Indigenous people’s research, stories and expertise to professional bodies, communities, parliamentarians, students and the media. Megan is the parent of two teenagers, a dog and three rats, and spends as much time as possible on Wiradjuri country in central NSW.