An image makeover for the nanny state? Communicating the science that underpins public policy in disease prevention

Date & time

5–6.30pm 22 August 2016

Event series

Speaker: Prof Penny Hawe, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, University of Sydney

Abstract: Genes, protons, asteroids, the discovery of new species. These are the images of science. Yet the rigorous practice of science is also behind the generation of knowledge that leads to drink-driving legislation, no smoking restrictions, falls prevention programs and  regulation of mobile phones in cars. Unfortunately, these fields risk being more defined by their impact on personal choice, than anything else.This seminar argues that the long-term pairing of science with technology has reduced awareness of and respect for the role of science in other parts of public life. Opportunities to reframe the image of public policy science are explored, starting with a change to the "actors" involved in leading the discourse.

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