Politics, policy and a healthy human future with Helen Clark

On this special episode of Policy Forum Pod the Rt Hon Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former UNDP Administrator, joins Professor Sharon Friel and Professor Bina d’Costa to discuss policy, politics and governing human future.

This event was hosted by ANU College of Health and Medicine with the Australian Global Health Alliance. It was recorded live at The Australian National University and was facilitated by Dr Arnagretta Hunter.

If this episode captured your interest, The Rt Hon Helen Clark will address the World Health Summit 2024 Regional Meeting 22-24 April, on Geopolitics and Health: Achieving Equity in a divided world. If you’d like to hear more on the intersection of health and geopolitics, visit


Rt Hon Helen Clark is a respected global leader in sustainable development, gender equality and international co-operation, and served nine years as the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental, and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change.

Sharon Friel is a Professor of Health Equity and an ARC Laureate Fellow in Planetary Health Equity at the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance. Her research is focused on the intersection of social, commercial, political and environmental factors that contribute to health inequities and what changes policy and governance can make.

Bina D’Costa is a Professor at the Department of International Relations, at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs. Her research interests span migration and forced displacement; children and global protection systems; gender-based violence in conflicts; and human rights and impunity.

Sharon Bessell is a Professor of Public Policy and Director of both the Children’s Policy Centre and the Poverty and Inequality Research Centre at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Arnagretta Hunter is the Human Futures Fellow at ANU College of Health and Medicine, a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at ANU Medical School.

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