The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on social and health inequities nationally and globally but has also presented opportunities for governance reform that prioritise people’s health. Within Australia, the short-term policy response to the pandemic has including positive and path-breaking temporary initiatives, including a long-awaited increase to income support payments, free childcare, and paid pandemic leave for the insecurely employer workforce in some States. Globally, contests over the terms of access to a potential COVID-19 vaccine have brought the issue of pharmaceutical monopolies and access to medicines into the spotlight once again, with different proposals on the terms for developing and sharing a COVID vaccine. The pandemic response presents a critical juncture for health that could lead a prioritisation for people’s health and wellbeing through social change and reform, or a re-embedding of the status quo. This panel will explore these themes surrounding governance and regulation for health.
*Please note that this is a public event and will be recorded. A copy of the recording will be made available on the RegNet website after the event.