Long Lunches

NCDFREE’s Long Lunches bring together young change makers for an afternoon meal where
they hear about and discuss one of the most challenging categories of chronic disease.

Long Lunch:

Feburary 2015

30 established and future leaders from a mix of disciplines with a common interest in youth mental health met in the Clarendon room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This was the first in our new series aimed at generating greater discussion, collaboration and innovation in major areas of NCD prevention and advocacy. Participants were encouraged to network and brainstorm new ways that they may forge connections to improve the mental health of young Australians. They were treated to a 2-course lunch with guided mindful-eating by Smiling Mind and the presence of engaging speakers from the diverse fields of data science, public value consulting and healthcare – who tabled common issues faced in Mental Health and the health sector more generally: the need to work together to achieve more, the need to identify our common purpose and vision and the need to stay open to new ways of approaching wicked-problems.

Long Lunch:

April 2015

The Sydney Changemaker’s Long Lunch convened at Gratia cafe in Surry Hills to enhance Preventive Health approaches. Participants were treated to presentations by media strategists, designers and healthcare professionals, that asked guests to re-think the power of language and intention when communicating public health challenges. A keynote address was delivered by Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney and well-known tobacco control and clean energy advocate. He shared insights into how to make the public “take notice” and “take action” on public health messaging. Breakout sessions challenged participants to “BrandJam” junk food advertising to create anti-junk adverts in mixed-teams. Participants also engaged in mindful eating and were rewarded with a coffee voucher at Gratia to foster ongoing connection.The appetite for increased connection of health advocates at all levels of experience is high and this remains a key area that NCDFREE wishes to foster in the future.

Long Lunch:

March 2016

In our third edition of the NCDFREE long lunch, we brought together 30 emerging and established minds from a variety of backgrounds to engage in the topic of mental health and suicide prevention. Over a delicious healthy two course meal we served up an afternoon of inspiring talks, reflective exercises and group activities, all in the aim of fostering positive collaboration.

Speakers included Professor Merete Noredentoft (University of Copenhagen), Thomas Lethenborg (CEO of Monsenso), Meik Weiking (CEO of The Happiness Research Institute) and Ellis Pedersen (Novo Nordisk). You can find all the event photos here.

Long Lunch:

June 2016

We were delighted to team up with Unified For Health to deliver a long lunch focusing on the topic of Diabetes. The Sunday event brought together 30 fantastic young medical students from Justus Liebig University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Giessen, Germany. Over a delicious healthy meal, we served up an afternoon of inspiring talks, reflective exercises and group activities, all in the aim of fostering positive collaboration.

Invited speakers included Nana Mensah-Abrampah (World Health Organization), Anna-Maria Volkmann (University College London) and Lukas Herrmann (Unified For Health). You can find all the event photos here.

Long Lunch:

November 2018

We had the pleasure of returning to Cairo – the first time since our 2016 Bootcamp. Here we collaborated with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to bring the Long Lunch to Egypt.

This tailored Long Lunch focused on the topic of cancer in the MENA Region. Speakers included Dr Asmus Hammerich (Director of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at World Health Organization EMRO), Prof. Dr. Dina Husseiny Salama (Chief Scientific investigator of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency), Ms Enas Mohamed (Patient Advocate) and Prof. Dr. Malak Shaheen (Paediatrician working with NCD Child). You can find all the event photos here.

Upcoming Long Lunches Events