Relaunch Conference 2013

On Saturday 9th November, more than 250 people attended our conference exploring the interfaces between health, politics, ecology, economics, and violence.

Since November we have been uploading presentations, videos, pictures and audio taken during the relaunch event – the majority of the conference material is now available on-line below.

Read our post conference report, which also doubles up as the revamped Medact News.


There were about 30 speakers including well known figures from the world of health (Richard Horton, Iain Chalmers, Allyson Pollock, Andy Haines, John Lister, and Jacky Davis). But there were also speakers from outside of health such as Jim Welsh from Amnesty International, Charlie Kronick from Greenpeace, John Hilary from War on Want, Maya Foa from Reprieve, and Peter Burt from the Nuclear Information Service.

To learn more about the speakers, download the Speaker Biographies. You can also download the programme of the day.


Plenary Sessions

Professor Sir Andy Haines – The Global Health Crises: Poverty, Inequality, Global Warming and War

Professor Sir Andy Haines on The Global Health Crises: What's to be done?

Dr David McCoy – The Global Crises: What’s to be done?

The Global Health Crises: What's to be done?

Working Upstream, Confronting Power and Vested Interests 

Dr Richard Horton – Social Medicine and Health Activism: Building on a Fine Tradition 

Slides  Video

Facilitated Panel Discussion: Mobilising health professionals, acting upstream and challenging vested interests and power.


John Hilary – War on Want and Progressive Development Forum Video

Tamasin Cave – Spinwatch Video

Patti Rundall – Baby Milk Action Video

Professor Sir Iain Chalmers – James Lind Library Video

John Lister – London Health Emergency Video

Allyson Pollock – Queen Mary University London Video

Cameron Stocks – President of Medsin Video


Afternoon workshop sessions

Torture, Detention and Human Rights Abuses

Dr. Frank Arnold          Slides      Audio [To be added]

The Enduring Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Dr. Frank Boulton        Slides      Audio [To be added]

Peter Burt                      Slides      Audio [To be added]

Climate, Ecology and Health

Corporate Capture of Health

Dr Miran Epstein

Political Economy

Dr David McCoy             Slides       Audio [To be added]

David Woodward          Slides       Audio [To be added]

Plenary Session

Brief feedback from each of the five parallel sessions Video

Closing Speech: Dr Jacky Davis – NHS Consultants Association Video


We are grateful to all those who were tweeting on the day of the conference. Below are a few of the highlights. We’ve also compiled all the Tweets using the hash-tag #medactrelaunch to a very simple Storify – click here to see what the Twittersphere had to say.