Despite technology advancements making us more connected than ever loneliness and social isolation is recognised as an emerging public health issue…some warn ‘epidemic’.
Government, community and commercial agencies are focused on understanding, evidencing and refining policies, programs and services that can help address the issue. Research and evaluation plays an important role in supporting this.
This event brings together expert speakers to discuss:
- Causes, costs, consequences and the politics of rising social isolation in our society
- Associations between loneliness and poor health and social economic outcomes,
- and learnings from Queensland Health’s exploration of the mental wellbeing of Queenslanders
- Social marketing strategies to address the social isolation challenge
- Evidence and learnings from local community organisations: Micah’s Hope St Café Enterprise, Relationship Australia’s National Neighbour Day Campaign, La Boite’s Open Homes project and the work of Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA)
- Latest worldwide trends on social cohesion and social fragmentation