City Health International Patrons

CHI PATRONS
We are delighted that a number of high profile thought leaders from different aspects of urban health have accepted the invitation to be Patrons of City Health International.
The Patrons support the aims of the network and lend valuable advice and support in our efforts to promote its activities.

Dr Ingrid van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has worked at the sharp end of harm reduction for the past 30 years. She was the Director of Sydney’s Kirketon Road Centre until 2017, which is among the world’s most comprehensive primary health care services for ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. She was also the founding Medical Director of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which was the first and still only service of this kind in Australia, describing its establishment and early years in a book entitled: In the eye of the needle: diary of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Allen & Unwin 2004).

Ingrid was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to public health in 2010. She was also honoured to receive the Paolo Pertica Award at the City Health International 2017 conference, for her humane and compassionate approach to the often complex problems of criminalised populations.

Ingrid van Beek

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Sir Harry Burns

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Geoff Gallop

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Michel Kazatchkine

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David Wilson

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City Health International
Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.
For the first time in history the majority of the world’s population now live in urban environments and the proportion continues to grow. As national governments struggle to deal with the pressures and demands of growing urban populations against a backdrop of financial deficits and uncertainty, it is increasingly left to those working at a city level to provide the leadership and support needed to tackle key health issues.