The SPHERE 2017 International Symposium will bring together medical and health experts from around the world this November. Hosted by the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE), the Sydney conference will be a two-day discussion looking at improving health and wellbeing. 

‘Inside Outside – Health and the Built Environment’ is one of four sessions to be covered at the symposium, and will explore the relationship between people’s health and their physical surroundings.

This session will feature addresses from Geoff Roberts and Lucy Turnbull AO of the Greater Sydney Commission, professor Michael Nilsson of the Hunter Research Institute, and Sam Bowen of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Speakers will examine topics of urban design, renewable solutions and workplace wellbeing. More specifically, the session will look at whether improved indoor environments can lead to increased employee performance and a reduction in health-related absence in the workplace.

Other areas of discussion will be the introduction of green spaces, parklands and gardens to our cities and communities, and how the financial sector is using health informatics.

The SPHERE 2017 International Symposium will be held at the City Recital Hall in Sydney between 22 and 23 November. More information here

Speakers at ‘Inside Outside – Health and the Built Environment’:

Geoff-Roberts.pngGeoff Roberts

As deputy chief commissioner and economics commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts’ role entails advising and assisting the Greater Sydney Commission on achieving the key priorities set out by the minister of planning.



lucy-turnbull-400-x-300.pngLucy Turnbull AO

Lucy Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, as well as technological and social innovation. In 2015, Turnbull was appointed chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney. 


michael_nilsson_768.jpgMichael Nilsson

Professor Michael Nilsson is the executive director of Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Newcastle, Burges professor of Medical Science at the University of Newcastle and staff specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine at Hunter New England Health, Newcastle.  



Sam-Bowen.jpgSam Bowen

Sam Bowen is the executive director in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Institutional Banking & Markets division, and is responsible for leading client coverage for the healthcare sector. He assists clients in all aspects of business, including access to a full range of capital-raising (debt and equity), transactional banking and risk management products and services.