Global HANDS – Paul Pholeros Lecture Evening

Global HANDS’ first lecture evening of the year featured Paul Pholeros, architect and director of Healthabitat and recipient of an Australia Medal for his persistence and outstanding service to the health and well-being of the Indigenous population of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. The evening was attended by 80 students and was a great success. Mr. Pholeros provided a candid retelling of the history of Healthabitat, from its initial one-line brief, posed by an Aboriginal man in central Australia, to “stop getting people sick” (Uwankara Palyanku Kanyintjaku), to its transformation into a successful national program employing architectural interventions to improve the health of Indigenous Australians. Throughout the evening, Mr. Pholeros provided challenging discussions about the role that social determinants of health play in shaping the lives of the people that he and his colleagues serve. It was a powerful and engaging night, and a memorable start to our Lecture Series.