Webinar to discuss life post-pandemic


The COVID-19 global pandemic will have an impact on society not seen since the Great Depression nearly 100 years ago.

That’s according to Newcastle Institute committee member Matt Thomas, who has brought three Hunter experts together to facilitate a discussion on social, spiritual and economic perspectives of living life after the pandemic.

Newcastle Institute, a not-for-profit public policy think tank, will host a special online forum tonight (Wednesday 22 April).

It will feature Brad Webb, the Chief Executive of Samaritans, which has a commitment to social justice and achieving outcomes across society; Father Rod Bower, a passionate advocate for a number of social justice and human rights issues, including marriage equality; and Professor Roberta Ryan, an expert in public policy and governance, and in spatial analysis of inequities.

Mr Thomas believed COVID-19’s impact would likely be felt across the Hunter for years to come, but added society was adapting to these changes with agility.

He said Newcastle Institute’s webinar now wanted to explore how society would look after the pandemic.

“The webinar will explore the current challenges being faced globally and locally from social, spiritual and economic perspectives,” Mr Thomas said. 

“The opportunities for envisaging our new society post COVID-19 will also be explored.”

Newcastle Institute is using webinars through Zoom to continue its work through the COVID-19 period.

Mr Thomas said members were invited to submit their questions prior to the event so the experts could tailor their information and answers to some commonly asked questions live at the forum. 

The webinar will go from 7pm to 8pm.

Members will receive a Zoom webinar invitation and instructions via email. People can also watch the webinar via live stream on the Newcastle Institute Facebook page.

The webinar recording will be placed on the organisation’s website after the event.