Can owning a dog lead to better health? And do dogs benefit from having humans as friends?

These are among the questions we’ll explore in what should be an entertaining and educational Sydney Health Forum.

The University of Sydney has put together a panel of experts to explore the benefits of human-dog coexistence.

Come along to hear about how dog companionship could impact human health and how our researchers aim to pinpoint the answers. We’ll explore a number of aspects from physical activity and cardiovascular health, to mental health and social wellbeing.

Then join in the discussion on how a better understanding of human-dog relationships could influence policy, practice and public health.

Expert panel:

Professor Michael Valenzuela, Leader of the Regenerative Neurosciences Group, Brain and Mind Centre

Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Leader of the dog ownership and human health node, Charles Perkins Centre

Dr Anne Fawcett, Veterinarian and lecturer in veterinary science, School of Veterinary Science.  (Dr Anne Fawcett is a member of the judging panel for the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2018)

Dr Meryl Lovarini, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences

Free and open to all with online registrations required.


Register online for the Sydney Health Forum – can owning a dog make you healthier?