David's Blog

A blog to promote debate and discussion around current issues of interest to the network. David MacKintosh, one of the founders of the network, writes a weekly blog piece, all editions of which can be found here. We also invite contributions to the blog from others with ideas and opinions on issues relating to health behaviours and urban health and wellbeing. If you would like to contribute, please send your post to us for consideration at [email protected] - if accepted for publication, your blog will be posted here on the GPHN website, as well as being included in the weekly GPHN alerts sent to all those in the network.

David's blog #51: A Tale of Two Buses

I hope for forgiveness with this rather personal posting, but the last few weeks have provided me with a new perspective on access to care for our older citizens. It has highlighted that there are...


David's blog #50: Making Space for Magic

This year seems certain to stick in our collective memory. We are experiencing a global pandemic where many countries’ health systems have been challenged, and in some cases overwhelmed. Massive e...


David’s blog #49.9: An Art that Requires Attention Over Talent, Spirit Over Ego, Others Over Self

I hope this finds everyone coping in the environment of ongoing restrictions and exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in. The challenges we are all dealing with are significant and for some...


David’s blog #49.5: Stresses and Strains

I hope this finds you well in these challenging times. Facing the realities of the Covid pandemic, individuals and organisations alike are experiencing significant difficulties. Being confined to...


David’s blog #49: The World Turned Upside Down

Everything is changed. COVID-19 and responses to it have seen dramatic and fundamental changes to how life is lived around the globe. International travel has come to a near complete halt, much of...


David’s blog #48: Revisit, Rewind and Renew

Clearly the current health focus is strongly centred on Covid- 19 and related issues, as it has been for the past few weeks. It is a demanding situation for politicians, officials, and indeed all ...


David’s blog #47: Reality Bites

Public health is front and centre of the media currently, with concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, which was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan, splashed across almost every front ...


David's blog #45: Year's End

It has been a little while since I managed to produce a blog. Workwise things have been especially hectic as we end the year. Not least in helping get another London Christmas alcohol campaign org...


David's blog #44: Messages from Melbourne

When I hosted the first City Health conference in 2012, my hope was we might manage three or four events in different cities. I never dreamt we’d get to nine (and counting) or that City Health wou...


David's blog #43: Mayors on Monday

Sometimes things just work out. Last Monday, I was involved in three separate events which each highlighted the potential of urban areas to effectively tackle health issues when there is political...