Grand Challenges in Health & Medicine

Public Lecture Series 2008

Presented by the School of Public Health and the Medical Foundation

What are today's greatest health challenges and what impact will they have on you and global health in the future?


Venue: The University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue Complex, Camperdown
Time: 5:30-6:00pm Refreshments, 6:00-7:00pm Lecture

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Wednesday 21 May 2008

Population ageing: What does it mean for the future of health care?
Dr Deborah Schofield
Associate Professor and Director of Research, Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health(NRUDRH), School of Public Health, University of Sydney

This lecture will describe what demographic change - highlighted in the Intergenerational Reports released by the Federal Treasurer in 2002 and 2007 - will mean for future health care policy. Some of the key issues facing the health system including ageing of the health workforce, rising demand for hospital care, and the interaction between health and labour force participation will be addressed.

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Wednesday 18 June 2008

Increasing the use of evidence in health policy
Professor Sally Redman
CEO, Sax Institute

The use of evidence from research can improve the quality of health policy, programs and services and result in better use of limited health resources. How can we improve policy makers access to research findings and generate research that is more useful to health decisions?How can we develop partnerships between researchers and policy makers to address critical issues in health policy?

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Wednesday 30 July 2008

The fifty-year revolution in global public health
Professor Sir Gustav Nossal, AC CBE
Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne

Though a great deal more needs to be done concerning the health of people in developing countries, we should not forget the many triumphs. These include the eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of poliomyelitis, extensive amelioration of iodine deficiency disorders, much more widespread treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis, leprosy and malaria, and ambitious global immunizations programmes. The lecture will reveal the dynamic contribution which the Bill ad Melinda Gates Foundation is making to this endeavour.
At a time of global turmoil, all citizens must be concerned about the relief of poverty and betterment of living condition sin developing countries. Better health is one important pathway toward these ends.

Sir Gustav Nossal


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Wednesday 20 August 2008

Rethinking the role of medicine
Professor Stephen Leeder
Co-Director Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Medical Foundation Fellow, University of Sydney

The nanotechnological and genetic revolutions will change all phases of medical practice, and in all places. Meanwhile the challenge of chronic disease necessitates new ways of ordering health care, and new approaches to prevention. The humane mission of medicine - to relieve suffering - will be challenged by these changes, and we need to be ready to respond.

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Wednesday 24 September 2008

Lifting the last straw: the challenge of chronic illness
Bruce Armstrong
Professor of Public Health, Medical Foundation Fellow, University of Sydney

"Crisis" features prominently in press reportage on the Australian health system, especially its hospitals. A rising burden of chronic disease, along with mismanagement and underfunding, is often invoked as a cause for crisis. Is it? If so, why, and what can we do about it? Join us in the search for answers.

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Tackling public health's deadly sins - the epidemiology of gluttony and sloth
Adrian Bauman
Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health (health promotion and behavioural epidemiology), School of Public Health, Medical Foundation Fellow, University of Sydney

This talk will explain why obesity and physical inactivity are the most important things we should be considering to improve individual health, and also population and community health. Despite several decades of evidence, it has taken policy makers a long time to grasp their significance as public health problems. Approaches to 'fixing' the problem will require much more than the health sector alone can deliver; the grand challenge is whether we have the commitment and focus to make the changes needed ?

The topic is something we can all engage in - both in our own lifestyles, as role models, family members, and community members. In addition, we need to all be part of the solution, working in local areas to preserve parks, maintain and develop facilities for walking, and be advocates for healthy nutrition choices across settings: in schools, workplaces, and across society.

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