The science and civics of health

30 August 2010

(L-R) Dr Walter Bortz with University of Sydney Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.
(L-R) Dr Walter Bortz with University of Sydney Chancellor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

One of America's most distinguished scientific experts on ageing and longevity, Dr Walter Bortz will dissect the symptoms of America's ailing healthcare system and promote a radical new approach to medicine in a public seminar at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 1 September.

Walter M Bortz II MD, a leading expert on physical activity and ageing and an advocate for health care reform, will discuss his latest book Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health which argues that the financial interests of biotech and drug companies have eroded the values of the medical profession and placed profit before human wellbeing.

Dr Bortz prescribes a potent therapy in Next Medicine, a radical new approach to medicine that emphasises personal responsibility and provides incentives for healthy lifestyle choices, along with a new class of medical professionals trained to promote health rather than to treat disease.

The seminar also marks the Australian release of Dr Bortz pioneering book, The Roadmap to 100: The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Healthy Life, co-authored by Randall Stickrod. A book signing with Dr Bortz will follow the seminar.

The authors draw on new science and a 30-year longitudinal study of centenarians to show that many of the preconceptions we had about how to grow old need a second look. The book is full of take-away prescriptive advice which many millions of baby boomers around the world will value.

Dr Bortz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and his research exploring the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging is widely published. He is also recognised for his work in the areas of nutrition, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and healthcare reform.

Dr Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatrics Society, past President of the Palo Alto Senior Center, and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, as well as a Senior Advisor to Healthy Silicon Valley, a community collaborative effort which addresses the soaring incidence of obesity and diabetes.

Event details

What: Dr Walter Bortz II MD lecture on Next Medicine: the Science and Civics of Health
When: 12 to 1pm, Wednesday 1 September
Where: E101, Building E, Cumberland Campus 
RSVP: Faculty of Health Sciences website

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