Keynote Speakers

Howard Williams Medal

Professor David Forbes

Professor David Forbes graduated from the University of Western Australia (WA) in 1973, and trained in paediatrics and gastroenterology and nutrition in Perth and Calgary. He has worked in paediatric emergency medicine, general and rural paediatrics, in paediatric gastroenterology and in child mental health. From 1991 he held an academic appointment at the University of Western Australia. This provided the opportunity to pursue broad child health interests that focus upon the interfaces between physical health and psychosocial medicine with special interests in social disadvantage, mental health and nutrition, and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Professor Forbs has provided broad paediatric educational leadership leading undergraduate teaching in paediatrics for the University of Western Australia, management of paediatrics vocational training at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, and was a member and then Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Paediatric Physician Training Committee. He has worked in child health policy as Chair of the Paediatrics and Child Health Policy Committee, and a member of the RACP Policy Advisory Committee.  He was also the inaugural co-lead of the WA Child and Youth Health Network, developing the State’s first framework in the delivery of child policy.  He currently works as Clinical Advisor in the Department of Health in Western Australia.

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