Keynote Speakers

Professor James Ward

Professor James Ward is the Director of The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and a Professor of Public Health with the School of Public Health. He is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara and Nurrunga clans of central and southern Australia and prior to joining UQ, was Head of infectious diseases research program – Aboriginal Health, at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

Professor Ward’s research work has focussed especially on infectious diseases and primarily on adolescent health outcomes through programs, research, community-led interventions and advocacy in the areas of sexual health, HIV, viral hepatitis and alcohol and other drugs. He has a long history working in Aboriginal communities, beginning as a men’s health educator for 29 remote communities in central Australia in the mid-1990s.

Professor Ward has held a variety of roles in Aboriginal health in public health policy, for both government and non-government organisations. In 2007, he began a formal career in research after being appointed as the Inaugural Program Head of the Aboriginal Program at the Kirby Institute- University of New South Wales. In 2012 Professor Ward moved to Alice Springs to become Deputy Director of the Baker Institutes’ Aboriginal Health Program, after which he joined the team at SAHMRI. In 2016 he completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales focused on epidemiology of sexually-transmitted infections in Aboriginal communities.

Professor Ward has been awarded more than $30 million in competitive grant funding since 2013 and has authored over 110 publications. He presently holds a prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship and is chief investigator on an National Health and MNedical Reserach Council (NHMRC) Ideas grant, a Synergy grant, four project grants, three partnership grants and two Centres of Research Excellence. In 2017, Professor Ward was recognised by the NHMRC with the Rising Star Research Excellence Award for the top-ranked application by an Indigenous researcher in the early career Fellowship scheme and by the local Aboriginal community by being awarded the National and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) SA Scholar of the Year. He provides advice to the Commonwealth Government through representation on two committees – Australian National Council on Alcohol and other drugs and the Communicable Diseases Network of Australia.

Throughout his health and research career, Professor Ward has demonstrated a true commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents and a dedication to awareness, education, dissemination advocacy and community engagement.

Our Program
Dr Ada Cheung Dr Ada Cheung is an endocrinologist at Austin Health and an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jeff Brown MBChB FRACP Provincial paediatrician at Palmerston North Hospital and Clinical Executive of Te Uru Pā Harakeke – Healthy Women Children and Youth – for MidCentral District Health Board. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chang-Ho Yoon (NZ) Impact of a smartphone app on prescriber adherence to antibiotic guidelines in adult patients with community acquired pneumonia or urinary tract infections VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jasmine Zhu (TAS) Predictors of mortality in patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Andrew Court Dr Andrew Court initially trained as a paediatrician before he changed careers and became a psychiatrist. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Anne Smith Associate Professor Anne Smith trained as a general paediatrician and specialised in forensic medicine. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Jill Sewell AM MBBS FRACP DMedSci (Hon) FAICD Senior consultant paediatrician in the Centre for Community Child Health. VIEW PROFILE
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Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency and leads their Clinical Advisory, Safety and Quality division. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chad Bennett Dr Chad Bennett is a psychiatrist and the clinical director of the Victorian Dual Disability Service. VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Catherine Storey Previously a neurologist at Royal North Shore Hospital, head of department and head of the area stroke services. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor John Wilson AM Major interest in physics and information technology. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Paul Hotton Consultant paediatrician who works as a staff specialist across the area of community child health at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Chloe Baxter Advanced Trainee in general paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Clara Chow Professor of Faculty of Medicine and Health, Westmead and cardiologist. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Julie Leask Social scientist at the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Lucy Gunn Twenty years of experience in research and teaching in the fields of econometrics and urban research. VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Ben Marsland Professor in the Department of Immunology and Pathology, within the Central Clinical School at Monash University. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Kushani Marshall Public health physician undertaking further training as a field epidemiologist within the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) training program at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and at the Australian National University. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Natasha Cook Nephrologist and general physician at Austin Health Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Helen Benham Senior staff specialist rheumatologist at the Princess Alexandria Hospital and senior lecturer with The University of Queensland. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Debra Letica Member of the RACP Consumer Advisory Group (CPAC). VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Sam Mehr Consultant Staff Specialist, Royal Children's Hospital and Sub-editor, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Michael McDowell Paediatrician specialising in child development and behavioural disorders. Formerly Foundation President, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Dean Tey Consultant at the Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.   VIEW PROFILE
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Redfern Oration - Professor Tony Capon Directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Chair planetary health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Sant-Rayn Pasricha Division Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a haematologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Merlin Thomas Clinician scientist and program leader in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University VIEW PROFILE
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Associate Professor Sue Woolfenden Senior staff specialist in the Department of Community Child Health and the former clinical lead in Integrated Care at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Lynn Gillam AM Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Harriet Hiscock Consultant paediatrician and National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Susie Gibb Paediatrician and Medical Lead of the Complex Care Hub, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor David Burgner Group Leader and Principal Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and a paediatric infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Professor Judy Savige Professor at the University of Melbourne and Foundation Professor of Medicine at Northern Health VIEW PROFILE
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Professor John Christodoulou Chair Genomic Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Co-Leader of the Brain and Mitochondrial Research Group, Director of the Genetics Research Theme, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne VIEW PROFILE
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Keynote speaker - Professor Catherine Crock, AM Music and theatrical producer, a humanitarian, a mother and a strong advocate for culture change in healthcare. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Jeremy Lewin Medical Director of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Evelyn Culnane Leads Transition to Adult Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne. VIEW PROFILE
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Howard Williams Medal - Professor Louise Baur AM Professor and Head of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Sydney Head of Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School VIEW PROFILE
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Cottrell Memorial Lecture - Professor Des Gorman Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland VIEW PROFILE
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George Burniston Oration - Associate Professor Adam Scheinberg Statewide Medical Director of the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS), and Head of Department Paediatric Rehabilitation at the Royal Children’s Hospital VIEW PROFILE
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