Keynote Speakers

Redfern Oration – Professor Tony Capon

Professor Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.  A public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. He is a former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), and has previously held professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Australian National University.  He is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, and the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

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Dr Natasha Cook Dr Natasha Cook MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP is a fulltime nephrologist and general physician at Austin Health Melbourne, Nephrology Transition Clinical Lead, mother of three aged 19,15 and 11. Other special interests include chronic kidney disease and living kidney donor assessment. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Helen Benham Dr Helen Benham MBBS (Hons) FRACP B.App Sci (Pod) PhD GAICD is a senior staff specialist rheumatologist at the Princess Alexandria Hospital, senior lecturer with The University of Queensland and previous NHMRC translating research into practice fellow. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Debra Letica Debra is a member of the RACP Consumer Advisory Group (CPAC) and is passionate about reducing health disparities and integrated care. 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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Associate Professor Emma Sciberras Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development and the School of Psychology, Deakin University. VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Erica Parker Public health registrar, Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control (MCDC) VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Alyce Wilson Public Health Registrar and Senior Research Officer, Burnet Institute VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Therese Marfori Environmental Health Group, Menzies Institute for Medical Research VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Kate Murton Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Claire Behm Principal Medical Advisor and Director, Signal Investigation Unit and Special Access Branch of the Therapeutic Goods Administration VIEW PROFILE
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Honorary Professor Mahomed Patel OAM Honorary Professor in Applied Epidemiology, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University VIEW PROFILE
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Dr Dean Tey Dr Tey is a consultant at the Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.  He enjoys an active role in teaching medical students, junior training doctors and general practitioners. 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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Dr Jaquelyne Hughes Nephrologist at Royal Darwin Hospital 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 Professor Crock is not only a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, she is a 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 Dr Jeremy Lewin is the Medical Director of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service. VIEW PROFILE
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Ms Evelyn Culnane Evelyn 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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Ferguson-Glass Oration - Professor Michael Shanahan Professor Michael Shanahan is a dual trained occupational physician and rheumatologist. He is a staff specialist physician at the Southern Adelaide Health Network and Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at Flinders University. 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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Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration - Ms Pat Anderson AO A powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples VIEW PROFILE
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