Where is Mental Health in the Health Reform Agenda?

Dr Lesley Russel (Menzies Centre for Health Policy)
Dr Andrew Pethebridge (St George Hospital)
David Crosbie (Mental Health Council of Australia)
Barbara Hocking (SANE Australia)

The National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement is the government’s response to the need to deliver coordinated and integrated health services. However, many professionals in the field claim that mental health has been completely left out.

Join a panel of experts to discuss the impacts of the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement on mental health services.

When 5:00pm-6:30pm, Thursday, 20 May 2010
Where Conference Rooms, Darlington Centre
RSVP Please email mchp@sydney.edu.au

Careers in Biomedical Sciences

Representatives from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Are you interested in a careers in medicine, health sciences or biomedical research?

Guest speakers from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute will conduct a session on careers in biomedical sciences. Starting with their own career story, the presenters will build up a picture of the various study pathways toward a career in biomedical sciences and the range of career options within the field.

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wednesday, 19 May
Where Woolley Lecture Theatre N395
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Climate Change and Health

Dr Ben Ticehurst (Doctors for the Environment)
Dr Paul Beggs (Winner of 2009 Eureka Prize in Medical Research)

According to a recent report in the Lancet, climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 20th century. The main burden of climate change will arise in issues of food security, clean water and sanitation, infectious disease and natural disasters.

Many developing countries have already experienced severe consequences, and current efforts to improve health and poverty in these countries will face new and unpredictable challenges as global temperatures continue to rise. Health professionals working with these populations are first-hand witnesses to the direct impact of climate change. As such, they have a key role to play, from a clinical, on-the-ground approach to the planning of large scale responses.

When 6:00pm-7:30pm, Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Where Eastern Avenue Auditorium

On the Origin of Epidemics

Professor Edward Holmes

How do epidemics start and spread in human populations? Can we predict what epidemics will occur next?

These fundamental questions will be addressed by examining how evolving RNA viruses are able to jump species boundaries and emerge in humans, sometimes with devastating effects. As case studies of the origins and spread of influenza and dengue, both of which are of great public health importance in Australia, will be considered in detail.

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When 5:45-6:45pm, Thursday, 18 March 2010
Where Eastern Avenue Auditorium
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