AAHMS Annual Meetings 2017

AAHMS Annual Meetings 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  –   Friday, October 20, 2017
 (to Friday October 20, 2017)
Adelaide, South Australia

Registrations now open

The theme of the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting will be Health Equity: Challenges & Solutions’, reflecting the need to align the diverse range of disciplines involved in health across Australia to better strategically address the needs of our community. Better integration of research, education and clinical care, and targeting our efforts where the need is greatest will improve the health of our nation.

This year, we will meet across 3 days and join with the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) for part of the events. Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, joins us as our international guest.

The Academy’s Mentorship Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 18, and the main AAHMS meeting will commence on Thursday, October 19 at SAHMRI. Later that evening we will join with our sister Academy, ASSA, to celebrate a spectacular dinner at Adelaide Oval, before a joint symposium on Friday, October 20, to explore our theme – ‘Health Equity: Challenges & Solutions’.

The collaborative AAHMS/ASSA 2017 meeting will bring Australia’s leaders in health and medical research, social and political science together to strategically address the needs of our community. By working with our sister Academy we are uniquely placed to drive greater integration between clinical and research settings and policy engagement, to positively impact health outcomes.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

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Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors:


Thanks to our additional Sponsors:

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DAY 1: October 18th, 2017 (download here)

Mentorship Workshop  11:00am – 4:30pm (SAHMRI)


DAY 2: October 19th, 2017 (download here)

AAHMS Fellows Meeting 9:00am – 4:30pm (SAHMRI)

0900-1030  Session 1 – Opening and Keynote

Keynote speaker – Dr Richard Horton (Editor Lancet)

1030-1100  Morning tea

1100-1200  Session 2 – New Fellow Presentations

1200-1300  Annual General Meeting

1300-1400  Lunch

1400-1500  Session 3 – New Fellow Presentations

1500-1530  Afternoon tea

1530-1630  Session 4 – New Fellow Presentations & Mentorship Program update


Evening DAY 2: October 19th, 2017

Fellows’ Dinner (Ian McLachlan Room, Western Stand, Adelaide Oval)

1830-1900  Predinner drinks on Oval Terrace

1900-2230  Dinner


DAY 3: October 20th, 2017 (download here)

Joint AAHMS & ASSA Symposium (SAHMRI)

0845-0910   Opening

Professor David Watson FAHMS (SA/NT Convenor) Professor Ian Frazer AC FAHMS (AAHMS President) Professor Glenn Withers AO FASSA (ASSA President)

0910-1030  Session 1 – Defining the Challenges

Chairs – Professor Steve Wesselingh FAHMS & Professor Fran Baum AO FASSA

0910-0930       Health inequalities in Australasia: Who, how much is it changing over time, and how might they change with policy interventions?
Professor Tony Blakely (Department of Public Health, University of Otago; and Health Economics Unit in the Centre for Health Policy, University of Melbourne)

0930-0950       Australia’s equity policy, or lack thereof!
Emeritus Professor Stephen Duckett FASSA FAHMS (Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute)

0950-1010       Global Equity and Discovery Science
Professor Ian Frazer AC FAHMS (University of Queensland and Translational Research Institute)

1010-1030       Health Equity – an international perspective
Dr Richard Horton (Editor Lancet)

1030-1100   Morning Tea

1100-1300   Session 2 – Finding solutions

Chairs –Professor David Watson FAHMS and Emeritus Professor Stephen Duckett FASSA FAHMS

1100-1120 Policy and translation – evidence from the real world
Professor Sally Redman AO (CEO, Sax Institute)

1120-1140       ‘Its not all about Medicine’, The social determinants of health equity.
Professor Fran Baum AO FASSA (Director, Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University).

1140-1200       Funding research in Australia: How does the NHMRC consider population needs when targeting research funding?
Professor Anne Kelso AO (CEO, NHMRC)

1200-1300   “Richard Horton’s Hypothetical”  Research and innovation increase health disparities
Facilitator – Dr Richard Horton (Editor Lancet)

Confirmed Panellists:
– Professor Alex Brown FAHMS
– Professor Anne Kelso AO (CEO NHMRC)
– Professor Fiona Stanley AC FASSA FAHMS(Hon)
– Professor Ian Frazer AC FAHMS
– Professor Jane Hall FASSA FAHMS
– Professor Chris Baggoley FAHMS
– Honourable John Hill

1300-1345    Lunch

 1345-1545    Session 3 – Indigenous Health – can we close the gap?

Chairs – Professor Alex Brown FAHMS & Professor Sue Richardson AM FASSA

1345-1410       Indigenous health in a global context. Implications for domestic policy.
Professor Ian Anderson (Deputy Secretary Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government)

1410-1435       Social Gradients in non-communicable diseases – Lessons from Indigenous Australians.
Professor Alan Cass FAHMS (Director, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin)

1435-1500       Racism and social discourse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health disparity.
Dr Chelsea Bond (Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, The University of Queensland)

1500-1525       What do we need to do to close the gap?
(Speaker to be confirmed)

1525-1545       Panel Discussion

1545-1600   Close

Professor David Watson (Convenor), Professor Ian Frazer AC FAHMS (AAHMS President), Professor Glenn Withers AO FASSA (ASSA President)

1600    Drinks at SAHMRI


For your convenience, we have secured a range of deals on nearby hotels: details available here. We encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible as rooms are subject to availability.


South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute opened in 2013 as an independent health and medical research institute. It is centrally located in the city of Adelaide, and a short walk from the major hotels on North Terrace. Home to 600 research staff, it operates across the State of South Australia as a partnership between SA’s three universities and the SA State Government.
The conference will be held in SAHMRI’s ground floor auditorium, within a unique and iconic, purpose-built building in South Australia’s health and biomedical precinct on North Terrace, Adelaide. The adjacent large breakout area will provide spaces suitable for catering and trade displays, and an opportunity to meet and greet during breaks.


Ian McLaughlan Room, Adelaide Oval

Home to Cricket and AFL football, the redeveloped Adelaide Oval seats more than 50,000 people in an iconic and beautiful setting. The Ian McLaughlan Room is located in the Western Stand, and overlooks the Oval playing field and the Eastern Stands. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks outdoors on the Terrace followed by a spectacular dinner at Adelaide Oval’s premier function room.

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