next ANZAAS Science Talk, Melbourne

Wednesday 20th March 2024, 6:30 pm

All welcome, free, tell your friends!

Free pizza and drink after the talk

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Professor Rachel Buchbinder AO FAHMS

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash  University

“Hippocrasy, how doctors are betraying their oath”

While many medical students take the Hippocratic Oath or a similar pledge before graduating (reciting lines like first, do no harm) we’ve ended up with a healthcare system that’s one of the greatest threats to human health. Modern medical care is designed to maximise the number of encounters with the system rather than what it’s supposed to do, that is, to improve health. This talk will use examples from Rachelle’s 2021 book, ‘Hippocrasy, how doctors are betraying their oath’, written with orthopaedic surgeon Ian Harris, to highlight society’s over-reliance on medicine.

Professor Buchbinder graduated in medicine at Monash University, obtained specialist qualifications as a rheumatologist (FRACP), and also and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Toronto University, and a PhD at Monash. She was President of the Australian Rheumatology Association from 2016 to 2018. She is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. She promotes improvement of communication with patients and health literacy in the community.

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info: David Vaux


Click HERE to see past ANZAAS Science Talks

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Topology and the shape of space

Beth Ebert October 2023
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David Komander September 2023
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David Vaux August 2023
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Chris Greening May 2023
The atmosphere as a hidden energy source for life

Jim Goding March 2023
Transistors, the Microchip & the Second Industrial Revolution

Paul Lasky November 2022
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Peter Currie October 2022
Regeneration: Myths and monsters and modern medicine

Heather Mack September 2022
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Helen Green August 2022
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Mahdi Jalali July 2022
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Grant McArthur June 2022
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Alan Duffy May 2022
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Timothy Clark April 2022
The importance of reproducibility and integrity in science: a fishy perspective

Tilman Ruff March 2022
Ending the nuclear weapons era evidence, challenges and pathways

Brian Abbey November 2021
The colour of cancer: could ‘smart’ microscope slides transform tissue diagnostics?

Cameron Simmons October 2021
Creating stop signs in mosquitoes; is this the end-game for Dengue?

Madhu Bhaskaran September 2021
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Anne Marie Tosolini August 2021
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Geoff Brooks July 2021
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