Advance Australia: Becoming the world's healthiest nation

Date & time: 5.30pm 12 December 2019
Location: Cinema, Cultural Centre, Building 153 Kambri Precint University Avenue Acton - View in map
Speakers: Professor Russell Gruen, The Australian National University
Professor Russell Gruen

Professor Russell Gruen

For the grand finale in the 2019 Medical Moonshots Dean's Lecture Series, please join Professor Russell Gruen, Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine, to answer the question if and how Australia can become the world’s healthiest nation. For this special event he will be joined by distinguished panelists:

  • Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer of Australia
  • Dr Suzanne Packer (2019 Senior Australian of the Year)
  • Professor Nick Talley (Editor in Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia)
  • Professor Emily Banks (Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU Research School of Population Health)
  • Sue MacLeman (Chair, MTP Connect, the MedTech and Pharma Industry Growth Centres)

Drinks and Hors Devres will be served in the gallery in the Kambri cultural centre from 5.30pm, and the lecture and panel discussion will be from 6-7.15pm. Attendance is free and open to all, but please register for catering purposes.

About Professor Russell Gruen

Russell is Dean of the The Australian National University College of Health and Medicine. He is a specialist trauma surgeon, and has a PhD in health services research, and postdoctorate qualifications in health policy, medical ethics and business management.

He was previously Professor of Surgery and Public Health at The Alfred and Monash University, and Director of the Australian National Trauma Research Institute, after which he moved to Singapore to be founding Professor of Surgery and Vice-Dean in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Director of the Institute for Health Technologies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Much of Russell’s work has been at the interface of surgery and health systems, especially in resource-poor settings. His doctoral thesis examined access to specialist services for remote Aboriginal communities. He has over 20 years’ experience working with the WHO, the Indian Government, Australian Government programs and international professional societies, to solve big problems through partnerships and intersectoral collaboration, advanced technologies, and creative business models. He is a Lancet Commissioner in Global Surgery, a Fellow of the International Surgical Society, and is currently President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence, developing career paths for students and trainees interested in global surgery careers.

Drinks and canapes will be served from 5.30 to 6pm, with the talk to commence promptly at 6pm.