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2018 David Maddison Lecture - Keynote by Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder

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Celebrating 40 Years

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of medicine at UON, and the 10th anniversary of the Joint Medical Program. As part of the anniversary celebrations, we are holding an equity in medicine public lecture series throughout the year and the 2018 David Maddison Lecture is the final event in this series.


The David Maddison Lecture

The biennial David Maddison Memorial Lecture commemorates the contributions to medical education by Professor David Maddison, the Foundation Dean of Medicine of the Newcastle Medical School. Professor Maddison was a remarkable person. He had the vision for a new and radically different approach to medical education and the leadership skills to achieve that vision.

Professor Maddison felt that students should see each patient as a person, that undergraduate education should embrace community health issues rather than concentrate on hospital medicine, and that students should be encouraged to solve problems, develop good communication skills and to take responsibility for their further education.

He served on the boards of the three major hospitals in the Newcastle area, maintaining an intense interest and input into the more academic aspects of his own specialty of psychiatry. He published extensively and took great interest in the College of Psychiatrists. He was a concert pianist and maintained strong support for the arts and the media. His priorities were the ethics of medicine that respected the personhood of every patient, and the principles of humane, effective medical education liberated from time-worn traditions and the punitive tutorial style.

In 1984, a major appeal set up the David Maddison project. Its aim was to promote the exploration of the broad role of medicine with which he was particularly concerned, including ethical aspects of clinical and population practice and the law.

In 1986, the Faculty Board approved the establishment of the David Maddison Memorial Lecture. A generous donation from the Newcastle Herald, of whose board Professor Maddison was once Chairman, enabled us to launch the series.

The inaugural lecture on 12 October 1987 was titled Health for All or Some – Who Cares? It was delivered by Professor Stephen Leeder, previously Foundation Professor of Community Medicine at the University.


Keynote by Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder
'And Now, For the Next Forty Years'

The keynote speaker for the 2018 David Maddison Lecture, Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder, has himself played an important role in the development of our medical program. He was our Foundation Professor of Community Medicine and first Chairman of the Assessment Sub-Committee. He also delivered the inaugural David Maddison Lecture in 1987.

Join us for this special lecture, as Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder reflects on the gains made since the formation of our medical program, and likely challenges of the foreseeable future. The past 40 years have witnessed big changes in society, health and medicine yet many things have stayed the same. How do we interpret this history and what can we deduce about the way the foreseeable future will play out? How do we best plan to educate doctors and other health professionals? How well do the original values of the medical school stand the test of time? Professor Leeder will explore these questions in his leture.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder AO

Stephen Leeder is Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology and Director of the Research and Education Network, Western Sydney Local Health District.

Professor Leeder long been involved in public health research, educational development and health policy. His early research interests were in asthma and cardiovascular disease, and his interest in public health was stimulated by spending 1968 in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He was the foundation professor of community medicine at Newcastle University and director of the Rockefeller Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Newcastle in its early years. In 1986, he moved to Westmead Hospital in Sydney to direct the University of Sydney’s Department of Community Medicine before becoming head of the School of Public Health for three years and then dean of the faculty of medicine during its period of major educational reform and graduate admission in 1996–2002. He has a longstanding interest in the media and is a regular contributor.

In 2003–2004, Professor Leeder worked at Columbia University, New York, where he cowrote a substantial report, A Race against Time: the challenge of cardiovascular disease in developing economies, about the macroeconomic consequences of CVD in economically less developed nations, including India, China, South Africa, Brazil and parts of Russia.

Recently, Professor Leeder has directed the development of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, a collaborative centre between the Australian National University and the University of Sydney. He held the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia from January 2013 until April 2015 and was chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board from 2011 to 2016.

He has a current research interest in the aetiological epidemiology and prevention of chronic illness and in the way we manage and help patients with chronic illnesses. He chairs the evaluation committee for the Western Sydney Integrated Care Demonstrator Project. He also writes poetry.

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