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Professor David Isaacs will deliver the 2022 Chalmers Oration

About this event

The College of Medicine and Public Health is thrilled to announce that Professor David Isaacs will deliver this year’s John Chalmers Oration.

Professor David Isaacs will discuss:

"Is a jab in the arm a slap in the face? The history and ethics of immunisation” .

Professor Isaacs is a paediatric infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney. He is the author of Defeating the Ministers of Death: The Compelling History of Vaccination, published by HarperCollins. David has an identical twin brother, Stephen, who is a child psychiatrist. They went to different schools and once swapped schools for a day. David is editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has published 500 peer-reviewed papers on infectious diseases, immunisation and clinical ethics. David is also an advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum and was an ambassador for the successful #KidsOffNauru campaign.

Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for audience questions.

If you wish to attend the Chalmers Oration in person, please select the first ticket option, online attendance can be selected in the second ticket option.

Please contact Rebecca O'Dell directly for any event enquiries at rebecca.odell@flinders.edu.au

About the Chalmers Oration

The annual Chalmers Oration commemorates the work of John Chalmers AC who was the first Professor of Medicine (1975-1996) at the Flinders Medical Centre and the College of Medicine and Public Health.

During his time at Flinders and subsequently, John has had a significant presence on the medical stage in Australia, particularly in relation to medical research. Some of the major positions he has held include President, Australian Society for Medical Research, President, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, Chair, Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Chair, National Health and Medical Research Council, President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians and President, International Society of Hypertension.

He also had a major influence on the development of our medical school and our major teaching hospitals, Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park.

Previous Chalmers Orators

  • 2006 Professor Sir Michael Marmot
  • 2007 Professor Tony McMichael
  • 2008 Professor Fiona Wood
  • 2009 Dr John Deeble
  • 2010 Dr Tom Calma
  • 2011 Professor Pat McGorry
  • 2012 Professor Ian Jacobs
  • 2013 Professor Ian Chubb
  • 2014 Professor Chris Baggoley
  • 2015 Professor Steve Wesselingh
  • 2016 Professor Suzanne Cory
  • 2017 Professor Anne Kelso
  • 2018 Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe
  • 2019 Professor Alex Brown
  • 2020 Professor Nicola Spurrier
  • 2021 Associate Professor Simone Ulalka Tur with Miliwanga Sandy Wurrben and Stuart McGrath
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