Medicinal Botanicals Symposium – The Ethics of Plant-based Medicines

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Goodman Building Lecture Theatre

Hackney Road

Adelaide, SA 5000


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You are invited to join us for a panel discussion and Q&A hosted by ABC’s Sonya Feldhoff.

As healthcare hurtles into the digital future, the need to reflect and respect the cultural, traditional and botanical provenance of contemporary medicine becomes increasingly important.

This symposium brings together a range of voices to celebrate the important connection between humans, medicine and plants.

Panel includes*:
Dr Lucy Sutherland, Director Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium
Dr Brad Simpson, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences, University of South Australia; Research Fellow, NICM Health Research Institute, University Western Sydney; Scientist, The Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre, University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia

*Stay tuned for the announcement of additional panel members.

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2018
Place: Adelaide Botanic Garden, Goodman Building Lecture Theatre, Hackney Road, Adelaide
Time: 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sunday 9 September, by clicking the Register button on the top right hand side of this page.

What is Medicinal Botanicals?

Medicinal Botanicals is a collaborative project connecting people, plants, science and culture. The project will occur over 18 months, throughout 2018 and 2019, bringing together multiple partners, across diverse art forms and in various settings. It will include artist residencies, exhibitions, installations, presentations and panel discussions.

The first item on the calendar is this symposium - The Ethics of Plant-based Medicines.

The purpose of the Medicinal Botanicals project is to bring together artists with botanists and pharmacologists to:

  • celebrate the important connection between plants and medicine

  • foster engagement between pharmacy, botany and arts and design sectors

  • contribute to public knowledge regarding medicinal botanicals

  • provoke interest from emerging and established artists and designers

  • to celebrate the important connection between plants, people and medicine

  • reinforce the value of plants in the development of pharmaceuticals

  • celebrate our biodiversity as a sustainable resource for our future prosperity.

Medicinal Botanicals Partners

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia. The Santos Museum of Economic Botany at the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a museum dedicated to the exhibition of collections in celebration of the importance of plants in our lives; past, present and future.

Guildhouse champions South Australian creative professionals. We work with artists, industry, government and audiences to build skills and knowledge, creating opportunities for meaningful, sustainable careers in the creative sector.

The Royal Adelaide Hospital Centre for Creative Health exists to improve the quality and experience of healthcare across the life course through art and design.

Flinders Medical Centre Arts in Health Program delivers a continuous program of arts-based interventions designed to improve and enrich the physical environment and health care experience of the hospital.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Arts in Health Program integrates art into the life of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to improve a child’s health and wellbeing.

Urban Mind is a strategic consultancy, leading purpose-driven systems change for collective impact, through collaborative design.

Buddle Design is an independent graphic design consultancy, headed by Catherine Buddle.

Advisory Group

Trish Hansen: Principal, Urban Mind; Project Director and Chair, Medicinal Botanicals Project

Tony Kanellos: Curator, Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia

Emma Fey: Executive Director, Guildhouse

Sally Francis: Manager, Arts in Health at FMC, Flinders Medical Centre

Michelle Cripps: Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Centre for Creative Health

Jill Newman: Arts Coordinator, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation: Arts in Health

Simone Tippett: Director, Union Street Printmakers

Dr Bradley Simpson: Lecturer, UniSA and Research Fellow, Western Sydney Uni

Dr Lisa Slade: Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia

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Goodman Building Lecture Theatre

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Adelaide, SA 5000


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