The College of Health & Biomedicine Dean’s lecture series covers:

  • research
  • teaching and learning
  • clinical teaching
  • external engagement.

Highly regarded topic-area experts present to the College, wider university community and external partners.

Past lectures

The Honourable Nicola Roxon, Adjunct Professor from the College of Law & Justice delivered this lecture titled 'Thinking beyond the system – how can we put the consumer back in the centre of health care?'.

The presentation was innovative and thought provoking, and engaged the audience through both the presentation and an extensive Q&A session. The audience included senior members of the University’s leadership, VU and external colleagues of the College of Health and Biomedicine.

The presentation text can be accessed as a PDF.

Health innovation opportunities

The first Dean’s Lecture for 2016 was titled 'Health innovation opportunities'.

Mr Jon Evans (Head of International Health, Special Advisor International & Medical Research, Department of Health & Human Services Victoria) spoke to an enthusiastic audience about ‘health innovation opportunities’ for health research with China.

The session was chaired by the previous Dean, Professor Gregory Blatch, and the response was given by Associate Professor John Price, Director of Research and Research Training.

Translational Research: What does it mean for VU?

The third Dean’s lecture for 2015 was held on Monday 19 October at Footscray Park campus, and was titled 'Translational Research: What does it mean for VU?'.

The presenter was Professor Warren Payne, PVC Research and Research Training.

Encouraging and sustaining IPE across professional boundaries

The 2nd Dean’s lecture for 2015 was held at the Western CHRE. Colleagues from VU's College of Health & Biomedicine, College of Sport & Exercise Science, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living and Western Health listened to an insightful presentation from Professor Jill Thistlethwaite on interprofessional education, it’s benefits and challenges.

A copy of the presentation is available through Pat McLaughlin (patrick.mclaughlin@vu.edu.au).

The emerging primary healthcare network

Dr Vanda Fortunato presented the first Dean’s lecture for 2015, titled 'The emerging primary healthcare network'. Vanda provided the audience with background to the existing Medicare Local system, and highlighted the change to a new Primary Health Network from mid-2015.

The presentation was attended by academics and students from Victoria University, including Provost Kerri-Lee Krause, as well as staff from Western Health and University of Melbourne.

'Diabetes: the largest epidemic in human history?'

Professor Paul Zimmet AO, Director Emeritus of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute was the keynote speaker at the second Dean’s lecture in September 2014.

Professor Zimmet’s presentation touched on just some of the many projects that he has driven during his distinguished career.

It was a privilege to have one of Australia’s outstanding scientists present to the College at our St Albans campus.

Chronic diseases: the need to act now

Professor Maximilian de Courten, Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CCDPM) was keynote speaker at the first Dean's lecture on chronic disease.

Professor de Courten outlined the current chronic disease research and highlighted the areas where research is needed. He spoke about CCDPM's research plans.

His presentation received overwhelmingly positive audience feedback.

Contact us

For more information about the lecture series, please email Patrick McLaughlin at patrick.mclaughlin@vu.edu.au.