Rescue Helicopter
Stamford Sydney Airport
O’Riordan St (cnr Robey St), Mascot
18 February 2005

“Without a good understanding of human anatomy and solid experience developing the skills needed to perform surgery, mistakes in the operating theatre are more likely to occur”
Prof John Preston Harris, Canberra Times 8/5/04

These questions need answers:

  • Is Medical Education in Crisis? – and if so, who and what is responsible?
  • Are we downgrading basic sciences?
  • Are our teaching hospitals failing our medical students?
  • How do we assess overseas trained medical education and those who claim to be competent medical practitioners? What is the acceptable standard?
  • Why private medical schools? Will more medical schools help or hurt standards?
  • What is the future of post graduate medical training?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Bruce Shepherd, Chairman, Australian Doctors’ Fund
  • Professor Don Sheldon, Chairman, Council of Procedural Specialists
  • Dr Bill Glasson, Federal President, Australian Medical Association
  • Professor Helen Beh, CEO, Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Professor John Preston Harris, Lecturer, Sydney University Medical School
  • Andrew Perry, Former V/President, Australian Medical Students Association
  • Professor Bob Birrell, Centre for Population & Urban Research, Monash University
  • Dr Anne Kolbe, President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Dr Brendan Nelson, Federal Minister for Education, Science & Training
  • Professor Phillip Allen, Past President International Academy of Pathologists
  • Dr Randall Williams, Senior visiting surgeon, Modbury Hospital
  • Professor Guy Maddern, RP Jepson Prof of Surgery, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Ian Wronski, Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine
  • Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, Vice President, Federal AMA


Conference Convenor: Dr Lindsay Roberts Phone: (02) 9948 2536
Registration: Stephen Milgate Ph: (02) 9567 5595; Fax: (02) 9567 4050