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HDA Oration - South Australia: Transition, Translation and Transformation

Monday, 16 September 2019

Source: University of Adelaide

The 15th annual HDA Oration will be presented by Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia on South Australia: Transition, Translation and Transformation.

The past two decades have been a time of profound geopolitical, economic and social change.

While many nations, regions and cities have faced major economic transitions as established industries declined or moved offshore, there have been regions where ‘rustbelts’ have emerged as ‘brain belts’ and where cities in decline have transformed to become ‘magnet cities’ attracting talented creative arts and STEM professionals.

Such transformations have been underpinned by the emergence of ‘leap frog’ technologies and convergence of research from different STEM disciplines to have major impacts on all aspects of our lives, including health.

Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) has been a pioneer in harnessing the power of collaboration to translate innovation to benefit the health and wellbeing of women, babies and young people across the world.

Professor Claire Roberts from the Adelaide Medical School said as a co-founder of HDA, Professor McMillen’s vision across health and development underpinned 15 years of HDA activities.

“As we move into the third decade of the 21st Century we need to disseminate understanding on how women’s and children’s health, education and wellbeing underpin global health and wellbeing. It’s time to use new technologies and the power of data and contemporary communications platforms to transform systems for societal good,” Professor Roberts said.

The next leadership role for HDA will be to deploy the convergence of disciplines and technologies from within and beyond health to address the intergenerational transmission of poor health and to ensure healthy development is distributed equitably across the globe.

WHAT:     HDA Oration : South Australia: Transition, Translation and Transformation
WHERE:   The Braggs, Bragg Lecture Theatre, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN:     5.45pm – 7.30pm, doors open from 5.30pm, Wednesday 18 September, 2019
COST:      Free — available online. Light refreshments will follow the event


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Elisa Black, Manager – News and Media, The University of Adelaide. Mobile: +61 (0)466 460 959, Email: elisa.black@adelaide.edu.au