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Monash makes its presence felt at World Health Summit

22 October 2009

A delegation from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has made a significant impact at the inaugural World Health Summit, held in Berlin, 15-18 October.

The Summit brings together thought leaders in health care and policy from around the globe, including researchers, clinicians, government ministers and specialty media, with a view to enhancing dialogue in key areas including public health, global health and impact of climate change.

Amongst the 500+ delegates at the Summit led by the Dean, Professor Steve Wesselingh, the Monash team was particularly prominent, with an emphasis on including younger researchers who presented a perspective on their career experiences and aspirations to a receptive international audience, gaining media attention.

Governor of Victoria and Emeritus Professor Monash University, Professor David de Kretser co-chaired the Monash session of the Summit symposia program with the Dean, and addressed the Summit Gala Dinner audience at the Deutsches Historisches Museum on the Unter den Linden as the representative of all Summit participants.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne was also a key member of the delegation, demonstrating the strength of Monash’s commitment to the Summit and to the M8 Alliance which also includes Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Charité (Berlin), Université Paris Descartes, Kyoto University, Peking Union Medical College, Imperial College London and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Apart from the Monash session, Professors John McNeil and Margaret Alston were also key program participants, bringing an Australian viewpoint to discussions on public health and social impact of climate change respectively.

The World Health Summit was also an opportunity for Monash delegation members to engage in dialogue with the other members of the M8 Alliance, including

A reception for fellow M8 Alliance members and industry leaders at the Australian Embassy in Berlin hosted by Chargé d’Affaires David Peirce and MC-ed by Professor Leon Piterman was a highlight of the Summit program, featuring goodwill messages on video from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Premier John Brumby.

Professors Wesselingh and de Kretser were effusive in recognising the success of the Summit, and in recognising the fulfilment of the vision of its co-convenors, Professors Detlev Ganten and Axel Kahn. Associate Dean (International Research), Professor Harald Schmidt was also recognised for his contribution to arranging the participation of Monash at the Summit.

For more information, visit the World Health Summit web page.