[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS Talk Melbourne Ken Harvey Wed 20 July, 6:30pm

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Jul 12 23:46:31 UTC 2011


Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne Wed 20th July, 6:30pm

All welcome, no booking needed.  Bring your friends!
At: Gene Technology Access Centre, 1H Royal Parade, Parkville
Free drinks and pizza after the talk

Dr Ken Harvey
School of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Director, MedReach Pty Ltd
"War stories of a Health Activist"

Dr Ken Harvey is Chair of the Governing Council of Health Action International, Asia Pacific (HAIAP). A medical graduate of the University of Melbourne, Dr Harvey was a member of the expert group that drafted the World Health Organization "Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion". He is unkindly referred to  as a "serial complainant" by the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently being sued by a drug company for submitting a complaint about one of their products to appropriate authorities. His talk will discuss the risks of health activism.  See his blog at: http://www.medreach.com.au
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Dr. Harvey graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne and then worked as a medical officer in Papua and New Guinea. Stimulated by the problem of infectious diseases, he returned to Australia to train as a specialist in medical microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of New South Wales. Another year of postgraduate training was spent as registrar in medical computing in the NSW Health Department. He then returned to Victoria, first working at Monash University and then at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, initially as Clinical Assistant, then Assistant Microbiologist and finally as Director of Microbiology.

An interest in bacterial resistance to antibiotics led to a study of antibiotic prescribing and then the forces at work on the pen that writes the script. This eventually resulted in a move from public hospital practice to academic public health at La Trobe University with a special focus on medicinal drug policy.

Dr. Harvey  has been involved in multi-disciplinary research, education and public policy designed to optimise the use of antibiotics (and other medicinal drugs) for over twenty five years. Through research, commissioned policy papers and inaugural membership of the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Health and Rational use of Medicines (PHARM) Committee he has played a role in formulating, implementing and evaluating the quality use of medicines pillar of Australian medicinal drug policy.

Dr. Harvey's interests in information technology, the education of health workers and the global optimisation of medicinal drug use have  converged in the area of E-Health, including health informatics policy and computerised decision support, especially electronic medication management
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GTAC is in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Rarade)

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC, CSL and the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

Further Info:         Peter Kemeny       0409 028 165                peter.kemeny at gmail.com<mailto:peter.kemeny at gmail.com>

http://www.anzaas.org.au/vic/
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