Health Care Meets Comedy

Join us as we take a light-hearted look at serious objects from the faculty’s museum collections. In a local adaptation of the BBC game show Would I Lie to You, two competing teams of panellists will draw on their expert knowledge and reveal unusual facts and historical accounts to persuade one another – and you – that they are telling the truth.

Hosted by former ABC Radio Melbourne broadcaster and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, Jon Faine, this event will feature health leaders from across the Melbourne community and explore medical and dental innovation, past, present, and future.

Time: 3.30pm arrival for 3.45pm-4.45pm
Location: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, 148 Royal Parade, University of Melbourne


Jon Faine
Host: Jon Faine

Jon Faine is a Vice Chancellors Fellow at the University of Melbourne for 2022 and 2023.

Until October 2019 Jon Faine was the host of the agenda-setting morning broadcast for ABC Radio in Melbourne for over twenty years. Before joining the ABC in 1989 to host ‘The Law Report’ on Radio National, Jon had practised for seven years in both commercial litigation and as a legal aid/human rights advocate. Countless conference presentations, panel moderations, MC duties, guest lectures and public events complement his legal and media career. Add to that a bestselling travel book, several oral history publications, multiple opinion and commentary pieces for major newspapers, regular TV appearances and guest radio spots,  as well as being script advisor for several films completes his diverse career. Read more:


Dr Rita Hardiman
Dr Rita Hardiman (BSc(Hons) 1998, PhD (2010), GCertUniTeaching (2018))

Senior Lecturer in Oro-Facial Anatomy
Melbourne Dental School

Dr Rita Hardiman is the Division Lead for Basic and Clinical Oral Sciences at the Melbourne Dental School. As a former curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, she has a keen interest in anatomical sciences and object-based learning. Her research interests are in mineralised tissues, particularly in the effects of life events on the structure of human bone, tooth enamel, and dental calculus.

Professor Jo Douglass
Professor Jo Douglass

Professor Jo Douglass is a specialist physician in Respiratory Medicine and Allergic diseases, who is appointed the James Stewart Professor and Head, Department of Medicine in the University of Melbourne, and Director of Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Douglass undertook her medical training and a Doctor of Medicine (by research) at Monash University and specialist medical training in Melbourne, London, and Southampton. From 2012 to 2020, she was Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She has current research projects in asthma, particularly Thunderstorm Asthma and primary immune deficiencies. Professor Douglass serves on numerous speciality and industry advisory boards, she co-chairs the National Primary Immune Deficiency strategy and is a past president of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

Professor Peter Choong AO
Professor Peter Choong AO (MB BS 1984, MD 1993)

Associate Dean, Innovation and Enterprise
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Peter is the Associate Dean Innovation & Enterprise at the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Head of the Department of Surgery of the Melbourne Medical School and Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He recently stepped down as the Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne after almost 25 years.

Peter has also held other leadership roles including President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Chair of the Board of Orthopaedics, and Chief Medical Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

Peter is an academic with 30 years researching arthritis surgery, bone and soft tissue cancers and advanced limb reconstruction. He has published almost 500 peer-reviewed articles and leads the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence into Total Joint Replacement, is the Principle Clinical Lead in the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and leads the Advanced Limb Reconstruction Research Programme at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow.

His most prestigious awards include receiving a Queen’s Birthday Honour as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to orthopaedic medicine, research, tertiary medical education and to professional associations, the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship (2008) the most prestigious academic award from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Mayo Clinic Coventry Award (2014) for achievements to global orthopaedics, the City of Melbourne Award (2015) for reputation, and the NHMRC Award for Research Excellence (2019).

Peter has developed many connections with industry, government, universities, health institutions, international learned societies and community advocacy groups over his career and these serve to frame and focus his academic and clinical efforts towards innovative value-based care.

Dr Mihiri Silva

Dr Mihiri Silva BDSc MDSc DCD (Paediatric Dentistry) PhD MRACDS(Paeds) is a paediatric dentist and the Divisional Lead of Population Health, Cariology and Oral Health and a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne. She is a Consultant and Clinician-Scientist Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.