2019 Priscilla Kindcaid-Smith Oration on Health

Priscilla Kincaid-Smith AC CBE was a pioneering leader in research and clinical care, and a fearless patient and public health advocate. She was also this University’s first female professor. Priscilla’s story is one filled with remarkable achievements in science and medicine that defied the gender inequity entrenched in Australian society at the time. To celebrate her legacy, the Faculty holds one of its most significant events, the annual Priscilla Kindcaid-Smith (PKS) Oration on Health.

Emeritus Professor Glenn Bowes AO, Professor Nilss Olekalns, Professor Mark Hargreaves, MDHS Chief Operating Officer Andrew Stott, Dr Helen Szoke AO, Professor Sir John Savill and Professor Shitij Kapur

On 31 October 2019 the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences hosted the fifth PKS Oration and Conferring of Degrees Ceremony. Professor Sir John Savill, Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, delivered this year’s Oration. The Faculty also conferred 10 doctoral degrees and awarded Professor Glenn Bowes AO the title of Emeritus Professor.

Professor Sir John Savill giving the fifth annual PKS Oration, 'Research changes lives'

In his Oration titled ‘Research changes lives’, Professor Sir John Savill spoke on the importance of research translation, referencing the impact Professor Kincaid-Smith’s research and advocacy had on health policy and practice. Professor Savill noted the increasing importance of speeding up the translation of research into clinical care – a core principle of Academic Health Science Centres, such as MACH, that bring academic and healthcare partners together.

Emeritus Professor Glenn Bowes AO and Professor Mark Hargreaves

The Faculty also confirmed and celebrated the appointment of our newest Emeritus Professor, Glenn Bowes AO. The University awards this title to professors whose service and leadership within the University has been unquestionably outstanding. Professor Bowes pioneered the health of young people during a long and influential career as a physician, academic and visionary agent of change. His early research helped transform respiratory medicine, contributing to our understanding of asthma mortality in Australia, and in the 1990s he established the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital – the nation’s first clinical, academic program of its type.

Congratulations to all 10 doctoral students who were conferred on the evening.

Photos taken during the PKS Oration can be accessed below.