Healthy doses of science around Australia
Tuesday 18 August 2015
- Let’s debate your prostate, with Bernie Hobbs and experts – Thursday in Hobart, TAS
- Crap or credible? Bringing science to wellness – Tuesday at University of Sydney, NSW
- There’s more to making healthy babies than what goes on in the bedroom – Sunday in Adelaide, SA
- Meet the woman who survived an ‘overdose’ of 50 homeopathic sleeping pills – Monday in Hindmarsh, SA
- See where the science is done – Open Day at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – Saturday in Nedlands, WA
- Is fruit making you fat? – Thursday in Mowbray, TAS
- Are you at risk of chronic disease? – Sunday in Nightcliff, NT
- Secrets of your brain revealed – Saturday in South Brisbane, QLD
Let’s debate your prostate, with Bernie Hobbs and experts – Hobart, TAS
Should all men aged 50-69 years have annual prostate cancer screening with a PSA test?
Bernie Hobbs from ABC Science Online will moderate the debate between six experts on a topic that’s particularly important in light of the 3,300 Australian men that die from prostate cancer each year, and the 20,000 diagnoses annually.
The Menzies Director, Professor Tom Marwick, will host this light-hearted look at a serious subject. Thursday 20 August Event details
Debating for the negative:
- Professor Frank Bowden (Professor at the Australian National University Medical School and Staff Specialist at Canberra Hospital)
- Dr Liesel Fitzgerald (Prostate cancer genetics researcher, Menzies Institute for Medical Research)
- Professor Mark Nelson (Chair, Discipline of General Practice at the University of Tasmania, Senior Professorial Fellow at , Menzies, GP)
Debating for the affirmative:
- Professor Paul Glaziou (Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and part-time GP)
- Dr Michael Vaughan (Practising Urologist)
- Penny Egan (CEO, Cancer Council Tasmania)
Media enquiries: Miranda Harman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 6226 7751, 0427 199 562
Crap or credible? Bringing science to wellness – University of Sydney, NSW
Actress and anti-vaccination campaigner Jenny McCarthy says she got her degree from the University of Google. Belle Gibson infamously claimed she cured herself from brain cancer through diet and nutrition… and, off the back of this, made a best-selling app and a career as a wellness guru, despite never having had cancer.
What would it take to encourage a more rational approach to wellness, and why don’t more evidence-based scientists participate in this growing industry?
ABC Radio’s Natasha Mitchell will host a discussion of these potentially life and death issues, with a panel of research and medical experts and communicators including consumer advocate Christopher Zinn, a Professor of Dietics Margaret Allman-Farinelli, neuroscientist and health blogger Dr Sarah McKay and lifestyle journalist Liz Graham, acting editor at body+soul. Tuesday 18 August Event details
Dr Sarah McKay is available for media interviews.
Contact: email@example.com or 0412 002 226
There’s more to making healthy babies than what goes on in the bedroom – Adelaide, SA
Fertility experts will talk about their latest research on pregnancy at a free public symposium in Adelaide as part of The Society for Reproductive Biology’s annual conference.
- risk of complications for mother and baby
- the genetic, nutritional, and lifestyle factors that affect pregnancy outcome
- a paradigm shift in the understanding of triggers of preterm birth
- the long-term impact on children of preterm birth
- and what doctors see in the clinics of Australia and Africa.
Media enquiries: Lydia Hales, firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9398 1416, 0457 854 515
Meet the woman who survived an ‘overdose’ of 50 homeopathic sleeping pills – Hindmarsh, SA
And she did it just to prove they don’t work.
Prolific blogger and YouTube sensation SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont is dedicated to debunking pseudoscience. She is always looking at the alternative medicine and pseudoscience movements with a sceptical eye, using a combination of real science and humour.
SciBabe is touring Australia for National Science Week, and is in Adelaide on Monday 24 August. Event details
Media enquiries: Rona Sakko, email@example.com or 0419 827 723
See where the science is done – Open Day at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – Nedlands, WA
Put on a lab coat and try your hand at being a medical scientist at the first ever Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research open day.
Take a walk through the history of medicine on a guided tour, hear about the latest cancer research, and check out what goes on inside the human body with giant MRI scans. Saturday 22 August Event details
Media enquiries: Carolyn Monaghan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0448 021 932
Is fruit making you fat? – Mowbray, TAS
We’re told to eat our daily serving of fruit and veggies. But fruit can have high amounts of glucose and fructose, which can lead to obesity and heart disease.
See two experts battle it out to decide if fruit it good or bad for you.
Dr Gary Fettke, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer of the University of Tasmania, will discuss the role of fruit in a modern diet – is it natural to have fruit in your diet?
Professor Roger Stanley, Foundation Director of the Centre for Food Innovation at the University of Tasmania, will talk on the health properties of fruit and advocate why we are better off with them in our diet. Thursday 20 August Event details
Media enquiries: Damien Blackwell, email@example.com or 03 6165 4508
Are you at risk of chronic disease? – Alice Springs, Nightcliff & Palmerston NT
Chronic diseases account for 90 per cent of all deaths in Australia. Are you at risk?
Find out at the Menzies HealthLAB, where you can test your total body fat percentage, blood pressure and expired carbon monoxide from smoke exposure, all factors which can increase your risk of developing chronic disease.
Be the subject of the tests and conduct the tests yourself, meet health researchers, and find out just how healthy you really are. Wednesday 19 – Monday 24 August Event details (multiple events)
Media enquiries: Susan Sayers, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 849 200
Secrets of your brain revealed – South Brisbane, QLD
Three experts put their heads together to talk the lastest research on brain and mental health research and where future technologies might take us at a free public lecture at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Pick the brains of the speakers, and people from Parkinson’s Queensland Incorporated, Lifeline and Uniting Care Community, and more.
Professor Peter Silburn, AM, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation (APCN) at UQ and expert in the treatment and research of Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation therapy.
Associate Professor James Scott, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from the UQ School of Medicine and School of Psychiatry with a focus on depression, anxiety, aggression, self-harm, developmental disorders and pharmacotherapy.
Dr Jacki Liddle, an occupational therapist and researcher for APCN at UQ on quality of life, participation and life transitions related to ageing, illness, and related treatments. Saturday 22 August Event details
Media enquiries: Tiffany Au, email@example.com or 07 3346 6101
About National Science Week
National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society.
Australia’s eighteenth National Science Week will be one of Australia’s largest festivals, with 1,500 plus registered events expected to reach over a million people.
The festival is proudly supported by the Australian Government; partners CSIRO, Australian Science Teachers Association and the ABC; and sponsors NewScientist, Cosmos, Popular Science and PrimaryConnections.
National Science Week 2015 will run from 15-23 August. Event details can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au
National Science Week general media enquiries:
Tanya Ha – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0404 083 863