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FAR into the Future of Health - 26-28 March - Melbourne

This FAR series of events is back to promote French and Australian research in health sciences and innovation in the Indo-Pacific region, and to raise awareness on health and healthcare system issues. AFRAN is partnering with the University of Melbourne and the Embassy of France to Australia to gather scientists, business representatives and experts of the sector!

A Science and innovation focus: Keynote speeches and scientific and innovation panels involving French and Australian research institutions and industries, covering five major topics.

A Public event:This event aims to raise awareness of the healthcare system and to discuss, with experts from the healthcare community


26 March

 The University of Melbourne – Conference Room 1019, 1020


  • Welcome & registration


  • Opening speeches


  • Keynotes: Environmental changes and its impact on human health – Dr Tony Capon, Monash University - Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute


  • Break


  • Panel 1: Animal health and biosecurity (PREZODE initiative, Anti-Microbial Resistance…)

    • Chair: Dr Sam Hamilton, Acting Deputy CVO Federal Government o Dr Thomas Hüe, working with IRD New–Caledonia, Zoonose & migratory bird species o M Zeev Noga, PREZODE Secretary General o Dr David Wilkinson, CIRAD La Réunion, One Health Indian Ocean Research Network o Prof Lee Skerratt, University of Melbourne, Leader of the One Health Research Group o Prof Andy Sheppard, CSIRO, Chief Research Scientist o Prof Mark Blaskovich, University of Queensland, Director of Translation, ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance


  • Lunch break


  • Panel 2: Infectious diseases: a global challenge (anti-microbial resistance, pandemic anticipation, emerging diseases…)

    • Chair: Prof Ian Henderson, University of Queensland, Executive Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience o Prof Xavier Deparis, ARS Santé, Director of Health Safety Monitoring - Health and Living Environments -International Cooperation & Area Health Advisor (TBC) o Dr Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol, Pasteur Institute New-Caledonia, Head of URE – Dengue & Arbovirus o Prof Tim Stinear, University of Melbourne, Laboratory Head and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans o Prof Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University, Co-Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases o Sanofi representative, Country Medical Lead ANZ (TBC) o Prof Sharon Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity o Prof Mark Schembri, University of Queensland, Director, Centre for Superbug Solutions, IMB


  • Break


  • French and Australian Medtech & Agritech research and technologies pitches


  • Networking Cocktail

Networking cocktail involving all the actors and participants of the event, with potential demonstration

of a new technology from French-Australian collaboration or performance.

27 March

 The University of Melbourne


  • Welcome & registration


  • Panel 3: Innovative Health: Our response to more complex and more frequent diseases (non-communicable diseases, Medtech solutions, medicine of precision, personalised medicine and diagnostics…)

    • Chair: Prof Susie Nilsson, CSIRO, Research director Biomedical Manufacturing (TBC) o Dr Dominique Mégraoua, Head of the Health and Social Agency's Education Centre in New-Caledonia o Dr Fabien Lareyre, Hospital of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Vascular Surgeon, Head of Department o Servier representative (TBC) o Prof Mark Cook, St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Director of Clinical Neurosciences o Prof Nancy Baxter, University of Melbourne, Head of our Melbourne School of Population and Global Health o Distinguished Prof Magdalena Plebanski, RMIT, Director of Biomedical and Health Innovation Enabling Impact Platform; Head of the Translational Immunology and Nanotechnology Theme; Head of the Cancer, Ageing, and Vaccines Laboratory at School of Health and Biomedical Sciences o Prof Kate Schroder, University of Queensland, NHMRC Leadership Fellow - Group Leader Inflammasome Laboratory, IMB


  • Break


  • Panel 4: Artificial Intelligence in medicine: solution or challenge? (AI potential in the healthcare system, data governance, ethical and regulation challenges…)

    • Chair: Prof. Karin Verspoor, RMIT, Dean of School of Computing Technologies o Dr Juliette Raffort-Lareyre, CHU Nice, Consultant in Medical Biology in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, winner of the Artificial Intelligence Woman Engineer Award o Mr Philippe Gesnouin, INRIA, e-Health Program Director (TBC) o Prof. Eduard Hovy, Melbourne Connect, Executive Director o Dr Dimitri Perrin, Queensland University of Technology, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, head of the Biomedical Data Science group, Chief Investigator in the QUT Centre for Data Science, co-leading the Health and Biological Systems Domain o Prof Mario Alvarez-Jiminez, University of Melbourne, Professor Digital Mental Health, the Centre for Youth Mental Health & Chief of Orygen Digital


  • Lunch break


  • Keynotes: Australian Global Health Alliance highlights in the Pacific - Dr Selina Lo Namchee, Executive Director AGHA


  • Panel 5: Rethinking health: Sustainable healthcare system (decarbonation, One Health Initiative, democratisation of telemedicine, reduction of resource consumption and wastes…)

    • Chair: Prof Eugenie Kayak, University of Melbourne, Enterprise Professor, Sustainable Healthcare o Dr Philippe Carenco, CHU Nice, MD, Infection control practitioner o Prof Anne-Laure Mention, RMIT, Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform o Prof Wendy Chapman, University of Melbourne, Associate Dean of Digital Health and Informatics at the University of Melbourne o Dr Anne-Lise Chaber, University of Adelaide, One Health Senior Lecturer (TBC) o Prof Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne, Deputy Director, Melb Climate Futures | Professor Environment, Climate & Global Health

27 March afternoon

The Capitol Theatre, RMIT


  • Healthcare system: Application, Perception and Improvement - Refreshment will be served

    • Chair: Prof Andrew Steer, Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Patient’s associations & consumers intervention (30min)

  • Mr Neil Cole, consumer, mental health issue

  • Dementia Australia speaker, (TBC)

  • Others TBC

Panel discussion (45min + 15min Q&A)

  • Dr Sandro Demaio, Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth

  • Dr Catarina Ang, Director of the Australiasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery program at The Royal Women’s Hospital

  • A/Prof Mahesh Jayaram, Consultant psychiatrist at Ramsay Clinic Albert Road

  • Servier speaker TBC

  • RMIT speaker TBC

28 March


  • Laboratories and facilities tours

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