2018 Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine/Monash University Graeme Schofield Oration 19th September 2018

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Free public event hosted by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Monash University

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About the Speaker

Grame Schofield Oration 2018

United States-based Professor Adnan A. Hyder is one of the world’s foremost injury prevention researchers. He serves as Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program, and Associate Chair in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. As Director of one of the largest academic Health Systems programs, Professor Hyder leads a team of experts to conduct ground breaking research on health systems strengthening and capacity building. He also serves as Director of the International Injury Research Unit, a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention and is the Associate Director for Global Bioethics of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Professor Hyder has been working on health systems and injury prevention in developing countries for more than 20 years. He also directs several capacity development projects in South Asia and Africa which are funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and has edited several major global reports from the World Health Organization, World Bank and UNICEF.

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Injury Prevention and Public Health Research in the 21st Century

Professor Hyder will use his 20 years of experience and work in more than 85 countries to demonstrate the value of injury prevention to health and society and suggest opportunities for confronting challenges. The Oration will cover a wide range of injury causes such as suicide, road traffic fatalities, violence, falls, drowning, burns, and risk factors like alcohol. It will also outline the role of international research and capacity building collaborations. The Oration will highlight the need for national institutions to play a greater role in translational research and training in the prevention of deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries, which have the world’s highest rates of preventable deaths and injuries.

Professor Hyder will use his work with the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, the global Road Traffic Injuries Research Network and World Health Organization Collaborating Centres to demonstrate pathways of influence for injury prevention and research to have meaningful impact.

Who Should Attend

Emeritus Professor Graeme Schofield

Emeritus Professor Graeme Schofield

The Oration provides an opportunity for policy makers, regulators, academics, researchers, students, and funders to be exposed to injury prevention and capacity building in the wider public health agenda. Professor Hyder will describe how to promote research as a fundamental and effective role for injury prevention; the need for multiple disciplines including the medico-legal and public health domains to inform public policy to prevent deaths and injuries; the importance of using data and other research resources collected with public funds for ethically approved public good research; and how to address these issues within a challenging global context.

Event Details

2018 Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Monash University Graeme Schofield Oration and Oration Dinner


6pm Wednesday 19 September 2018


Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (entry via Northern entrance facing the Melbourne Arts Centre)

National Gallery of Victoria St Kilda Road Melbourne

Free public event by registration go to link to registration page to register

Oration Dinner 

Graeme Schofield Oration Banquet Dinner


Garden Restaurant
National Gallery of Victoria (near the Clemenger Auditorium)


7.30pm Wednesday 19 September (following the Oration)
Three course dinner with wine $125.00 per ticket or $1,250 per table

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The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine/Monash University Graeme Schofield Oration is a public, biennial event which highlights the contribution of forensic medicine to public health and justice particularly in resource poor nations. The event is named for the late Emeritus Professor Graeme Schofield, the former Professor of Community Medicine at Monash University who was one of the founders of the VIFM. Professor Schofield was an eminent and respected medical researcher and a charismatic and inspirational teacher.

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine which is also the Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine has a strong and active commitment to death and injury prevention and public health.  We do this through our service work, research, training and events like the Oration which contribute to public discussion on important issues.
Research at VIFM
Our many years of forensic medical and scientific work have developed a vast repository of evidence-based research that underpins our forensic medical services, teaching and expert opinion provision. Department of Forensic Medicine (DFM) research projects and international research collaborations have made a significant contribution to death and injury prevention in Australia and internationally.

Research and the ability to communicate and translate research findings into practice are essential to effective forensic medical and scientific service delivery. It is not enough for forensic experts to apply their scientific knowledge in examining patients or analysing specimens. The results of these investigations must directly benefit the community, as well as supporting the justice system. The Institute is committed to harnessing specialist data to improve service delivery, and to contribute to the international body of forensic medical and scientific knowledge.

Our research program focuses on three key themes – drug intelligence, intentional and unintentional injury prevention and sudden and unexpected natural cause deaths. Current research is focused on new developments in drug detection (particularly for novel psychoactive drugs), aged care research, the improved visualisation of expert evidence for the courts and death and injury prevention.