Burnie Public Talk

Event Name Burnie Public Talk
Start Date 3rd May 2017 6:00pm
End Date 3rd May 2017 7:00pm
Duration 1 hour

Three views on better health

Register here or by calling Menzies reception on 6226-7700.

Our Burnie Public Talk for 2017 will look at Tasmanian medical research into critical health issues:

  • the affect of childhood lifestyle factors on adult heath,
  • smartphone technology that links air quality to asthma and hay fever symptoms and
  • the challenge of managing chronic disease in Tasmania.

Professor Alison Venn, Menzies Director, will speak at both events about her priorities at the Institute and our mission to conduct world class research leading to healthier and better lives for Tasmanians. She will also cover some of her own research – for example the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study and treatment services for patients with obesity and obesity-related disease.

Dr Fay Johnston, leader of environmental health research at Menzies, will speak at both events about the impact of air quality on asthma and hay fever and the development of a new smarkphone app, called AirRater, that tracks air quality and symptoms

Dr Lizzi Shires, co-director of the University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School,  will speak about the burden of disease in NW Tasmania and the importance of attracting medical students from the north west community.

See information about the speakers below.

Burnie – Wednesday May 3, 2017
Burnie Arts and Function Centre
77-79 Wilmot St, Burnie (entry to car park is via Jones or King Streets).
Talk 6pm – 7.15pm. We will reserve time for your questions.

Register here or by calling Menzies reception on 6226-7700.

Please note that some of the speakers are researchers, not clinicians. They can provide invaluable insights and understanding, but not medical advice.


Professor Alison Venn

Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Alison Venn is a professor of epidemiology,  studying health-related issues commonly affecting Tasmanians and others around the world. In addition to her role as the Institute's Director, Professor Venn's major research focus is on obesity and the childhood determinants of adult health.

Dr Fay Johnston

Environmenal health researcher, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Dr Johnston is a public health physician, environmental epidemiologist and general practitioner. Her  research group is investigating environmental determinants of health including the impacts of smoke pollution from outdoor fires and domestic wood heaters, aero-allergens and heatwaves.

Dr Lizzi Shires

Co-Director, University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School

Dr Shires has extensive experience in community development projects and medical education, particularly in primary care. She enjoys all aspects of general practice but her  particular interest is in chronic disease management.