Brilliant health minds gather for Westmead Hospital Week

Hospital staff at this year’s Great Debate: (L-R) Dr Tony Padley (wearing a costume), Dr Sally Greenaway, Dr James Tadros, Dr David Van Der Poorten, Dr Laura Brown, WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy and Dr Ellie Hammam.

World-leading experts in cardiology, infectious diseases, drug abuse and many more areas of health converged at Westmead Hospital last week to discuss and debate the future of medicine at Hospital Week.

Hospital Week is an annual showcase organised by the Westmead Association led by executive officer Georgette Hanna.

This year beloved presenter and Beyond Blue ambassador Jessica Rowe was among the headline speakers at the event, discussing the bravery of asking for help as part of the perinatal psychiatry symposium.

Several stalls were on display throughout Hospital Week. (L-R) Clinical nurse specialist Yok Chin and Storz representative Rhys Beard.

Her speech was among more than 100 presentations covering diverse topics including botox and fillers, Chinese herbal medicine and the role of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Graeme Loy adjudicated the annual great debate.

The Greart Debate teams in action. (L – R) Dr Tony Padley (wearing a costume), Dr Sally Greenaway, Dr Ellie Hammam, chief executive Graeme Loy, Dr David van der Poorten, Dr James Tadros and Dr Laura Brown

This year’s topic was ‘all doctors’ activities can be replaced with a machine’ – with the affirmative team losing this year’s debate.

“It was interesting to see how the doctors on the affirmative essentially argued themselves out of a job,” Graeme said.

Westmead Association President Prof Henry Pleass with Westmead Association executive officer Georgette Hanna.

“Hosting a dazzling array of brilliant minds under one roof is what we do here every day at Westmead Hospital, but Hospital Week is special.

“There was something for everyone to learn.”

Hospital Week posters on display at Westmead Hospital.

Westmead Cardiology celebrated its 40th anniversary with a full day of presentations on Wednesday, August 28. Gene therapy, data-driven care and stem cell research were among the topics discussed, and cardiology director Professor Robert Denniss concluded the day with a vision for the future of prevention and treatment.

Professor Peter Goadsby from King’s College in London, considered the world’s leading migraine researcher, headlined the headache symposium with a focus on the history of Australia’s contribution to migraine research.

Popular TV journalist Jessica Rowe presents at Westmead Hospital Week.

Other areas of interest included Westmead’s humanitarian contribution to health around the world, advances in bowel cancer treatment, biocontainment units in the 21st century, and the implications of antimicrobial resistance for sexual health.