Science on the Swan 2018

If you can only attend one medical research conference, make sure it’s Science on the Swan 2018: Science, Health and Community – from mechanisms to models of care​. 

Our ability to recognise emerging health problems and to identify targets to prevent or cure disease hinges on multidisciplinary interactions between researchers, practitioners and policy makers across the spectrum, from discovery to translation, from bench to bedside and back, in the laboratory, clinic, field, government department or computer lab. And in recent times, we have increasingly recognised the essential role of another player – end-users, i.e. consumers and community – in making sure that the best research gets done and has the greatest chance of leading to improvements in health and wellbeing. Critically, it is vital that we consider the implications of managing health and disease across the broad community and that all aspects of health promotion, primary, secondary and tertiary care are engaged. 
It is increasingly recognised that chronic diseases in adults, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and mental health conditions, begin earlier in life and that tackling these issues requires a holistic approach. It is also recognised that the health care burden imposed by these conditions is exacerbated in regional and remote Australia and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 

The 2018 Science on the Swan conference will bring the latest thinking on the how and why of 

  • Life course of chronic diseases 
  • Brain development and mental health 
  • Aboriginal health and well being 

The 2018 Science on the Swan will showcase the mechanisms that underpin the development and progression of chronic disease and mental health conditions across the life course through to emerging models of care that optimise the involvement of individuals, their families and the community in the management of health and health problems. The impact of the environment, physical activity and obesity as well as the challenges and opportunities of healthcare delivery in regional Western Australia will be explored. Finally, the conference will showcase the latest advances in Aboriginal health and wellbeing and the benefits arising from the co-design of health promotion and health management programs by health professionals and the Aboriginal communities.

Science on the Swan is initiated and run as part of the Western Australian Health Translation Network by all five of WA’s universities: The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame together with The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the Telethon Kids Institute, the key teaching and research hospitals and the WA Government through the Department of Health and the Office of Science.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Science on the Swan Conference 2018 in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Associate Professor Graham Hall  
Deputy Director & Head of Children's Lung Health
Telephon Kids Institute
Perth, Western Australia

Professor Greg Blatch
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research
University of Notre Dame
Fremantle, Australia