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2015 Burnet Oration: Planetary Prospects and Possibilities

Burnet Institute

05 October, 2015

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Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Dr Richard Horton presents the 2015 Burnet Oration

Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, Dr Richard Horton left the capacity audience inspired about a revolution for health at the 2015 Burnet Oration.

Titled “Writing a Revolution for Health: Planetary Prospects and Possibilities”, Dr Horton emphasised the importance of addressing climate change for the survival of our civilisation.

“Opportunities are in our grasp, medicine must not turn its back on humanity, ” Dr Horton said.

IMAGE: Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb, Dr Richard Horton, Burnet Chair Mr Rob Milne

“The survival of our community, our planet is at stake. Urgent action is required at the individual, political and global levels.”

He said that it would be the poor who would suffer more first, the wealthy elites are immunised from harm.

IMAGE: A section of the audience for the Burnet Oration at the ANZ Centre in Melbourne

“The human species has never been in a better position with the knowledge it has, to secure its survival and to improve the health of the world’s population,” Dr Horton reflected.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said: “Dr Horton’s presentation was a clarion call.”

“A daunting yet essential call to action if we are to save the planet. We all must heed this message - human behaviour must change,” Professor Crabb said.

The 2015 Burnet Oration is available to view online.

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For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)

Telephone

+61392822174

Email

brendan.crabb@burnet.edu.au

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