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Leeder honoured for life of achievement


The enormous contribution made by eminent public health expert and Australian Medicine columnist Professor Stephen Leeder was recognised at a special event hosted by the University of Sydney early this month.

Current and former health ministers, senior health officials and leading health academics and experts were among a distinguished list of speakers who addressed a day-long forum organised to honour Professor Leeder’s valuable contribution to public health policy over many decades.

Among the speakers were former Federal Health Minster Dr Neal Blewett, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, World Heart Foundation President Professor K. Srinath Reddy, Emeritus Professor John Hamilton, NSW Ministry of Health Director General Dr Mary Foley, Sydney Medical School Dean Professor Bruce Robinson, Deeble Institute Director Dr Anne-marie Boxall and Dr Henry Greenberg of the Mailman School of Public Health.

Reflected the breadth and depth of Professor Leeder’s work, topics covered in the one-day forum included health policy, the international epidemiology of chronic disease, medical education and public health education and training.

Organisers said the event had been held to celebrate the enormous contribution made by Professor Leeder in public health research, educational development and policy during a long career studded with achievements.

Professor Leeder, who is professor of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney, was instrumental in the development of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, set up to inform health policy and knowledge by providing high-quality analyses of health issues.

In addition, Professor Leeder is Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia, is Chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board, academic coordinator of the University of Sydney’s Master of Health Policy degree and is Director, Research Network, Western Sydney Local Health District.

Professor Leeder’s latest Australian Medicine column, on the health implications of the Federal Budget, “Now, if pigs would fly”, is on p27 of the Realview/PDF version, and can be viewed at:ausmed/now-if-pigs-would-fly

Adrian Rollins