Invited Speakers



Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders

MB BS Lond., FRCS England, FRACS

Christobel Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth and St John of God Hospitals in Perth, Western Australia.   She is Winthrop Professor of Surgical Oncology and Head of Unit, General Surgery at The University of Western Australia; and holds both clinical and research roles in the breast and melanoma cancer field.  She is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services nationally as member of the National Lead Clinicians Group and Cancer Australia Advisory Council, Board Member of Cancer Council Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia, and past President of Cancer Council Western Australia.  Christobel has been involved in the development of numerous best practice guidelines for both patients and clinicians and her work is embedded in a firm evidence base implementing the latest research.
Christobel has worked in the breast cancer field for over 13 years and in 2010 received the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Patron’s Award for achievement in breast cancer research. Christobel’s research covers a wide diversity of areas including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial research and translational and health services research. She has an exceptional funding track record, having attracted a career total of nearly $23 million in over 55 grants awarded in Australia since 2001. Christobel has published over 90 scientific papers in refereed journals, two books and 18 book chapters. She is a co-author of the book Breast Cancer - a guide for every woman and Breast Cancer: The Facts, which was shortlisted for the BMA Book of the Year in 2010.
Christobel has a passion for health and medical research, patient advocacy and an exceptional clinical track record in the management and treatment of breast cancer.


Professor Bernadette McSherry

Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne

Professor Bernadette McSherry is the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor in both the Faculty of Law, Monash University and in the Melbourne Law School. In 2007, she was appointed an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow. She has honours degrees in Arts and Law, a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York University, Canada and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Professor McSherry is a legal member of the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and has acted as a consultant to government on criminal law, sentencing and mental health law issues.


Professor Neil Levy

Deputy Director (Research) of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and Head of Neuroethics at the Florey Neuroscience Institute, University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Neil Levy is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne. He is also director of research at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. His work ranges widely, from issues in cognitive neuroscience to free will, applied ethics and the nature of mind. He has a special interest in self-control and addiction. He is the author of more than 100 papers and seven books, including Hard Luck (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Consciousness and Moral Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 2104).


The Hon. Justice James Joshua Edelman

Supreme Court of Western Australia

James Joshua Edelman was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on 25 July 2011. He obtained his degrees of Bachelor of Economics (1995), Bachelor of Laws (first class honours 1996) from the University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University (1997). He was Associate to his Honour Justice Toohey, of the High Court of Australia, in 1997 and completed his articles with Blake Dawson Waldron. He was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1998.

Justice Edelman was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 1998 and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (2001) from the University of Oxford. Justice Edelman took up a teaching position at Keble College, Oxford University in 2005, and was appointed Professor of the Law of Obligations at Oxford (2008). At Oxford he taught the subjects of restitution, commercial remedies, trusts, torts, contract and Roman law.

He practised as a barrister at the Chambers of Mr Malcolm McCusker QC in Perth from 2001, and at One Essex Court at the English Bar from 2008.

He has written or edited books on damages, unjust enrichment, interest awards, equity, and torts.


Dr Elmi Muller

Department of Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

Dr Elmi Muller is a General Surgeon who has been working in transplantation since 2005. She has an active interest in promoting organ donation and transplantation in developing countries and is currently the TTS councillor for the region Middle East/Africa, chair of the TTS Education Committee as well as the president of the Southern African Transplantation Society. Dr Muller has been involved in many transplant-related outreach and educational programmes for the public and medical profession in South Africa through the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa, of which she is the Vice President. She also does outreach work in Africa through the ISN Educational Ambassador’s programme and had been involved in workshops with the World Health Organization. In 2008 she initiated a transplant programme for HIV positive patients utilizing HIV positive donors at Groote Schuur Hospital. For this work she was awarded the College of Fellows Research Award of the University of Cape Town (October 2010) and the Checkers-Shoprite Women of the Year award in 2011. She was featured in The Lancet in 2012 under the title: ‘Elmi Muller; bending rules, changing guidelines, making history.’ 


Professor Mike Daube AO

Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, where he is Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

He was previously Director General of Health for Western Australia and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership.

Professor Daube is President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Co-Chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, and chair or member of many other national and state government and non-government committees.

Professor Daube has been active in health policy and tobacco control, alcohol and public health advocacy nationally and internationally for more than forty years.

He has published widely and received numerous awards from national and international organizations including the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Distinguished Career Award. He is an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).


Magistrate Catherine Crawford

Catherine Crawford is a Magistrate at the Children’s Court of Western Australia. Her experience, since appointment in 2006, has included being the Resident Magistrate in the East Kimberley, dealing with adults in criminal and civil jurisdictions, coronial matters and child protection.

Prior to her appointment, Catherine had been in legal practice for over 20 years, including private practice in Perth and London; working for the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) in the Pilbara and as Principal Legal Officer. She also practiced as a barrister between 2000 and 2006.

She has been a member of several Government enquiries and tribunals, including the Mental Health Review Tribunal in Western Australia.

Catherine has obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (1983) and Bachelor of Laws (1984) from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Laws in International Human Rights (Distinction) from the University of Essex, UK (1989).

Catherine has a special interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as it affects youth in the criminal justice and child protection systems.


Professor Steve Allsop

PhD, Post Grad. Diploma in Alcohol Studies, BSc (Hons) Psychology
Curtin University

Steve Allsop has worked in the drug field for almost 30 years and been involved in policy, prevention and treatment research and professional development for health, police, education, welfare staff and community organisations. He is the Professor and Director of the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University of Technology. NDRI is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has previously worked as the A/Executive Director, Drug and Alcohol Office, Western Australia and the Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University of South Australia. He has an interest in research, prevention, treatment and policy responses to alcohol and other drug problems.


Associate Professor Ted Wilkes

National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Associate Professor Wilkes is a Nyungar man from Western Australia He has a background in health and is currently employed in the Indigenous Research Program at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology. Professor Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and is the Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee He provides advice and expertise to various state, national and international committees. Professor Wilkes has endeavoured to facilitate positive health and social outcomes, for Aboriginal Australians as well as the community generally.



Important Dates

Abstracts Due 30 May 2014
Abstract Notifications Late June 2014
Presenter Registration 7 July 2014
Student Essays Due 18 July 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 August 2014
Conference 2 Oct 2014

Organising Committee

Judy Allen
Stephen Honeybul
Felicity Flack
Camilla Scanlan

Committee Members
Brian Stafford
Dale Pugh

Stream Leaders
Wendy Rogers
Ainsley Newson
Bill Madden
Andrew Crowden
Katrina Bramstedt
Karolyn White