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Bancroft Oration

Date: Tuesday 21st Nov 2017
Location: Victoria Park Golf Club
Start time: 6.30pm
End time: 9pm
Cost: Free for AMA Queensland members and non-members – Limited places available

Bancroft Oration 2017 overview:

Thanks to medical advances, improved public health and the ageing baby boomer generation we have more older people than ever before. With this comes the challenge of dealing with dementia, chronic illnesses, disability and increased social welfare costs. However we can meet these demands with good planning, wise allocation of resources, research and the rational use of medical care. Attitudes towards older people are changing and we must ensure that our longer lives are well lived through careful health planning and resourcing.

About the Orator:

Dr Catherine Yelland is a geriatrician and general physician, and is the Medical Director, Medicine Service Line, at Redcliffe Hospital. She has been a member of the AMA since graduating in 1981. She has worked with older people for 30 years and was previously the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine.

Catherine is currently President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her interests are in clinical medicine, particularly in dementia, teaching of junior medical staff, service development and women in medicine. 

Bancroft Oration history:

The first Bancroft Lecture was held on 6 August 1926, after which time it became known as the Bancroft Oration. When the Bancroft Oration was inaugurated, it was to be given on any subject related to medicine.  The first orator was Dr John McKelvery and his topic surgery of the large intestine. It was decided to name the Oration after Dr Joseph Bancroft whose contributions to science and medicine achieved international renown.  Dr Joseph Bancroft was active in establishing Queensland’s first Medical Society.  He held many positions in government and medicine including Health Officer for Brisbane, and President of the Central Board of Health.  Dr Joseph Bancroft died in 1894 yet his legacy lives on in the standard he set for medicine and science in Australia.

In the tradition of Dr Joseph Bancroft, AMA Queensland proudly presents a keynote speaker of dedication and contribution to medicine in Queensland. The Bancroft Oration is in its 70th year in 2017 and the Bancroft Orator is selected by the AMA Queensland Council. Regional and rural practitioners are also invited to attend via live webinar.

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