RMA24 speakers

Meet the inspiring and informative speakers joining us for RMA24.

Prof Jenny May
Prof Jenny May AM

National Rural Health Commissioner

National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Jenny May AM has more than 25 years’ experience working as a Rural Generalist in rural and remote Australia and has an extensive background, including serving as Director of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, representing the profession through the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and the National Rural Health Alliance.

Prof Bart Currie
Prof Bart Currie

Micro - and macro - pathogens in the tropical north

Professor Bart Currie is an infectious diseases and public health physician at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program. 
He leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team at Menzies School of Health Research. He began both the Darwin Prospective Melioidosis Study and the Darwin Prospective Snakebite Study 34 years ago.

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Dr Norman Swan

Master of Ceremonies

Dr Norman Swan hosts RN’s Health Report and since the COVID-19 pandemic, has co-hosted Coronacast, a daily podcast on the coronavirus.  Norman is also a reporter and commentator on the ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast.

He is a past winner of the Gold Walkley. He created Invisible Enemies, on pandemics and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and broadcast in 27 countries. Norman has been awarded the medal of the Australian Academy of Science, an honorary MD from the University of Sydney, and in October 2022, a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He is also the recipient of the Australian Skeptics Journalism Award 2020. On Australia Day 2023, Norman was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM). During COVID he wrote two books. So You Think You Know What's Good For You (Hatchette) is a best seller and was released in the UK. His latest book, So You Want To Live Younger Longer, has also been on the best seller list. Norman trained in Medicine and Paediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.  

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ACRRM and RDAA acknowledge the Larrakia people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which RMA24 will be held. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise these lands have always been a place of teaching and learning.