2015 Elkington Oration The Global Burden of Disease Studies

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Queensland Branch
2015 Elkington Oration
The Global Burden of Disease Studies:
Implications for Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Professor Harvey Whiteford, The University of Queensland
Mental and substance use disorders were the leading cause of non-fatal illness worldwide in 2010,
according to a recent analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study led by Professor Whiteford which
was published in The Lancet (2013). Professor Whiteford’s research findings have important implications
for the delivery of appropriate and cost-effective public mental health services in Australia and
Please come and join this free PHAA event to hear Professor Whiteford speak about prevention and
intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental illness on communities.
Harvey Whiteford is Professor of Population Mental Health at the
University of Queensland. He trained in medicine, psychiatry and health
policy in Queensland, at Stanford University in California and the
Australian National University in Canberra. He has held senior clinical
and administrative positions including those of Director of Mental
Health in the Queensland and Federal governments in Australia and at
the World Bank in Washington DC. He has worked as a consultant to the
World Health Organisation, the OECD and to national governments in
Europe, Africa and Asia. His expertise is in psychiatric epidemiology,
burden of disease estimates, mental health policy analysis and service
development. Dr Whiteford leads the Policy and Epidemiology Group at
the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, an Australian
Centre for Research Excellence in mental health and the Mental
Disorders Expert Group for the Global Burden of Disease Studies
Date: 22nd April 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00pm registration and refreshments; 5:30 - 6:30pm presentation and questions
Cost: Free
Location: Ship Inn (upstairs), Griffith University, South Bank Campus (S06), Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
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