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Opening & Closing Plenaries
Welcome to Country

Dr Richard Walley OAM , Aboriginal Elder

A performer, musician and writer, Dr Walley has spent more than 40 years educating Australia and the world on Noongar culture and identity through the arts. He formed the Middar Aboriginal Theatre which took the Noongar culture to 32 different countries on all the Earth’s continents and to a live audience of some 10,000,000 people in total.

Over the past ten years, Dr Walley has been working with Australian, European and American companies as a cultural consultant and presenter. He lectures on Aboriginal Culture at the University of Western Australia; participated in Noongar cultural and contemporary events including Survival Day Concert and the Wardarnji Festival and delivers Cultural Awareness and Cultural Learning programmes with a team from his company Aboriginal Productions and Promotions. He has been recognised as a Western Australian Living Treasure.

Opening Plenary Speaker

Professor Barry Marshall AC, Nobel Laureate

Professor Marshall has received many honors for his work on Helicobacter pylori, most notably, the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 2005. In 2007 Professor Marshall was awarded the honour of Western Australian of the year and The Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC).

Professor Marshall’s Helicobacter pylori research group has developed enhanced methods for non-invasive studies on the molecular epidemiology of H. pylori, notably rapid breath test methods and retrieval of the organism (and culture) from a swallowed string. He has also created Ondek; a small biotech company focused on developing new biologic delivery systems for vaccines and therapeutics, utilizing the unique characteristics of genetically modified Helicobacter pylori.

Closing Plenary Speaker

Professor Ian Frazer, AC, President , Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, Australian of the Year 2006

Professor Ian Frazer is Chair of the TRI Foundation Board,  member of the Commonwealth Science Council and President of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He leads a research program at TRI on skin cancer immunology with staff from UQ’s Diamantina Institute and continues to work with Amedus Vaccines on a herpes vaccine and new vaccine technologies.

As the founding Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research for the Translational Research Institute (TRI) in Brisbane, Professor Frazer lead the development of a world-leading biomedical research facility focused on translating scientific knowledge into practical benefits for the community.  Combing the intellect of its partners, TRI has the capacity to discover, produce, test and manufacture new treatments and vaccines in one location. Professor Frazer and his colleagues developed and patented the technology behind the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer, marketed as Gardasil and Cervarix, which was the second cancer preventing vaccine, and the first vaccine designed to prevent a cancer  

Professor Frazer was awarded the 2005 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and was selected as Queenslander of the Year, and Australian of the Year in 2006. He was also awarded the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for Science, the 2008 Balzan Prize for Preventive Medicine, the 2009 Honda Prize and was recently elected as a Fellow of the esteemed Royal Society of London. In 2012, Professor Frazer was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.