2017 Menzies Debate

Event Name 2017 Menzies Debate
Start Date 14th Sep 2017 5:30pm
End Date 14th Sep 2017 7:30pm
Duration 2 hours

2017 Menzies Debate
Heart disease? We don’t need to worry about that any more.

About the event

We have had 50 years of progress in understanding, preventing and treating heart disease. Death rates have fallen dramatically and some risk factors have improved. So does that mean we don’t have to worry about heart disease any more?

That is the question that we pose in this year’s Menzies Debate.  The reality of course is that there is no simple story on heart disease, and that’s why this is a great topic to debate. We are now seeing an increase in the numbers of people at risk through obesity and type-2 diabetes and, progress or not, heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide. So save the date for the Menzies Debate and come along and hear both sides of the story. We have assembled an entertaining line-up of experts, and Bernie Hobbs from ABC Science will be back as our guest moderator.


  • Professor James Sharman, Deputy Director and leader of blood pressure research, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
  • Associate Professor Rosemary Harrup, Head of Department, Medical Oncology/Haematology, Royal Hobart Hospital
  • Dr Paul MacIntyre, Staff Specialist in Cardiology, Royal Hobart Hospital


  • Dr Seana Gall, Cardiovascular Epidemiologist, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Tom Marwick – Director, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Dr Sue Forrest – Director, Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation (Victoria Division)


Bernie Hobbs, ABC Science

University of Tasmania Medical Science Precinct
17 Liverpool St

5.30pm: Drinks and canapes
6pm: Debate

Enquiries: 03 6226-7751