Future doctors and medical educators will face new challenges within a changing healthcare system, the University of Newcastle’s foundation professor of community medicine says.
Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder will give UoN’s 2018 David Maddison Lecture on Monday, in which he will highlight the challenge that doctors and medical educators face in developing new ways to provide care with “much more effective connection between community care and specialist services”.
“Community medicine, a fundamental part of this medical school from the beginning, recognised the importance of the link between the medical school and the local community, as well as the importance of social connections to good health and the provision of medical care,” he said.
“The opportunities to build on this into the future are vast.”
Professor Leeder said the evolution of information technology and health problems, such as the impacts of ageing and chronic disease, were among the future challenges medical professionals faced.
“Each of these challenges will determine what we do in health care and the shape of education for future doctors and other health workers,” he said.
The biannual lecture event is named after UoN’s founding Dean of Medicine, Professor David Maddison.
Professor Maddison created a ground-breaking medical program in the Hunter, which was the first degree in medicine to be established at a non-metropolitan Australian university.
The medical program marks its 40th anniversary this year.