Wesfarmers' Harry Perkins Oration

The annual Wesfarmers' Harry Perkins Oration is held in honour of our inaugural chairman. Each year a world renowned expert presents the latest research and outcomes on a major health topic. 

2019 Oration 

2018 Oration [watch now]

The 2018 Orator was Professor Nigel Laing AO - an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia and head of the Neurogenetic disease laboratory at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. He also leads Australian Genomics' Neuromuscular Disorders flagship and is joint lead of its 'national diagnostic and research network' program.

The Oration was entitled: Human Genetics: problems, precision, power, prevention

2017 Oration

The 2017 Orator was Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Medicine at Monash University. The presentation entitled 'Precision medicine, it’s promising but complex' was held on 28 November 2017.


2016 Oration

Dr Robert C Robbins from the Texas Medical Center gave the 2016 Wesfarmers' Harry Perkins Oration on the topic of '21st century medicine: insights from the world’s largest medical center'.

2015 Oration

Professor Graeme Hankey gave the 2015 Oration, entitled 'Stroke: challenging a looming epidemic'. 

Every day, 13 West Australians are suddenly disabled by a stroke. The lecture explained the concept of stroke and its causes, illustrated its impact and how it can be prevented and treated, and discuss future directions in research and its implementation into practice.

2014 Oration

Professor Gary Jennings AO, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute was the 2014 Orator. Professor Jennings presentation was entitled 'Hearts, minds, health and research – please mind the gap'

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