Hugh Denehy Oration
Dr Denehy was a great contributor to the profession of occupational medicine and held the position of Chairman of the Victorian / Tasmanian Branch before becoming Federal President. He then became a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Occupational Medicine in 1982. His contributions are highly valued by the Society and are reflected in our selection for the annual Hugh Denehy Oration.
Dr Joel Silbert - Hugh Denehy Oration 2017, Fremantle, WA
Dr Joel Silbert is well known amongst the occupational medicine profession in Perth. Joel’s career in occupational medicine spans more than 25 years: He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a qualified Independent Medical Examiner, Approved Medical Specialist for Workcover (WA) and an Expert Witness in the District Court. He is a Past Chair of AFOEM WA. He is the Chief Medical officer for the operators of the largest public and private rail networks in WA and has established and chairs Independent Expert Advisory Panels for private enterprise and government. He also sits on special interest groups reporting to various academic and government agencies.
Joel is founder and Managing Director of OSHGroup, the largest privately owned multidisciplinary and integrated specialist-level advisors in Human Capital Risk Management in Western Australia.
Dr Helen Jagger - Hugh Denehy Oration 2016, Newcastle, NSW
Dr Helen Jagger is a long standing member of ANZSOM and a great contributor to the New South Wales Branch. Helen has had a diverse career, spanning roles in health service delivery and senior management in the New South Wales health system. She also has over 20 years’ experience as a surveyor and administrator for the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS). Helen is currently enjoying retirement and voluntary service for the Rotary Club of Campsie and as a consumer advocate on the Clinical Governance Committee for Tresillian Family Care Centres.
Dr Keith Adam - Hugh Denehy Oration 2015, Brisbane, QLD
As a specialist physician, Keith has been actively involved in all aspects of occupational and environmental medicine for more than three decades and has provided advice to over 500 companies. He has also been an active contributor to Branch activities and currently sits on the Federal Executive. Keith is a keen educator and mentor, inspiring several generations of occupational and environmental physicians, as well as medical and engineering students.
Associate Professor Michael Shanahan - Hugh Denehy Oration 2014, Adelaide, SA
Associate Professor Michael Shanahan is a specialist in internal medicine, rheumatology and occupational medicine in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. He is also the associate professor of musculoskeletal medicine at Flinders University, where he is actively involved in the teaching program and has various leadership roles. He has had a long an continuous involvement in post graduate teaching as well, having been the chair of the board of censors for the Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the chair of the specialist training committee for the Australian Rheumatology Association. In these roles he helped develop new curricula for both trainee groups. He is also a regular examiner for both the physician trainee program and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine exams. Dr Shanahan has authored over 60 original publications and currently supervises four PhD scholars and two advanced trainees in rheumatology. Michael is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University.
Dr Kevin Sleigh - Hugh Denehy Oration 2013, Geelong, VIC
When joining ANZSOM in the early 80’s Kevin ran a very successful general practice in Moonee Ponds providing occupational health services to local industry. It was a major decision to take up the training for the Fellowship of the newly formed College of Occupational Medicine and then establish a full time career in occupational medicine. Since then, Kevin has demonstrated great leadership, providing wisdom, advice and support to the younger members and sharing his vast experience and passion for the practice of occupational medicine.
Dr Lewis Blake, Hugh Denehy Oration 2012, Busselton, WA
Dr Lewis Blake was a foundation student at the UWA School of Medicine. Following his graduation he worked and studied at the London Hammersmith Post-Graduate School of Medicine before returning to general practice in Western Australia, completing his Fellowship of the RACGP. For the past thirty years he has specialised in Industrial and Occupational Medicine, focusing particularly on injury management, consulting to major organisations and providing analytical and problem-solving advice to injured employees. He has first-hand experience of work sites throughout the State.