A new public health: Preventing diseases with drugs – Prof John McNeil

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Theatre 2 - Kambri Cultural Precinct (ANU)
Date: 22 August 2019 5:30pm to 22 August 2019 07:00pm

Australia has been rewarded for the high quality of its healthcare systems by an increase in life expectancy – 80% of people now survive beyond 70. Life beyond this age is often accompanied by ill health and poor quality of life. An increasing imperative is to preserve mental and physical health as long as possible.

One strategy is through ‘preventive’ medications that now contribute substantially to health expenditure. But are preventive medications we use today such as aspirin always effective, or can the negative effects outweigh the positive? Professor John McNeil of Monash University shares his expertise.

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