The Lambie Dew Oration
The Lambie Dew Oration is an annual event held in honour of Charles Lambie and Harold Dew, the first Bosch Chairs of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney. It is an opportunity for the Sydney University Medical Society (SUMS) to invite a speaker who has made a major impact in health to address an audience in the formal surroundings of the Great Hall and represents one of the key scholarly events organised by the SUMS.
The story of Lambie and Dew harks back to a vastly different era and illustrates just how far medicine and medical education have both progressed in this country. Upon their appointments in 1930 and 1931 respectively, Lambie and Dew became the first full time professors of Medicine and Surgery at any Australian university. By the end of 1932, they had entirely reshaped the medical curriculum at the University of Sydney in such a way that it was left largely unchanged for over 40 years. Together they helped build a world renowned institution and it is for this reason that their legacy be celebrated in the annual oration named in their honour.
The Oration itself boasts an esteemed list of recent past speakers, including: Ms Helen Clark (Administrator of the United Nations Development programme), Dame Valarie Beral AC, Professor Patrick McGorry AO (Australian of the Year 2010), Dr Rowan Gilles (youngest ever International Council President of Médecins Sans Frontières), Professor Chris O'Brien AO (Oncologist and Surgeon), Professor Peter Doherty AC (Nobel Laureate), Ian Frazer AC, Fred Hollows AC, the Hon Michael Kirby AC and Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO (Governor of NSW).
The Lambie Dew Oration is presented by the Sydney Medical Society, and generally occurs in the second half of the year. The 2014 Oration will be announced early 2014.