Dr. Ian McWhinney Inaugural Lecture Event

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Where: The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, Room 1150
Lecturer: Dr. Michael Kidd, President of WONCA, the World Organization of Family Doctors
Title: The Importance of Being Different

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  “Family Medicine in Japan: A Journey with Dr. Ian McWhinney”
Speaker: Dr. Ryuki Kassai, professor and chair, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Fukishima Medical University

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: "The Intersection of Family Medicine and Public Health around the World”
Speakers: Dr. Michael Kidd, president of WONCA,  Heather Lokko and Joanne Simpson, Middlesex London Health Unit, and Dr. Cathy Faulds, President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and adjunct faculty member in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Family Medicine.
Followed by a moderated Q&A, discussion involving panel and audience
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Inaugural Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture:  “The Importance of Being Different”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Kidd
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception, Atrium

Registration for this year's event is now closed.


This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine& Dentistry, Western University, for up to 3.5 Mainpro-M1 credits.

About Dr. Michael Kidd

Dr. Michael Kidd

Professor Michael Kidd is the president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).  Michael is a family doctor, primary care researcher, medical educator and author from Australia.

Michael graduated from the School of Medicine at The University of Melbourne in 1983. His doctoral research was on innovations in e-health and computer-based learning at Monash University.  He was appointed to the Chair of General Practice at The University of Sydney in 1995.  He was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in 2009.  

Michael is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and chairs the Australian Government’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. He has been a consultant on primary care, family medicine and medical education to the World Health Organization and UNAIDS, and has experience working as a medical educator, researcher and consultant in many countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009, Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine and education. In 2007 he received the Australian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Care in recognition of his contributions to primary care, medical education and the health care of disadvantaged people in Australia. In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.