The 58th Annual
E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture
An International and Domestic Law Perspective on the Health & Wellbeing of Australia’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
September 29, 2015 5:30PM


Professor Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis is Director of the Indigenous Law Centre and professor of public law and international law at the UNSW School of Law. Her research is currently focused on sentencing and violence against Aboriginal women and constitutional design.

Professor Davis is a UN Expert Member and Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She holds the portfolios of Administration of Justice and Gender and Women, is the focal point for UN Women and UN AIDS and an expert trainer with the UNITAR Diplomacy programme in UN Peacemaking and Preventive Diplomacy. She is a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and a member of the NSW Sentencing Council.

Professor Davis was a member of the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. Professor Davis grew up in South East Queensland and is a Cobble Cobble Aboriginal woman from south west QLD.

She studied a BA (Australian History) and LLB at the University of Queensland (based at Duchesne College) and undertook a LLM in International Law and PHD in Law at the Australian National University.

Attend 2015 E.S. Meyers Lecture

Time: Arrive 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Location: GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus (map below)
Dress: Smart Casual

To be followed by refreshments

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Professor Errol Solomon Meyers

A Founder of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

by Professor John Pearn AO RFD, Patron, The University of Queensland Medical Society

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1936 after five decades of advocacy for a medical school in what was to become the state of Queensland. Many laboured to achieve the opportunity for careers in medicine for young Queensland men and women. One of the acknowledged founding fathers was Dr Errol Solomon Meyers. A pioneer in professional health education in Queensland, he was a leader in postgraduate medical education and undergraduate and postgraduate dental education prior to the establishment of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Queensland in 1936. From 1925 he was a leader in postgraduate medical education courses conducted at the British Medical Association (Queensland Branch), and was the doyen of surgical anatomy. A general surgeon and teacher of singular ability, E.S. Meyers taught anatomy and surgical dissection to dental students in Brisbane from 1922, establishing an Anatomy School within the dental hospital in George Street in 1927. From that time Dr Meyers brought the strength of his considerable personality to bear on the need to establish a School of Medicine in Queensland, a triumph achieved finally on 13 March 1936. In July 1957, the year after the death of this founding father, the UQMS established the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to honour his contributions to medicine in general, and to his role as one of the most significant founders of the Medical School in Queensland in particular. As a reflection of the ethos of “Joe” Meyers’ life this Memorial Lecture, which this year celebrates its 57th anniversary, comprises a forum for a person of distinction to present a perspective of endeavour and achievement.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

The Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture, now in its 57th year, is the premier academic event on the UQMS calendar. The lecture is a special tribute to the life of Professor Meyers, and a wonderful opportunity to bring together members of the medical, university and general community. The UQMS is grateful for the support and contribution of the Meyers family and our past orators, who have assisted the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to become one of the largest public lectures of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture is held as a free public event for all to attend and enjoy. It is tradition that at the conclusion of the lecture, guests are invited to make a donation, the funds of which will be donated to a charity of the speaker’s choosing.

Past Speakers

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About UQMS

The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 9 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of an International Subcommittee, Research Network Subcommittee, the University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group and a satellite office at the Ipswich Campus. The UQMS is also committed to developing world health and Australian Indigenous health through the UQ United Nations Millennium Development Goals Project, a joint initiative between the UQMS and School of Medicine. Visit the UQMS Website