Fiona Wood Public Lecture Series

Sharing knowledge, informing and educating our community

Tap into the expert knowledge of leading health professionals and learn about health topics relevant to you and your family at the free Fiona Wood Public Lecture Series.

Presented by South Metropolitan Health Service, this free lecture series honours eminent Western Australian surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood AM, renowned for her ground-breaking work in the treatment of burns.

The Fiona Wood Public Lecture Series provides an opportunity for you to hear firsthand about a range of health topics, from ageing and cancer to mental health and recovering from injury. Lectures will be presented by leading healthcare professionals.

Lectures have resumed for 2021

Unlocking the power of a good night's sleep

What is sleep? Why do we sleep? How do we improve sleep?

Join Fiona Stanley Hospital Sleep Physician John McLachlan to understand the importance of sleep and delve into sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea and insomnia. A sleep physician for over 30 years, John has a specific interest in insomnia management and, in case you're wondering, he sleeps amazingly well! Come along and learn how to unlock the power of a good night's sleep.

Bookings are essential. Please note this event has sold out add your name to the waiting list (external site)

Please maintain physical distancing at the event, wash your hands and do not attend if you are unwell.

Event details

6.00pm - 7.00pm, Tuesday 23 March 2021
G1 Lecture Theatre, Education Building, Fiona Stanley Hospital – view the Fiona Stanley Hospital map (external site).

Pay parking available onsite.

Listen to previous lectures

Digital revolution in health

Professor Fiona Wood AM and Digital Innovation Lead Aaron Berghuber

Read 'The digital revolution in health' lecture transcript (PDF 196KB)

The power of nutrition in health and recovery
Understanding diabetes from all angles


  • Dr Ashley Makepeace, Clinical Endocrinologist
  • Professor Bu Yeap, Endocrinologist Researcher
  • Kylie Connor, Diabetes Educator
  • Cathy Latino, Dietitian

Read the transcript for the lecture 'Understanding diabetes from all angles' (PDF 195KB).

The dilemma of delirium and dementia

Consultant Geriatrician Dr Hannah Seymour and Specialist Aged Care Nurse Unit Manager Anthea Crawford

Read the transcript for the lecture 'Making a difference in the dilemma of dementia and delirium' (PDF 199KB).

Gut health

Dr Oliver Waters: Gut health – are we still groping in the dark?

Read the transcript for the Gut Health lecture (PDF 188KB)

Demystifying mental health

Anthony Collier and Steve Batson: Demystifying mental health: causes, treatment and recovery

Read the transcript for the Demystifying mental health lecture (180KB)

Have a heart for your heart
Motivation – the secret ingredient in health

Professor Fiona Wood: Motivation – the secret ingredient in health

Listen to the podcast of Professor Wood's lecture (external site) or read the podcast transcript (PDF 117KB).

Demystifying mental health: causes, treatment and recovery