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Speaker registration and bookings now open – Inaugural Innovation in Medicine Art Study Tour, Monash Prato Centre and Venice Biennale, Italy, 24 – 30 September 2024

An interdisciplinary program exploring how lessons learnt from artistic practice can 

Deposit: $3500

Monash University Museum of Art and Monash Prato Centre invite you to join us from 24 – 30 September 2024 for the Inaugural Innovation in Medicine Art Study Tour, Italy.  During the conference you will hear from experts about innovation and creativity as a form of research, including medical practitioners, art historians, curators and artists.

Most industries function in a silo, with meetings and educational opportunities focused only on their area of interest.  By only meeting with other ‘experts’ we risk becoming tunnel visioned, constantly reinforcing our own biases and beliefs.  Art, by its very nature, challenges these norms.  Artists ask us to reconsider what it is we believe in, and how we might better create, innovate, educate and change – issues that are core to the ongoing success of any modern business, regardless of the industry or field.  

Drawing on academic interdisciplinary expertise workshops and field visits are designed to challenge you to think laterally, learning from the practice of artists, to reinvigorate and reconsider how you more effectively manage these core challenges.  

Registration to the conference is via a $3,500 AUD registration fee due 31 March 2024. An additional minimum $3,000 tax-deductable donation per person will be requested by 30 June 2024. 

This fee covers the hospitality, internal transport, and ticket entry into venues on the tour. 

Not included: flights, airport transfers, accommodation, travel insurance and some meals


Your hosts: 

Professor Wendy Brown 
Professor Wendy Brown was the first woman to be appointed Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery at Alfred Health in 2015. She was appointed Head of the Oesophago-Gastric and Bariatric Surgical Unit in 2018 and Program Director of Surgical Services in 2020.  Professor Wendy Brown’s sub-specialist interests are oesophago-gastric cancer, gastrooesophageal reflux disease and bariatric surgery.  Her research interests focus on the health benefits from weight loss, physiology of upper GI procedures, optimal service delivery models for bariatric surgery and registry science.  She has served the profession in a range of leadership roles and is currently Chair of the Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council Surgical Sub-Committee and on the Medicare Review Advisory Committee.  

Dr Rebecca Coates 
Dr Rebecca Coates is Director, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA. An accomplished museum director, curator, writer and lecturer, she has previously worked at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Modern Art Oxford. Most recently, Rebecca was Artistic Director and CEO of Shepparton Art Museum. She was awarded a PhD in Art History by The University of Melbourne, where she has lectured in art history and art curatorship and, from 2016 to 2019, was an Honorary Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication.

For enquiries:
Alicia Renew
Manager, MUMA
03 9905 1618

Speaker registration and bookings now open – Inaugural Innovation in Medicine Art Study Tour, Monash Prato Centre and Venice Biennale, Italy, 24 – 30 September 2024


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