2022 Angus Mitchell Oration


From: Wednesday February 23, 2022, 12:30 pm

To: Wednesday February 23, 2022, 2:00 pm


Professor Angus was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne from 2003-2013 in a 45 year career spanning academic leadership, medical research and teaching.

He is currently a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Campus Council at The Children’s, Chair of the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis, Director of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Director of Science Australia Gender Equity Ltd and a Director of National Stem Cell Australia Foundation. He has been Honorary Secretary of the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Committee.  In 2003 Professor Angus was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to pharmacology and the community.

In 2010 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished services to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.

James Angus was sworn in as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria on 12 November 2021.

James will speak on Medicinal Use of Cannabis in Australia : evidence or promise ?

The medicinal use of cannabis, or medical marijuana, is at present a most vexed subject for patients and their carers, Governments, law enforcement agencies, doctors ,pharmacists, hospital administrators, speculative investors and cultivators. You might say a ”perfect storm”. In this talk I will share with you the rapid progress that is being made in Victoria and Australia to resolve the place of this ancient plant in modern medicine. I will touch on the history of cannabis, Victorian Law Reform Commission report, legal prescribing of cannabis, its pharmacology, the evidence of successful treatments , its cultivation, cost, and effects on driving.

Note: Proof of Vaccination is required on entry to Sofitel function spaces




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