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1-4 December 2021
The University of Newcastle

The 17th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) its first since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic, focusses on social and cultural histories of health and medicine that specifically address past, present or future innovation. It will address urgency and innovation related to the identification, diagnosis and management of disease in a transnational context, the health implications of climate change and environmental modification, Indigenous health and the intersection of health and medicine with social issues.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands of the Awabakal, Darkinjung, Birapai and Gadigal people, on which the campuses of the University of Newcastle are built, and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge that their lands were never ceded.

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During the conference, all ongoing announcements will be placed here.

A couple of technical points

2 December 2021

Hello all,

I'm happy to see the Zoom meetings and links working well. Just two points regarding the Zoom meeting rooms.

1. If you are asked for an username and password when trying to enter a Zoom meeting room, this should not be happening. Exit the Zoom program completely and then click on the Zoom meeting link again.

2. There are no allotted hosts of the Zoom meeting rooms. Everyone has the same rights - to turn on microphones, share screens and other similar functions. If you are a chair, please do not worry if you are not allocated as 'host'.

Thank you all! 


Day 1 of the 2021 ANZSHM Conference is here!

1 December 2021

We are so happy to (virtually) welcome you all to the 2021 ANZSHM Conference hosted by the University of Newcastle. Here are some housekeeping matters for Day 1.

1. For ANZSHM members, the ANZSHM AGM will be held on Thursday 2 December over lunch (12.30pm to 1.30pm AEDT). Link is under 'Schedule and Session Links' (password has been emailed out to registrants).

2. For RHDs and ECRs, we are holding a lunchtime social Zoom session on Friday 3 December 12.30pm to 1.30pm AEDT. Link is also under 'Schedule and Session Links'.

3. Our wonderful Witness Seminar, hosted by the University of Sydney, will be held on Saturday 4 December from 12.45pm to 2.15pm and will discuss '100 Years of Insulin in Australia'. Link is also under 'Schedule and Session Links'.

4. Please note that all keynotes are set up as Zoom webinars, so your cameras and microphones will be automatically turned off. This will reduce disruption through microphones being on during these larger sessions. All normal sessions, the plenary and the witness seminar are set up as Zoom meetings, which are more interactive.

Any pressing announcements during the conference will be posted here, so please check back every morning.

If you experience any technical issues at all, please contact Effie (

If you need to make any changes to the schedule, please contact Georgia (

Thank you all, welcome again, and see you for Matt Smith's fascinating keynote this evening at 6pm AEDT.

Effie Karageorgos, on behalf of the Conference Organising Committee.

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Get in Touch

For general enquiries about the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Biennial Conference 2021, please feel free to email.

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