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The 2019 Serventy Memorial Lecture

26 March, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

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Dr George Crisp



Biodiversity and Human Health:


How ‘natural services’ support our health and how changes in biodiversity and climate systems are affecting our health. What are the implications for the future?


Our understanding of health in modern society has focused on the health of the individual and on treatment of illness, but increasingly we understand that many of the factors that determine our health – particularly environmental and social factors – lie outside of this scope and are neglected by healthcare services and government health policy. At the same time, we are witnessing large scale environmental changes with the degradation of planetary biological and physical systems as a result of human activities. A new discipline, ‘Planetary health’, has emerged which refers to “the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”.


Dr. George Crisp graduated in medicine in London in 1986 and completed his General Practice training in Bristol. George has worked at Royal Perth Hospital in Emergency Medicine and in a country General Practice in WA.
In 2002 he joined local colleagues to form a small family practice in Shenton Park. The practice has served as a model to explore and promote sustainability in healthcare and the health co-benefits of environmental action at a community level. George writes regularly for medical magazines on environmental health matters and has been a member of the national committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia. He is also a keen musician and plays keyboards in Perth rock band “80’s inc.”



COST: $20 Students: $15 

Just bring your money on the night and pay at the door. Room for all.

N.B. Club members attending are asked to bring a plate of finger food to share.

Enquiries: To the Organiser


The Serventy Memorial Fund is a memorial to the contribution by the Serventy family to the Western Australian Naturalists’ Club with the aim of assisting and encouraging young people in the study of natural history. The Serventy Memorial Lecture is the main source of funding for the Serventy Memorial Prizes for students awarded annually at the four WA universities.



26 March
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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John Gardner
9389 8289


Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA.
Hackett Drive
Nedlands, WA Australia
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