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In 2019, our theme is “From Surviving to Thriving”. We rightly celebrate our remarkable progress to reduce death and disease worldwide. Our focus must now shift to goals beyond just reducing mortality, to create a future where everyone can enjoy thriving health. We must pursue wellbeing, prevent disease, reduce inequality and seek justice for all. We will discuss opportunities and approaches in technology, epidemiology, public health, drug discovery, biomedicine and policy to promote global thriving

We have invited experts and innovators in to bring depth to these discussions. Scholars will be encouraged to apply the ideas generated over the weekend in initiatives spanning their time at Oxford and beyond.

Proudly sponsored by:


Centric Health

Programme Highlights


This year’s forum will once again be running mentorship sessions. These sessions will allow Scholars the opportunity to ask for advice, discuss career paths or exchange ideas with Alumni, Forum speakers and other participants. 

View the mentors.

We have 28 Mentors on Saturday and 26 Mentors on Sunday. Each Mentor will be providing two slots per day:

Saturday: 5:55pm-6:15pm and 6:20pm-6:40pm

Sunday: 9:30am-9:55am and 10:00-10:25am

If you would like to be mentored, please sign up by entering your information onto the google sheet here by GMT 9:00am on Friday 8th February. This is when the google sheet will no longer be available to edit.

If you have an allocated slot in 1 or 2 - please make a note of your time slot and ensure you are punctual. The exact location within Rhodes House will be released during the weekend. If you are on the waiting list, we will update you at the event if a place becomes available.

Programme Details

  • 9 & 10 February 2019

    Rhodes Healthcare Forum

    Saturday 9 February Session information and format

    9:00am Light breakfast
    10:00am Welcome address
    Title: Illness is universal, healthcare isn’t
    Speaker: Sir John Bell
    10:30am Keynote 1
    Title: Affording Universal Health Coverage
    Speaker: Dr. Mark Britnell
    11:15am Group Photo/On-the-go Coffee
    11:35am Keynote 2
    Title: Optimising leadership and organisation in healthcare: Restructuring health systems to ensure universal coverage
    Speaker: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho
    12:15pm Lunch Break
    1:45pm Panel Discussion 1
    Title: Overcoming inequities in low- and middle-income countries
    1. Dr. Tracey Naledi
    2. Dr. Jamila Headley
    Moderator: Dr. Peter Drobac
    2:45pm Breakout Sessions 1
    3:45pm Coffee Break
    4:15pm Keynote 3
    Title: The fate of mental healthcare under universal coverage
    Speaker: Prof. Vikram Patel
    5:00pm Breakout Sessions 2
    6:00pm Mentorship Session 1
    6:50pm Drinks Reception
    7:30pm Dinner Speech
    Speaker: Emily Serazin
    8:00pm Dinner
    10:00pm Social at King’s Arms (optional)

    Sunday 10 February Session information and format

    8:30am Coffee & light breakfast
    9:30am Mentorship session 2
    10:30am Keynote 4: The role of academia in promoting health for all
    Speaker: Sir Jeremy Farrar
    11:35am Panel Discussion 4
    Title: Indigenous Health in New Zealand, Australia and Canada
    1. Dr. Chelsea Bond
    2. Dr. Nadine Caron
    3. Dr. Roxanne Bainbridge (Atlantic fellow)
    4. Dr. Hinemoa Elder
    Moderator: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
    12:35pm Lunch Break
    2:00pm Ted-style Talks on Innovation (10 minute talks)
    1. Title: Translating biomedical innovation into patient therapies
    Speaker: Dr. Fred Cohen
    2. Title: Utilising mobile-health technology to improve mental health coverage in rural settings
    Speaker: Dr. Tom Insel
    3. Title: China Kadoorie Biobank - Using population health epidemiology to inform drug development in China
    Speaker: Prof. Zhengming Chen
    3:00pm Closing Remarks
    ● Dr Elizabeth Kiss
    ● Rhodes Healthcare Forum Committee

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Other information

• Parking - Rhodes House does not have visitor parking. We recommend using one of the convenient Park & Ride sites, public transport, or arriving by bicycle or foot.

• Dress Code - Business casual for both days.

• Filming and Photography - Sessions throughout the weekend may be filmed or photographed. Please contact if you do not wish to be filmed or photographed.

• Get involved - Join the conversation on social media #RhodesHealth19.

Dietary & special requests - If you have not yet communicated any special requests, please do so before Friday 1st February via the conferences e-mail address above.