2023 — 4 speeches
Dr Lachlan McIver
Dr Lachlan McIver specialises in rural and remote medicine, tropical medicine and public health and has a PhD in global health. Originally from Millaa Millaa in Far North Queensland, Lachlan has travelled to almost 100 countries. He has treated patients in some of the most isolated, volatile, resource-deprived communities on the planet, while grappling with complex health challenges such as climate change and antibiotic resistance.
He has co-authored close to 50 scientific publications in medical journals and textbooks on topics ranging from environmental health and infectious diseases to anaesthetics and emergency medicine. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University and the co-founder of the international not-for-profit organisation Rocketship Pacific Ltd, which focuses on improving health in Pacific island countries through stronger primary care.
Lachlan and his wife live in Switzerland, where he is the Tropical Diseases and Planetary Health Advisor at the Geneva headquarters of Doctors Without Borders. In his spare time, Lachlan writes and records cheeky ironic punk-rock music in his basement under the pseudonym The Serpent’s Nest.
His first book, Life and Death Decisions, was published in 2022. An explosive memoir, it combines Lachlan’s personal journey with an urgent call to action on some of the greatest but most neglected health crises of our time.