Lecture – “Evidence-based healthcare in a post-truth world”

Speaker – Professor Trish Greenhalgh

When – Tuesday 27th March, 11:30am-12:30pm

Where – Griffith University Gold Coast campus – building G26, room 4.09 (view on Camus map)




ImageWhat is the Post-Truth World? 

The evidence-based healthcare movement is now a quarter-century old and is diversifying and maturing. The ‘post-truth world’ has been defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Oxford, 2016).The rise of ‘post-truth’ requires us to go beyond the question of how robust the evidence is and how persuasive it is. Notwithstanding the need for robust evidence, what else can scientists do (and with whom do we need to collaborate) to engage and influence public, press and politicians at a time when our own credibility in their eyes is low and falling?

This lecture will focus on the diverse and complex contexts in which health-related evidence is generated, distributed, understood and implemented – or, alternatively, contested, suppressed and dismissed.


About Professor Trish Greenhalgh

Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training first as a diabetologist and later as an academic general practitioner. She has a doctorate in diabetes care and an MBA in Higher Education Management. She now leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care.

Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare; and, the complex links (philosophical and empirical) between research, policy and practice.

Trish is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications and 16 textbooks. She was awarded the OBE for Services to Medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001. She is a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners and Faculty of Public Health. She was made a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.

Trish Greenhalgh is a Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.

Twitter – @trishgreenhalgh