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  WeareHughes are proud to present :

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Bushfires and Pandemics:  A conversation immune to politics

Sunday 20th September 5.30pm  

Link to register for this zoom event 

Our guest speakers will give a valuable insight into scientific advancement, on the ground application and how science working with practitioners benefits all of us.

We welcome our guest speakers:

Professor Jason Sharples
Professor of Bushfire Dynamics at UNSW Canberra.

Anthony Hutt
Local Hughes business owner and RFS volunteer.

Professor Madeleine King
Cancer Australia Chair in Quality of Life (QOL) and Director of the QOL Office at the University of Sydney.

Doctor Jennifer Tobin
Emergency Doctor

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Jason Sharples

Professor Jason Sharples : Professor of Bushfire Dynamics at UNSW Canberra

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Professor Sharples is an internationally recognised expert in dynamic bushfire behaviour and extreme bushfire
development. He has worked in the field of bushfire science since 2006 and has led research projects into various aspects of fire science, fire weather and bushfire risk management since2011. 

His is currently the Project Leader of two Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous projects and a Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre project.

Professor Sharples’ main research interests are mathematical modelling of environmental and industrial processes. These include combustion reactions, extreme and dynamic bushfire behaviour and fire weather processes. As part of his research he engages with various fire management and emergency service agencies and government institutions such as the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. 

Jason’s main objective is to provide better understanding of bushfires and related environmental processes, with the aim of improving firefighter and community safety, and environmental sustainability. 

Professor Sharples was part of team of scientists who coordinated the development  an open letter signed by 446 scientists with research expertise across the fields of climate, fire and weather science on the scientific basis for the links between climate change and bushfires in Australia. A link to the letter can be read here: Open Letter 

Jason is currently co-authoring a book entitled “Extreme Bushfire: a reference for fire fighters." 

Photo credit: Tamara Dean

Anthony Hutt

Anthony Hutt  Local Hughes businessman and RFS volunteer.

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Satellite image of Mount Wilson after the 2019 Bushfires. 


Anthony purchased an idyllic property in Mount Wilson only months prior to the December 2019 fire. The Gospers Mountain fire was active since October, residents in Mount Wilson were warned it wasn’t a matter of "if" the the fires came but "when". 

Two Mount Wilson homes were destroyed in December 2019, another two homes were destroyed only six years prior in 2013. 

Anthony’s story is a personal and powerful account of fire preparation, predictions, community and the human toll. 

Professor Madeleine King 
Cancer Australia Chair in Quality of Life (QOL) and Director of the QOL Office at the University of Sydney. 

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Hughes resident Professor King will speak with us about good evidence and why it matters

Professor King has been the Cancer Australia Chair in Quality of Life since its establishment in 2008. She is a clinical research methodologist with experience across biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, and health economics – all key aspects of QOL research, which is a multi-disciplinary endeavour. 

In recent years Professor King has focused on improving standards of Patient reported Outcomes  and Quality of Life research in clinical trials, from protocol development through to peer-review reporting.

Madeliene King

Doctor Jennifer Tobin
Emergency Doctor

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Hughes resident Dr Jennifer Tobin will talk with us about life as an emergency doctor and the initial response to Covid-19 .


Advancements in diagnostic testing and increasing knowledge of the virus have had major impacts on medical processes. Jennifer’s first hand experience is an insight in adapting to Covid-19 in a fast-paced changing clinical workspace. 

Jennifer Tobin

Thank you in advance to all our guest speakers for contributing their time.

Link to register for this zoom event 

Hughes Electorate background information - 369 sq km. Enrolment 106,204 voters*

Hughes is bound by Georges River, Newbridge Road and Davy Robinson Drive in the north, Liverpool City Council and Sutherland Shire Council in the west and south, follows Georges River, Oyster Bay, Kareela Golf Course, Box Road, Princes Highway, Kingsway, Hotham Road, North West Arm Road, Dent Creek and the Hacking River in the east. 
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