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Dr Norman

Australia's Go-To Health Correspondent


Norman co-hosts RN’s Health Report and during the COVID-19 pandemic, has co-hosted Coronacast, a podcast on the coronavirus. Norman is also a reporter and commentator on ABC’s 7.30, Midday, News Breakfast and Four Corners and a guest host on RN Breakfast. He is a past winner of the Gold Walkley and has won other Walkleys including one with his Coronacast colleagues in 2020. He created Invisible Enemies, on pandemics and civilisation for Channel 4 UK and SBS which was subsequently broadcast in 27 countries.?Norman has been awarded the medal of the Australian Academy of Science, an honorary MD from the University of Sydney and in October 2022 a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

During COVID he wrote two books. So You Think You Know What’s Good For You (Hachette) is a best seller and was released in the UK. His latest book So You Want To Live Younger Longer has also been on the best-seller list.

Norman trained in medicine and pediatrics in Aberdeen, London and Sydney before joining the ABC.

Talking Points

The Control Factor

How personal control is vital to wellbeing

The Great Diet Debate

Getting through the hype of diets and fads.

The Future of HealthCare


The secret to prolonged youth?

The Ageing Myth

Don’t believe politicians and other when they tell you we’re an ageing society. We’re not!

The Role of the Consumer in HealthCare

Serendipity…Curiosity...Goal Driven

What’s the right balance in medical research?

The Role of Philanthropy in Medical Research

Challenges in modern healthcare systems

Dr Swan's presentation was well tailored to our audience, and provided excellent take-away points for future doctors. He is a very confident and knowledgeable speaker about such a broad range of current affairs and was able to integrate these into his discussion of leadership and teamwork. MD Student Conference

We were very impressed with Norman's role as facilitator at our Indigenous Health Workforce Policy Forum and received nothing but positive feedback about him. We felt Norman really added to the level of discussion and set a tone that was both probing and challenging - but also respectful. Dr Kim Webber and I also appreciated the contribution Norman made in planning for the event and developing the agenda.

Australian Rural & Remote Workforce Agencies Group

Delegates were very impressed with Norman's presentation skills as much as what he had to say... just a great communicator. He refreshed them with his knowledge and presentation style.

Convention Wise

Dr. Norman Swan was outstanding as the facilitator for our online public lecture as part of the 2022 ACMD Research Week at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne - he was engaging, really asked searching questions of the panel and allowed them to expand on their views and interacted with the online audience. Fantastic session to headline our Research Week - we will definitely do this again!

St Vincent's Health Melbourne

Excellent panel chair well prepared and familiar with discussion topics, able to draw the best from the panellists.

Day Hospitals Australia
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