Dr Olwen Williams will explore how health promotion and prevention messages have been utilised to improve population health over the past 70 years of the NHS. Using probably the most controversial and memorable ‘Don’t die of ignorance’ HIV campaign of 1986, she will highlight the impact such campaigns can have and their socio-political implications. Her talk will be illustrated by a series of video clips, posters and personal reflections over her own 30 year career working in the field of Sexual Health and HIV. At times, her talk will be challenging , amusing and sad.
Dr Olwen Williams FLSW is Chief of Staff for the Primary, Community and Specialist Medicine Clinical Programme Group at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. A consultant physician for over 20 years, she was named Welsh Woman of the Year in 2000, and received an OBE for services to medicine in 2005. Dr Williams is a specialist in genitourinary medicine and is President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. She is an elected member of Council at the Royal College of Physicians, and a former Vice-President of the Medical Women’s Federation.
Dr Williams is a distinguished Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.