Paediatric Refugee Health Conference 2019

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The Paediatric Refugee Health Conference is a one day event aimed at GP’s, health professionals, NGO caseworkers and anyone interested in refugee and asylum seeker health issues. In this conference we will review the history of immigration detention from the 1970s to the Medevac Bill, hear about advocacy from the perspectives of health, sport and politics, and better understand the intersection between law and health.

This conference will be opened by Ed Santow, from the Australian Human Rights Commission and Kerryn Phelps, will present a session on the Medevac bill. 

  • Time: 8:15am - 6:15pm
  • Dates: Friday 23 August
  • Location: Lorimer Dods Lecture Theatre, Level 4, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Ticket prices: $200

The program 

Morning session

  • 8.15 - 8:45am - Registrations
  • 8:45 - 9:00am - Ed Santow, Australian Human Rights Commission to open the show
  • 9:00 - 9.10am - Prof David Isaacs as chair
  • 9.10 - 9.25am - A/Prof Hasantha Gunasekera: The history of Australian Immigration Detention policies
  • 9:30 - 9:50am - Prof Louise Newman: Trauma and PRS in children and adolescents in offshore detention
  • 09:55 - 10:15 - Prof George Newhouse: The legal challenges getting children transferred from Nauru and the importance of the medical and legal relationship

Morning tea: 10.30am – 10:55am 

  • 10:40 - 11:00am – Dr Kerryn Phelps, Medevac bill
  • 11:05 - 11:50am - QandA with Graham Thom, Amnesty International and Craig Foster, Former Socceroo captain who was the driving force behind a campaign to free Hakeem al-Araibi
  • 11.55 - 12:40pm - Panel: Prof Louise Newman, Prof George Newhouse, Dr Kerryn Phelps and Craig Foster. Chaired by Prof David Isaacs and Dr Phil Britton

Lunch break: 12:40pm - 1:25pm

  • 1:25 - 1.35pm - Adele Evans and Kevin Chan: Why our future doctors have become so concerned about the harm of detention on health
  • 1:40 - 1:55pm - Alanna Maycock: Medical activism
  • 2:00 - 2:15pm - Prof Elizabeth Elliot: Female Genital Mutilation
  • 2:20 - 2.35pm - Dr Sarah Cherian: Nutritional deficiencies in refugees settled in WA
  • 2.40 - 2:55pm - Dr Helen Young: Refugee case study

Afternoon tea: 2:55pm - 3.10pm  

  • 3:10 - 3.25pm - The refugee experience
  • 3.30 - 3.50pm - Sonia Durney and students, Holroyd High School
  • 3.50 - 4:00pm - Philip Feinstein: Music for Refugees
  • 4:05 - 4:25pm - Oliver Twist “Healing In Exile”. Rwandan comic, poet and comedian

Film preview 

  • 4:30 – 6:00pm – Join us for the premier preview screening of "Against our Oath", a documentary by filmmaker, Heather Fitzpatrick. Complimentary glass of wine.
  • 6:00 - 6.30pm – QandA session: Prof David Isaacs and Heather Kirkpatrick.

Read more about Against our Oath

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