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GUEST LECTURE: Dr Michael Harari presents Treating Syria’s war-wounded in Israel

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THURSDAY 8 MAY 2014
5:00pm–6:00pm
New Law Lecture Theatre 106
University of Sydney

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We invite you to our guest lecture Treating Syria’s war-wounded in Israel, presented by Dr Michael Harari, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Ziv Medical Centre, Northern Israel.

Dr Harari is a Melbourne-trained Australian paediatrician who has been treating victims of the Syrian civil war for the past three years. He will give a presentation on the work of his team and how Israel has been discreetly providing lifesaving medical treatment.


SYMPOSIUM: Global & Interprofessional Perspectives on HIV Testing

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
12-1pm: Lunch and Networking
1-5pm: Symposium
Darlington Centre, The University of Sydney


Presentations include:
Mobilizing Communities to Scale Up HIV Prevention: Results from NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043)
Dentists' Willingness to Provide Expanded HIV Screening in Oral Health Care Settings
Testing the Waters: Are Australian Dentists Willing to Conduct Rapid HIV Testing?
Challenges and Opportunities for HIV Testing in China


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SSEAC SEMINAR: Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Timor-Leste

POSTPONED - date to be advised

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre seminar presented by Professor Peter McMinn


In this presentation, Professor McMinn will describe efforts being made by the University of Sydney to assist the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health to eliminate three neglected tropical diseases (NTDs): lymphatic filariasis; intestinal worm infections; and a chronic skin infection known as yaws. More information


Forum Event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge

Saturday 8 March 2014, 2–5pm
New Law Lecture Theatre 101, The University of Sydney

In recognition of International Women's Day, the humanitarian medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières and the University of Sydney will host the forum event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge. The forum will address the health needs of women refugees from their country of birth or origin through to their arrival and settlement in Australia.

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The topics to be covered include:

  • What are the health issues that women face in their home country?
  • How do women access health care during times of conflict?
  • Does the lack of access to health care drive the decision to leave a country?
  • How does health care differ in Australia from the refugees' home country?
  • Are the health needs of women refugees being met now they are in Australia?
  • What cultural barriers exist that prevent refugee women accessing health care in Australia?


To assist with answering these questions and more, The University of Sydney will join with Médecins Sans Frontières and other NGOs and refugee health practitioners, including: UNHCR, NSW Refugee Health, and STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors).

Importantly, three special guests will also be sharing their personal stories as refugees.

The event will consist of two panels: one highlighting the international issues (access to health care for women in their home country; whether health needs are a determining factor in leaving a country; cultural issues); the other panel will address the health needs and access to health care for women once they have arrived and resettled in Australia.

Question and Answer time with the panellists will follow each panel discussion.