Events 2015

GlobalHOME: Healthcare when disaster strikes


7 October 2015
New Law Seminar 022, University of Sydney

Medical humanitarian aid is the most immediate and tangible assistance we can offer to those in disaster zones worldwide. In this seminar we'll hear inspirational speakers share their experiences saving lives in these places. You don't want to miss this.

Dr Stewart Condon is the current president of the Australian board of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). He has done various field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004 in Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as medical doctor, field coordinator and country medical coordinator. He has worked in emergency departments around NSW and Queensland, as a rural medical practitioner in indigenous communities of Central Australia and also has experience working in Sydney prisons.

Dr Timothy Gray has deployed with AUSMAT to rural Pakistan following the floods in 2010 as well as to Tacloban following the typhoon of November 2013. AUSMAT teams, run by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, are designed to be selfsufficient, experienced teams that can rapidly respond to a disaster zone to provide life saving treatment to casualties, in support of the local health response. We are fortunate enough to be able to have him speak about his Food is provided. Bring your questions

2015 SYDNEY CHINA BUSINESS FORUM: China's health revolution and opportunities across industries

2 November 2015
Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom, 199 George Street, Sydney

Australia and China signed a comprehensive free trade deal in 2015. Australian and Chinese companies are set to have greater access to products, services and partnerships than ever before.

The fifth Sydney China Business Forum will explore what the agreement means for Australian companies looking to work in China in the healthcare sector, how Australia's health industry and aged care experience is hugely relevant to China, and why this sector stands at the forefront of new engagement between our two countries.

The Sydney China Business Forum offers the highest profile annual opportunity to hear the best informed speakers on Australia-China business, and network with the people making it happen.

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11th Indo-Australian Biotechnology Conference


7-8 September 2015
Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, Sydney

Research linkages between Australia and India are growing rapidly, creating new opportunities for collaboration and exchange.

Those links will be enhanced by the 11th biennial Indo-Australian Biotechnology Conference, to be held on the 7th and 8th of September at the Westmead Millennium Institute’s new state-of-the-art medical research facility in Sydney.

Leading scientists from India and Australia will speak about their research into the immunology of infection, cancer and auto-immune diseases and new approaches to the development of vaccines.

Space at this significant conference will be limited so we recommend you register early to avoid missing out on a seat.

More information Please download the flyer or view the conference website.

Contributing to food security, nutrition and gender empowerment in Timor-Leste

18 August 2015, 13:00-14:00
Room 4003, Level 4, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

RSVP A light lunch will be provided, please RSVP via email to the .

Join Dr. Joanita Bendita da Costa Jong, Coordinator of the Timor-Leste Village Poultry Health & Biosecurity (VPHB) Program, for a disucssion on food security, nutrition and gender empowerment in Timor-Leste.

The VPHB Program aims to:

  • improve village poultry production
  • increase the consumption or sale of animal products, and
  • improve standards of living for communities.

Whilst Timor-Leste’s development is progressing, childhood and maternal malnutrition remains one of its most serious issues with the highest rate of stunting in the world. Due to chronic malnutrition, 58 per cent of children under the age of 5 are stunted.

Undernutrition is a result of chronic food insecurity. The VPHB Program recognises that poultry keeping in Timor-Leste is an integral part of life with virtually all village households keeping at least 2 to 5 chickens. The role of village poultry is critical to a number of livelihood objectives, including food security and a pathway out of poverty.

However, there remain limits to poultry production such as disease, poor husbandry practices, poor housing and shortage of food protein.

WEBINAR SERIES: The Global Surgery Deficit

20 July 2015, 1:30pm EST

Approximately 5 billion out of 7 billion people in the world have no or little access to basic surgical care...

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International Society for Evidence Based Health Care & the International Shared Decision-Making 2015 Conference

19–22 July 2015
New Law Building, The University of Sydney

At Sydney University there will be a gathering of over 300 researchers from around the world. These academics, clinicians and consumers are all working on ways to involve patients in making decisions about healthcare, based on the best evidence available and their own preferences and values.

The International Society for Evidence Based Health Care (ISEHC) and the International Shared Decision-Making (ISDM) group are coming together for an exciting four days of sharing the latest research, debate and discussion. Some of the highlights include the topics of:

  1. Over-diagnosis: are we putting people through unnecessary tests and procedures to find things that may never cause them trouble or which we don't know how to treat?
  2. Ethical issues in decision-making; how much of a say should a spouse or parent have in the care their relative receives?
  3. Equity: how can we ensure that all people, including the aged, immigrants, children and those with low literacy, get a say in their healthcare?
  4. Education: how can we train health professionals to support patients in making the best healthcare decisions?

These are important topics for all of us to consider in a world where healthcare is becoming more and more complex.

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11th Indo-Australian Biotechnology Conference


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7–8 September 2015
Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, Westmead, Sydney

Research linkages between Australia and India are growing rapidly, creating new opportunities for collaboration and exchange. Those links will be enhanced by the 11th biennial Indo-Australian Biotechnology Conference, to be held on the 7th and 8th of September at the Westmead Millennium Institute’s new state-of-the-art medical research facility in Sydney.

Leading scientists from India and Australia will speak about their research into the immunology of infection, cancer and auto-immune diseases and new approaches to the development of vaccines.

This will be a great opportunity to expand research links with reputed organisations in India with a view of applying for Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) grants. AISRF allows Australian researchers from public and private sectors to participate with Indian scientists in leading-edge scientific research projects and workshops. The AISRF is Australia’s largest fund dedicated to bilateral research with any country and one of India’s largest sources of support for international science. In September 2014, during a visit to India, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced an extension of the program. The Australian Government has committed an additional $20 million to the AISRF over four years from the 2015-16 financial years. The next round is expected to open in July 2015 and this conference will act as a boost to developing the relationships. Due to limited opportunities for linkages, in previous rounds (2011 to 2014) the University of Sydney and affiliated organisations did not feature prominently in these grants. 3 of the 5 finalists in the AISRF grand Challenge round were from Westmead precinct. Westmead precinct is an ideal platform for Australia India collaborative programs with a large Indian Diaspora including academics, doctors and other scientists.

Sydney Medical School has recently renewed the MOU with Indian Council for Medical Research and the visit by Indian Prime Minister has added extra impetus to bilateral collaborative research opportunities.

Asian Pacific Regional Conference of the International Union against TB & Lung Disease

31 August–2 September 2015
Hilton Hotel, Sydney CBD

The Asia Pacific Region of the International Union Against TB & Lung Disease (The Union) extends you a very warm welcome to the 5th Conference of The Union Asia Pacific Region.

The theme of the conference is to reduce the burden of TB and Lung Disease in our region, by increasing the number of regional partnerships and expanding our existing partnerships.

The Conference will showcase up-to-date information and feature many of our Region’s leading researchers and clinicians in the area of TB & Lung Disease. Plenary sessions, symposia, oral presentations, poster sessions, breakfast sessions and workshops will provide a wide range of forums for attendees to hear about new developments, present their work, to meet with colleagues and to explore new partnerships. The Conference program will inspire solutions for the pressing challenges for the future management of TB & respiratory disorders in the Asia Pacific Region.

Numerous pre- and post-conference tours will be available for delegates to explore a diverse range of exciting activities and venues in Australia.

Please view the conference website for more information.

GlobalHOME EVENT: Health for Refugee Children Seminar & Care Package Workshop

Tuesday 14th July, 5.00pm–7.00pm
Assembly Hall, Old Teacher's College, Sydney University

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GlobalHOME EVENT: The Global Response to HIV - Where Are We Now?

Tuesday 16th June, 5.00pm–7.00pm
New Law Lecture Theatre 106
Food & drinks served from 5pm

This event is being held as part of Red Week at the University of Sydney, an Australia-wide campaign that aims to educate people about HIV/AIDS and raise funds for HIV/AIDS charities working around the world.

The seminar will be addressing the current state of HIV disease & management across the world, spanning the work of governments, charities, healthcare workers, economists & locals. Our 3 guest speakers for the evening are Dr Bridget Haire, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, and Associate Professor Catherine O’Connor.


Join us for this exciting webinar on June 4th 2015 at 12pm EST.

Nearly 30 million people a year are afflicted with sepsis leaving millions dead or disabled. Every nation on earth is affected and its incidence is increasing between 8%-13%/yr. Despite its prevalence and disastrous impact on life, communities and economies, it receives little attention. We aim to change that.

International sepsis experts agree that a poor understanding and awareness of sepsis, as the syndrome which is the final common pathway leading to death and disability from all acute severe infections, is preventable. Globally efforts are underway to change this - to prevent this syndrome and treat it properly when it arises.

This webinar will discuss the scope of the problem, what can be done to prevent and treat the syndrome, and outline the international advocacy efforts underway by the Global Sepsis Alliance and others.

This session will describe this global health challenge and share with the audience what attendees can do to help in the efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of sepsis.


Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs, BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre
Professor, BCCH and UBC Global Child Health
University of British Columbia

Ron Daniels, MD
CEO- UK Sepsis Trust, Chief Executive- Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA)
Clinical Adviser (Sepsis) to NHS England


Keith Martin MD
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Washington DC



The Global Sepsis Alliance Council includes Professor Simon Finfer from the George Institute for Global Health.

Guest lecture: The Development of Timor Leste’s health system

Speaker: Dra Merita (Metha) Monteiro
Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs Director of Infectious Diseases at East Timor’s Ministry of Health

Dr Merita (Metha) Monteiro is a Timorese doctor who is now Director of Infectious Diseases in Timor Leste’s Health Ministry. She is one of more than 800 Timorese doctors, trained by the Cubans with an emphasis on primary care, preventive health and social medicine. Dr Merita will talk about the development of and challenges for her country’s health system.

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Seminar Room
Level 6
Charles Perkins Centre
University of Sydney
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Electives Night 2015


Wednesday 4 March

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