Forum Event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge
Saturday 8 March 2014, 25pm
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.