Stories from the field

Stories from the Field – Tuesday 22nd March

What do a psychologist, an orthopaedic surgeon and a haematologist have in common? You’re about to find out! This year we brought together three speakers with three very different experiences working in global health. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the challenges in providing humanitarian aid to areas affected by large-scale disaster, conflict and war.

Dr Jennifer Dawson is a clinical psychologist and founder and CEO of the not-for-profit organisation TraumAid International, working to help alleviate the effects of trauma in communities around the world. She has worked with communities affected by large-scale disasters in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri, Lanka and the Solomon Islands, and will be speaking about her experiences working abroad.

Associate Prof Charles New OAM is an orthopaedic surgeon with many years of experience in austere medicine. He is a Brigadier from the ADF and will be sharing his wisdom from working in challenging places as part of a medical team.

Dr Sunaina Miranda is a haematologist who will be speaking about her work with Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen, where in 2009 a conflict brought about the displacement of 150,000 people. On this mission, MSF sought to provide care for displaced people and refugees.

The event was held at Bosch Lecture Theatre 2, University of Sydney and was a great success. Attended by many students from all different fields of study from medicine, public health and nursing it was a wonderful opportunity to listen to a diverse range of experiences and reflections.

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