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IS GOING TO BE LIKE NO OTHER

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WILL BRING YOU CLOSER TO THE ACTION

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IS ABOUT YOU

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For ten years, GHC has been a platform to learn how you can enter the global health arena, discover your passions and meet with likeminded medical students. Steeped in the traditions of previous GHCs, but with a fresh approach, expect Fast Paced Plenaries, Controversial Panels, The Experience Forum, The Great Debate and Immersive Workshops!

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GHC Academic has strived to bring you the most inspiring, enlightening and captivating academic program. Our speakers hail from all walks of life being past presidents of prestigious organisations, inspiring global health doctors, innovative social entrepreneurs and change makers, an esteemed Nobel Prize winner and even a student or two just like you.

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At GHC 2014, we will show you how you can be the instigator of change, taking you from the seed of inspiration from our talks, to the interactive nature of our workshops, to the process of speed mentoring with your global health heroes and all the way to action from the start of GHC 2014 and beyond.

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SPEAKERS

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Find out from leaders of the global health community how you can Change Your World. Discover that global health issues start in your backyard and know that you can start now to Change Your Community. We aim to challenge your ideas and inspire you to Change Your Focus on global health issues. At GHC 2014, we want to give you the opportunity to even Change Yourself.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DR. ALESSANDRO DEMAIO"]

Dr. Alessandro Demaio is a young doctor from Australia whose journey in global health has taken him from Melbourne to Harvard and Geneva. He is now the Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen School of Global Health and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health and Non-communicable diseases at Harvard Medical School Last year, he co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement to address the growing burden of NCDs by developing evidence based public health responses and inspiring local narratives. At GHC2014, he will inspire you to embark on your journey in global health and drive you to be the best advocate for issues close to your heart.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="PAUL PHOLEROS"]

Paul Pholeros is an Australian architect and a pioneer of social enterprise, HealthHabitat. For nearly 30 years, HealthHabitat has worked to improve the health of Indigenous people, by improving their living environment and housing, in suburban, rural and remote areas of Australia. Over the last 7 years similar work has expanded to projects in rural areas of Nepal and urban USA where they work with local communities to provide the skills, tools and equipment to achieve their targets. At GHC2014 Paul will inspire to you think again about the problems we face close to home and our potential to create the solution.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA"]

José Ramos-Horta is a Nobel Laureate, the former president of Timor-Leste and is widely regarded as a behemoth of international relations on the world stage. To this day, he is still recognised around the world as the leading international spokesperson for Timor-Leste’s cause. At the age of just 26, he became the youngest person to address the UN Security Council voicing the need for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Timor-Leste. Today, almost 40 years later, he acts as a special peace and security envoy for the UN Secretary-General. José Ramos-Horta has experienced exile, assassination attempts, and extreme hardships in his journey for a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in Timor-Leste. At GHC 2014, José Ramos-Horta will share how these experiences have shaped his life and the capacity of young people to change the world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="JULIAN ASSANGE"]

Julian Assange first came to global prominence in 2010 with the release of a video suppressed by the US military, which showed a US Army helicopter attacking and killing civilians in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists. Since its founding in 2006, WikiLeaks has published several million documents. Its best-known publication sets were the Afghan and Iraqi War Logs, which removed the fog of misinformation surrounding those conflicts; and the US Diplomatic Cables, which exposed to the public the candid assessments made by US diplomats of regimes and leaders around the world. The release of these cables strengthened the hands of anti-corruption fighters in countries all around the world. Assange and WikiLeaks have, in the words of 60 Minutes “Rattled the worlds of journalism, diplomacy, and national security.” Assange is a subtle political thinker, a radical democrat, and an audacious dissident in the digital age. He believes that the first value to emerge from the new global civilisation of the digital age is the right to communicate: to receive and transmit information across boundaries. He asserts that the truth should be available to all. He believes passionately in the transparency of power that “the citizenry has a right to scrutinize the state”, especially a state which “hides behind cloaks of security and opaqueness.”

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="COL. RICHARD MALLET"]

Colonel Richard Mallet has over thirty years of command, management and health experience in both the British Army and Australian Defence Force. He has worked as a military helicopter pilot, parachutist and chartered physiotherapist. He currently stands as the Deputy Director of the Australian Army’s Joint Health Command. At GHC 2014, Colonel Mallet will discuss the role of the military in the provision of humanitarian aid, addressing the unique opportunities and challenges that exist in providing aid around the globe. Colonel Mallet will enlighten you on how the military and aid programs can work together to enact positive change for health in our world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="LUCY PERRY"]

Lucy Perry is the CEO of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), she is an advocate for health across the world and a role model to many in the global health industry. Her motivation to work with and support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is unmatched. She is a trained doula, photographer, stylist, designer and publisher. Amazingly, she moved from volunteer to CEO in just 8 years. This organisation, along with the Hamlin College of Midwives exudes global health. Lucy, a friend and colleague of Catherine Hamlin, the legendary Australian obstetrician behind the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, will share their personal stories with you. After her talk you will be moved by their work, shocked by the need and motivated to be a part of this cause. At GHC 2014, Lucy will encourage you to Change Your World and educate you on the challenges faced by health in Africa. She will teach you, just as Catherine taught her how to “do it for the patients”.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="PROF. MARGARET HELLARD"]

Professor Margaret Hellard is one of Australia’s leading infectious diseases epidemiologists and is the head of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute. Professor Hellard’s work has centred on the transmission of Hepatitis and HIV in Australia and globally. She has lead international teams and WHO working groups to improve health practice through better clinical care and more targeted and informed prevention programs. At GHC 2014, Professor Hellard will explore the issue of transmissible infectious diseases in Australia. She will share with you that with effective prevention approaches and the political will to implement them, we can change our community for the better.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="STELLA YOUNG"]

Stella Young is a disability advocate from a small town in Victoria and the winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Stella started her work of normalising disability at the age of 14 where she conducted audits of accessible shops in her local street. After many years of developing her communicating skills, she is now the National Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up! Just this year, Stella showed off these skills at TedXSydney and was hailed as one of the great TedTalks on how we objectify disability. At GHC 2014, Stella Young will present a moving talk on what doctors do wrong with disability. She’ll make you rethink disability as a priority in global health and inspire you to challenge what you know about it!

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DR. TANE LUNA RAMIREZ"]

Spanish Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Tane Ramirez is a tenacious face of women’s health in the developing world. She has worked extensively as a Médecins Sans Frontières doctor in some of the most challenging global health landscapes, in countries including Liberia, Pakistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having seen the impact of natural disaster and unrelenting conflict first hand on the world’s most vulnerable mothers, Dr Ramirez strives towards improving access to health and delivery of care to make an impact on maternal mortality. At GHC 2014, Dr Ramirez, will expose you to real life experiences of global health in the field and how as a future doctor you can improve the health of people around the world.

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Over the last decade the Australian Human Rights Commission has worked to promote and protect the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees, and people in immigration detention. Professor Gillian Triggs will outline Australia’s key human rights obligations in relation to asylum seekers and refugees, discuss the impacts of closed immigration detention and provide an update on the Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="A/PROF. GRANT BLASHKI"]

Grant Blashki is a practicing GP, Author and an Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He has three focuses of his work; 1) Primary Care 2) Sustainability and 3) Mental Health. His passion towards this area has steered him towards many leadership roles including being the current Chair of the Environmental Working Group of the World Organisation of Family Doctors. Previously he has been actively engaged with community work including as a former Board Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a mentor in the Al Gore Climate Leadership Project, and a cofounder of Doctors for the Environment Australia. He has an intrinsic understanding of how climate change and health are intertwined. Grant has the building blocks to change the face of climate change. At GHC2014, you will learn just how our global climate rules our global health.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="NICK ALLARDICE"]

Nick Allardice is a social change campaigner and entrepreneur. He is currently the Head of Global Campaigns for Change.org, where he leads teams across 18 countries who support the more than 75 million people who use Change.org to start, join and win campaigns on issues they care about every day. Nick previously founded the Australian branch of Change.org. Nick is also the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign. First created in mid 2010, over 25,000 people around the world have since taken the challenge to live on $2 a day for five days, raising more than $10 million to fight poverty.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DR. ROSEMARY WYBER"]

Dr. Rosemary Wyber is a young New Zealand trained doctor that has a strong interest in regional and global health issues. She was the recipient of the prestigious Fullbright Fellowship and completed her Masters of Public Health at Harvard in 2012. After graduation, she completed a Global Health Policy Fellowship at Duke University in Geneva focusing on trade, intellectual property and access to essential medicine. Dr. Wyber currently works at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research as the Rheumatic Heart Disease program manager and the coordinator for RhEACH, a coalition for the global control of Rheumatic Heart Disease. At GHC 2014, she will Change Your Focus as a medical student on global health issues and inspire you to be the catalyst for change.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DAN FLYNN"]

At the age of 19, Dan Flynn discovered the World Water Crisis. He was shocked that over 900 million people around the world did not have access to safe drinking water and yet Australians spent $600 million on bottled water each year. Still in university, Dan had the idea of a social enterprise that would exist for the sole purpose of empowering Australians to fund safe water projects in developing nations through the sale of bottled water. Despite juggling the demands of university degrees and part time jobs, Dan and his team succeeded in creating Thankyou Group. This social enterprise offers water, food and health products to over 4,000 outlets in Australia and in the process has assisted over 60,000 people with safe water access. At GHC 2014, Dan Flynn will talk about how to Change Your Focus as a medical student to make the difference you strive for in the world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="CHANTELLE BAXTER"]

Melbourne born, Chantelle Baxter is a web designer, communications guru and now works as the Chief Inspiration Officer at one of the fast growing charity start-ups in Australia. Chantelle was recognised as one of Australia’s Brightest Young Minds and was listed by The Age as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne, and she’s only 29. Chantelle’s journey began in 2008 where she fundraised $5,000 to build a primary school in Sierra Leone. She began to see an opportunity to transform the lives of the young women and girls. A year later she co-founded One Girl, a charity that changes the lives of women and girls through sustainable development, innovation and education. At GHC 2014, Chantelle will share her global health journey and through this Change Your Focus on what’s possible as a young person in this world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="TONY BRIFFA"]

Tony Briffa, has lived as a straight female person, then a lesbian female person. Tony tried to be male and then to be gay. Tony Briffa grew up as Antoinette, a healthy girl with Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. Tony now identifies as an intersex individual. As the first intersex Mayor in the world, Tony supported the community of Hobson’s Bay, Victoria, for six years. Tony is the Vice President for the Organisation for Intersex International Australia and the AIS Support Group Australia. Tony embodies every part of the LGBTIQ community and is passionate to advocate to improve the health of this group. A community that is confronted by higher rates of depression, substance use, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. All this in a system that offers reduced access to health care and endemic discrimination. At GHC 2014, Tony will enlighten you on the real issues faced by the LGBTIQ community globally and how as a future doctor you can change yourself to better improve the health of LGBTIQ individuals around the world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DR. ROWAN GILLIES"]

Dr. Gillies was born and bred in Sydney, Australia. His work as both a general doctor administrator and surgeon has taken him as far as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Gaza, Cote D’Ivoire and Haiti. In 2005, from his work traveling to crisis spots around the world, The Age listed him as one of “The 50 Australians Who Matter”. Rowan was subsequently elected the youngest ever International President of Médecins Sans Frontières in 2006 and was also a part of the first cohort of the Global Health Surgical Fellows at Boston Childrens Hospital. At GHC 2014, Dr. Gillies will share his true passion of medical humanitarian issues and how we have the power to change ourselves and the world.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="DR. JENNIFER DAWSON"]

Dr Jennifer Dawson is a psychologist and founder of not-for-profit TraumAid International. She has worked in large-scale disaster zones and internally displaced peoples’ camps throughout Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka and the Solomon Islands. Jennifer learnt about the effects of trauma and the suffering that results from it. As a result TraumAid was born. She developed a unique model for rebuilding populations affected by mass trauma. TraumAid International aims to equip local leaders to understand and mitigate trauma and transform their community. At GHC 2014, Jennifer will enlighten you about the realities of war-scarred communities and how you can be better equipped to help people affected by these tragedies.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="BRENTON AND DANIEL"]

As future medical professionals we have the power to change people’s lives not only through the way we practice medicine, but also through the way we give to charity. Focusing on real data about the effectiveness of foreign aid and charity in the world, this interactive plenary workshop talk will provide the catalyst to challenge yourself to donate effectively. At GHC 2014, Brenton Mayer and Daniel Charles will provide a compelling argument for why practising effective altruism in our lifetime will make the biggest difference as doctors.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="PROF. FRANK BOWDEN"]

Professor Frank Bowden is a doctor with many talents. He is a public health doctor, an infectious disease physician, the Professor of Medicine at the ANU, an advisor to the government, an Oxford graduate in mathematical modelling of Infectious Disease, a literary behemoth compiling over a 100 publications and books and is the man who strives to eradicate disease. Professor Bowden trained at the height of the HIV epidemic and has continued his career with a focus on sexually transmitted diseases. Prof Bowden knows what it takes to challenge and conquer a disease. He currently sits on the board of One Disease At A Time and was the chair the National committee to eradicate Donovanosis, a disease that still thrived in remote Australia. At GHC 2014, Frank will teach you how to jump into the global health arena and grow to make a difference.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="PROF. MICHAEL KIDD"]

Professor Michael Kidd is a General Practitioner and President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). WONCA represents family doctors over 130 nations and aims to work together to improve the quality of life of the peoples of the world by supporting the development of family medicine throughout the world. Since 2008, Michael has been an adviser for WHO programs on the primary care management of mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific region and on the development of chronic disease prevention and management initiatives, in low and middle-income nations. In 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine and education in the areas of general practice and primary health care. Professor Kidd is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University. He is also the founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, the world’s first peer-reviewed medical journal dedicated to case reports from all medical disciplines. At GHC 2014, Michael will inform you about how to become a global leader and perhaps one day lead your own NGO.

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[accordion accordion_type='accordion'] [accordion_item caption="PROF. PAT MCGORRY"]

Professor Patrick McGorry is a leading international researcher, clinician and advocate for mental health reform. Professor McGorry is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, a world-renowned mental health organisation for young people that has put Australia at the forefront of innovation in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Orygen targets the needs of young people with emerging serious mental illness and has become the model upon which many other youth mental health services in the world are based. Professor McGorry is also a director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace. He believes that early intervention offers the greatest hope for recovery. He takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating. Professor McGorry was named as Australian of the Year in 2010 in recognition of “his extraordinary 27-year contribution to the improvement of the youth mental health sector [that] has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people the world over.” At GHC 2014, Professor McGorry will share with you how to develop a leading program and how you can be an innovator in global health.

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WORKSHOPS

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At GHC 2014, we will show you how you can be the instigator of change, taking you from the seed of inspiration from our talks, to the interactive nature of our workshops, meeting your global health heroes and all the way to action from the start of GHC 2014 and beyond.

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