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Global Ideas Lab: War, Conflict & Health

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Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre

251 Faraday St

Carlton, VIC 3053

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Join us for an intimate and engaging evening to explore the impact of war and conflict on health. Is war inevitable? What are our responsibilities? How might we best protect human health?

This Lab is led by Dr Margaret Beavis, immediate past President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War and co-chair of ICAN (Australia). ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Using the conflict in Iraq as a detailed case study we will explore the direct human and collateral costs of conflict. Dr Beavis will lead an interactive discussion on the changing and increasingly deadly nature of warfare, new and autonomous weapons and the unintended consequences for civilian populations and humanitarian workers. Together we will explore in small groups what we can do collectively and individually to to influence outcomes through Australian government policy, NGOs programs, divestment and international cooperation.

There are only limited tickets available for this exclusive event. In addition to learning from our expert moderator, this is also an opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded people over cheese and wine included in the ticket price!

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Conflict and violence have profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of millions of people worldwide. In additional to posing a direct threat to life, armed conflict destroys communities and cultures, disrupts infrastructure and degrades the environment. It violates universal human rights and has far-reaching, devastating consequences globally.

In 2018, the UNHCR reported that 69 million people were forced for flee their homes as a result of war and persecution – the highest ever level of displacement and the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. Intensified by the mass displacement of refugees, violence and armed conflict directly contribute to the breakdown of health and social services, further decreasing access to healthcare, education, sanitation, shelter and food. Conflict situations further limit access to essential medicines and vaccine distribution efforts, increasing the risk of devastating infectious disease outbreaks in these vulnerable populations.

With at least 85% of refugees arriving in developing countries, including Australia, the international humanitarian challenges are overwhelming in their scale and complexity.

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The evening will be moderated by Dr Margaret Beavis. Dr Beavis is co-chair of ICAN Australia (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and was instrumental in the United Nations adoption of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons in July 2017. ICAN was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to her work with ICAN, Dr Beavis is a Melbourne-based GP and teaches clinical medicine and public health at the University of Melbourne. She is the former President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War, an Australian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.



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