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Migration, Health and Wellbeing conference

Dates for the conference

28-29 November 2019

Call for Papers

This two-day conference aims to bring together experts in research, policy and practice for sharing, learning and paving the way for optimising migrant and refugee health and wellbeing. The conference will adhere to a social determinants of health framework which acknowledges the multifaceted factors influencing the health and wellbeing of migrants and refugees.

In particular, we welcome submissions across time and space on both structural (for example, policies, cultural and societal values, socioeconomic position, health care access) and intermediary (for example, material circumstances, and behavioural, biological and psychological factors) determinants of health

Please email the following details to gmevents@otago.ac.nz before the deadline of 1 June 2019:

  • Paper title;
  • Abstract (200 words maximum) including importance/originality, method/sources, key questions and significance of your topic;
  • Brief biographical information (including institutional affiliation and contact details).

Regrettably, we are unable to provide funding support for participants.

A response to calls for papers will be made by 15 July 2019.

We are happy to assess abstracts in advance of the deadline for those who need to make funding applications for travel and accommodation to attend the event.

Keynote Speakers

Fadheela Ahmed imageFadheela Ahmed (Southern District Health Board)

Fadheela Ahmed is an Orthopaedic Nurse at the Southern District Health Board. She is also an Arabic translator for Muslim patients and regularly presents on how to treat and support Muslim patients, including information about their faith and customs. Fadheela arrived in New Zealand in 2005 from Bahrain and completed a nursing degree at Otago Polytechnic.

phippsProfessor Alison Phipps, OBE (University of Glasgow, Scotland)

Professor Alison Phipps is UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow where she also co-convenes the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network. Her research includes the use of creative and intercultural methodologies among multilingual communities to examine the ways refugees and displaced peoples express distress and develop ways of coping in many different languages.

PottieDr Kevin Pottie (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Dr Kevin Pottie's research spans the fields of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and international students, with particular attention on issues of health and human rights and public health. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he is also a Clinician Scientist at the C.T. Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre and at the Bruyère Research Institute. 

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Conference Organisers

Professor Angela McCarthy, Dr Arlene Ozanne and Dr Lauralie Richard