The Australian Medical fraternity is deeply saddened by the death of heart surgeon, Mr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann who was fatally attacked with a one-hit punch while on duty last month, in a random act of violence perpetrated by a visitor at the hospital. My deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues at Box Hill hospital http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-28/box-hill-hospital-surgeon-dies-after-alleged-assault/8583176?pfmredir=sm In his professional capacity, Mr Pritzwald-Stegmann was a highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeon, a member of AMA Victoria, [...]
Today I participated in a frank conversation with fellow activist Sakdiyah Ma’ruf from Jakarta, on the topic "Islamophobia... please explain?" for a student conference at the University of Melbourne. Sakdiyah and I talked through our experiences of living through political and personal challenges in this social climate. The University of Melbourne MD Student Conference conference brings together all 1400 students within the Melbourne Medical School, aiming to explore facets of medicine outside the standard curriculum [...]
Today I facilitated a session on 'Cultural Sensitivity in the Courtroom' for the Judicial Council of Victoria today. With a combined group of Judges, Justices and Magistrates from across theState, this was a stimulating workshop examining: how to be alert to the potential impact of culture in a proceeding; how to better identify when and how culture may be relevant to a proceeding; and, to learn practical tips for managing cultural issues. This session involved [...]
As part of Refugee Week across the Nation, I was delighted to be a guest judge at their inaugural youth art exhibition, 'Weight of the World', curated by Hotham Mission. It was a vital and insightful event which celebrated youth, diversity, community, social justice, mental health and inclusion. It was a highly successful with around 350 people in attendance throughout the evening and more than 60% of artworks sold. Many of the young artists participated [...]
Dinner at the @victoriapolice Iftar in fine company of @benevolenceaustralia's Saara & Jessica. A beautiful evening affirming why multiculturalism is one of Victoria's greatest assets delivered with powerful and timely messaging 🙌🏾 Meanwhile, in other news, am excited for proactive projects in the pipeline 🙌🏾 #melbourne #waterfront #ramadandiaries #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant
Congrats to all involved with the AFL Iftar tonight. A surreal night & sight seeing 'Ramadan Kareem' upon a neon lit billboard - illuminating the MCG oval. Beautiful speeches were delivered in earnest from the AFL CEO and Multicultural Liaison head on top of an entertaining panel involving AFL players and personnel, brilliantly moderated by the uber skilled AzmeenaHussain. There was hilarity and humility in spades tonight. Well done to all.
Presented at Hailebury College today, about the importance of diverse voices in the community getting traction and respect. Given the news of the past 24hours I was feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of making a presentation - but realised making the effort to be heard, was integral to my message; to speak before I'm spoken about. Am grateful for the warm welcome and feedback that ensued. Mixed feelings of fatigue, sadness and lingering hope for peace, [...]
Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July. A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity. #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia
Tonight I attended the AMAFHH Iftar, whose tag reads "Multicultural & Proud of it". An evening awash with colour, food and beautiful company, including Teresa Defazio and VMC Chair, Helen Kapelos. Helen shared a candid presentation of her shared practice of faith rituals, like Lent, symbolising ties to her identity. All speakers echoed the gains to be had from a diverse community whose beliefs of peace and understanding enrich our society.
Tonight's Ambulance Victoria 2nd Iftar celebrated inclusivity, community and passion, hallmarks of Ambulance Victoria's vision. I was in fine company with Board Chair, Mr Ken Lay AM, who opened tonight's proceedings with earnest words.. "As long as even one person in our organisation questions why we have these Iftar dinners, then we know we must keep on having them". Was also delighful hearing from guest speaker, Dr Ahmad Aly speak to the spiritual, physiological and [...]