Queensland Branches Conference 2016 Keynote address Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis
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AASW Queensland Braches hosted a Social Work Conference, at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus in November 2016. The conference was designed to have a broad focus on the profession, the communities we work with and the challenges social workers face when working toward achieving social justice. Invited key note speaker Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis provided a moving address, on his journey to Australia from fleeing Iraq, via Indonesia and arriving on Christmas Island by boat. He then went on to discuss his experiences during his time in Detention Centres in Western Australia before being released to pursue his career as a pioneering surgeon.
Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School Of Advanced Medicine. He specialises in hip, knee, trauma and osseointegration surgery. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Chairman of the Osseointegration Group of Australia. A/Prof Al Muderis graduated from Baghdad College High School (The American Jesuit) in 1991. He studied medicine at Baghdad University from 1991 to 1997. As a first year resident A/Prof Al Muderis was forced to flee Iraq as he refused Saddam’s regime brutal orders to surgically remove the ears of soldiers who had escaped from the army. He ended up on a flimsy wooden boat heading to his new home, Australia.Munjed has documented his experiences in a memoir 'Walking Free' which was published by Allen and Unwin 2014.
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