Refugee policy in a time of complexity and change

Monash University

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (Monash University Faculty of Law) invites you to a public lecture: ‘Seeking security: Australia’s refugee policy in a time of complexity and change’.

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, proudly presents

Associate Professor Harry Minas
Centre for International Mental Health
Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne

Alex Pagliaro
Campaigns Coordinator, Amnesty International

Date:      Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Time:      6:00pm to 7:15pm
Venue:    Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP: or telephone 03 9905 3327

Public Lecture – All Welcome 

Harry Minas

Associate Professor Harry Minas is the Director for the Centre for International Mental Health of the Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Director of the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit at St Vincent’s Health Melbourne and Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Research and Training in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He was an a member of the Immigration Minister’s Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (and its predecessors) from 2001 to 2012. Associate Professor Minas is a psychiatrist working in three broad areas including; mental health system development, particularly in low-resource and post-conflict settings; culture and mental health, with a focus on mental health of immigrant and refugee communities and the development of services for culturally diverse societies; and the human rights of people with mental illness.

His current honorary positions include:

  • Honorary Lecturer on Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Mental Health Systems
  • Member, World Health Organization International Expert Panel on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • International Advisor to the ASEAN Mental Health Taskforce
  • Regional Vice-President for Western Pacific Region, World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
  • Formerly Chair and now Member, Section of Social & Cultural Psychiatry, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of the Executive, World Association for Cultural Psychiatry
  • Head of the Secretariat, Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH)

Alex Pagliaro

Alex Pagliaro is the refugee campaigner for Amnesty International Australia, helping to ensure that the rights of refugees and asylum seekers are protected in Australia. She works directly with refugees as well as generating public awareness about the facts about asylum seeker arrivals through public events, community engagement, and social media. Alex has frequently visited Villawood Detention Centre, and is in direct contact with asylum seekers in remote detention locations such as Christmas Island, Darwin and Curtin. In November 2012, she visited the Nauru detention centre with Amnesty’s Graham Thom. Alex has previously worked as a refugee caseworker with Amnesty International, where she assisted asylum seekers living in the community and detention centres with their applications for refugee status, primarily through in-depth research into conditions in their country of origin.

What: Public Lecture: Seeking security: Refugee policy in a time of complexity and change

When: Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Where: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Cost Free

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