Intermed update - November 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans to develop and implement new opportunities for Intermed, but we continue to pray, dream and plan for the future!

Due to declining numbers of students, a trend observed by many mission organisations, the Intermed /Tabor Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in International Health and Development ended in 2020 with the last Intermed Summer School held in January 2019. Between 2015 to 2020, 14 students completed the Graduate Certificate and 6 the Graduate Diploma, with other students doing some of the subjects.

Plans to collaborate with Tabor for a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Intercultural Studies, which would have included some core elements of the Intermed program, were not realised as the tertiary accreditation requirements could not realistically be met.

In December 2019, Intermed ran a short one-day workshop (Minimed) for medical students planning their electives in less resourced contexts. Our intention was to further develop this short course and offer it more widely. However, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that no medical students did electives in less resourced locations overseas in 2020 and 2021. As medical electives recommence Intermed will look to revive this Minimed program.

Intermed is also looking for opportunities to put some of the “best” Intermed summer school content online.

There are opportunities for Intermed to collaborate with other educational groups in both these initiatives.

The Anthony Radford Oration

In honour of Emeritus Professor Anthony Radford AM MBBS MRCP SM (Epid) MRACP FRCP (Edin) FRACGP FFCM FAFPHM DTM&H.

In 2016 the inaugural Anthony Radford Oration was held to honour the significant contributions Anthony has made to international health and development in general, and to Intermed in particular. The origins of Intermed and Anthony’s foundational role in its establishment are detailed in ABOUT/ History on this website.

The Orators for the annual Anthony Radford Oration, along with the title of their Oration, and where provided, some brief details are detailed below.

The 1st Anthony Radford Oration: 7 September 2016

Orator: Associate Professor Jill Benson AM MBBS DCH MPH FACPsychMed

The challenges of staying true to your faith when working as a health professional

Staying true to the depths of what you believe in the face of the challenges of health care in difficult environments. This might be in the face of the ‘evil’ side of humanity we see when working with refugees, the ‘neglect’ and ‘stigma’ we meet when working with vulnerable people, or the bureaucracy that seems to obstruct good health-care rather than facilitate it. This will be a personal story interwoven with what I know and love about Anthony

Dr. Jill Benson has been a General Practitioner for 35 years. She is the founding Medical Director of the Kakarrara Wilurrara Health Alliance in the remote Aboriginal communities at Yalata, Oak Valley and Tjuntjuntjara; and until recently was the Senior Medical officer working with refugees at the Migrant Health Service. She has worked at a teaching hospital in Dharan in rural eastern Nepal and has been a WHO consultant setting up a mental health workforce in Vanuatu. She has researched, published and taught extensively in the fields of cross-cultural medicine. In 2012 she was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for her work in mental health and with refugees and Aboriginal people.

The 2nd Anthony Radford Oration: 29 September 2017

Orator: Professor Bill Hague BA MBBChir MA MRCP(UK) MRCOG MD FRCOG FRCP

A long and winding road Bill Hague, made in China, produced in Hong Kong and brought up in the UK, is a Professor at the University of Adelaide. He has shown international leadership in his medical speciality of obstetric medicine, and in his active involvement with the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia and the International Christian Medical and Dental Association. In this oration Bill will outline some of the steps along his journey: a long and winding road.

Bill Hague has been working since 1990 in Obstetric Medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (W&CH) in Adelaide, South Australia. After undergraduate training at Trinity College, Cambridge and St Thomas' Hospital, London, he did postgraduate training in Cambridge, Sheffield and London with specialist qualifications in both Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Cambridge MD in Familial Aspects of Polycystic Ovaries. His University page also lists his other qualifications!

He was (at the time of this Oration) Senior Consultant Physician in Obstetric Medicine, Women & Children's Hospital, Adelaide, having previously been a member of the Visiting Staff at Women & Children's Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre.

The 3rd Anthony Radford Oration: 7 September 2018

Orator: Nathan Willis

Be(ing) the Change: Reflections on the ongoing challenges of poverty, powerlessness and lack of access to resources and education

Nathan is a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a Registered Migration Agent in private practice with his wife, Sandra. They live with their 4 children in Northern NSW where Nathan was (at the time of this Oration) a Councillor on Ballina Shire Council. He has been published in numerous academic journals and is currently completing a PhD in Law. His first legal client in 2014 was an Iraqi asylum seeker on Manus Island - who remains on Manus Island today. Prior to his current law career, Nathan was a Registered Nurse with a speciality in International Health and Development, and provided emergency relief following the Boxing Day Tsunami, Nias Earthquake, Yogyakarta Earthquake and Cyclone Nargis. He has post-graduate qualifications from Tabor College in Ministry. His faith in Jesus sustains him

The 4th Anthony Radford Oration: 7 September 2019


Why do it by halves?

The improbable adventures of a globally nomadic doctor in Central Australia and other places

Teem-Wing Yip is probably the only person ever to speak both Cantonese and Pitjantjatjara, and possibly the only person ever to have eaten freshly roasted witchetty grubs with chopsticks. She is a global medical nomad who has lived in 7 countries so far and has been part of Scottish Country Dance groups in 4 of them. She's particularly happy if she speaks at least 3 languages in one day.

She is less than half the age of Anthony, her post-nominals are half as long as his, and she’s a little more than half his height. Despite those significant differences (p<0.05), Teem-Wing is like Anthony in being an intrepid general practitioner and public health physician with lots of different projects on the go

No Oration was held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The 5th Anthony Radford Oration: 16 October 2021

Orator: Emeritus Professor Paul Worley MBBS FRACGP FACRRM DipObsRANZCOG GAICD MBA PhD

Rural Medical Education: from policy to practice or is it the other way round?

Paul is a seventh generation Australian, who, along with four previous generations of his family, has lived on Kuarna country for most of his life. As a practicing rural doctor, he grew up hearing the stories of his two maternal grandparents as rural generalists. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984.

He has served in many prominent roles, including being a rural general practitioner in a number of locations in SA, a past President of the Rural Doctors Association of SA (1992), a previous national Vice President and Academic Director of ACRRM, a previous Council Member of the AMA (SA), and was on the Adelaide PHN Board 2015-2017. In 2001, he was appointed Foundation Professor and Director for the Flinders University Rural Clinical School.

Many will know Paul as Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University from 2007, where he led the creation of the first full medical program in the Northern Territory, or as Australia’s first Rural Health Commissioner (for 3 years from Nov 2017- October 2020).

He is (at the time of this Oration) Executive Director of Clinical Innovation at the Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network, Editor-in-Chief of the Rural and Remote Health journal and a Director of the RFDS.

The 6th Anthony Radford Oration: 15 October 2022

Orator: Dr Rose Skalicky-Klein

When the going gets tough: is this the right journey?

In a world that values identity, happiness, and security, how do the words of Jesus, “if anyone comes after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”, make sense? Through a journey lasting nearly 12 years, from Australia to remote Tanzania to SE Asia, and back to Australia, Dr Rose Skalicky-Klein reflects on what it has meant to her and the impact of seeing God’s hand in his global world.

Wife; mother; Emergency Medicine Physician; RFDS Retrieval Consultant, 2021 International Federation of Emergency Medicine Award recipient; Professor (Hon) University of Medicine 1, Yangon; returned cross-cultural worker in low resourced countries.

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