[TimorLesteStudies] Timor-Leste Health and Development Research Forum

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Wed Sep 24 21:04:00 EST 2008

<mailto:s.north at unsw.edu.au>s.north at unsw.edu.<mailto:s.north at unsw.edu.au>au

GlobalHealth at UNSW and the UNSW School of Public Health and Community 
Medicine, with support from the Asia Pacific Futures Research 
Network, invites you to Sydney on Friday 24th October 2008 to attend 
the Timor-Leste Health and Development Research Forum.

The Timor-Leste Health and Development Research Forum is to be held 
in the Arcade Room of The University of New South Wales Kensington 
Campus on Friday 24th October 2008 from 8:30-5:00pm.  The Forum is 
designed to present an opportunity for diverse academic communities 
to reflect on aspects of current health, development and social 
science research in Timor-Leste.  A major focus of the Forum will be 
an exploration of cultural determinants and other influences on 
health care seeking in Timor-Leste.  Some early insights from 
fieldwork undertaken as part of the Timor-Leste Health Care Seeking 
Behaviour Study which is currently being completed and analysed, will 
be presented for discussion.  This study is led by a team from the 
University of New South Wales, in collaboration with the Timor-Leste 
Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste National Statistics Directorate and 
Fundacaun Alola, and funded by AusAID.  Study results will be more 
fully described and shared in Timor-Leste towards the end of the year.

The bulk of the Program will be based around papers offered by 
participants, reflecting research across a range of health, 
development and social science domains.

The Forum is open to Scholars and PhD students with an interest in 
health and development in Timor-Leste.  Abstracts are invited for 
oral presentations from academics, current PhD students and 
postgraduates with recently submitted work, NGOs and others with an 
interest in contributing to debate around the following topics:
- Culture and Health
- Post-Conflict Health System Development
- Psychosocial and Mental Health in Fragile States
- Community Participation in Development
- Disability in Post-Conflict Areas
- Health and Development Policy and Planning
- Research for Development

Abstracts are to be submitted at the time of Participant 
Registration, and should be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday 7th October 
2008.  PhD students seeking travel assistance should submit their 
abstracts on their Scholarship Application forms by Monday 29th 
September 2008.

There is no cost associated with Forum registration and 
participation.  A limited number of scholarships to facilitate travel 
are available and will be directed primarily at PhD students or 
recent postgraduates seeking to present research.  A Scholarship may 
cover economy air travel, airport transfers, petrol costs, and/or 
overnight accommodation in partial or whole quantities, to a maximum 
of $750.00.  Reimbursement of predetermined costs will be processed 
and finalised only upon receipt of formal tax invoices for each cost 
incurred after the conclusion of the Forum.

More details are available at 
The PDF version of the Participant Information flyer can be 
downloaded from the following 
and the Scholarship Application form 

Places at this Forum are strictly limited.  To avoid disappointment, 
it is advised to register your interest in attending the Forum as 
soon as possible.

Contact details:
For more information on the Timor-Leste Health and Development 
Research Forum, or on the GlobalHealth at UNSW network, please contact 
Stephanie North on +61 2 9385 1052 or email 
<mailto:s.north at unsw.edu.au>s.north at unsw.edu.au.

Important dates:
- Closing date for Scholarship Application:  Monday, 29th September 2008
- Notification of Successful Scholarship Applicants:  Friday, 3th October 2008
- Closing date for Registration and Abstracts:  Tuesday, 7th October 2008
- Timor-Leste Health and Development Research Forum:  Friday, 24th 
October 2008; 9:00-5:00pm

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