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  • (2011) MacIntyre, Raina; Torzillo, Paul; McIntyre, Peter; Richmond, Peter; Andrews, Ross; Goldblatt, David; Grabenstein, John; Ridda, Iman; Menzies, Robert; Macartney, Kristine
    Conference Paper
    Researchers, policy makers, healthcare professionals, advisory groups and industry representatives reviewed the latest research and discussed future directions at a forum on adult vaccination against pneumococcal disease on 29-30th August, 2011 at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. The Forum was organized and chaired by Professor Raina MacIntyre with sponsorship from CSL Biotherapies. Hosted by the School of Public Health and Community of Medicine at UNSW, the forum featured national and international speakers including Professor David Goldblatt, Professor Peter McIntyre, Professor Peter Richmond and Dr John Grabenstein. This report describes some of the key messages and issues discussed at the forum.

  • (2008) Razee, Husna; Ritchie, Jan; Eisenbruch, Maurice
    Conference Paper
    Description of a certain experience as ‘illness’ or distress and the presumed course of treatment developed in one cultural group, may not be applicable to people who share a different set of cultural beliefs about illness and treatment (Kleinman, 1980). Miscommunication occurs in the absence of an understanding of the cultural norms, values and beliefs of the patients (Guindon & Sobhany, 2001) leading to misperceptions and quite possibly to misdiagnosis (Patel, 2001; Wagner et al., 2006). This seminal study provides an empirical understanding of Maldivian women’s mental well-being and contributes a proposed foundation for mental health policy development. Findings of this study may be useful to educate and inform mental health practitioners about culturally congruent and culturally competent approaches to mental health promotion for Maldivian patients and patients who share their cultural concepts such as South Asians.