Refugees Make Australia Better – Public Meeting with Dr Munjed Al Muderis

6.30pm Thurs 1st March
Copland Lecture Theatre
ANU (nearest street – Kingsley St.)

A/Prof Al Muderis is an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Squadron Leader in the Australian Air Force Reserve. He is also an Ambassador for the Australian Red Cross, human rights activist and a refugee. Munjed came to Australia by boat.

Born in Baghdad, at the age of 27 Munjed had to flee Iraq as a young doctor having refused the orders of Saddam Hussein to mutilate army deserters’ ears.

Munjed endured a life-threatening journey to Australia. He was locked in Curtin Detention Centre for 10 months.

He is now one of three surgeons world-wide pioneering a revolutionary technology known as Osseointegration. As a leading surgeon in this complex reconstructive and robotic surgery, Munjed has helped more than 270 amputees from around the world to improve mobility, reduce pain and enhance their quality of life.

He teaches at Notre Dame and Macquarie Universities and trains local and international surgeons, registrars and medical students.

Apart from his academic and clinical roles, Munjed is heavily involved in humanitarian work volunteering his time as a surgeon and as a human rights advocate. He has affiliations with Amnesty International, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and represents the Australian Red Cross.

If he had arrived after July 2013, he would probably still be on Manus Island along with the many other talented people who did.

Here he speaks about the refugee experience and why we should welcome refugees.


If you are able to help share this event by putting up posters or handing out some leaflets, you can click the links below to download a copy to print out at home.

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