Sydney Forum: Trade and its impact on health and development in the Pacific

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Trade and its impact on health and development in the Pacific

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

University of Sydney

Are you concerned about…

  • Tobacco, alcohol and poor quality food being promoted in Pacific island countries
  • Doctors and nurses being poached from Pacific countries to work in Australia
  • People in Pacific island countries having to pay high prices for safe drinking water
  • Pacific countries having one health system for the rich and another for the poor
  • Medicines being inaccessible for poor people in Pacific countries?

…..then you are concerned about trade.

PACER -Plus is a new trade agreement being negotiated between Australia and 13 Pacific island countries, which has the potential to put ‘wealth before health’.

Come to this seminar to learn more about PACER-Plus and what you can do to make sure Australian trade policy does not undermine sustainable development and the right to health in the Pacific.

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Guest speakers include:

Ms Roshni Sami Currently based in Sydney, Roshni headed the Suva-based Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) from 2006 to 2008. PANG is the most consistent, and vocal, non-government organisation working on trade policy in the Pacific island countries. Roshni holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of Auckland.

Mr Wesley Morgan Wes is an independent trade and development consultant. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree at the University of Melbourne, researching options for a ‘pro-development’ trade agreement between Australia and the Pacific island countries. He lived in Suva, Fiji - and worked on Pacific trade policy - from 2007 to 2009.

Prof John Connell Prof Connell, from the University of Sydney, has conducted research into political, economic and social development in less developed countries, including the global migration of skilled health workers. He has worked with the South Pacific Commission, the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation on long-term projects on migration and employment in the South Pacific region.

Dr Tim Anderson Tim Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He writes on development in the Pacific and Latin America, and on rights in development.

Dr Jagjit Plahe Dr Plahe is an activist and academic currently coordinating the International Trade Policy Unit at Monash University. Her experience includes coordinating research projects on global trade governance, and coordinating and facilitating various short courses on trade policy for NGOs.

Ms Kuini Lutua Kuini is the General Secretary of the Fiji Nursing Association. She has been at the forefront of campaigns for decent working conditions for Fiji nurses for many years, and has been a key voice in opposition to the privatisation of health services and water delivery in Fiji

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2010

One Day Forum: 9am-5pm (For researchers and advocates)

Evening Session: 6 pm -7 pm (For anyone interested in learning more about the issue)

Venue: LT024, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney (Map reference K5 on University of Sydney Campus Map)

RSVP: Email mchp@sydney.edu.au by Wednesday, 14 July 2010 indicating which session(s) you will be attending.

Cost: This event is free of charge

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