May 2018 – An Insight into LGBT Advocacy in Mongolia

Dr Ivory recently achieved a life-long ambition of working as an Australian volunteer for International Development. Many doctors hold similar ambitions to share their skills in under-resourced communities. Kimberley spent 12 months in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, famous for being the coldest capital city on earth and one of the world’s top four or five most polluted cities.

She worked as Health Advisor to the LGBT Centre, Mongolia. She chose the assignment but had to look Ulaanbaatar up on the map. The first image she saw on the Internet was nothing like the romantic image we hold of wild nomads stepping out of felt tents to ride their horses across the vast, empty Mongolian steppes. It was a year of challenges and delights, culture shock and cultural revelations; opportunities and opportunity costs; and a public health issues at every turn. Mongolia is on many travellers’ bucket lists. Come and hear about the Mongolia most tourists never bother to see.

Kimberley is now back at her desk as Senior Lecturer in Population Medicine at the University of Sydney. She is returning to Mongolia in June as the co-convener of the inaugural Rights4Health Conference in Ulaanbaatar, looking at the impact of human rights on the health of minority populations.

 

Where: AMA House in St Leonards, 6/69 Christie St, St Leonards NSW 2065

When: 6:30pm, May 31st 2018

Cost:

Registered MWS of NSW members – no extra charge

Students (members or not) $20

Others (including AMA members) $40

Register here: http://e.mybookingmanager.com/MWSNSWMayDinner 

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Erika Strazdins