The COVID-19 pandemic has taken everyone by surprise. Most governments, rich and poor, are experiencing profound challenges in terms of both health and economic changes. As the capacities of governments, health systems and knowledge concerning COVID-19 have been limited, most have been underprepared, especially frontline workers: the doctors, nurses and other healthcare and public health professionals who have had to work with COVID-19 patients under challenging conditions.    

This webinar offers perspectives from the frontline. Service providers describe the challenges they face/faced, their successes and failures, and perhaps most importantly, the emotional and relational challenges they have faced in providing patient care and engaging with the broader community regarding this fear-inspiring contagious disease.

Insight from frontline health service providers, it is anticipated, will help in informing steps to build better health systems and improve preparedness for future health-related crisis management.

The online presentations of the cross-country experiences and perspectives of frontline medical professionals will be followed by a Q&A and a summary of lessons learnt by the moderators.

Join us on Monday 27 July 2020, 2pm (Brisbane, AEST) and 10am (Dhaka, Bangladesh). 

Welcoming Statements 

Professor Lynda Cheshire, Head, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

Ms. Adriana Alberti, Head of Capacity Development Unit, Division of Public Institutions and Digital Government, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, USA

Presenters (Asia/Pacific Frontline Health Professionals)

Frontline health professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

Moderators

Emeritus Professor M. Adil Khan

Professor of Development Practice, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

Emeritus Professor Khan is former Chief of Socio-Economic Governance and Management Branch of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, USA.

Prof. Khan possesses more than 40 years of working, research, teaching, consultancy and capacity building training experiences in international development, public policy, leadership, pro-poor development, participatory governance and programme evaluation. Recipient of several honours and awards, Professor Khan has published extensively in the broader fields of governance and development including the 2008 UN World Public Sector Report, “People Matter – Civic Engagement in Public Governance” as its Principal Author.  Formerly the founding editor-in chief of the international journal, Sustainable Development, Professor Khan presently is on the advisory board of several international journals.

Professor Khan holds an MA degree in Economics, a Master of Social Planning and Development (MSPD) degree and a PhD in political economy.

Zillur Rahman

Executive Director, Centre for Governance Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Zillur, a journalist by profession, has been working as the anchor of the most successful television program of what is called ‘Tritiyo Matra’ (The 3rd Dimension), an award-winning program by Channel i. a popular Bangladesh TV Channel. Zillur has produced more than 6,200+ episodes concerning politics, governance and current international affairs since its inception in 2003. By 2019, approximately 40 million Bengali TV audiences in Bangladesh, and Bangladeshis living around the world. Zillur has won several awards at home and abroad for his stimulating moderating talk shows. Zillur holds Bachelor of Honors and Masters Degrees in Government and Politics from Jahangirnagar University. He has worked in a number of leading dailies, weekly magazines and Radio. He is the author of two non-fiction books and has edited several books on politics and governance. He worked for the World Bank and UNICEF as a short-term consultant. He also heads CCN, a media consultancy firm. Zillur Rahman participated in US State Department sponsored ‘International Leadership Program’ on the ‘Role of Media in USA’ in 2007. Zillur has also attended and contributed to a number of seminars, workshops, and dialogues on Global Governance held across the world.

Dr Rebecca E. Olson

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

Dr Olson's research focuses on the sociology of health and illness, cancer and end-of-life care, interprofessional education and practice in healthcare, and the sociology of emotion and affect. She is currently Co-Director of UQ's SocioHealthLab. From 2013-2016 she was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sociology and Co-Convenor of the Australian Sociological Association's Sociology of Emotions and Affect thematic group. She has published widely in the areas of healthcare, interprofessional education, cancer and informal care, and has interest in advancing innovative, video-based methods to study emotions in social life. 

Moderators, Professor Khan and Dr Olson, will summarise the presentations from health professionals in each country, highlighting key issues and lessons learnt. 

Webinar details 

Date: Monday 27 July 2020

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm (Brisbane, AEST); 10am – 11.30am (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 

RSVP: By Friday 24 July 2020

Webinar link will be emailed to you after you register

Enquiries: engagement@hass.uq.edu.au  

This webinar is presented by The University of Queensland's School of Social Science, in partnership with the Centre for Governance Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh.