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Professor David Issacs

David has an identical twin brother, Stephen, who is a child psychiatrist. They went to different schools and once swapped schools for a day.

David trained in London, Sydney and Oxford. In 1989 he moved to Sydney to head a Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, but was the only member of the Department. He is Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney.

In 2002, he obtained a post-graduate diploma in bioethics from Monash University and since then has supervised medical students in bioethics research projects and published 100 peer-reviewed articles on bioethics.

He started the Health Assessment for Refugee Kids (HARK) Refugee Clinic in 2005, which sees over 600 asylum seeker and refugee children a year. In late 2014 he went to Nauru to consult on children and has become a more vocal advocate ever since.

Abstract – Clinical Master Class – 13 March 2019

Caring in hospital for children transferred from Nauru

In this presentation Professor David Isaacs who works and conducts research in both Children’s Hospital at Westmead and University of Sydney will talk about providing care for children after they are transferred from Nauru due to infections  as well as psychiatric problems. Over 150 children were transferred from Nauru in 10 months, having been there over five years or all their life if younger. Some came with both parents, some with only one parent. In hospital the children and their relatives were still in detention and the interactions of guards with children and parents and of guards with staff were often a source of tension. Therefore, Professor Isaac will also explore on some of the challenges faced in caring for these refugee children and their families in hospital settings.

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