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Dr Esther Schroeder

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

Dr Esther Schroeder

Class Year: 2019

Scholarship: Future Leaders

University: The University of Sydney

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

Biography

I am a medical doctor with a particular interest in humanitarian mental health. I am completing a Masters in Global Health with a focus on refugee health. Prior to becoming a doctor I worked with one of Australia’s biggest not-for-profits in community development, and since have been able to spend time working in healthcare settings in rural Australia, Vanuatu and South Africa. Most recently I had the chance to spend time at the University of Oxford UK, researching how the built environment impacts mental health for refugee women. I hope to continue working in the area of humanitarian mental health, particularly looking at how mental health care can be provided in fragile settings such as in conflict areas or post natural disasters.

Skills & Expertise

  • Global and humanitarian health
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to health challenges
  • Mental health and the built environment
  • Event and project management
  • Public speaking

"Australia has an important role to play in the areas of refugee mental health and disaster relief. Unfortunately, mass migration due to conflict or natural disasters are a defining feature of our times, and Australia needs to be ready to respond to crises in the Australasian region and provide efficient, humane and sustainable support. We as Australians are a hugely diverse population who will all benefit from a society with better mental health services in low resource areas."


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