International conference in Israel – Impacts of Trauma and Adversity: Challenges and Innovations

From 6 to 8 September 2020, a unique international conference on mental health will take place in Jerusalem. Ground-breaking in its location, with a world-class program, the conference will welcome speakers and attendees from around the world.


The Second International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health will be co-hosted by Hadassah Medical Center (Jerusalem), Hadassah Australia and Phoenix Australia. The focus will be on the Impacts of trauma and adversity: Challenges and innovations in the context of ongoing or long-term trauma and conflict.


Four high profile keynote speakers will present:


  • Professor Richard Bryant (University of NSW), World Health Organisation mental health programs for refugees and displaced persons
  • Professor Tine Jensen (University of Oslo), Childhood trauma: What does it look like and how can we treat it?
  • Professor Barbara Rothbaum (Emory University School of Medicine), Psychological, pharmacological and technological innovations in the treatment of PTSD
  • Professor Sir Simon Wessely (King’s College), Trauma and adversity across the UK


The conference will feature workshops for clinicians and practitioners in evidenced-based trauma-focussed treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder for adults, children and adolescent trauma survivors.


A call for abstracts is now open, closing on 28 February.


The inaugural conference, held in May 2017 attracted 300 delegates and featured high level keynote speakers on trauma-related mental health in defence and first responder organisations. The current conference extends the lens to examine the impact of trauma and adversity in ongoing conflict zones, on refugees and displaced persons, and will consider innovations in intervention across trauma-affected populations.  


Hadassah Hospital provides excellence in trauma-related research, health care, and teaching in one of the most conflict-ridden regions in the world. Hadassah Australia in addition to its support for the Hadassah Hospital also sponsors Project Rozana, which provides treatment for critically ill children from the West Bank and Gaza in Israeli hospitals, and funding for the training of Palestinian doctors, nurses and therapists in Israel, in order to improve and expand healthcare in Palestinian communities.


Earlier this year, Project Rozana created the Aiia Maasarwe Memorial Medical Fellowship Program which will fund the specialist training of Palestinian medics in Israel. The fellowship was created with the support of the family of Aiia Maasarwe, a Palestinian-Israeli student who was murdered while on exchange in Melbourne.


For Australians interested in attending the International Conference on Trauma and Mental Health, registration packages have been created which include transfers, accommodation and tours of the surrounding areas, giving delegates the opportunity to explore this rich and historic part of the world.


Mr Ron Finkel AM, the National President of Hadassah Australia says that, “The event draws on the combined expertise of the renowned Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and the pioneering work in the treatment of trauma and mental health being undertaken by Phoenix Australia. The calibre of international speakers we have been able to attract to the conference is in no small part due to the respect in which Phoenix Australia is held both nationally and internationally for its leadership, and for the quality and excellence of its work to support those suffering trauma.”


I am very pleased to be co-chairing this conference which features very impressive keynote speakers. I encourage Australians to consider attending this world-class conference.
Professor David Forbes, Director of Phoenix Australia