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The Value of Storytelling: Mariam Issa at DFTB18


This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFT19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from

Mariam Issa arrived in Australia in 1998 with four small children and a fifth on the way. Having escaped a war-torn Somalia she sought out a new life for her and her family. Adapting to a new life and a new culture she moved on from seeing herself as a victim to seeing herself as someone that could make a difference. Now she strives to make life better for refugees through her work with Resilient Aspiring Women and the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. In this powerful talk she shares the story of her life, and how such stories have the power to inspire growth.



For more on Mariam then head over to her webpage

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