Vera is a Specialist Emergency Physician in Australia and a Research Associate at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). Her research focus is on the development and implementation of clinical and public health care policies in the setting of humanitarian disasters. She practices as a board certified specialist in Australia where her areas of interest are Aboriginal health, medical education and the development of physician training in the field of International Emergency Medicine. Outside Australia, she has clinical experience in China, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam and the UK.


The Global Refugee Crisis: Why it’s Critical that we Care

Why it’s critical that we care? The global refugee crisis exemplifies some of the greatest challenges facing our global institutions and liberal world order today: from human rights, xenophobia, sexism and economic protectionism, to terrorism and climate change. National and international responses to the refugee crisis are sculpting moral and political norms around the globe. As Hannah Arendt, the German-born Jewish political theorist wrote, “The manifestation of the wind of thought is not knowledge but the ability to tell right from wrong, beautiful from ugly. …[T]hinking gives people the strength to prevent catastrophes in these rare moments when the chips are down”. It is now critical that we not only care, but think deeply, about our attitudes and policies towards refugees, wherever we come from.

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