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Kensington (NSW): Grand Challenge Meetup: What’s happening on Nauru and Manus?

26 April 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join us for this Grand Challenge meetup, with guest speaker Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).

There are currently 65 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – more than at any time since World War II. In Australia, in response to people arriving by boat, the government sent around 2,000 men, women and children to remote detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. After 5 years most remain there in limbo, experiencing escalating levels of mental and physical illness. What does the current situation look like for these people, and what efforts are being made by the RCOA and others to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum?

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  • 4pm – Guest presentation
  • 4.30pm – Q & A
  • 4.45pm – Refreshments and time to connect with others

About Paul Power

Since 2006, Paul has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) – the national peak body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers. Paul leads the organisation’s policy development and public education on refugee issues and its advocacy with the Australian Government, international networks and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since 2012, Paul has served as a Steering Committee member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Paul has served as a member of the Australian Government’s Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (2008-14) and as co-chair of the global Working Group on Resettlement and the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (2011-12)
Prior to joining RCOA, Paul worked in the NGO sector as a media officer, trainer, researcher and manager, after a 12-year career in the newspaper industry as a journalist and editor. Through his NGO work, Paul has been involved with projects in international aid, community development, mental health support, volunteer training, social research and advocacy.

About the Grand Challenge Meetups

The Grand Challenge Meetups are for the UNSW community who are interested in the Grand Challenges Program and want to join the conversation.

Meetups will feature different speakers and topics that are related to current and future Grand Challenges. Once the presentations conclude, there will be a chance to connect with colleagues and plant the seeds for future collaborations.


26 April 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Room G14, Blockhouse UNSW
Kensington, NSW Australia + Google Map