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The Surgery Ship

(Rated M)

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Presented by The Australian Human Rights Institute (UNSW) & Documentary Australia Foundation

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One ship, thousands of patients and just one year to help. A team of medics making life changing decisions. A team of volunteer Australian doctors and nurses are sailing to the poorest nations on earth. They will face the most severe of medical issues, not seen in other parts of the world. But the medical challenges are only half of the story. They will confront ethical decisions as they decide who will be helped and who will not. This is a dramatic journey for the volunteer medics, as they deal with life and death cases – and balance the fates of these patients in their hands. But in the end The Surgery Ship is a hopeful story of change and the value of reaching out and helping others.

Human Rights and Documentary Series

Join Australian Human Rights Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation for the second film in our 'Human Rights and Documentary' series, featuring a special Q&A and discussion following the screening.

Panellists include:
Andrea Durbach
Australian Human Rights Institute
Madeleine Hetherton
Director, The Surgery Ship
Jan Shanthosh
The George Institute for Global Health
Dr Nerida Moore
Paediatric Doctor and Former Mercy Ships Surgeon
Paul McPhun
Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

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  • Year: 2014
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Madeleine Hetherton
  • Duration: 78 minutes
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