The Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA) is set to hold its inaugural National Conference in Sydney on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May at the Bryan Brown Theatre and Function Centre in Bankstown. This event promises to be the largest gathering of Australian Muslim healthcare professionals, including senior and junior doctors, as well as medical and other health discipline students.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Past, Present and Future of Healthcare.” Renowned international speakers as well as local speakers from various medical backgrounds will be presenting on topics that are of great importance to the Muslim community’s health and wellbeing, as well as the history of Islam and medicine.

The conference program features a diverse range of topics critical to advancing clinical practice. These include exploring the future of Australian Muslim healthcare, the history of medicine in the Islamic world, an Islamic perspective on end-of-life care and building a global network of Islamic Medical Associations.

Other topics include navigating organ donation, clinician emotional well-being, and the role of genomic testing in cardiac disease and carrier screening. These discussions promise to be informative and engaging for conference participants.

In addition to the informative sessions, the conference will also provide opportunities for networking where the participants will have the chance to meet with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and make new connections.

The conference registration fee includes a mid-morning refresher, a sandwich/wrap lunch, and an afternoon refresher (Halal) on both days of the conference.

A networking dinner will also be held on the evening of Saturday 13 May, after the conference closes for the day. Spouses or other guests for the dinner can register for a fee.

Early Bird registrations are open with special pricing for trainees and allied health, specialists (Including GPs) and students.

Prayer facilities will be available throughout both days of the conference and AIMA has negotiated a discounted rate for accommodation at Rydges Bankstown including family rooms and interconnected room rates. An accommodation booking link will be emailed to registered participants to book accommodation.

Sponsor spaces are available. If you would like a place for commercial or promotional purposes, please contact:  sponsors@aimamed.com.au

The AIMA was established in 2017 as a network of Muslim healthcare professionals who seek to advance public health in Australia and abroad through the implementation of community-based projects. The association aims to provide a platform for Muslim healthcare professionals to connect, learn, and collaborate, and the Inaugural National Conference is just one of the many ways they are working towards this goal.

AIMA’s Inaugural National Conference is a must-attend event for healthcare professionals, students, and anyone interested in advancing public health in Australia and beyond. With an impressive lineup of speakers, informative sessions, and networking opportunities, this conference promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Participants may be able to claim RACGP CPD points.

Register online at https://forms.gle/L96XcyM3zYE6sVqG7

Learn more: https://aimamed.com.au/nc2023-2/

Register now to secure your spot and take advantage of the early bird pricing:

Visit https://aimamed.com.au to find out more about the Australian Islamic Medical Association and their mission.

International Speakers:

Dr Wajid Akhter – Topic: The Spoonmaker’s Diamond & the future of Australian Muslim healthcare

Dr Wajid Akhter is a council member of the Muslim Council of Britain and the British Islamic Medical Association. He is passionate about uniting Muslims to unlock our potential to change our current situation. A founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, he lectures in Social Media and the History of Medicine at Queen Mary’s Medical School (London) and is an author specialising in Islamic History.

Dr Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal – Topic: The History of Medicine in the Medieval Islamic World and its influence on Modern Medicine

Dr Sharif Kaf Al-Ghazal is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon and the Plastic Surgery Clinical Lead at Bradford Teaching Hospitals in the UK. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds and has published numerous papers and articles on plastic surgery. Dr Al-Ghazal was the former President of the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA). He is also the chair of the BIMA Advisory Board. He is also the Editor in Chief of JBIMA and the founder of the International Society for History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM). Dr Al-Ghazal has a significant interest in the history of Islamic medicine and is leading the history of Islamic medicine project for the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA).

Shaykh Dr Rafāqat Rashid – Topic: Islamic perspective on end-of-life care and brain death

Shaykh Dr Rafāqat Rashid is a traditional Shari’ah scholar, General Practitoner and an international professional trainer and educator. He is the co-founder of al-Balagh Academy and Course Director of many of its courses in particular its popular international medical fiqh programmes, which have had hundreds of registered students around the world, and associated takhassus courses for ulama.

Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman – Topic: Building a Better World: FIMA’s Global Network of Islamic Medical Associations

Dr Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman is the current President of the Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA), which represents 29 Islamic medical associations and 17 associate members globally, comprising around 50,000 Muslim medical and health professionals. FIMA aims to facilitate Muslim physicians worldwide in medical education and ethics, student camps, and humanitarian and medical relief. Dr Abdul Rashid serves as a Consultant Physician at An Nur Specialist Hospital, the first shariah-compliant private hospital in Malaysia, and is a visiting professor of Medicine at the University of Cyberjaya. He holds several positions at the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including Chairman of the Specialist Review Panel for Phase 1 Trials and Committee Member for Research & Development into Herbal Medicine.

Dr Junaid Bajwa – Topic: Medicine: an exercise of the imagination

Junaid is a highly accomplished physician and Chief Medical Scientist at Microsoft Research, with extensive experience in primary care, secondary care, public health, and health policymaking. He is a Board member of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and University College Hospital (UCL), London. He has consulted for numerous healthcare systems across the world. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at UCL, an Associate Fellow at the Stanford Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging and a Visiting Scientist at Harvard School of Public Health. He was recently recognised as one of the top global innovators in 2022 by Intelligent Health and listed among the top 50 influential voices in healthcare globally for 2022 by Medika Life.

National Speakers:

Dr Zachariah Matthews – Topic: Muslim Jurists on Assisted Reproductive Technology and Reproductive Tissue Transplantation

Dr Zachariah Matthews holds degrees in pharmacy, Islamic studies, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Management and Leadership. With over twenty years of experience in education, he has lectured at the University of Sydney, managed a hospital pharmacy, and served as Head of Islamic and Leadership Studies at Unity Grammar College, Deputy Principal at Western Grammar School, and is currently the Principal of Malek Fahd Islamic School. He is also a director and instructor at Deen Academy, which provides leadership development programs.

 Dr Marrwah Ahmadzai – Topic: Breaking Down Barriers: How Muslim Healthcare Professionals Can Build Bridges and Drive Inclusion in Healthcare

Dr. Marrwah Ahmadzai is an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar and an inspiring voice for anti-racism, migrant and refugee issues, and women’s health. As a TEDx speaker, she passionately advocates for breaking down barriers and empowering diverse communities. Her articles have been featured in major publications such as ABC, SBS, and The Guardian, and she is a sought-after speaker on issues related to equity and diversity. Dr. Ahmadzai actively contributes to medical leadership and cultural safety initiatives through various committees and organisations such as RANZCOG, Australian National University and ACT Council of Junior doctors in training. Her advocacy efforts were recognised with the 2021 Multicultural Champion Award, and she was a finalist in the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards.

Dr Ashraf Chehata – Topic: Healing with Heart and Faith: Prophetic Lessons for Muslim Healthcare professionals

Dr Ashraf Chehata is a Melbourne-based Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgeon, known for his unique style of motivational speaking that incorporates prophetic leadership and Quranic messages. He specialises in Elbow, Shoulder, and Wrist pathology, having completed his Orthopaedic training in Victoria and international fellowships within Europe. Currently, he serves as the National Vice President of the Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA) and President of AIMA-Victoria state branch. He is a captivating and engaging speaker, delivering highly impactful speeches across various forums that inspire individuals to unlock their full potential. He has an unwavering commitment to promoting positivity, empowerment, and diversity within the community.

Dr Asif Raza – Topic: The Gift of Giving: Navigating the organ donation process in Australia

Dr Asif Raza is a senior clinical lecturer at Western Sydney University and a consultant anaesthetist and intensive care specialist at Blacktown and Nepean Hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. He is also the organ donation coordinator for Blacktown Hospital’s intensive care unit, passionate about raising awareness and educating the community on the importance of organ donation. Additionally, Dr Raza is pursuing a master’s degree in Islamic studies, giving him a unique perspective, and understanding of the clinical aspects and Islamic ethical considerations for organ donation.

Dr Omer Shereef – Topic: Clinician Emotional Well-being: Thriving over Surviving!

Dr Omer Shareef is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Townsville University hospital & Senior Lecturer at James Cook University. He completed his specialist training in the UK and a fellow of Royal Australian & New Zealand college of Psychiatrists. Dr Omer Shareef is the Vice President of Islamic medical association of Queensland (IMAQ) and an executive member of Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA). He is a board member of Tropical brain and mind foundation (TBMF). His special areas of interest are post brain injury connections, neurocognitive function & epilepsy. He enjoys taking special interest & active participation in community education on Islamic values and advocating for mental health wellness at individual and at societal level!

Dr Mohammad Al-Shinnag – Topic: Uncovering the Genetic Basis of Cardiac Diseases: The Role of Genomic Testing

Dr Omer Shareef is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Townsville University hospital & Senior Lecturer at James Cook University. He completed his specialist training in the UK and a fellow of Royal Australian & New Zealand college of Psychiatrists. Dr Omer Shareef is the Vice President of Islamic medical association of Queensland (IMAQ) and an executive member of Australian Islamic Medical Association (AIMA). He is a board member of Tropical brain and mind foundation (TBMF). His special areas of interest are post brain injury connections, neurocognitive function & epilepsy. He enjoys taking special interest & active participation in community education on Islamic values and advocating for mental health wellness at individual and at societal level!

Dr Noha Elserafy – Topic: From Preconception to Precision Medicine: The Power of Genomic Testing in Carrier Screening and Diagnosis

Dr. Noha Elserafy is a highly experienced Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Nepean Blue Mountain Local Health District, with expertise in various areas of genetics, including paediatrics, adults, metabolic, prenatal, cardiac, neurology, and renal genetics. Her recent training in genomic pathology at NSW pathology laboratory SEALS in Randwick has further enhanced her knowledge and skills. Dr. Elserafy is also actively involved in medical education and research, with publications in peer-reviewed journals and participation in multiple research projects.

Professor Farah Magrabi – Topic: Digital health and Artificial Intelligence- Challenges and Opportunities

Farah Magrabi is a Professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. She has a background in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and has worked as a health services researcher for 20 years (UNSW and Macquarie University). At the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, she leads a research stream in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems Safety investigating the clinical safety and effectiveness of digital health and AI technologies for clinicians and consumers.
Professor Magrabi leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Digital Health’s Safety research stream; is co-chair of the Australian AI Alliance’s Working Group on safety, quality and ethics (2020-present); holds a Fellowship at the University of York with the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (2019-present); and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (2020-present).
In 2023, Professor Magrabi was nominated by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, as one of Australia’s representatives on the Global Partnership for AI (GPAI) which is advancing appropriate use of AI. She is an inaugural recipient of the Sax Institute’s Research Action Award (2015) and Telstra Health’s Brilliant Women in Digital Health award (2021).