Parallel sessions: 'I would like to gain more international perspectives during my degree programme'

We advise you to attend the following sessions:

  1. How research can change the everyday life of vulnerable people (13.00 - 13.50)

Luc Marks -  international coordinator Special Olympics Healthy Athletes
In 1997, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® began offering free health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes in a welcoming, fun environment. Since then, we have delivered over globally 2 million free health screenings and trained close to 300,000 health professionals and students to treat people with intellectual disabilities. Moreover, Despite a mistaken belief that people with intellectual disabilities receive the same or better health care than others, they often receive sub-standard care.
The impact of these screenings on the health and wellness of Special Olympics athletes around the world is significant. Healthy Athletes has discovered undetected health problems, alleviated pain and provided health services that otherwise would not be available.
Healthy Athletes is not only a program for athletes but, through training and hands-on experience at screenings, it is a program for healthcare students and professionals to increase knowledge of best practices in caring for and communicating with people with intellectual disabilities.

  1. Presentations by students of the Master Global Health (13.50-14.40)

  2. At home and abroad: working in diversity - experience from a young GP (15.00 - 15.50)

Thibault Detremerie - General practitioner at Wijkgezondheidscentrum Rabot (Gent) / Research assistant Diversity-sensitivity in Medical Education (UGent)In a changing global society, we all face unprecedented challenges in delivering primary health care: on a global scale overseas, but also closer to home. To correctly tackle these new challenges, it’s mandatory to create a better understanding of the world, including the part we live in. Working in this diverse environment means crossing borders without leaving the country. As you transcend borders in practice, by connecting with another culture, you can reflect about your own. Similarly, going “beyond borders” inside, can be essential to make contact with another person, and therefore, with yourself. To make this connection demands time and effort. Some advice and examples from practice.


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