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Dr. Zarrin S Siddiqui, 46 Kanangra Crs. Greenwood, WA 6024, Australia Ph: 0434841705, Email:



Finally Sharmeen has claimed first Oscar for her documentary Saving face as the Best Short Documentary. Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a Plastic Surgeon who is part of her project team practices in Great Britain and is a Dow Alumnus so rightfully medical community in Pakistan and overseas is equally thrilled. As Pakistan makes its impact in the world of media, another hit BOL movie is part of South East Asian Film festival in Canberra. Here in Perth we will be screening Pakistani movies at regular intervals this year starting with Ramchand Pakistani on Perth mega screen. The movies to follow will be BOL, Shah Rukh ki Mout etc.

Pakistan Day Meet and Greet on 23rd March 2012

This is the time when first semester has just started at universities and international students are settling in. From this year onwards there will be two events annually to welcome new migrants and students, one in each semester. The timing perfectly coincides with Pakistan Day and Independence Day celebrations. The first event is therefore organised on 23rd March, 2012 to allow the new arrivals in Perth to meet each other on the eve of 73rd Pakistan Day. If you have arrived/migrated during last year, or know anyone, please let us know so an invitation can be sent. It is a free event for families and places are limited. Timings 6.30 pm onwards. Venue to be confirmed.

Urdu books available in Nedlands library

From next week onwards you can borrow Urdu novels from City of Nedlands Library. To mark the International Women Day we have picked the best of best women authors. At this moment it is a trial and if it is successful more libraries can be requested to include Urdu books in their collection. A list of novels held at the library will be included in next newsletter.

Vibrant March
March in Perth is all about events. There are events to celebrate International Womens Day followed by a series of Harmony day events. Indian community will be celebrating a grand holi event soon so keep an eye on the local newspapers. On 18th March Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Pride of Asia will be performing at Perth Convention Centre while Pakistan will be facing India in Asia Cup Series starting 4.30 pm (WA time). OZ Concert is another big event taking place at the same time at Government House. Additionally State Library of Western Australia is arranging the 3rd Annual Write Now workshop on 18th March as well. The Multicultural Association of Western Australia would like to invite you to the Perth Multicultural Festival Sunday 18th March 2012 11am to 4pm Being Held at Lake Vasto, Ozone Reserve on the corner of Adelaide Terrace and Plain Street Free family Entertainment, cultural performances, food stalls & international products.

APMA is the organisation representing Pakistani Doctors in Australia and their current newsletter is now available. Rizwan Azhar as an editor has done an excellent job in creating a well-designed professional publication informative to both Pakistani and Australian community members. The issue also includes an article about Dr. Nurjehan Hussain, the first female Pakistani psychiatrist.

Basant Kite Festival

We are in negotiation with a funding organisation to arrange a Kite festival. To make it successful we need at least thirty community members. To date we have 20 members acknowledging that they will attend such an event. As soon as we get 30 an application for funding will be made.



Health, Recovery and Wellbeing Richmond Fellowship Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre Perth, Western Australia

June 11 13, 2012

Recovery, healing and transformation: people, organisations and systems.

This conference reflects on the individual journey of recovery, the organisations which are part of that journey, the overall mental health system and the changes needed to enhance that journey. We invite you to explore these relationships. We celebrate the recovery, healing and transformation of people, organisations and systems which are taking place now and into the future. Richmond Fellowship of Western Australia has great pleasure inviting consumers, carers, students and mental health workers in government, NGO and private provider settings and other stakeholders to submit an abstract to the ASPAC 2012 Conference based on one of our 4 streams. This conference will bring together significant contributors in mental health such as: Professor Richard Warner Rachel Perkins OBE Professor Patrick McGorry AO Steve Onken (PhD) Mark Brown and Professor Allen Frances (DSM IV Chair and DSM V critic) Mental Health Commissioner Eddie Bartnik and many others including facilitators such as Gregor Henderson and the ABCs Dr Norman Swan RFWA is proud to be holding this milestone event and we are cognisant that it will not only spur discussion around many critical matters, it will provide a space for both international and domestic speakers through a platform designed to engender and promote open and honest debate and discussion.

For registrations, scholarships and more information go to Further Information

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