About Medfest

Medfest is the world's most widely syndicated medically themed film festival, brought to Australia each year in the heart of Melbourne. Every year, medical students from the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Australia gather to submit and view a collection of short films. These films are discussed by a panel of experts in the fields of medicine and politics, before the floor is opened to comments from the audience.

Framing Trauma: Conflict & Medicine

This year the films will aim to consider the depiction of trauma in film and its relationship with healthcare and medicine. We will seek to encourage audience opportunity to reflect on the impact of conflict in a variety of contexts on both physical and mental well being and to discuss the role of both medicine and mental health care in these situations as well as considering positive coping mechanisms and resilience in face of difficulties.

  • Network with the foremost voices in global health and psychiatry
  • Upskill yourself in global health advocacy
  • Gain insight into the perspectives of those living in conflict

May 3

Monash Medical Centre



Dr Nathan Serry

Dr Nathan Serry is a consultant psychiatrist and a founding member of Hawthorn Road Consulting Suites. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 28 years, focusing primarily with medico-legal psychiatry, and has appeared as a guest on The Personal Injury Law Show. He specialises in adult general psychiatry and psychotherapy, and has extensive experience in psychological trauma. Nathan is the Victorian State Government Medical Panels, and was a leading voice in Transport Accident Act reform in 2013. He also has extensive involvement in training and has published on doctor’s health and communication skills in medical practice.

Dr Samantha Loi

Dr Samantha Loi is a neurospychiatric consultant at Melbourne Health, a specialist at St George's Hospital, and a lecturer in old age psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. She graduated from Monash University in 2002 and attained her fellowship in 2011. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of depresison in older carers. Samantha has experience working with older adults from both medical and psychotherapeutic perspectives and has a strong interest in refugee health mental health and health practitioner training.

Dr Suzy Redston

Suzy began her career as a junior doctor in the public health system and the Australian Army, before specialising in psychiatry. Her experience in emergency medicine, military medicine, trauma and general practice has brought an angle to psychiatry which has allowed her to truly embrace some very difficult areas including post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Suzy is currently the Clinical Director of the Psycholgical Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health, focusing on developing changes in training, service provision, procedures, processes and research in trauma related mental health in the state-wide service.

Dr Mark Timlin

Mark Timlin works part time as the Refugee Health Fellow for Monash Health. He has worked as a GP in Refugee Health for 4 years and prior to this he worked as a GP in the prison system for 4 years. Mark also works part time as the country director for the Charity, HOPE worldwide (Australia) with a focus of international aid and working with vulnerable groups such as seniors and asylum seekers in Australia. Mark has extensive experience working overseas in the NGO sector. He moved to Afghanistan in early 2001 and set up humanitarian programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan over 5 years. During this time he chaired the National Health Sector Coordination Group with responsibility for promoting coordination between NGOs and the Ministry of Health. In 2004 Mark was awarded an MBE for services to health care and education in Afghanistan. In 2005 Mark moved from Afghanistan to Melbourne where he worked in ED at St Vincent’s Hospital for a few years before moving into General Practice. He completed his Master’s in Public Health in 2010.



Declan Keeney


Gene Kelly


Médecins Sans Frontières


Christine Cynn


Jan Haaken


Laurent Bécue-Renard


British Army


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Event FAQs

The event is fully sponorship-funded by the generosity of our sponsors, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Psychiatry Interest Forum and Avant Mutual Group and there is no cost to the attendee.

The event will be catered for. Vegetarian options will also be available upon request.
Everyone is welcome to attend our event. The majority of our audience tends to be medical students, junior doctors and others involved in health fields, but anyone with a keen interest in the intersection of conflict and health and how it can be represented in film is welcome to come.
While we welcome anyone to attend, it would greatly help us with planning for catering and the venue if you would register your interest in the form above.
The co-conveners can be reached at Jeffery Wang - jeffery[at]impul.se and Farzana Zaman - fy.zaman1206[at]]gmail.com . General enquiries should be directed at contact[at]medfest.org.au


Our Team

Farzana Zaman


Jeffery Wang


Peter Lioufas


Steven Xu


Sheree Deng

Event Manager

Jess Tan

Pre-clinical Liason

Emily Feng-gu

Creative Director

Chloe Lanyon

Creative Director

Event Location

Lecture Theatre 1
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road, VIC