MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international and independent medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. We offer assistance based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Operating programs in around 70 countries, MSF offers assistance based on our evaluation of medical needs, independent of political, economic or religious interests. Our independence is rooted in our funding; over 90 per cent comes from individual private donors giving small amounts. We strive to freely evaluate needs, access populations without restriction, and to directly deliver the aid we provide.
MSF is a self-governed, worldwide movement of 25 associations, including one in Australia. MSF Australia is based in Sydney and we recruit field staff from Australia and New Zealand.
Our work is carried out by thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff; the vast majority of whom come from the countries where we are providing assistance. Around 200 field positions are filled by Australians and New Zealanders each year. In 2018, more than 67,000 MSF staff provided assistance to people caught in crisis around the world.
MSF’s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. We are constantly seeking to improve the quality, relevance, and extent of our assistance, and we will speak out when we witness serious acts of violence, neglected crises, or obstructions to healthcare activities.
Dr Greg Keane Bio
Dr Greg Keane is a psychiatrist and mental health service strategist, working with general community and at-risk populations. During his clinical training he worked in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, and has also worked with vulnerable communities in urban settings - including with people experiencing homelessness, disorders due to drugs and alcohol and with refugees and asylum seekers.
After three years as a consultant at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Greg started working for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He has worked on MSF projects in Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, Syria and Jordan. Currently based in Paris, he advises and supports MSF's clinical operations internationally.
Specific interests include global mental health focusing on the health of young people and mothers, as well as mental health issues for refugees, indigenous and other vulnerable people. He has an interest in healthcare system development delivery, management, and leadership in middle- and low-income settings.
Jennifer Tierney Bio
Jennifer Tierney is the Executive Director for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Australia. During the first 12 months of her tenure, Jennifer has lead the development of a new strategic plan with a focus on the intersection of humanitarian work and climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion in the humanitarian sector and patient centred care. Jennifer has also steered the organisation through COVID-19, focusing on championing equitable access to healthcare.
Prior to joining MSF Australia, Jennifer was Director of Fundraising and Communications with UNICEF Australia. Jennifer has also worked as Senior Director at Synergos, leading fundraising and communications projects; and as a strategic consultant with organisations including Amnesty International, Orbis, Concern Worldwide, and the Clinton Foundation.
Previously, Jennifer worked with MSF USA as Marketing Director, and then Development Director. Jennifer has also worked with MSF as a program coordinator in Pibor, South Sudan and as a program liaison officer in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights from the Global Affairs program at New York University. She graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
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