Disaster Management and Disaster Medical Relief
On 31 October 2009, Prim. Dr. Walter Dorner, President of Austrian Medical Chamber received award of appreciation from his peers, the Arab medical doctors in Europe during the opening ceremony of the 25th annual conference of the Arab medical doctors in Europe and the 21st annual conference of the Union of the Austro-Arab medical doctors and pharmacists, which was held at Modul Hotel in Vienna, between 30 October-1 November 2009
The conference theme was “Disaster Management and Post Disaster Medical Relief”. It was headed by Dr. Faidi Omar Mahmoud, from Germany and held under the Patronage of Prim.Dr. Walter Dorner. It was attended by Univ. Prof. Dr. Dieter Falkehagen, Representative of Danube University, Head of Department F. Clinical Medicine of Krems Austria, the Syrian Ambassador Bade’a Khattab, Dr. Hassan Naggar, representative of Arab Medicine Doctors in Europe (ARABMED), Prof. Dr. Aly Mishal, representative of FIMA, prof. Dr. Faidi Omar Mahmoud, President of the conference and many doctors from Europe and the Mediterranean.
The conference opening ceremony was headed by Dr. Tammam Kelani, who welcomed the attendants and gave a brief about conference and about the roll and the activities of Arab medical and pharmacist Union in Austria.
Prim. Dr. Walter Dorner, President of Austrian Medical Chamber, extended a warm welcome to the Arab doctors attendance in Vienna. He gave a speech about the history of the health care and medicine in Austria and Vienna.
Dr. Dorner said that Vienna has become one of the most important medical congress cities and thereby a worldwide exchange forum for experience and knowledge, and a place where different approaches to health and the essence of life can be discussed. Traditional Europeans medicine is not only thing that counts. Worldwide discussions and dialogs we required
In his speech he mentioned the great physician and philosopher Ibn Sina – Avicenna. He is rightly presumed to be founder of scientific medicine in a historical line with Hippocrates and Galen.
He wished the conference attendance a warm welcome to Vienna and they will not will have lots of good and rich discussions in the field of medicine. (See the full speech of Dr. Walter below), and as PDF here.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Falkehagen, Dr. Faidi Omar Mahmoud, Syrian Ambassador Bade’a Khattab, Dr. Hassan Naggar, Prof. Dr. Aly Mishal also gave speeches about the same theme during the opening session of conference.
After the opening session of the Conference the doctors held several sessions in which many doctors gave medical lectures, followed by open dialogue and debate among the attendants.
At the end of the conference, Dr. Tammam Kelani, President of the Union of Arab Pharmacists and doctors in Austria, was elected a Vice-President of the Arab Medical Union in Europe. Three Palestinian doctors won the elections as members of the administrative gremium of the organization of European Union doctors in Europe. The conference was ended with a concert by Dr. Safa’a Romaia.
Here is the Speech of Dr. Prim. Dr. Walter Dorner, President of Austrian Medical Chamber which was delivered at the 25th annual conference of the Arab medical doctors in Europe
First of all I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to Vienna, the world’s capital of medicine. Vienna sets a worldwide example in health care and access to high-end medicine. In research and in applied medicine Vienna is one of the leading cities.
Today we can speak of a third Viennese school of medicine which join humanity to high-teach-medicine and practical clinical research.
In the 19th century the first Viennese school of medicine, for example “Billroth of Semmelseiss” did pioneer work in basic research, surgical, techniques and clinical therapy, always placing the patient, the human being, first and always taking into consideration that medicine’s first and foremost goal is to alleviate the pain.
The great social medical scientists of the second medical school, such as Julius Tandler, realized that hygiene, prevention at an early stage and social psychological medical care in a regulated social environment are essential requirements to avoid the formation of ghettos, social, emargination and disturbances. They created ideal public health systems.
Modern interdisciplinary medicine as an integrative science was founded in Vienna.
Many highly talented Viennese scientists, doctors and physicians had physicians had to emigrate and still do today. This meant that Viennese knowledge was exported throughout the world. Many Nobel Prize winners in Physics, medicine and other natural sciences were born in Austria, they started their career here, to become world-famous in foreign lands.
Progress, ladies and gentleman, lives from the exchange of experience, especially in medicine. This was always so and in a globalised world even more so. Here the Arabian world and Europe, especially Austria and Vienna, can look back on a long well nurtured tradition and an enriching interaction.
Important for the formation of the “occidental medicine” was for example the great physician and philosopher Ibn Sina – Avicenna. He is rightly presumed to be founder of scientific medicine in a historical line with Hippocrates and Galen. In his world he was hailed as “prince of Physicians”, his writings were standard works until the end of Renaissance and gave European universities an impetus.
Later, European, Austrian and Viennese medical know, how was highly respected in your countries, we together can be proud of the well kept practice of knowledge transfer between our cultures. This is proven by the fact that many physicians from the Arabic countries are educated here in Vienna and take care of patients. Matbe you know the name Prof. Fellinger, who was the first European physician to concentrate on working with patients from the Arabs area.
In the meantime Vienna has become one of the most important medical congress cities and thereby a worldwide exchange forum for experience and knowledge. I point out the international congress of radiology or the congress of cardiology and many professional conventions and symposia that regularly take place in Vienna. Am example of this “scientific mediator character” of Vienna’s in this conference.
The practicing physicians in Vienna with their humane attitude guarantee that the social character of medicine will never be forgotten. There always has been the ambition to link highest research efforts to high quality applied and patient focused medicine. What good is the best research if it is not aimed at the human being. To serve and help him.
We all run the risk of being impressed by pure technical, development oriented and system driven medicine. To restrict this development I’m absolutely convinced that we have to equate different human oriented attitudes, opinions and expertise.
The meaning of research is in the end not only modern medicine but to try discover and decipher the secrets of life.
And again: it is all about the patient.
But still millions of people, children and mothers die of hunger, exhaustion, hygienically bad conditions, war or natural catastrophes worldwide> are wealth and resources not distributed correctly?
Today one of the most important missions of medicine is to act as a peacemaker and society beyond boundaries and ethnic groups.
More than ever a balance is required between top technical performance, explorative brilliance and human commitment is necessary.
As a meeting place Vienna is not only a medical center, but also a place where different approaches to health and the essence of life can be discussed. Traditional Europeans medicine is not only thing that counts. Worldwide discussions and dialogs we required.
I wish you a warm welcome to Vienna and I hope that you will not only hear many interesting lectures but also will have lots of good discussions.
Thank you very much.