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Our very own Tarik Sammour takes to the TEDx stage

TEDx Adelaide with the theme 'zoom out'

TEDxAdelaide 2017 brings together a stellar line-up of speakers, as they 'zoom out' and showcase the power of Adelaide’s big ideas on the famous red dot.

Surgeon Tarik Sammour chose to settle in Adelaide because he saw the city’s potential as a leader in health care delivery and innovation. With an ageing population and spiralling health care costs, he has some ideas to solve problems that are relevant to us all. From the University of Adelaide to the TEDx stage, Tarik brings his wisdom to a new audience. We took some time to find out more... 

Hi Tarik, tell us a bit more about your talk. What can we expect to learn?

Is health care a luxury or a right? The answer each individual gives to that question depends largely on their previous experiences with medical care, and on their geographical background and personal philosophy. It is not as simple as it sounds. But the world is getting smaller, and it is crucial that we develop a shared understanding of what kind of health care system works best for society in general, and how to fund this effectively. In my TEDx talk I hope to challenge the audience to think about these questions and engage them in the debate, while I put my own personal spin on things—as all good TED speakers do!

Why are you passionate about health care? What sparked your interest in the area?

Having worked in a wide variety of health care systems—from the smallest general hospital in rural New Zealand to the largest medical centre in the United States of America—I have been privileged to experience firsthand what works well for patients and what doesn’t. Any person who has ever been sick, or who has ever cared for the sick, can tell you how important a topic this is. The expression 'as long as I have my health' comes from somewhere after all! I am passionate about this topic because it is what I do, and my professional goal is to deliver the highest quality health care I can for the population I serve. A core component of this aim is to be able to engage with the public on the important issues pertaining to health care delivery, and to foster a sense of partnership with the community for which, and with which, I work.

How important is it to convey these ideas to a general audience?

It is absolutely vital. The general audience are the recipients of the health care delivery and therefore should be empowered and engaged in the debate around their health care systems and how these are funded. That’s where the long term solution lies.

How do you hope your audience reacts to your talk?

My hope is that they will be spurred to think a little more about their own personal choices and predispositions, learn a little about how health care systems work in different developed countries, and then make a conscious decision to be actively engaged in the discussions around health care delivery in their own communities.

Have you been listening to/watching TED talks in the lead up to your speech? Which ones would you recommend we try?

It has been a guilty pleasure of mine for some years now! From last year’s TEDxAdelaide I would highly recommend: Inclusive education: a way to think differently about difference, by Peter Walker.

And from TED globally, my favourite talks are:

Want to see Tarik Sammour in action?

In previous years, tickets have sold incredibly fast and most events have sold out. Register early so you don’t miss out. 

Thursday 2 November 2017
1.30 – 8.30 pm
Adelaide Town Hall
128 King William Street
Adelaide, SA 5000

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