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UWI in meeting on Medical Management of Child Sexual Abuse

For Release Upon Receipt - November 12, 2012

St. Augustine

The Trinidad & Tobago Health Training Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine and other key stakeholders in local law enforcement and health services will meet to understand the scope of the problem of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday 12th November 2012 at the Capital Plaza Hotel, (formerly Crowne Plaza) Port of Spain.

Dr Owen Hanmer, a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal London Hospital will deliver the keynote address. Dr Hanmer has vast experience in general paediatrics and the multidisciplinary assessment of child physical and sexual abuse, non-organic failure to thrive and fictitious illnesses and was involved in the development of assessment and support processes for children and young people after sexual assault.

This conference forms part of the Child Sexual Abuse Training of Trainers Programme for Health Care Providers that runs from November 12th to 19th, 2012. It aims to sensitize the relevant stakeholder groups to the problem of CSA in the local and international context; to define their respective roles from the various perspectives of the family, the health care provider and Law Enforcement; and to understand the various requirements needed to organize and establish CSA clinical services locally.

For further information, contact Ms Leslie-Ann Archibald, Administrative Assistant, the Trinidad and Tobago Health Training Centre c/o UWI - Child Health Unit Faculty of Medical Sciences at 653-0038/5131, 662-9596 or via email at


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