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Current Board

Dr Michael Burke - CEO
MBBS, PhD, MA, MSc (Clin Epi), MPH&TM, FRACGP, FACTM, DRANZCOG, DCH, Dip Biblical Studies.
Michael completed his PhD at the UNSW in gender and HIV issues based on his commitment to Tanzania and Tanzanians, where he worked for twelve years and continues to visit regularly. Michael has recently completed work as the executive officer of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia. He lectures at both Sydney University and the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Paul Mercer: Chair of the Board

Dr Paul Mercer is an Australian-based health professional. Paul is trained as a GP (General Practitioner) and his practice, Paul Mercer Medical is located in Manly West; Brisbane. 

 

Shane Merrick - Treasurer

 Shane is a Finance Professional, CPA, Business Manager, and currently Bursar at St Philips Christian College Cessnock. He has been CFO of Gute Bucher fuer Alle eV, Mosbach, Germany, CFO of Koorong Books, West Ryde NSW, International CFO of Operation Mobilisation, Business Manager of Pacific Hills Christian School, Dural NSW.

Andrew Sloane - Public Officer 

MBBS, BTh, ThD.

Rev Dr Andrew Sloane is a Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought, and Director of Postgraduate Studies at Morling College, Macquarie Park, NSW.

Born in Scotland, Andrew was raised in the western suburbs of Sydney. He studied medicine at the University of NSW and practiced briefly as a doctor before training for Baptist ministry at Morling College. He graduated with a BTh in 1990 and a ThD in philosophy and Old Testament studies (1994). Andrew was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1991 and ministered in Sydney and Newcastle before joining the faculty at Ridley (Anglican) College in Melbourne in 1996. He joined the faculty of Morling College in 2002.

His academic interests include Old Testament and Biblical interpretation, philosophical theology, bioethics and epistemology and the integration of theology and other disciplines. He has published in Old Testament and hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology. His most recent book, Vulnerability and Care (T&T Clark, 2016) explores Christian reflections on the nature and goals of medicine.

 

Barbara Lucas - Public Officer 
BSc(Phty), MEd, MPH, FACP, PhD Candidate, Dip Biblical Studies.
Barbara is Deputy Manager of Physiotherapy Services at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH). She is a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist with the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has more than 18 years clinical experience including work in Tanzania and Fiji. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney; investigating the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on gross motor performance. This research is part of the Lililwan Project – Australia’s first population-based study to investigate the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the remote Aboriginal communities of the Kimberley, WA. Her work is being funded by a scholarship from the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Sydney; and undertaken in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health. She is the Paediatric representative for the Board of Censors, Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her interests are management strategy, Public Health and improving Indigenous Health outcomes.

 

Dr Nathan Grills – Public Officer
MBBS, FAPHM, MPH, DPhil
Nathan is an NHMRC research fellow and public health physician (FAPHM) at Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. Under a Rhodes scholarship he completed his MPH and DPhil at Oxford University focussing on partnerships between faith based groups, government and international actors. He also worked with Center for Disease Control and World Health Organisation on HIV and FBO partnerships. Nathan’s international experience includes work in Sub-Saharan Africa, Fiji, East Timor, PNG, Bangladesh, Burma and Nepal. He currently leads 5 international research projects on topics related to non-communicable diseases, disability, public health leadership and social network analysis. Nathan researches how networks of non-state actors can influence health policy and assist with integration into the public health system. He currently facilitates a Network of 50 NGOs who work together to train Community Health Workers and undertake research on disability and NCDs. Nathan also works with the Emmanuel Health Association, a network of 20 hospitals and 35 community health programs. In these roles he is involved in teaching, curriculum development and research.

Dr Richard Wong  - Secretary

MB BS BSc(Med) FRACGP DCH DRANZCOG Biblical Studies Certificate of Theology Diploma of Biblical Studies

Richard is VR GP who hails from Sydney but in the last few years has been working a lot in areas of need around Australia and internationally as well by dedicating some of his time to short term medical mission trips. He is currently at the general practice of Paul Mercer, the chairperson of the board of Healthserve, in Brisbane and complements this with regular hospital work. He is a long term member of CMDFA and was its NSW secretary for a number of years before switching to continue in a similar role in Queensland. He has shared in teaching roles over the years in both a bible and medical capacity. He has also been a long term supporter of TEAR amongst other christian organisations and is a trainer for the Saline Process as well as a PRIME qualified tutor. He is interested in addressing the disparity of health care around the world by using his God given resources to help in any way possible through the board of Healthserve.

 

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