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HSA Newsletter Autumn 2018

Dear HealthServe Australia friends,

I would like to thank all HealthServe Australia members, friends and team for their great efforts and important partnerships. This is allowing us to make further steps toward our vision of global health transformed by accessible, compassionate and high-quality health care for all. 

There has been much activity and many of the office team as well as our partners have participated in various fun runs around the country. There are more opportunities to come. We have so far raised more than $6000 in the last 9 months from fun-runs, for the programs in Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. And we are all fitter and healthier for this activity.

We are delighted with the progress of our Partnerships in International Medical Education (PRIME). These education programs are delivering, coaching and facilitating targeted education to health workers and communities. 
We have received an invitation for Indonesia in June this year. Carolyn Russell and Sharon Darlington will lead this team. We are also continuing to strengthen our Australian-Hainan (China) General Practitioner Support network. Visits to Hainan are planned for August and we hope to have Hainan people visit us again in Sydney later in the year. Les White continues his PRIME Chaplaincy training in Papua New Guinea and in new settings in the Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

I was able to attend PRIME training in the UK in March (yes! the temperature was thirty-three but Fahrenheit and not Celsius) and that white material on the ground was truly snow. Nevertheless, the welcomes were warm and friendships genuine and the learning important and strategic. We may well adapt and use their program models: Whole Person Medicine, The Good Teacher and Compassion Without Burnout, both for sharing with our overseas partners and with our local partners as well.

We are continuing our partnerships in implementing affordable and sustainable solutions to health needs. The Yotkom program in northern Uganda continues to build its capacity and services under the able and committed leadership of Andrew and Anne Wright.  The Tarime Water and Sanitation program in northern Tanzania is underway. St Mark’s Clinic in the Wedweil community of South Sudan is moving ahead. We thank all our partners and supporters as we journey on with these new endeavours.

2018 has produced an opportunity to advocate for improvement in access to health care with our near neighbours. We are delighted to have commenced a special women’s health program in the Pacific Islands – the Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative (PICCSI). Dr Nicola Fitzgerald (Melbourne) and Dr Amanda Hill(Fiji) are undertaking a pilot program in Fiji to develop a program for Cervical Cancer Screening across the Pacific Islands.

We are collaborating with decision makers and stakeholders to implement evidence based practice. The Papua New Guinea Community Health Worker manual program continues with important work from HealthServe Australia’s Gerri Koelma and John Oakley.

We are taking more steps to empower individuals and communities to transform health outcomes for people in resource-poor settings. We are facilitating scholarships for delegates from low income countries to attend the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) World Congress in Hyderabad India in August 2018.

We welcome Nicole Hughes from Melbourne as a new board member. Nicole has much experience in program management. She will greatly strengthen this aspect of our work. We are also most grateful for the leadership of recent added board member, Rachel Gijsbers-Hayman for strengthening our commitment to Child safety standards across all our settings and partnerships.

I see this work in all its various aspects and settings is your work and your ministry in building towards global health transformed by accessible, compassionate and high-quality health care for all. This is in keeping with Christian teaching of seeing God’s Kingdom and all born in His image flourish.

If any of our supporters would like to donate to any of our projects please click on this link below and select a project from the bottom of the donations page

May God bless you,

Dr Michael Burke
Executive Officer
HealthServe Australia

HSA VISION – Global health transformed by accessible, compassionate and high-quality health care for all. 

HSA MISSION: To empower individuals and communities to transform health outcomes for people in resource poor settings

April News

Healthserve entered the Canberra Fun-Run 14th April

On Saturday 14th April, Healthserve entered the Australian Running Festival in Canberra; the 5 km and 10 km events.

Five runners competed for our nominated cause which was the PICCSI Program: Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Intitiative. 

Healthserve Runners raised $1260 thanks to numerous generous sponsors.

Sponsors were as follows:

Michael Burke

John Gumbley

Harold Choy

Helen Moore

Winnie Choy

Daniel M



Sergio Arezo

Rox Armstrong

Sophie Wilson

Tiarne Mitchell

Peter Hayman

Allison Forrest

David Gale

Diana McMahon

Lindy Iolovska



PICCSI: Pacific Island Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative 


This pilot program in Fiji is aimed at addressing the cervical cancer mortality rate which is alarmingly high - a Fijian Women has 1 in 33 chance of dying of Cervical Cancer as opposed to an Australian Woman who has 1 in 480 chance.

We are trying to raise $20,000 for the pilot program, if you can give even a little; every $10 or $20 or $50 will help us toward our goal. 

To Donate please go to


WORLD WATER DAY: March 22nd  

Water-for-life Program with the Diocese of Tarime, Tanzania 

We at Healthserve are trying to make a difference as World Water Day approaches on 22nd March.

We partnered with the Diocese of Tarime to look at providing water harvesting systems in the North of Tanzania. 
70% of rural Tanzanians still have unsafe water sources and need to travel long distances to find clean water.

Will you help?

If you are able to donate to the Water -for Life project- to enable us to assist with tanks and bores this year, please go to

For more information about this program - please go to Project Page or click below

ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% Tax Deductible.




For project news click below


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For Reports on 2017 Conferences click below     





HSA and CMDFA present 

an Evening with Dr Ern Crocker

Author of the book "When Oceans Roar"



Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm 17th June 2017

We gather at 29 Benson St, West Ryde in the Sweeting residence

please bring a plate - either chips, dips, salad or dessert.







Healthserve Event: South Sudan Project –

                                       an evening with Rev Santino Yuot




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Rev Santino amongt the Healthserve gathering presenting his slideshow of his South Sudan challenges  



Healthserve Australia Easter Appeal 2017



Easter Appeal




Healthserve Australia and CMDFA 

“Welcome to 2017 BBQ”

Twenty-three people gathered in Dr and Mrs Burke's

residence in Carlingford

on Saturday 4th February for a 

BBQ to celebrate the ongoing work of Healthserve Australia

and CMDFA and launch the year's activities for 2017.

The evening began with a BBQ, and then progressed with a talk from Ben Reardon about his recent time in PNG. Ben and his wife Eleanor, went to PNG for a ten-day tour to survey the current medical practices and needs in rural PNG. We thank him for his powerpoint presentation and explanation of the challenges and problems faced by the PNG people regarding national healthcare. There was a short Q and A that followed and then a wider discussion on the work of Healthserve and CMDFA led by some insightful questions from some of the medical students. We concluded the agenda with a lovely dessert course.  




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