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HSA Melbourne Conference 14th October 2017 

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On the 14th October Healthserve Australia with partner "Global Health & Development Group (GHDN)" hosted the inaugural Melbourne Annual Conference to connect with our Melbourne-based projects, supporters and donors.


We had multimedia presentations from Dr Paul Mercer, Dr Michael Burke, Dr Nathan Grills and Dr James Wei. We were also fortunate to have Dr Alan Gijsbers (a founding member of HSA) at the table with us and numerous supporters and interested people. 


Dr Mercer (Chair of the Board) led us in a bible reflection through Mark's Gospel and illuminated Mark's interest in the healing ministry of Jesus as symbol of Jesus' battle with evil.

Dr Burke (HSA CEO) talked to the group about integrated and holistic healthcare, and about the scope of the international healthcare projects and the new projects HSA is working towards.
Dr Wei spoke to the gathered group about the work he was facilitating from his practice in Rural Victoria to support the CBHP India Project in Buldana, India.

He surveyed the three-tier system of healthcare that they are pioneering: village healthcare workers, Mobile Health teams and Low-cost clinics. He spoke of the training facilities to help identify and control the spread of malaria. 

We heard from Dr Grills on the Healthcare Work of GHDN and there were opportunities to ask questions and have extended discussion with Nathan and others about the areas of healthcare challenge

and the plans to meet these challenges head-on in extending our current programs or beginning new programs.


I spoke briefly on the Sydney City2Surf fundraiser in August that raised $3000 for African projects and all the events for the year including two special evenings with Rev Santino from South Sudan

and Dr Ern Crocker whose book “When Oceans Roar” is a number one seller at Koorong Books and available for purchase at Healthserve.

We thank Dr Grills for his PowerPoint presentation and his hospitality at the Nossal Institute in Melbourne,

and each person for coming along and making our conference so notable and enjoyable.

Blessings

John Gumbley 
HSA Adminstrator and Promotions Officer

 

 

Healthserve's Annual Sydney Conference: 16 September 

Roseville Anglican Church, Sydney

Last Saturday - 16th September, Healthserve Australia held its Annual Sydney Conference. We heard presentations from a wide variety of Project supervisors and support workers. This included Ms Gerri Koelma on the PNG Healthcare Manual, Dr David Outridge on the Muko Project in Uganda, Rev. Santino Yuot Rang on the proposed Wedweil Project in Southern Sudan, Dr Les White on Chaplaincy in PNG and Vietnam, Dr Andrew Wright OAM, on Yotkom in Northern Uganda, Dr David Nikles on Mental Healthwork in China and numerous other currently running and proposed projects. 
The opening address was provided by Dr Paul Mercer, the new Chair of the Board, and offered reflections on the healing work of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, and how Mark saw the presence of evil in the sicknesses of the people Jesus encountered. Dr Mercer encouraged us to partipate in the healing work of Jesus through Healthserve as a sign of the kingdom and a particiaption in the overcoming of the presence of evil in the world. Dr Michael Burke, CEO of Healthserve, also gave an extended presentation on the work of Healthserve and the exciting opportunties for future projects. He spoke about the importance of partnership with local healthcare workers and honouring a community's experience and context before deciding on appropriate ways to develop sustainable and high quality healthcare to their people.
Gerri Koelma was most passionate in her presentation of the Healthcare Manual, Edition 3, which is a 1.67 million dollar project and which is critical for the success of healthcare in rural PNG in the decades ahead. David Outridge spoke very candidly on the achivements of the the Muko project and their struggles and learnings from the long-standing commitment made by the Grainery Church in Newcastle. Rev. Santino spoke with passion on the plight of his people in South Sudan, and their need of a medical facility to offer quality healthcare. 
We heard also from Dr Ern Crocker about his book and the many stories that illustrate God's presence and power through healthcare work. We heard about the administration challenges, the City2Surf promotion that raised $3000 and various conferences that will assist us in our expansion phase in the Twelve to Twenty-four months ahead. 
The whole day was brilliantly catered by the local bakery in Roseville and was an inspiring day of sharing and listening and investing in the successes and challenges on our fellow workers in Healthserve Australia's National and Interntational community.

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 Michael Burke Leads to the Projects Discussion at Sydney Healthserve Australia Conference

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