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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. In July 2018 Michael was appointed conjoint senior lecturer and associate professor at Western Sydney University in the School of Medicine. 


Dr Paul Mercer: Chair of the Board

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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. He writes:

"I have been a member of Health Serve Australia since 2015, and Chair of the HSA Board since November 2016. My qualifications are MBBS, Dip RACOG, and FRACGP. I have worked full time as a general practitioner since 1983.

Previous Board experience: I served on the Board of TEAR Australia from 2006 to 2014. I was a member of the RACGP National Preventive and Community Medicine Committee 1996 to 2002, and chaired the Committee from October 1999 to January 2002. I currently am a member of the Reference Board for Doctors’ Health in Queensland, and have participated in the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service Call Line since 1983.

I have been a General Practice medical educator for registrars within the GPTQ consortia in South East Queensland since 1988. I have recently been appointed a part-time clinical lecturer with the University of Queensland to facilitate medical student teaching within the General Practice context. I have had a significant involvement with the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship, Luke’s Journal – being Lead Editor for 14 years from 2005 to 2019, and I have published a number of papers with Zadok. I am a member of Ethos Community, Doctors for the Environment Australia, and Medical Association for Prevention of War, Australia.

I am married to Katrina, and we have three adult children and eight grandchildren. I am a member of Bayside Uniting Church, and part of the Theology on Tap Team, Brisbane. I enjoy golf, AFL, public speaking, new music, and theological reflections."


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 Messer


B Inf Tech, Grad Dip Management, CMgr AFIML, MAICD

Andrew is a Chartered Manager and IT professional and has worked in private sector startups as well as the public sector and various NFPs.  He is currently serving as Treasurer for New Beith Baptist Church for the last 5 years, and as a member of Queensland Baptists Finance and Investment Committee for the last 3 years.  Andrew has a keen interest in management and leadership development, as well as improving governance standards.


Owen Lewis 


Dr Owen Lewis has been national secretary of CMDFA before the national office was established, and was a missionary in Nepal for about 14 years with breaks in between as a rural GP in South Australia. He has been involved in teaching for a long time including establishing GP and Emergency Medicine in a teaching hospital in Nepal, teaching GPs in India through CMC Vellore and teaching South Sudanese health workers in Kampala. He has a continuing role as international adviser to a disabled people’s organisation in Nepal.

A man of passionate faith, he is an ardent follower of Jesus’ way of love and the fullness of the gospel as good news for people now, in a practical way. Eternal salvation is also no less important. He longs for the next generations to take up the challenges of those who have gone before. 


 Rachel Gijsbers- Hayman

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Rachel has a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education) and a Diploma of Education (Secondary) and has been an outdoor education and Social Sciences teacher for over 10 years. Rachel has been a volunteer for HealthServe Australia, supporting the marketing and administration tasks of the Administration team. She is passionate about improving health care needs for all, particularly women and children in developing nations. Currently, she works for Not-For-Profit Scripture Union, Victoria as their Holiday Camps Coordinator and has experience training and leading in Childsafe and risk management practices. 

Nicole Hughes


Nicole has considerable experience in international development and is committed to promoting justice and equality. She has a diverse range of experience from the health sector having worked in a variety of public and private health settings, including rural Australia and internationally. Nicole holds a Master of Public Health and a degree in Physiotherapy, both from the University of Melbourne. She is keen to see projects respond effectively to meet the needs of communities and inspire local leadership. She currently sits on the committee for Global Health and Devleopment and the Uttarakhand Cluster Ethics Review Committee of the Global Health Network. 

Dr Richard Wong  


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 in Brisbane working in general practice, with an interest in aged care and sports medicine, and hospital and after hours work. He has enjoyed the opportunities of working with likeminded christian doctors and health professionals. 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.

Rebekah Young

Rebekah Young

MD, B Health Sci

Rebekah is a doctor currently undertaking her surgical training in Victoria, Australia. She grew up in Queensland but has lived and worked in several international contexts including in Africa, India, Scandinavia and South America. She has an interest in the intersection between clinical medicine and global health and is keen to see and contribute to the flourishing of sustainable and effective health programs. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Global Challenges through the University of Edinburgh in her spare time. 


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HSA works in partnership with other international organisations, complementing their strengths with health resources. It has a special relationship with the largest group of Christian health professionals in Australia, the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia (CMDFA) through which it was established. Many of the CMDFA members have worked for a number of years overseas in health work.

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