Our Timorese Maluk

 

Our Team and Volunteers

We asked them “Why Timor and Why Maluk?”

Dr Bethany Nelson

Dr Bethany Nelson

Director of Medical Training & MANY other things @Maluk headquarters (Rural GP - Australia)

I am a proud Australian, a WA farm girl, wife, doctor and mother to four. We have been born into a life of blessing, a free and stable country that has a quality healthcare and education system. A land rich in resources. But we, like so many countries have shadows in our past. I believe in sharing what we have, loving our neighbours and the concept of ‘passing it on’. This life philosophy brings me great satisfaction and fulfilment in Timor Leste as our skills, ideas and coaching yield such bountiful results to advance the quality of healthcare together.
Dr Bethany Holt

Dr Bethany Holt

Partnerships Committee (Doctor, Business Analyst - Australia)

I believe in health equity and am committed to achieving this by serving vulnerable populations and advocating for public and planetary health. For me, Timor-Leste is a good place to start because it is so close to our shores, the absolute need is so great, and vast improvements are within reach.

I discovered Timor-Leste as a medical student volunteer. I joined Maluk Timor because I too am passionate about health system strengthening. I am staying because I have found a family who shares my values and aspirations for a just and healthier world.

Willem Reyners Tay

Willem Reyners Tay

Digital Strategy and Web Development

Sometimes it’s much easier to sit back and say it’s too hard. Sometimes your conscience won’t let you do that.

I didn’t know much about East Timor till I was approached by an old work colleague about building a website for this mob running a clinic up there. As soon as I learned of epic health challenges in a very young country that is literally on Australia’s doorstep I knew I had to help.

 

Dr Rosie Matthews

Dr Rosie Matthews

Partnerships Committee (Medical Intern - Australia)

I was first attracted to Timor Leste as I felt a sense of responsibility to learn about it’s rich yet traumatic history, especially given the role Australia has played. As a medical student, eager to learn about developing world medicine, it was hard to look past Timor Leste as I couldn’t believe that the world’s fourth hungriest country was on Australia’s doorstep. It also stunned me to realise that despite Australia’s invention of penicillin 80 years ago, a country only one hour from our shores, was struggling to distribute penicillin to vulnerable children for prevention of life threatening rheumatic heart disease.

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Dr Eleanor MacMorran

Dr Eleanor MacMorran

HIV Mentor (AVI) (ID Consultant – Australia)

Working for the Maluk Timor HIV program, no two of my days are even close to alike.  In Timor Leste, I can put the skills I picked up during my Infectious Diseases training to good use, and while doing so I have the good fortune to learn from some exceptional leaders.People living with HIV in Timor Leste often face problems of a serious and convoluted nature.  Fortunately, my teammates are becoming extremely talented at finding unorthodox solutions!  It is a delight to watch their abilities develop.

Dr Dianne Sherriff

Dr Dianne Sherriff

Medical Educator, Family Medicine Program (Rural GP - Australia)

 We work with Maluk Timor because it embodies our values and worldview: Low Budget with High Integrity, sustainable approach through capacity building, achievable outcomes by focusing on health, delivered using culturally-appropriate relationship-based interventions. We feel privileged to be able to utilise our gifts and abilities, developed over 30 years, to give on the ground training, teaching and mentoring to junior colleagues in Timor Leste. 

 

Jess Harries

Jess Harries

RHD/Nutrition Mentor (AVI) (Public Health Nurse – Australia)

Timor-Leste. It is a polarising place. It is a place that touches your heart. Immense natural beauty, exceedingly kind and generous people, enormous dedication and the will to change and great hope all set against the backdrop of severe injustices and trauma, disadvantage and unbelievable poverty.  The health and health care challenges are enormous but so is the privilege and satisfaction of working alongside Timorese brothers and sisters to build a better future step by slow step. That is why I work with Maluk Timor! 

Dr Teem Wing Yip

Dr Teem Wing Yip

Monitoring & Evaluation Mentor (Public Health Physician - Australia)

Dr Lindsay Sherriff

Dr Lindsay Sherriff

Medical Educator, Family Medicine (Rural GP - Australia)

 We work with Maluk Timor because it embodies our values and worldview: Low Budget with High Integrity, sustainable approach through capacity building, achievable outcomes by focusing on health, delivered using culturally-appropriate relationship-based interventions. We feel privileged to be able to utilise our gifts and abilities, developed over 30 years, to give on the ground training, teaching and mentoring to junior colleagues in Timor Leste. 

 

Lauren Crase

Lauren Crase

Nursing Subcommittee Chair (Nurse Physician - Australia)

I first came to volunteer in Timor Leste in 2012 in a small remote village of 1000 people as a nurse/ midwife.  I was immediately drawn to the incredible strength and resilience of this people despite tremendous struggles. The more time I spent with this community, the more I started to understand the ongoing complexities of health care and access to health care in Timor Leste, and realised that I could make a difference. 

Dr Amanda Wallis

Dr Amanda Wallis

Nutrition Subcommittee Chair (Emergency Physician - Australia)

Dr Peter Wallis

Dr Peter Wallis

TB Comittee Chair

We have worked in many countries, with various levels of development around the world.  Working in Timor, with Maluk Timor enables us to work with our enthusiastic neighbours to help build the health system in one of the world’s newest countries.

Dr Lauren Chalmers

Dr Lauren Chalmers

Tuberculosis Mentor (SMO – UK)

 It took me a year of living in Timor, admiring Maluk Timor before I was lucky enough to join the family. I love Maluk Timor’s investment in people. I am truly lucky, I get to mentor my Timorese colleagues who despite significant hardship always have a heart-warming smile and an addictive laugh. 

Stormie De Groot

Stormie De Groot

Medical Student (Program support)

Orina Pampolini Roberts

Orina Pampolini Roberts

GP, Family Medicine Program

Ben Crewell

Ben Crewell

GP Trainee, Family Medicine and Womens health programmes

Victoria Rollinson

Victoria Rollinson

Registered Nurse, Nursing Program Mentor

I am embarrassed to admit that until recently my knowledge of East Timor was pretty poor. Luckily whilst doing a diploma in tropical nursing I heard about the organisation Maluk Timor.  I work with an amazing team of Timorese nurses who care so much about their country, the health of it’s people and the Nursing profession and that work so hard to overcome the many challenges here. It is inspiring to see.  Timor is a beautiful country with wonderful people and l feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work here.

Our Board

We asked them “Why Timor and Why Maluk?”

Dr Jeremy Beckett

Dr Jeremy Beckett

CEO Maluk Timor

Timor-Leste has one of those great underdog stories that gets a hold of you – courage under fire amidst tremendous loss, and yet eventual triumph against the odds. But that triumph brings a new beginning and a new battle.

Maluk Timor is a community who recognise that the future of health in Timor-Leste rests with her people, and that together we have the opportunity to change the health of the nation. Working alongside both our dynamic Timorese staff and our dedicated international volunteers fills me with hope for what can be achieved.

Dr Chris Fenton

Dr Chris Fenton

CEO Maluk Timor Australia and a FIFO Doctor in Middlemount

I am a General Practitioner and former Medical Director for PNG for International SOS. My interest in Timor-Leste began in 1999 during the very tense times leading up to the independence referendum and the tragic aftermath of their brave vote for independence.

After a two-week trip across the beautiful island in 2006 with the then Consul General for East Timor, Abel Guterres, in 2006, I began work on trying to make a medical difference with others for the inspiring Timorese people. Despite the hardships they face daily, their warmth and smiles and their grace and dignity in the face of adversity has kept me focused on trying to help them to be better equipped to help themselves for the last 13 years.

Dr Clare Nourse AM

Dr Clare Nourse AM

Board of Directors and Chair, Maluk Timor Medical Advisory Committee, Fortunate Individual

As a doctor in Australia who frequently visits Timor, I am continually dumbfounded and inspired to action by the enormous difference in health opportunities between the two countries. There is enormous potential to collaborate with Timorese health care workers and the Timorese government to support and educate and to improve health outcomes.

Maluk Timor developed from a small group of committed, passionate volunteers to become an organisation, a family with more than 60 members that is deeply engaged with the people, communities, health care workers and the Timorese government to work together to relieve suffering, to develop health capacity and to make a difference.

“I thought someone should do something- and then I realised, I am someone”

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor

CHAIRMAN Maluk Timor, CEO Fletcher Building LTD

Timor-Leste is one of Australia’s closest neighbours and one that we have a long and “not so honourable” history with. For me, when a close neighbour has large and unmet needs you should help, and when you add the context of our history with Timor-Leste it makes it even more compelling to do something.

There are many more compelling reasons why Maluk Timor is the organisation I want to work with to help this young nation get the start it deserves. We are focused in health care where there is a large and unmet need, we have a team and Board that have many years of on the ground experience in Timor-Leste – so we know how to get stuff done, and the combination of skills, passion and authenticity we bring to bear are both extraordinary and exciting to be part of.

Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson

Director and Chair of Administration Committee; Proud new Queenslander

I was lucky to be born in Australia and to have had the advantages and opportunities afforded through my family life, our society, education and health systems. One of our closest neighbours – Timor Leste – was emerging from a recent traumatic past and striving to rebuild their infrastructure and services in the face of significant challenges. One of the big challenges is health services.

I believe that all people should have access to good quality health care and to know that less than an hour’s flight north of Australia people were dying or suffering significant long term disability from preventable or treatable diseases inspired me to join an organisation committed to improving this situation.

 

Dianne Beer

Dianne Beer

I am a lawyer, a mother, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a wife

I joined the Board because I wanted to use my experience to help where it was truly needed.

I stay because I am now committed to the other volunteers who are also giving unstintingly of their skills and experience, and we make a team that can make a difference

Helen Moorfoot

Helen Moorfoot

Partnerships and fundraising

Communications between our donors and the Maluk family

From the moment I arrived in Timor-Leste in 2013 I was hooked (after the shock and intrigue). The people are happy, respectful, loving, grateful and often remarkably full of joy for the simple things in life. They don’t have or need much. They are keen to improve their lot and that of their countrymen.

This wider group of remarkable people – this Maluk Family – are determined to facilitate this. I feel privileged to be part of it.

 

Alison Bradley

Alison Bradley

Non executive director, great with numbers

Working in the fast-paced professional services world, I find being involved with Maluk Timor as an opportunity to take time-out and to remind myself of how lucky we are in Australia. Timor-Leste is one of our closest neighbours and as Australians we have a strong history with them.

It is very inspiring meeting collectively as the Board, reflecting on the activities that we are undertaking and the journey that the organisation has been one. It is rewarding working with a team that shares the same joint purpose and vision.

 

Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell

Senior Investment Advisor, Crestone Wealth Management

I am drawn to Maluk by the simple philosophy of helping people who are seriously disadvantaged, but have the ability to help themselves. I see this in the people every time I visit. Timor Leste is Australia’s closest neighbour, and without our help they will struggle to find the resources to build its infrastructure and make it a healthy nation. I believe our shared history is reason to provide the necessary tool to reach this objective

Josh Francis

Josh Francis

Non Executive Director, passionate Aboriginal and global health advocate

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

Josh is passionate about global and Indigenous child health, and in addition to his clinical and academic roles in the Northern Territory, he also provides leadership to projects in Timor-Leste that are focussed on strengthening healthcare delivery, clinical training and operational research. Josh has been active in developing strategic improvements to the management of tuberculosis that have significantly impacted on the national tuberculosis program of Timor-Leste.

 

Shane Fryer OAM

Shane Fryer OAM

Dentist

I came to hear about the oral health of the Timor Leste people and felt that I may be able to help.

Timor Leste is our closest neighbour and a country with a very low standard of overall healthcare, dental care being one of the areas in great need.

I am privileged to be associated with a dedicated group of people under the banner of Maluk Timor. In relation to improving oral health Maluk Timor focuses on building capacity, skills and competence.

For me, this bodes well for a continued improvement in the Timor Leste communities oral health through the goal of dental services being provided in the future by the Timorese people.

 

 

 

Frank Mattiussi

Frank Mattiussi

Director, Finance risk and governance committee

Dr Andrew Cochrane AM

Dr Andrew Cochrane AM

Non executive director

I have had a major commitment to providing heart and lung surgery in developing countries for almost 20 years, involving participation in cardiac teams to many Pacific islands, East Timor and  South America, and also by helping to bring patients to Australia for heart surgery. There are thousands of infants, children and adults who could have a longer life and better quality of life with that type of surgery.  The Timorese people provided major support to Australia during the Second World War, with many Timorese lives lost.  We have a significant debt to repay to them by assisting this country to develop and improve. Through my involvement in East Timor, I have seen the importance and necessity of improving all areas of health, in particular through primary health care, adequate nutrition, and the treatment of common but serious infections.

 

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