Our Team and Volunteers
We asked them “Why Timor and Why Maluk?”
Dr Bethany Nelson
Director of Medical Training & MANY other things @Maluk headquarters (Rural GP - Australia)
Dr Bethany Holt
Partnerships Committee (Doctor, Business Analyst - Australia)
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
Digital Strategy and Web Development
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
Partnerships Committee (Medical Intern - Australia)
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
Medical Educator, Family Medicine Program (Rural GP - Australia)
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
Monitoring & Evaluation Mentor (Public Health Physician - Australia)
Dr Lindsay Sherriff
Medical Educator, Family Medicine (Rural GP - Australia)
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
Nutrition Subcommittee Chair (Emergency Physician - Australia)
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
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
Medical Student (Program support)
Orina Pampolini Roberts
GP, Family Medicine Program
GP Trainee, Family Medicine and Womens health programmes
Registered Nurrse, Nursing Program Mentor