Our Team and Volunteers
We asked them “Why Timor and Why Maluk?”
Dr Bethany Nelson (Rural GP)
Director of Medical Training Maluk Timor, mother of four, wife, mentor to many
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. Our little investment has such a big impact, a national impact.
Maluk Timor brings together the next generation of local leaders who are passionate and committed about investing in the future of their country, and an amazing group of experienced and talented volunteers who have left ego behind to help the cause. They are, quite simply, a refreshing and inspiring group of people to do life with.
Bethany Holt (B.A., MBBS Hons.)
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, in Maluk Timor, a family who shares my values and aspirations for a just and healthier world
Willem Reyners Tay
Digital Strategy, Marketing and Web Development at Freedom Web
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.
Rosie Matthews (MBBS)
Intern at Cairns Hospital
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.
I originally connected with Maluk Timor as a final year medical student who had a keen interest in public health. This organisation initially stood out to me for its impressive and effective interventions for health care inequality in Timor Leste. However, the reason I became passionate enough to stay involved was Maluk Timor’s investment in people. Maluk means family, and I felt so welcomed into their incredible family, that it became too hard to leave.