Western Australia State Report – Dr Tanuja Martin

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from Luke’s Journal CMDFA 2020 Vol 25 No 1

Our theme for CMDF WA in 2019 was Trust. Our theme verse was Proverbs Ch 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart , and do not lean on your own understanding . In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

We hosted three coffee and dessert nights and opened the event to all healthcare workers and students. The topics we looked at were:

• “How do we Trust God with Big Decisions” based on the life of Daniel from the Old Testament.

• “How to trust God through Difficult Times” and

• “How to Trust God with our Time” where we focused on the importance of Sabbath rest to thrive in our relationship with God.

The events were attended by many and the highlight was breaking up into small groups with graduates leading the discussion groups for students.

Intern boot camp is a feature of January each year and again it was a Godhonouring event in 2019.

Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner was in June. Our focus was on cross-cultural workers. We had the opportunity to hear from those currently serving overseas and a family preparing to move to Asia in 2020. We subsidised students to attend the dinner so they had the opportunity to hear and consider cross-cultural work.

Our annual healthcare conference was held in August and was well attended. The theme was again based on Trust with two of our older graduates sharing. Michael Chong did a study on our theme verse and what trusting God on a daily basis looks like. Sace Buma shared on trusting God in difficult places – serving God in short term trips outside of our comfort zone.

We have also had three Recent Graduate mentor dinners which aim to encourage young graduates working long hours to keep their eyes fixed and focused on Jesus. There are also mentor dinners for medical students at our three different campuses – UWA, Notre Dame and Curtin with CMDF WA graduates. In November, the first mentor dinner for allied health and nurses was hosted. Dentists have continued to meet through the year in a small group.

I am thankful to our hard working CMDF WA committee for their help in running events. In 2019, for the first time, we had the addition of an allied health worker as part of the committee. This has helped greatly with that group’s inclusion.

Dr Tanuja Martin

Tanuja is co-chair CMDF WA and works as a GP. She got involved with CMDF WA as a medical student. With her husband, Wayne (also a GP), she moved to Nepal in 2003 to serve in Tansen Mission Hospital and worked with Interserve. They see the importance of investing in the next generation of Christian healthcare workers.

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