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from Luke’s Journal CMDFA 2020 Vol 25 No 1
We are thankful to the Lord for another year of fruitful ministry at CMDFA Vic. This would not have been possible without the dedicated voluntary efforts of so many.
Committee members: Aleisha Mak (secretary), Tim Ching (treasurer and national board representative), Janice Tan (e-communications), Carrie Cheng (GROW mentoring), Ebony Remyn (Monash University medical students), Reinaldo Adjiputro and Benjamin Wang (Melbourne University medical students), Matthew Li (dental students), Grace Pang (dental graduates), Chris Williames (recent national graduates), Linda Pollard (staffworker), Rosemary Wong (chair).
Advisors: Prof Mathis Grossmann, Prof Kuruvilla George, Rev Prof Victor Yu, Dr Denise Cooper-Clarke, Dr Jason Ong.
The major emphases of the year have been on strengthening fellowship across the generations, increasing attempts to be inclusive of recent graduates, continuing support for a vibrant student ministry, and preliminary discussions around ethics workshops in churches, led by Tim Chung.
Anchor events have continued to be the Intern Conference in January, the Praise and Worship Night in early August (mainly attended by first year medical students), and the Annual Dinner at the end of November (where Dr Karl Hood, GP-theological lecturer, was our guest speaker). Around these events, there have been several recent graduate dinners, three community dinner events with three outstanding speakers (Michael Burke from HealthServe, Graham Hooper and Dr Klaus Dieter-John of Diopsi Suyana Peru), and a missions afternoon tea in November with Dr David Leung, president of MSI. We have deliberately planned for some of these times to enhance inter-generational connectivity, a feature that has declined over the years within CMDFA Vic.
The dentists and dental students also continue to meet together, as do the mentorship pairs in the GROW Mentoring programme. Hospital-based prayer groups remain a challenge because of the incredibly varied and mobile nature of work, and thus this remains informal. It may be better to hold fellowship and prayer groups external to the hospital at regular times and we are presently considering this idea.
Student ministries at Monash and Melbourne Medical Schools continue to thrive, and they have been ably coordinated by Ebony Remyn and Reinaldo Adjiputro respectively. Deakin medical students have also been organising ‘MOLDI’ (Meaning Of Life Discussed Intelligently’) dinners throughout the year. Once again, CMDFA Vic ran a daily prayer session (with an invited Christian doctor to share a “Bible bite”) at the annual mid-year Melbourne University student medical conference. Moreover, a large committee of students and recent graduates have begun organising IMPACT 2020 Melbourne.
‘Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’ 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
Dr Rosemary Wong
Rosemary works as a Consultant Endocrinologist at Eastern and Cabrini Health, is an Education Supervisor for Endocrinology Advanced trainees at Eastern Health, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University. She also serves as Chair of the Boards, Melbourne School of Theology and Eastern College Australia.
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