A member of Brisbane’s Gateway Baptist Church, and a volunteer for Scripture Union, Gwen Wetzig, has obtained an Officer award (AO) within the Order of Australia for service to the folks of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Her award is for distinguished service to the worldwide group within the type of “medical assist, instructing and coaching packages.”
Her AO quotation notes that she has been the co-ordinator of the HEAL Africa Partnership since 2003 and a co-founder of the AusHEAL charity. AusHEAL describes itself as “Australians advancing healthcare within the creating world.”
It helps the HEAL Africa Hospital, in Goma, within the DRC. Wetzig’s AO quotation describes her work on the hospital:
- Volunteer, Administrative supporter, and English Instructor, since 2006.
- Administrative supporter, HEAL Africa Coaching Service, present.
- English Instructor, Primary Important and Emergency Surgical procedure coaching program, School of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, DRC, since 2015.
AusHEAL’s position in Goma consists of offering visiting medical groups of Australian specialists, nurses and paramedics. Their work consists of mentoring and empowering the hospital personnel to succeed in out into their communities.
In an interview with Vision Christian Media in 2016, Gwen Wetzig’s husband Neil, described his experiences as a surgeon working in a war-torn nation.
““I used to be working in the midst of some instability (on the HEAL Africa hospital in Goma) – insurgent assaults on Congolese and vice versa, and I operated on a Congolese soldier and had my passport in my high pocket,” he defined.
“Within the strategy of some surgical procedure I spotted the blood had soaked by way of, and once I took out my passport, there it was.”
“I felt that was a sealing of my relationship with Congo in an odd type of method, and fortunately the affected person did effectively and we have been capable of save his life.
He described the motives for the Wetzigs working in Goma: ““If I’ve presents that God has given me within the case of surgical procedure, and if I can practice them (Congo medical employees) to do the surgical procedure higher, to ship a child safely, to do a Caesarian part safely, to take an appendix out safely, with one operation, then I feel that’s making a giant distinction to not solely the affected person but in addition to the nation.”
The ABC’s 7:30 report profiled the Wetzigs in 2o12. Right here’s the transcript of a brief interview with Gwen Wetzig.
GINNY STEIN: Gwen Wetzig has been coming to Goma for nearly so long as her husband. It’s as unstable as ever. She coordinates the various Australian medical groups who donate time on the hospital.
GWEN WETZIG: So folks have worry right here, do they reside in worry?
GOMA RESIDENT: It’s not a lot worry as once they hear shouts.
GWEN WETZIG: After they hear shouts?
GOMA RESIDENT: Shouts of weapons.
GWEN WETZIG: OK.
GOMA RESIDENT: As shouts usually are not but heard then they don’t worry.
GINNY STEIN: Working within the Congo, the place conflict isn’t far-off, presents a novel set of challenges.
Recipients awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) embrace:
Sara Megan David of Bull Creek WA, the founding father of Residing Little one, “a not-for-profit organisation established to offer midwifery training, coaching and assist to village start attendants and well being employees within the distant villages in Papua New Guinea, to scale back the variety of maternal and new child deaths.” She is a former member of Riverton Baptist Group Church, and present Parishioner of Ross Memorial Church (Uniting Church in Australia) in West Perth.
The Reverend Ann Bryson Drummond, Docklands, VIC, for important service to the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) and girls. Her service to the UCA consists of being Chair of the Sexual Misconduct Complaints Panel, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, since 2008, and a Member of the panel since 2001.
Former warden of St John’s School, Brisbane The Reverend Canon Dr John Laurence Morgan, Moe VIC. Morgan was Warden (head) of the Anglican school which serves the College of Queensland 1982-2012.
Professor Marea Nicholson, Glenhaven NSW, was Affiliate Vice-Chancellor – New South Wales, of the Australian Catholic College, 2009-2019.
Professor Pauline Margaret Nugent, East Melbourne VIC, Provost of the Australian Catholic College since 2012, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Tutorial), 2011-2012, and Dean of Well being Sciences, 2007-2011.
Mr George Savvides, Mount Martha VIC, obtained his AM for “important service to the group, to charitable teams, and to enterprise.” he was Chairman of World Imaginative and prescient Australia, 2012-2017, a Board Member, 2000-2017, and a Board Member, World Imaginative and prescient Worldwide, 2001-2010. His church roles embrace
- Chair, New Peninsula Baptist Church, Mount Martha, Victoria, 2009-2017.
- Patron, Arrow Management Australia, since 2016, Chair, 2011-2015.
- Parishioner/supporter, Glen Waverley Anglican Church, 1993-2008.
- Member, Advisory Board, Fusion Housing Help for Younger Folks, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
His enterprise profession consists of the roles of Managing Director, Medibank Personal, 2002-2016, Deputy Chairman, SBS, since 2017 and Non-Govt Director, Insurance coverage Australia Group (IAG), since 2019.