Breakout Sessions

Imago Dei and Leadership in the Workplace

A look at how becoming a leader in the workplace can be used by God for His glory, shaping our lives and the lives of others

Auckland - Chris Clarke

Chris_Clarke.pngChris Clarke is the CEO of Wilberforce Foundation.  Previously he was CEO World Vision New Zealand and CEO Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. He has also worked for World Health Organisation (Europe), NHS (Wales) and in a number of health sector roles in New Zealand. Chris holds law and commerce degrees and since 2009 has been the inaugural Praxis Visiting Scholar at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. Chris is Chairperson of Te Whakaora Tangata – a faith based trust working with disadvantaged families in South Auckland and Kaitaia and also chairs Arrow Leadership Global and the Emergency Alliance. 

Dunedin - Prof. Helen Nicholson

Professor Helen Nicholson is Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of Otago and currently the acting Vice Chancellor. Helen graduated as a medical doctor in the UK and after postgraduate studies came to NZ to an appointment in the Department of Anatomy. There she became Head of Department before moving on to senior leadership roles in the University. Her research has been in the area of male fertility and in medical education. Helen has been a long time contributor to CMF in Dunedin and particularly in supporting the welfare of Christian medical students. 

Imago Dei and Cross-Cultural Missions

Stories of International mission and how God uses healthcare workers to share his love beyond our borders

Auckland - Dr Callum Hammond

Callum_Hammond.pngDr Callum Hammond is a house officer three years out from medical school.  He's interested in international mission, general practice and public health.  Callum has served one of his placements since graduation in Mukinge Mission Hospital in Zambia, which he describes as a challenging but incredibly meaningful place to practice.  He loves the way international mission serves patients' immediate health needs while pointing to Jesus' love for, and redeeming work in, this world.

Dunedin - Prof. John Crump

John_Crump.pngProfessor John Crump is Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Global Health and Co-Director, Centre for International Health, University of Otago; trained as both an internist in infectious diseases and as a pathologist in medical microbiology, training at Christchurch Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital, London; the Canberra Hospital, Australia; Duke University Medical Center; and with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He led a large research and service collaboration with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania, for 10 years. His main interests are in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases in low-resource areas, with particular focus on febrile illness invasive bacterial diseases; and enteric infections. He also works with ethics issues in global health, including for global health training. John has a strong interest in the future of student medical electives.

Imago Dei and Disabilities

A conversation about how disability manifests the works of God

Kylee Black

Kylee BlackKylee Black is a social entrepreneur who is committed to cultivating community and empowering others to live their best lives. Kylee lives with complex medical challenges and shares her story and unique perspectives on Christianity in relation to hope, health and healing. She focuses on what it means to be created in the image of God, and how this concept can be applied in navigating illness and disability. Read more about Kylee. (In person in Auckland, live stream in Dunedin).

Dr John Kleinsman

John KleinsmanDr John Kleinsman is the Director of the Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics, an organisation offering research and advocacy on challenging ethical questions in the public square. John brings a varied background of community experience to his work in bioethics through his previous employment in the disability support and drug and alcohol rehabilitation sectors. His PhD is in moral theology and bioethics, looking at the ethics of assisted reproductive technologies and holds a Masters in Moral Theology from the University of Otago. Read more about John.

Imago Dei and Gender Identity

A consideration of gender dysphoria and healthcare, in the context of our identity being found in Christ Jesus

Rev Dr Myk Habets

Myk HabetsRev Dr Myk Habets is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Head of the School of Theology at Laidlaw College and has Senior Researcher status with AUT. Myk lectures in Systematic Theology and Ethics, is widely published in international journals and has published over twenty books. Myk’s teaching and research centre around constructive contemporary theology and moral theology (ethics). At Reflect Conference 2023, Myk will be unpacking the theology of Imago Dei, helping us to outwork these deep understandings of God in the context of our work in healthcare. Read more about Myk.

Saline Process Taster

As saline solution can revive a person in shock, so the Spirit of Christ can revive and transform troubled people. Saline Process guides health professionals to think through and learn how they can be part of the journey helping those people, our patients, know Jesus.  Do you long to be salt, light and a witness for Jesus at your work? Then come to the Saline Process Taster, which includes a short introduction to the full Saline Course, as well as some tools which you can begin to put into practice your next day back at work.                     

Auckland - Dr Glennis Mafi

Glennis_Mafi.pngDr Glennis Mafi is a retired Auckland GP who has been facilitating Saline Process trainings, supporting Saline course graduates and developing new Saline trainers across New Zealand over the last ten years.  She was a GP most of her working life in Tonga and in the Auckland Pacific community. Now retired, she finds Saline tools can apply anywhere, anytime!  

Auckland - Bridgette Carne

Bridgette Carne is a 3rd year student nurse studying at MIT, Manukau.  She also works as an HCA at an Urgent Care Clinic, and Middlemore Hospital.  She’s passionate about bringing Christ into the workplace, seeing patients as Images of Jesus to love and serve. 

Dunedin - Dr Flora Gastrell

Flora_Gastrell.pngDr Flora Gastrell has been a Saline Trainer for the last 3 years. She has worked as a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist for the last 20 years in both public and private settings. She finds the Saline Process provides tools for sensitive and appropriate sharing of Christ's salt and light both in work and non-work settings. She feels every Christian health professional should do this course regularly to keep their faith and work integrated and adapted for their current work setting.

Dunedin - Lily Warnock

Lily Warnock is a fourth year medical student based at Christchurch Clinical School. She completed the Saline Process training in Dunedin last year. Lily would like to see all Christian medical students be lights for Christ to their classmates and patients.

Dunedin only:

Nursing and Bio-ethics

Ethics in Nursing: A Conversation Between Blair Donkin RN and Prof. Gareth Jones based on the book “Bioethics for Nurses: A Christian Moral Vision” by Mack and Camosy

Blair Donkin RN

Blair_Donkin.pngBlair Donkin RN Works at Te Whatu Ora Southern as Charge Nurse Manager for the Dialysis Service, where he has worked for the last 14 years. Prior to this Blair's nursing had been in the areas of Neuroscience and Intensive Care. Having predominantly worked in Dunedin, Blair has also had nursing experience in Christchurch, Niger West Africa and more recently in Myanmar. He is also a part time volunteer practice nurse at the Servants Health Centre (SHC),  a free Christian General Practice in Dunedin as well as being a Board member of SHC. Married to Ann, a nurse as well, they are actively seeking together service opportunities with Mercy Ships and a possible return to West Africa sometime next year.

Prof. Gareth Jones

Gareth_Jones.pngProfessor Gareth Jones is Emeritus Professor of Anatomy in the University of Otago. He has written extensively across a range of bioethical issues relating to the human body – mainly at the beginning and end of life. His most recent book is ‘At the Margins: A Life in Biomedical Science, Faith, and Ethical Dilemmas’, Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock, OR, 2022.

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