Meet The Team

Myanmar Australia Conolly Foundation for Health (“MACF”) has a team of volunteers raising funds and organising field trips to Myanmar to both directly help patients through surgery and therapy and through building capacity in the developing Healthcare sector by teaching and providing medical equipment and supplies.

MACF is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom give their time freely, and each of which has a designated role.

A/Professor Bruce Conolly, AM wbconolly@macf.net.au

Bruce is co-founder of MACF
Bruce7As an eminent hand surgeon for over 50 years Bruce has written 6 books, 70 publications and has held 20 visiting professorships in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and throughout Asia-Pacific including China and India. Over the past 10 years he has set up hand surgery and rehab units in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Bruce’s passion is helping those less fortunate and passing on his knowledge and experience where there is the most need.  Bruce’s role is surgeon, lecturer and mentor.

 Dr Joyce Conolly jconolly@macf.net.au

Joyce is co-founder of MACF

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After graduating as a doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1963 she worked in both UK and in Sydney hospitals. Joyce has been in general practice for the past 40 years.

Over the last 12 years she has been regularly visiting Burma, providing medical assistance with other health care workers in the orphanages, hospitals and local villages of Lashio, in the Shan State, in Yangon, Taungoo, Mandalay and Magwe.

Joyce saw the need for on the ground training and was associated with the translation into Shan and publication of two health books “Where there is no doctor” and “Where women have no doctor”. These books are now widely used as a basic medical text in rural Myanmar.

Joyce is driven to helping children and young mothers in developing nations and guiding nurses and health care workers in improving their skills.

Joyce’s role is doctor, teacher and mentor.

Christine Conolly cconolly@macf.net.au

Christine is Director of MACF

ChristineProfileChristine is passionate about helping others.

Christine has specialised skills in communications and digital and direct marketing and she is actively engaged in a number of local community voluntary groups both in Sydney and Fiji.  She currently works for UK Trade & Investment in Hong Kong and has been communications manager for the iconic North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club and she works together with David Handley (founder of Sculpture by the Sea) and Shane Gould (Olympic Gold Medalist) on the Shane Gould Fiji Community Drowning Prevention Program.

Christine has now widened her field of vision to include Myanmar and has taken on the role of Director of MACF.

Dr Tun Aung Shwe tshwe@macf.net.au

Tun is volunteer consultant to MACF

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Dr Tun Aung Shwe –MPH, MHM (UNSW), MDevS, MBBS (Yangon) 

Tun was born in Mandalay, cultural heart of Myanmar, and had varied professional career with over 20 years of experience in health and community development, and organisational development (OD). He holds a teaching position at University of NSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine, in program design and evaluation as well as health promotion, and manages an action research program called “Football United”. In Myanmar, he worked in health care industry as medical officer and general practitioner until early 2002, then became a public health practitioner worked with International and Local NGOs in Burma. His time in Myanmar introduced him to community and organisation developments as well as the Institute of Economics where he pursued post graduate study in Development (MDevS) from 2003 – 2005. In three years period, 2005 to 2008, he worked in the field of organisational development (OD) including being focal person for Southeast Asia Red Cross/Red Crescent OD network as part of his responsibilities as Country Coordinator for Myanmar Red Cross OD programs.

He is currently leading a program in Myanmar using sport for youth and community development in collaboration with Myanmar Red Cross Society, Dagon University, Mawlamyine University and East Yangon University.

Dr Tim Sebastian Peltz tpeltz@macf.net.au

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 A plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Munich Germany completed his Hand Fellowship at Sydney and St Luke’s Hospital in Sydney Australia in 2008. Subsequently he started a research career investigating new concepts in tendon repairs. He received various grants and research prices, published in scientific journals and presented his works at internationally renowned conferences. He is an associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is member of “MACF for Health in the Developing World”, “Interplast Germany” and “Orthoreach Australia” and participated in various charity aid missions to the third world e.g. Nigeria, Yemen and Fiji.

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy Merry (Physiotherapist/Hand Therapist)  cmerry@macf.net.au

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Full member of Australian Hand Therapy Association (Full member since 1992)

1986-1991 – General physiotherapist in many different areas including paediatrics, neurology and orthopaedics.

1989-1991 – Sydney Hospital – general physiotherapy and hand therapy

1992-2006 – Sydney Hand Therapy Centre – senior hand therapist

2006 – present – Hand Injury Trauma Service Physiotherapy – Director and full time senior clinician.

James Heller, Esq. jheller@macf.net.au

James is Chairman of MACF

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 James is an intellectual property lawyer.  He also has a penchant for benevolence and world affairs in developing communities and countries – especially related to basic needs, lifesaving and healthcare.

He has made contributions to many benevolent projects in the Dominican Republic, South Sudan and now Myanmar.

 

 

 

Mr Danny Low – Rotary Club dlow@macf.net.au

Danny Low joined Rotary in 1993. In 1997/1998 he served as President of the Rotary Club of Mosman. In Year 2003-2004 he was elected to be the District Governor for Rotary District 9680, New South Wales, Australia which comprised of some 68 Rotary Clubs and some 2,300 Rotarians.

Over the last 20 years, Danny initiated and completed several Rotary projects which involved organizing medical teams in Hand Surgery; Heart Surgery, Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery (including clept lips) and Cataract Surgery to restore vision .These projects are  in several countries in Indo China including Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and other Asean countries.

Rotarian Danny has arrangement donations of medical equipment; donation of new wheelchairs to the disabled; donation of hearing aids and other medical supplies.

Rotarian Danny is also involved in Literacy projects in China and also Vietnam and gave support to orphanages; schools for children with impaired hearing and schools in remote areas.

Marvin Lange intern1@macf.net.au

Marvin is Intern at MACF

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Marvin studied International Economics with a specialisation in Development Economics in Goettingen, La Laguna (Tenerife) and Potsdam. Before coming to Sydney he finished his Master’s Thesis about poverty reduction through group-based micro loans, received work experience in the financial sector (Commerzbank, PayPal) and gave voluntary private lessons to underprivileged children.

 

 

Other Members of the MACF Community

There are many other “helpers” in the MACF community and short bios of these people will be published shortly.