At our October AGM the 2020 Board was welcomed in. We’d love you to meet them. As you read you will see we are committed to AFCNA’s vision and mission and you may find out some fun facts you didn’t know about us!
Chairperson: Anne van Loon
I’m Anne van Loon, a Registered Nurse with a background in emergency, community nursing, university teaching, research, and I now work to equip churches to care for vulnerable people. I enjoy gardening, spending time with family and friends, caravanning, and exploring natural places. I recently discovered a few amazing spots in SE Queensland!
My hope and prayer for AFCNA in 2021 is GROWTH. I’d love to see lots more FCNs in churches, so the benefits of this ministry can support people to flourish.
I am AFCNA’s current Chairperson and I am trusting God for his provision so AFCNA can fulfil God’s mission for Hi church. I hope many of you will join us on this journey and share your gifts with us, because together we can do it!
Treasurer: Gretha van Eck
I’m Gretha Van Eck and I am delighted to be a member of the AFCNA Board in the capacity of Treasurer. Although I have no nursing or medical background it is a privilege to support the AFCNA Board, freeing them from the financial work that is necessary in any organization, so they can concentrate on their own individual fields of expertise. In years past I was a church treasurer, and I have worked in the superannuation sector, and my husband and I owned and operated our own building company for more than 20 years. I am now retired and have recently become a great grandparent for the second time! I now have time and energy to be part of such a worthwhile organisation as AFCNA.
My prayer is that God will continue to richly bless AFCNA in 2021.
National Mentor: Millie Davey
I’m Millie Davey, a Registered Nurse and Mental Health Nurse. I graduated from Australian Lutheran College with a Graduate Diploma in Theology (Faith Community Nursing and in my final semester of studies my late husband Peter, became a quadriplegic. I applied the Faith Community Nursing principles that I had learnt in a relevant and personal way enabling Peter to come home with the remarkable support of many volunteers.
My desire and passion is to make available individualised support that empowers people in a sustainable ways via caring Christian faith communities. This led me to starting ‘SHARE-doing life together’ where people with a passion to care are buddied with people in the community living with mental illness. They meet socially and this enables friendships to grow so everyone can flourish in a supportive community. I am AFCNA’s National Mentor and look forward to supporting and encouraging FCN’s in their ministry to improve health outcomes for Australians.
I’m Gabrielle Macaulay and I have enjoyed nursing in critical care areas for most of my nursing career. I now teach student nurses clinical skills in a practical setting and work casually in Emergency. I recently serve on a medical mission ship after a hurricane disaster in the Caribbean with Samaritan’s Purse, where I worked with nurses from across the world.
I enjoy the beach which refreshes my heart and I am passionate about gardening, and spending time with friends over a long cup of tea!
I have served on AFCNA Board for several years and I am completing the ‘Foundations of FCN’ course and enjoying meeting others around Australia via Zoom as we enrich our understanding of the Faith Community Nurse role together. I love watching AFCNA grow despite a wild year in healthcare and I look forward to a wider, deeper reach into nursing and facilitating the FCN role as I can as 2021 unfolds.
Read about how Gabi put her faith into action in 'God-given nursing opportunities in the midst of disaster'
I’m Peter Heggie. My main professional role is a Carer Peer Worker. I’ve been working for 6 years with Northern Sydney Local Health District in the Mental Health Drug and Alcohol team. I am a Carers Australia rep to the National Mental Health Consumer Carer Forum and a member on the National Register of Consumer and Carer Peers within Mental Health Australia.
I’m keen to serve with AFCNA in 2021 and beyond bringing advocacy skills (systemic and personal) honed over 11 years learning to care for my wife who travels with five forms of mental illness. My strong faith has a place in my work and care of the people I work with. Eleven years of caring has shown me spiritual care, including pastoral care; need to be normalised in mental and physical health.
My work as a carer and mental health advocate can be demanding requiring self-care to re-charge the emotional tank. One activity helping me restore quickly is dance. I enjoy ballet, both the physical work and the learning. I’m a keen photographer of people, places and scenes. I like taking life enhancing images, such as people playing Twister in a park.
I’m Angela Uhrhane, a registered nurse and I currently work as Pastoral Care Nurse in Aged Care (since 2008). I’ve been involved in Parish Nursing in the Lutheran church since 2001 and bring to AFCNA a Lutheran faith perspective and expertise in ageing and aged care. I have a special interest in spiritual care, well-being, grief and loss, dying and death.
I hope AFCNA can grow and develop by continuing to liaise with other organisations. I’d like more Christian nurses to be inspired to put faith and nursing together. I am encouraged by modern technology and the way it enables us connect in new ways across distances. Professional development and life-long learning are areas that I can see AFCNA continue to develop.
I’m Joanne Rich, a Registered Nurse working in the acute hospital sector. I’m an enthusiastic encourager of AFCNA and help where I can with planning, document preparation, checking emails, etc.
My hopes for AFCNA include continued progress of robust, contemporary supportive systems that enable FCNs to be well equipped to move into the next decade with relevance and passion. I truly believe FCNs offer what everyone in the community wants and the government needs! The church wants to utilise its people’s gifts effectively and nurses want to be used for God’s kingdom work. Clients benefit more than anyone, because they experience Christ’s love through the FCNs caring service. My hope is that with God’s guiding hand, AFCNA can become firmly established as an integral part of Australia’s caring community
I’m Vicky Legge, a Registered Nurse with additional qualifications and experience in community health/development, chronic condition management and education. I work in a couple of roles that use these skills.
I love taking photos of sunrises and sunsets displaying the majesty of creation, and flowers, revealing the intricate design and beauty of creation.
My hope for AFCNA in 2021 is that we will continue to see more churches and nurses embrace Faith Community Nursing because it has such potential to help people with chronic conditions to self-manage and live abundant lives! (It will also save our health system a lot of money!) I’m responsible for AFCNA’s Digital Strategy.