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Meet Stuart Thomson, our new CEO

Meet our new CEO, Stuart Thomson

"My motivations in seeking the role are personal as well as professional. Several years ago my family and I unsuccessfully tried to bring a four year old relative of my Tanzanian-born wife to Australia for heart treatment. Sadly, she passed away before we could arrange help.

"This shook our family and shakes me today that an easily treatable condition can result in so much tragedy.

"The contrast with the treatment my own young son received when diagnosed with a heart murmur was stark. It’s a tale of two countries, only one hour’s flying time from each other, that such a twist of fate can occur. I want to contribute to ensure that this injustice becomes a thing of the past."

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Media release - international development leader named new CEO

Media release -  international development leader named as new CEO

1 February 2017

 

Seasoned international development program leader Stuart Thomson will join East Timor Hearts Fund this month as chief executive officer, board chair Ingrid Svendsen today announced.

“This appointment comes at a pivotal time for East Timor Hearts Fund,” Ms Svendsen said.

“In the next few years our work will expand significantly as we provide life-saving heart surgery in Australia for more patients than ever, while tackling the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste with prevention, research and education initiatives.

“The board is delighted to have someone with Stuart’s experience to join us, as we move from charity start-up to a mature, development-focussed organisation.”

A trained nurse, who has lived and worked in Timor-Leste and other developing countries with organisations such as Oxfam, Mr Thomson’s experience includes helping establish World Vision’s United Nations award-winning Child Health Now campaign, implemented in more than 40 countries.

Mr Thomson said he was thrilled at the opportunity to build and lead an organisation that was not only mobilising support to “mend broken hearts” but was also focussed on preventative work.

“I’m really looking forward to helping a great organisation reach its full potential,” Mr Thomson said.

“It’s going to be immensely satisfying to help position East Timor Hearts Fund to assist more patients and support the development of local services for Timorese who are currently without access to heart surgery and preventative treatments.”

Mr Thomson said his motivations in seeking the role were personal as well as professional. “Several years ago my family and I unsuccessfully tried to bring a four year old relative of my Tanzanian-born wife to Australia for heart treatment. Sadly, she passed away before we could arrange help,” Mr Thomson said.

“This shook our family and shakes me today that an easily treatable condition can result in so much tragedy.”

Mr Thomson said the contrast with the treatment his own young son received when diagnosed with a heart murmur was stark. “It’s a tale of two countries, only one hour’s flying time from each other, that such a twist of fate can occur. I want to contribute to ensure that this injustice becomes a thing of the past.”

Mr Thomson would commence on 13 February and fly to Timor-Leste later this month to meet health partners and support the volunteer medical team’s screening clinics in Dili and outlying districts.

Ms Svendsen paid tribute to the outstanding work of interim CEO Mike Gregory, who has occupied the role since October.

Read Stuart Thomson’s bio here.

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Media release_Lider dezenvolvimentu internasionál ida simu knaar foun nu’udar Diretór Prezidente

Lider dezenvolvimentu internasionál ida simu knaar foun nu’udar Diretór Prezidente

 

1 Fevreiru 2017

 

Lider programa ida iha área dezenvolvimentu internasionál ho esperiénsia boot, naran Stuart Thomson, sei komesa servisu iha East Timor Hearts Fund iha fulan Fevreiru nu’udar Diretór Prezidente, hatete Prezidente Konsellu Administrasaun ohin.

“Designasaun ida-ne’e akontese iha moment importante ida ba East Timor Hearts Fund”. Dehan Sra. Svendsen.

“Iha tinan hirak tuir mai, ami sei haboot liu tan ami-nia servisu fornese sirurjia fuan, ne’ebé salva ema-nia moris, iha Australia ba pasiente barak liu tan, ho iha tempu hanesan, tau matan ba problema saúde fuan-nia kauza abut   

iha Timor-Leste, ho inisiativa ba prevensaun, peskiza ho edukasaun.

“Konsellu Administrasaun haksolok tebetebes atu simu ema ida ho Stuart-nia esperiénsia, enkuantu East Timor Hearts Fund muda nia modelu husi karidade foin mak harii, bá organizasaun ida ne’ebé maduru no foku ba dezenvolvimentu”.

Sr. Thomson uluk hela ho servisu nu’udar enfermeiru iha Timor-Leste, ho  mós rian sira-seluk dezenvolve hela. Nia servisu tiha ba organizasaun hanesan Oxfam, no mós iha knaar ba harii World Vision-nia kampaña Child Health Now, kampaña ida ne’ebé hetan prémiu husi ONU, ho implementa iha nasaun 40 resin.

Sr. Thomson dehan katak nia kontente tebetebes ho oportunidade ida-ne’e atu haburas no komanda organizasaun ida ne’ebé servisu la’ós de’it ba “hadi’ak fuan-tohar” maibé foku mós ba asuntu prevensaun.

“Ha’u ansiosu hahú ha’u-nia knaar iha organizasaun fantástiku ida-ne’e, atu atinje nia poténsia másimu.“ Sr. Thomson dehan.

“Oportunidade ida-ne’e sei fó ha’u satisfasaun boot, atu tulun East Timor Hearts Fund ajuda pasiente barak liu tan, no mós suporta dezenvolvimentu servisu saúde sira ne’ebé Timor-oan sira presiza, tanba la iha asesu ba sirurjia fuan no tratamentu preventivu.”

Sr. Thomson hatete katak nia motiva atu simu knaar foun ne’e tanba razaun pesoál ho mós profisionál. “Tinan balun liu ba, ha’u-nia família ho ha’u koko, maibé la ho rezultadu, atu lori labarik-oan ida tinan haat, ne’ebé ha’u-nia feen-nia parente husi rai Tanzania, mai Australia ba simu tratamentu fuan. Infelizmente, nia mate molok ami konsege arranja buat hotu ba lori nia mai.”

“Momentu triste ne’ebá iha impaktu boot ba ami-nia família, no ha’u rai esperiénsia ne’e iha ha’u-nia laran, katak kondisaun médiku ida ne’ebé loloos bele kura fasil duni ho tratamentu, maibé tanba la iha asesu ba tratamentu, rezultadu sai fali trajédia.”

Sr. Thomson dehan katak nia esperiénsia ho nia oan-mane rasik, bainhira nia simu diagnóstika murmura-fuan, sai oin seluk loos. “Istória ne’e nia tema maka ‘diferensa entre nasaun rua’, besik loos malu no semo aviaun horas ida de’it, maibé nasaun rua ne’e-nia destinu sai diferente loos. Ha’u hakarak fó ha’u-nia kontribuisaun atu hatebes katak injustisa ne’e sai tiha problema pasadu-nian”

Sr. Thomson sei komesa nia knaar foun ne’e iha Fevreiru loron 13, ho semo ba Timor-Leste iha fulan ida-ne’e nia remata, hodi koñese parseiru sira iha area saúde, no apoia ekipa médiku-nia klínika ba identifika moras fuan iha Dili no iha distritu.

Sra. Svenden hato’o nia parabéns ba Diretór Prezidente interinu Sr. Mike Gregory, ne’ebé kaer hela knaar ne’e dezde Outubru tinan 2016.

Bele lee Sr. Thomson-nia blogue iha ami-nia website easttimorheartsfund.org.au.

 

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'There are so many like her that can be helped.'

“There are so many others like her that can be helped. That’s what this trek is all about.”

 

Paramedic Mick Stuth saw first-hand the devastating impact of rheumatic heart disease when he served as a peace-keeper in Timor-Leste. The sight of young children gasping for air, unable to run, play or go to school has remained with him. It's what inspired him to organise the Trans-Timor Trek, an epic hike to raise funds and awareness.

Recently Mick had the opportunity to meet East Timor Hearts Fund patient Alia, which he said was very moving.

“Alia told me she no longer feels tired and dizzy, and that she has an appetite again. She said she is looking forward to getting back to school and working toward her dream of studying medicine. 

“There are so many others like her that can be helped. That’s what this trek is all about.”

Only 15 places are available on the Earth Trails Trans Timor Trek, and are filling fast. Find out more here.

Photo credit: Mathew Lynn

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