The aim of the Health Ministries Department is to assist individuals, local churches and their communities to enjoy the best life possible through the provision of: Education resources, training seminars, Group support and Community health awareness campaigns.
Kristin Biag, Youth Health Ambassador
Kristin Biag, member of Hoxton Park Adventist Church and third year nursing student, has been appointed as the first Youth Health Ambassador for the Greater Sydney Conference office.
When asked why she had applied for this position, Kristin replied that is was her growing passion for holistic health and healing God’s way that led to the decision. “After the health message changed my life a few years ago, I was drawn into health ministry and responded to the Lord’s call for me to study nursing at Avondale. I have a passion for sharing with young people how God wants us to ‘prosper and be in good health’ (3 John 2).”
“We are very excited to have someone as talented and passionate as Kristin in this new position, and by the potential created by this new position. Adventists have been God-gifted as world leaders in health, and today’s research keeps validating what we have known for 150 years, ” said Malcolm Rea, Conference Health Director. “Adventists who adopt healthy lifestyles in their youth experience the fullness of life that Jesus desperately wants for every one of us.”
This new honorary youth leadership traineeship will provide opportunities to support churches, conference health initiatives and participate in Adventist training programs like the Nedley Depression, Anxiety Recovery Program planned for 23-25 June at Blacktown this year.
For more information about Kristin’s availability please contact Malcolm Rea on (02) 9868 6522.
* Registration https://events.adventist.org.au/Registration/Event/975
Programs & Initiatives
Avondale College Postgraduate Study in Lifestyle Medicine
Avondale College now offers postgraduate study in Lifestyle Medicine. Postgraduate certificates and diplomas in Lifestyle Medicine, by coursework, are now available. These courses will be available entirely online.
The course coordinator is Dr Darren Morton. Subjects offered include:
- Lifestyle Medicine – Past, Present, Future
- Food as Medicine
- Determinants of Chronic Disease
- Physiological Underpinnings of Chronic Disease
- Exercise as Medicine
- Psychosocial Factors in Lifestyle Medicine and Health
- Processes in Lifestyle Medicine and Health Promotion
- Lifestyle Medicine for Specific Populations
The completion of any four subjects is required for a postgraduate certificate. The completion eight will result in a postgraduate diploma. Anyone wanting to learn more about the theory and practice of Lifestyle Medicine should consider these Avondale courses.