Challenges and opportunities for family symposium

From March 31, 2011 17:30 until March 31, 2011 19:30


The Muslim – Catholic Symposium:  ‘Challenges and opportunities for the family’

Date: Thursday 31 March 2011    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Mercy Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy.


Free parking during the time of the symposium should be available along Victoria Parade but please pay close attention to parking restrictions.

For those of you who wish to attend with your partner and friends, please feel welcome to do so.

The speakers at the symposium tomorrow will be:

Matthew MacDonald: Matthew is the Executive Officer of the Life, Marriage & Family Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

He has a Grad Dip and is currently completing a Masters in Theology of Marriage & Family at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family. With his wife Julie, he has worked in marriage and family ministry within the Catholic community for the past eight years and has a particular interest in married spirituality. He and Julie have been married for 10 years and have five children.

Dr Lisa McLindon-Smith: Dr McLindon-Smith is a teacher and medical practitioner specializing in Naprotechnology, a field that includes the investigation and treatment of Infertility to assist couples to conceive naturally. She completed her advanced training through the Pope Paul VI Institute in Nebraska, USA. Dr Lisa’s private practice NEW LIFE MEDICAL, is devoted to Women’s Health, FertilityCare, and Pregnancy Support. She has been married to Christopher for five years, and they have two young children.

Susan Carland: Susan Carland was listed on the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” in 2009, and was also named in 2009 as one of the international “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow” by the U.N. Alliance of Civilisations and the ASMA Society. She lectures in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, and was Co-Creator and panelist on the critically-acclaimed Australian national network television program “Salam Cafe”, a Muslim comedy panel and sketch show. She is married with 2 children.

Ahmad Aly:   Ahmad Aly was raised in Australia and studied Medicine at Melbourne University.  He is currently the Head of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Austin Hospital and a lecturer with the University of Melbourne maintaining active research and teaching interests. Ahmad contributes to medical community programs and is involved in cross cultural education programs in the medical fields and development of health care protocols for Muslim patients.

Ahmad is a father of 4, actively involved in nurturing, yelling, loving, guiding and pulling his hair out. Having been raised as first generation of immigrant parents, he is well placed to understand the dilemmas, challenges and opportunities for Muslim families.

Contact Details
T: +61 [3] 9953 3920 (Fatih Erol Tuncer - Project Manager)

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