Speaker: Dr Paul Mercer
Paul Mercer is a suburban GP and practice principal in Brisbane. He is married to Katrina. They have three children, and six grandchildren. Paul is a member of the Theology on Tap Brisbane team. He has kept an eye on ‘matters theological’ throughout his adult life, having turned to Christ at five years of age. Paul is indebted to many mentors, teachers and people living with mobility disability (doctors and patients), for his medical knowledge and skillset. He will also introduce family members who live with mobility disability.
Medically, Paul has been a member and then the Chair of the RACGP’s National Preventive Community Medicine Committee. He has trained more than fifty-five junior registrars in general practice, as well as helping many more medical students in their exposure to general practice medicine. He has been an examiner for the RACGP fellowship exam for thirty years, and a member of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in Queensland for a similar time. Paul has been an active member of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia, has edited Luke’s Journal for the Fellowship for eleven years, and has served on an ethics working group. Paul has been a member of TEAR Australia Inc. for forty years and has served on the TEAR Board for eight years. He is currently the Chair of Health Serve Australia Board. Paul and Katrina are members of the Bayside Uniting Church, where Paul is an active lay-preacher.
In this presentation, Paul will develop a holistic theological narrative around mobility disability. He will share personal medical insights, highlight the medical literature and open the biblical narrative around mobility disability. The question, “What did Jesus mean by his claim: ‘The lame walk’?” will inform this presentation.