Hello – Here is a Snapshot of the Book Launch

Hello and welcome to the website's news page of Silver Linings - True Stories of Resilience from a General Practice.

Launch Details:

By - Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM,
On - Saturday 5th August 2017,
At - the Frankston Arts Centre (FAC).
200+ people present at the Cube 37 of the FAC which therefore was filled to capacity.


Introduction - Steve Philips (Manager of Community Support Frankston)
Author Introduction - Dr Larissa Roeske
Author Speech - Dr Mrin Nayagam
Launch - Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe
Call to action - Dr David Nayagam
The master of ceremonies - Dr Prakash Nayagam
Photography - Romy Nayagam

Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM, launched Dr Mrin Nayagam’s book – Silver Linings True stories of Resilience from a General Practice on Saturday, 5th August 2017. Almost 200 people packed into the Cube 37 of the Frankston Arts Centre, with words such as “The best book launch I have ever seen”, “This was an amazing book launch”, “Everything worked like clockwork”, “The speeches were wonderful”,” Truly an amazing effort” resounding across the hall.The resilience shown by the patients is inspirational


Steve Philips, the Manager of Community Support Frankston spoke first of all, and outlined the work done by the Charity, which helps the destitute and financially disadvantaged of the Frankston and surrounding areas. Furthermore, he acknowledged the support by Dr Mrin Nayagam and her team at the Village Clinic in donations to the 15 Tubs Full Appeal initiated by Dr Mrin Nayagam and carried out with able support from all at the Village Clinic.

Dr Lara Roeske, the current Deputy Chair of the RACGP/Victoria Faculty, introduced the author, Dr Mrin Nayagam. She described Mrin’s long-term commitment to General Practice, education and patient care and quoted the well-known German Philosopher /writer and poet, Goethe – “I have possessed that heart, that noble soul, in whose presence I seemed to be more than I really was because I was all that I could be.”- Goethe.

Author’s speech

Dr Mrin Nayagam while thanking Dr Roeske, went on to quote from Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886
Part One: Life
If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching,
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again,
I shall not live in Vain.

She concluded that this poem explained her motives better than any words and spoke of the role her parents played in her growth and development, her desire to be a writer and assist people in need. This book is therefore a testament to her fulfilling her dreams of being an author, as well as helping those financially disadvantaged in our society.

Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe launched the book.
She commented that it was a celebration of General Practice and the precious relationship between doctor and patient, especially so during the times of trauma and emotional and physical hardship. Finally, she emphasised the important role the GP plays in the life of the patient with complex medical problems.

Dr. David Nayagam gave the call to action.
He asked everyone present to contribute to the cause by purchasing book/s. As a result, an unprecedented number of books changed hands. Thanks to the support from the staff of the Village Clinic and the Elm Consulting Rooms.

Dr. Prakash Nayagam acted as The Master of Ceremonies.
He kept the event running smoothly and consequently it concluded on time, giving everyone the opportunity to meet and greet old friends and get books signed by the author.

Romy Nayagam took the photographs of the event.


Professional colleagues, work colleagues, Clinic staff, former registrars and close friends, family, all turned up to support the launch of this book, with many coming from interstate. In addition, friends and neighbours gave boundless support and served refreshments. Close friends from the start of her journey in Australia came from country Victoria to be with her.
Seeing her beloved grandchildren hovering around Mrin gave much joy to the onlookers.

Most of all, the patients young and old whose stories are in the book came to support this launch. The presentations to the speakers were made by four patients, whose identities are revealed in the book. They are all an inspiration to us.


A selection of photos from the launch. More will follow.

Mrin with some of the patients features in the book and their families

Call to action -Dr David Nayagam

Dr Lara Roeske introduces the author

Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM, launches the Book-Silver Linings-True stories of resilience from a General Practice

Harry(A fourteen year old’s bravery) presents to Clinical Professor Rowe

The three presenters looking on…..

Mrin with Steve Philips, Manager of Community Support, Frnkston

Kate(Cancer in Infancy) presents to Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe

MC-Dr Prakash Nayagam

Mrin With Dr Lara Roeske

Steve Philips explaining the need for financial support for the work of Community Support, Frankston

Mrin with Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe.

Bailey (aftermath of head injuries) presents to Tracy O Shaunessey of the Bowen Street Press/RMIT University.

Mrin with Norma (A pounding heart and a will to live)

Mrin and Dr Karen Price