Archive for year: 2013

Red Party raises $4000 for Fijians

Another year, another night of red filled fun raising much needed funds for FJN+, an organisation that supports Fijians living with HIV/AIDS. This is the second year that HOPE4HEALTH has supported FJN+ which plans to utilise the money to help fund housing projects for individuals who have been ostracised from their communities and struggle to find employment due to their disease.

The night raised over $4000 and brought together Bond and Griffith students at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club in late September. It featured two incredible sets of music from our very own students who brought the D-floor to life. Thanks to everyone who came along and made the night a success! Re-live the night by checking out the photos in our gallery page.

Healthy Start in the Press


Ubuntu Through Health And Treacy House Partnership

On Thursday July 25, UbuntuTH members (Tim, Claire, Emma and Adam) travelled to St Patricks College, Shorncliffe to speak with the Treacy House students about Ubuntu Through Health. Thanks to the dedicated work of Jack Lehfeldt and Mr Charles Brauer, St Patricks College have become active members of the Ubuntu Through Health community.

From the schools efforts $2250 has already been raised for the Khayelitsha Nutritional Support Initiative which will fund 1500 bags of ePap, each one feeding one patient for a week. An amazing effort already!

This is a relationship that Ubuntu Through Health is really excited about and cant wait to see where it goes in the future.

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Another Diamond Ring Raffle

One of the premier items on offer at this years Ubuntu Through Health Dinner is ‘The Peridona’. This ring has been especially designed and developed by Gold River Jewellers for this event. Independently valued at $14,500, only 200 tickets will be available for $100 each.

We would like to thank…




… for generously donating this item for raffle. 100% of your ticket cost will be directed to funding an ambulance for the Hope Medical Centre in Ghana.


The raffle will be drawn on Friday August 16 at The Ubuntu Through Health Dinner. PURCHASE YOUR DIAMOND RING TICKETS HERE!


You do not need to attend in order to win this item. However you may purchase tickets to the dinner here.

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The Ubuntu Through Health Dinner, August 2013

The Ubuntu Through Health Dinner is now less than five weeks away. The event will be held on Friday August 16 at Victoria Park Function Centre, Herston. All proceeds from the event will support Ubuntu Through Health’sDabaa Project . Last year's event sold out so make sure you get in early to secure your tickets. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Cherbourg Dental Clinic on ABC Radio

Student dentists visit Cherbourg

20 May 2013 , 7:56 PM by Lachlan Mackintosh

Visiting the dentist is often met with mixed emotions, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but for the most part it’s at least an option.

But that's not the case for a lot of bush communities across Queensland, dental services are stretched thin and in some cases are non-existent.

But a group of students from Griffith University, working with the Hope4Health rural health club, are out to make a difference. They've set up shop in the town of Cherbourg, a town without a dentist, to fix the teeth of locals.

Joining the program, Jenny Wyeth from the Practice Manager at the Barambah and Ryan Goh, 5th year dental science student at Griffith University and organiser of the Cherbourg voluntary dental program.

Inaugural Spirit of Healthy Horizons Conference in Griffith University Stethoscope Issue 5

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Spirit of Healthy Horizons

On 29 September, 2012, the inaugural Spirit of Health Horizons Tri-University Conference took place at Griffith University’s Centre for Medicine and Oral Health in Southport. This was a non-profit, joint initiative amongst three student-run rural health clubs, HOPE4HEALTH (Griffith University), TROHPIQ (University of Queensland), and Bushfire (Bond University). The one-day conference was a product of discussion between health students and workers regarding the lack of opportunities to communicate positive, strengths -based research, practice and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. This event was intended to function as a platform to inform students from a range of health backgrounds (medicine, dentistry, nursing, and allied health) about current directions and innovations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The day was opened with a performance from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the Bundjalung Kunjail Dance Troupe. This inspiring welcome set the scene for a plethora of incredible speakers from a range of health and community backgrounds, including Dr Chris Perry (ENT surgeon), Matthew Brown (Director of the Deadly Ears Program), Dr Janie Smith (Associate Professor at Bond University), Dr Natasha Coventry (Medical Superintendent from Cooktown), Tim Rowe (Indigenous Marathon Project), Paul Pholeros (Health Habitat) and Dr Stephen Godfrey (Ophthalmologist and volunteer with IRIS). Break-out sessions in the afternoon featured “hands-on” sessions including ear and eye examination techniques and boomerang painting.

Students, presenters and guests reported that the day was a welcome change to the ongoing focus on the poor statistics and health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities. Students who attended reported that they were motivated and inspired to engage more in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. They spoke of acquiring a greater understanding of the wider determinants of health. The conference was fun and informative, a celebration of health successes and culture; a demonstration of what the spirit of a healthy horizon may encompass.

Healthy Start in Griffith University Health Check Issue 38

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A Healthy Start to a new life

Students from Griffith’s School of Medicine have developed a program called Healthy

Start to assist refugees navigate our health system.

Refugees usually come from non-English speaking countries and conditions so precarious their only option is to flee for their lives. After the months and years in refugee camps or detention they finally arrive to our relatively pristine but utterly bewildering country.

Healthy Start has proven to be so successful it has even begun attracting sponsorship from local not-for-profit, Medicare Local South. Marrillo Jayasuriya is a 4th year student who is heading up the program from its Gold Coast base

“It really started from our preventative health workshops in primary schools and we started to ask people about refugees and what were people doing to help with their resettlement and getting access to appropriate care,” he said.

“After a lot of work we developed a six-part program to help people negotiate our system, from booking a GP visit to emergency care and women’s health.”

The team ran their first workshop in October 2012 and were overwhelmed by the response.

“All our places were full, and by the end of the day people were really enjoying it. Honestly it was beyond belief,” said Mr Jayasuriya.

Mr Jayasuriya and his colleagues have also begun training Medical students from other South East Queensland universities to deliver the Healthy Start program.

“Beyond the difference it makes in the lives of the clients, I think it also helps some of our more conservative colleagues change their views toward refugees.

“You only get that kind of change when people meet and exchange positive experiences, so hopefully it continues to grow.”

Healthy Start are running workshops every month in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Dabaa Medical Centre

The Dabaa Medical Centre has been a focus project for HOPE4HEALTH since 2006. The ambitious goal has been to build a much needed hospital in the rural area of Dabaa in Ghana, West Africa.

Known as the ‘Gold Coast’ of West Africa, Ghana has proved the ideal location for the project for several reasons. Ghana is a constitutional democracy that currently enjoys relative peace and stability for the region. There is also an economic need in Ghana where the local economy has not been able to sustain the population. Currently the people of Ghana rely heavily on international aid and debt relief. Health services in Ghana are particularly underdeveloped in some crucial areas including child and maternal health. Preventable diseases claim the lives of 1 in 10 children every year and maternal mortality rates are 90 times higher than rates in Australia.

The Dabaa Medical Centre project was initiated by a local Gold Coast charity called The Watson Association. The Watson Association hoped to address the specific gaps in maternal and child health services for the people of Dabaa. Of particular concern was the fact that the population of Dabaa travels a minimum of 20 kilometres to reach any form of medical assistance.

The partnership between HOPE4HEALTH and The Watson Association has seen a very successful fundraising campaign undertaken to ensure the viability of the project. Through a series of events including the ‘Out of Africa’ Jazz Dinner Dance, approximately $60,000 was raised in 2007. The total raised has now increased to over $100,000 after a series of smaller events.

Crucial to the sustainability of the project was establishing an agreement with the Ghanaian Government Ministry of Health so that the Dabaa Medical Centre would be staffed by Government health care workers after construction was complete. This agreement was negotiated by Dr Chris Perry of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, who met with the Ghanaian President John Kufour during a due diligence mission to the country.  This work was followed up by former Griffith medicine student, Dr Johnny Chandler, who met with local officials and sealed the deal while completing his final year elective!

Construction of the Dabaa Medical Centre began in April 2010.  A local Ghanaian construction company AESL Ltd has been engaged to complete the hospital over a twelve month period.

Tax deductible donations to help complete, furnish and equip the hospital are still being accepted so please contact us if you would like to make a donation for this wonderful cause.

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