Announcing the 2015 Executive!

This year saw a record number of applicants across the board and in particular a highly contested election for the president and vice president positions. Thank you to everyone who applied and for those who missed out, there are many ways that you can contribute to our events - they would not be possible without the help of many members and sub-committees working behind the scenes.

Next years team led by Gabriela, Sally and Cameron will continue to build on the work of all the students that have been involved over the years and to constantly be improving the organisation.

President: Gabriela Kelly
Vice Presidents: Sally Fry and Cameron Harrison
Treasury: Ahmed Mahmoud, Arrianne Kollosche
Secretary: Shi Shi Zhang
Director of Corporate Events: Sanjana Dang
Sponsorship Officers: Jessica Gartside, Stephanie Jones, Caitlin O'Hare
Social Media Coordinator: Nimanthi Malawaraarachchi

Local Portfolio
Coordinators: Alex Millikin and Cath Tanzer
TBH/Wonderfactory Coordinators: Shruti Yardi and Tien Chen

Rural Portfolio
Coordinators: Emily Rayers, Elisabeth Dumitriu & Daniel Payne
Senior NRHSN Rep and Social Work Rep: Heather Angell

Indigenous Portfolio
Coordinators: Annabelle Hughes, Robyn Wing & Philip Chung

International Portfolio
Coordinators: Lauren Head & Gihan Hapuarachchi
AGH Representative: James Nightingale
SEA Coordinator: Mahasha Perera
Ubuntu Through Health Representatives: Phoebe Brandis, Daniel Lake, Luke Hart
Sumba Project Representatives: Neeban Balayasoderan, Elle Cripps, Libby Caskey, Brinda Ohri

Dentistry Portfolio
Dentistry Coordinators: Jessica Sun, Amy Cao, Lauren Bolta
International Coordinators: Neeraj Vyas, Sam Ojha
Rural Coordinators: Brittini Ewing, Zaid Aumeerally
Jnr. Dentistry & Oral Health Representative: Francesca Cho
Cherbourg Volunteer Dental Hospital Coordinators: Michael Baker, Vidya Krishna

Allied Health Portfolios
Nursing Representatives: Hye Jin Kim & Jack Matulich
Speech Pathology Representatives: Sheena Rowe & Jodie Holt
Further representatives to be appointed in 2015

H4H Graduands Breakfast

Every year we hold a breakfast to celebrate the enormous achievement of graduating for our members who have contributed to the organisation whether it be simply getting involved by attending our events or by taking on one of the many roles in H4H. After all their lost sleep, sweat and tears over the years, we hope it will be an opportunity to celebrate with everyone whilst enjoying delicious buffet breakfast! This year it will be held at the scrumptious Bazaar Restaurant in Surfers Paradise. Best of luck to all of the graduating students across the health fields but also to everyone graduating and congratulations! Enjoy the ride!

Event details: 
Address: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD
Time: 8.30-10.30
Contact: 0430204037
Tickets have unfortunately sold out


Inaugural Red Week raises HIV awareness and $4200 for Fijians

H4H’s Red Week finished with the annual Red Party in conjunction with Bond University’s M.A.D. at Cocktails, where $4200 was raised for the Fiji Network for People Living with HIV (FJN+), a fantastic effort by all. Thank you once again to everyone who came along to these events, and to the International Health Portfolio and Subcommittee, whose time, effort and enthusiasm helped make the week such a success.

Congratulations to our outgoing International Coordinators - Nimanthi, Flynn and Sanj for all their work throughout the year!

Click here to view photos from the event on our facebook page.

Jazz Dinner Dance 2014 Photos

Thank you to all those supporters who turned out for a night of entertainment, food and wine whilst fundraising for Healthy Start - our very own refugee preventative health education program. Thank you especially to our regular supporters Queensland Rural Medical Eduation (QRME), Griffith University and Bruce Lynton BMW.

Visit our facebook page here to view all the photos from the night

H4H final year dentistry & medical students visit PNG

H4H members in the press

"Kiunga, in Western Province, Papua New Guinea is the destination this week for four trainee dentists from Griffith University looking to bring their skills to disadvantaged communities. Now in their fifth and final year of the Bachelor of Oral Health (Dental Science) and Graduate Diploma in Dentistry, Emad Ahangari, Benjamin Greenlees, Philip Ho and Mengzhu Wang (pictured below) have organised a two week program which will see them providing dental care to a very low resourced community."

Continue reading the full story here

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The students are continuing to advance H4H's efforts in the Western Province as part of a multidisciplinary effort to improve the extremely remote community. They join the 2nd group of final year medical students who are also there on elective at Kiunga Hospital, we wish them the very best from their incredible experience!



Left: Laura Renger (former exec) holding newborn 'Laura' after helping with the delivery

Below: David Malhoek (former exec) with Siddhartha Reddy visiting a nearby village to perform vaccinations and general check ups

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Nominations open – join our 2015 Executive!

Executive Position Descriptions 2015 - CLICK TO VIEW PDF

Nominations are now open to join next years executive. Click on the link above to read about the various roles - there is bound to be one that suits your interests and we will always do our best to make room for those who may miss out on a competitive position.

Being part of the H4H team is a great experience and will result in new skills ranging from leadership and professional development to time management and public speaking. As a H4H executive member you will also gain a greater appreciation for all aspects of health which we feel complements your studies and also opens up a whole world of opportunities you may not know exist.

Nominate yourself

Nomination form can be found online and edited later here



Teddy Bear Hospital reaches more students than ever before

This year, we have had a very successful season and were able to run close to 20 sessions, more so than possible any other year. Griffith health students were able to teach locally at primary schools in the Gold Coast and collaboration with the Indigenous Portfolio allowed the team to deliver sessions to an Indigenous School in Cherbourg, QLD.

New to this year, Teddy Bear Hospital expanded to 2 schools in the Logan region, both of which have a high population of refugee students and are of a lower socioeconomic status compared to neighbouring suburbs.

This has been a great step for us in expanding TBH, as we are reaching out to the schools which have had great need for it.  This has only been one step in the expansion, with the program beginning to include other schools with the help of Medicare Locals.

It has been very rewarding for all involved to be able to teach children content that they had not known previously.  Feedback from the schools have been very positive, saying:

 It was great that most activities had some hands on things for the kids to do…”

“Some of the activities were covering content that we had/about to cover in class so this provided another learning experience which was fantastic…”

Thanks to Shi Shi and Umesha for all their hard work this year.

To join the hospital fun and experience contact

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Jazz Dinner Dance announces speakers: DAVID MANNE & Dr MUDERIS

We are extremely excited and proud to announce two renowned professionals with a passion for refugee health to add to the JDD experience.

David Manne is a lawyer and migration agent, and Executive Director of the Refugee &  Immigration Legal Centre (RILC). He has
worked in various capacities, including UNHCR, assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 16 years.

Dr Munjed Al Muderis grew up in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s reign. He went to school with Saddam’s sons, then started his medical training at Basra University just as the Iran-Iraq War began. Since seeking asylum in Australia, Dr. Muderis has progressed in orthopaedic surgery to now be at the forefront of osseointegrative surgery - providing the opportunity for amputees to walk again.

BOOK TICKETS HERE or click here for more information on the speakers and our very own refugee preventative health project, HEALTHY START.



Speech Pathology trip to Cherbourg – July 2nd 2014

On 2 July 9 final-year Master of Speech Pathology students, 1 health promotion officer and 1 speech pathologist from Deadly Ears, and 2 4th-year JCU speech pathology students (on prac in Kingaroy) visited the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg, specifically to organise activities with the children of the holiday care programme run by the Gundoo child care centre. The group goals that were identified were:

1. to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and language.

2. to be able to provide a positive experience to the people of Cherbourg.

3. to establish and maintain relationships between the people of Cherbourg, Griffith University speech pathology, Deadly Ears, and Hope4Health.

4. to sharpen our clinical skills in relation to assessment and intervention with this population.

We planned 7 stations (5 for younger children and 2 for older children): nature walk, collage, making a library bag (with the community’s ear health message: “healthy ears hear better”), book reading (using “Budburra books” made by people in Cherbourg), making a banner (including a word cloud about ear health and the link to learning), cards and games, and creating a video of the day. These activities were based on the following aims:

1. They increased the awareness about ear health and its link with learning and school.

2. They involved talking and encouraged positive relationships between the students, children, and each other.

3. They involved celebrating and appreciating the community and their language.

4. They would result in the children having something to take home so that the conversation about the day could continue to parents and other family members.

5. They would allow older children to show leadership with younger children.

We were told that there could be 50-80 children from the ages of 4-16 attending on the day, so we really had no idea what to expect. When we arrived, there were approximately 20-30 children there, mainly ranging from 7-13, playing basketball and cricket in an indoor hall. We set up our stations and the day started!

This trip was much more challenging compared to the Teddy Bear Hospital trip. We were in a highly unstructured environment and as such it was difficult to engage the children at times. We had to be flexible and creative in order to provide activities and experiences for the children that we had on that day. At lunchtime, the children went home and we packed up and went to the community health centre to meet “Pickle”.

Pickle is a local elder who conducts ear checks and services all the schools in the local area – providing a culturally appropriate and relevant service. He showed us his state-the-art van and demonstrated the use of his equipment. After that we went to the Ration Shed Museum and learnt about the history of the Cherbourg settlement. At this time we also had the opportunity to meet with a speech pathologist employed by Queensland Health who spoke to us about her experiences in working in Cherbourg.


Overall we had a successful clinical skills trip measured by the positive reflections of the students and staff from Deadly Ears, the smiles on the faces of the children, and the fact that we have been invited to return to the community next year.

I’d like to share with you some quotes regarding what we learnt on this trip:

- “…for me it was that no matter how simple the activity may seem, any time sitting next to a child sharing in an activity (colouring in, craft etc) can be an opportunity for learning for both child and adult.”

- “I learnt a deeper understanding of being flexible, following the children's lead, and being relaxed but intentional about creating learning opportunities.  Despite knowing that we would need to be flexible and that things could change on a dime, I found that nothing went anywhere close to how I pictured it would.”

- “I also gained a great deal from just being in an indigenous community, learning from the children, listening to Pickle and the elders.  There were a few moments when I felt briefly uncomfortable, unsure of the culturally appropriate protocol; and I thought this feeling was probably one that many families feel integrating into predominantly white schools...  Overall, this experience has certainly assisted me with cultural awareness in my future practice.”


Louise Sadler

Speech Pathology Representative

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