Welcoming the 2018 Executive

We are pleased to announce and welcome our incoming executive for 2018! Thank-you to everyone who nominated and voted in our elections. We look forward to everything the team has in store for 2018 and want to thank our 2017 for all their hard work!

President: Mia Crous
Vice-President: Hana Hadziomerovic & Ruchika Vera
Treasurer: Nicholas Dore
Secretary: Sue Maye Siow
Sponsorship Officers: Aharani Ganeshamoorthy & Clare Mahon
Director of Corporate Events: Amy Taylor, Natalie Ho & Stephanie Budiono
Local Portfolio Coordinators: Vivian Tang & Anne-marie Do
Teddy Bear Hospital / Radio Lollipop: Henry Chung & Abigail Joseph
Senior NRHSN Representative: Heather Ranson
Rural Portfolio Coordinators: Siobhan Dillon & Elisa Tran
Indigenous Portfolio Coordinators: Rachel Pugh & Astha Dhungana
Cherbourg Dental Clinic Coordinators: Trinette Stevenson & Mark Woods
International Portfolio Coordinators: Tess Dahlenburg & Kate Hewett
Healthy Start Coordinators: Shreya Bhushan & Ricardo Thomas
Ubuntu Through Health Reps: Rhys Harris, Sarah Lock & Wadie Rassam
The Sumba Project Reps: Dave Randles, Jane Machart & Phoebe Tronc
AMSA Global Health Representative: Sashika Harasgama
AGH Crossing Borders: David Athan & Dianah Berkman
Dentistry & Oral Health Rep: Laura Truong
Paramedicine Rep: Amie Jones
Medical & Biomedical Science Rep: Nicole David

Following from elections we have a small number of available positions outstanding:
- Social media/IT officer
- AMSA Code Green Representative
- Position specific roles for students studying occupational therapy, speech pathology, nursing & midwifery, nutrition & dietetics, physiotherapy & exercise sciences, pharmacy and social work.

Applications should be 100-200 words describing why you want to apply for your chosen role and any relevant experiences. Please send applications to Mia Crous via president@hope4health.org.au

NRHSN Council in Melbourne

Over the weekend of August 18-20th, 34 representatives from Rural Health Clubs from around Australia met in Melbourne for the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) Council. This was a fantastic opportunity for our representatives, Cath (2017 President) and Heather (Senior NRHSN Representative) to meet and network with other rural health club representatives from around the country, see the different events and opportunities for rural health promotion which occur in other states and to hear updates on rural health training, funding and policy. The NRHSN is our primary advocacy body as a rural health club and executive presented the Network's position statements on Mental Health, Rural Training Pathways, Indigenous Health and Climate Change for discussion.

This year has seen a lot of change in the funding of rural health promotion and training and we were lucky to hear from both the Department of Health and Health Workforce Victoria on behalf of the rural workforce agencies in regards to these changes and their commitment to supporting the network moving forward. Cath was invited to present HOPE4HEALTH's Indigenous engagement activities, along with UQ's TROHPIQ President, and answer questions regarding effective indigenous health promotion and engagement; both recieved great feedback on the work being done by the South East Queensland Clubs.

The weekend was not all work, however. On Thursday evening, we took to the streets of Melbourne's CBD for a scavenger hunt, stopping strangers to congratulate them on wearing their RM William's boot with pride and encouraging city slickers to "go rural". Personally, the highlight of the weekend may have come when RHINO's president took the opportunity to teach us how to crack a stockman's whip in the centre of treasury gardens.

A big thanks must go to Billy, Ben, Carolyn and the whole NRHSN team for putting together a cracking weekend!

The Sumba Project trip 2017

This year The Sumba Project undertook their fourth annual trip to Sumba, this time accompanied by a group of four Griffith University film students who documented the trip for their graduation film. The trip is always a highlight of the year for the Sumba team, and many hours of hard work went in ahead of the trip. This year we had an exciting new opportunity to work with Dr Claus Bogh of the Sumba Foundation. Dr Bogh has been working in Sumba since 2004 and has set up a world-class malaria program on the island. He is now looking to branch into Tuberculosis (TB) education, prevention, and treatment and the Sumba crew has been recruited to help face this growing problem. There is also a great deal of taboo surrounding TB in the community and a lack of health literacy among locals.

One of the first steps in implementing a TB control is to have a solid diagnostic program. However, the diagnosis of TB is not straightforward in a resource poor setting like Sumba. The team prepared a five-day crash course on TB diagnosis, which was delivered to the staff at Dr Bogh’s malaria training centre. The course included the clinical aspects of TB diagnosis, microscopy and the treatment of TB. The course was well received by Dr Bogh and his team and the Sumba Project are now working diligently on an updated version. They also had the opportunity to speak directly with local health workers about the challenges of TB control on the island. These were truly eye-opening conversations and have helped to shape the work of The Sumba Project going ahead.

While on the island the group also visited remote villages to see first hand the impacts of the water projects set up by Surfaid Sumba. Surfaid have also established ‘nutrition gardens’ in the villages to address malnutrition. It was exciting to see the profound impact of these projects. For the newbies in the group these visits also offered a window into the traditional lifestyle and culture in Sumba. The island is a beautiful and unique place and it is always a privilege to help empower the locals to improve their health.

The Sumba Project is thankful for the ongoing support of HOPE4HEALTH and the Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates.

Sunset Soiree supporting Seed Foundation Australia

Sunset Soirée 2017 was a beautiful celebration of the work that Seed Foundation has done in the support of First People's Health. Seed Foundation was born out of recognition of high deprivation, low employment and poor health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The main aim of Seed Foundation is to facilitate pathways to higher education and employment opportunities for young Indigenous people in rural communities.

Held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre in July, we had an awesome time grooving along to incredible performances from Jump Jive & Wail, the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and Serotonin. We were also fortunate enough to have many generous donations of extravagant auction items up for grabs complete with a live auction with our auctioneer, Andrew Morello, Winner of the Apprentice Australia.

On the night we raised over $11,500 for Seed Foundation Australia which has already been put to use supporting students in North Queensland! This most definitely would not have been possible without all of the amazing support that we received from individuals and businesses along the way, including the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Fleurus, Bruce Lynton Jaguar. Special thanks must go to our organising team, Sara Izwan, Krupa Shah and Tien Chen; our MC's for the evening, Blake Jones and Cath Tanzer; our speakers, Vernon Armstrong and Prof. Roianne West; and Gillian Rumpf and Amy Wallace for their invaluable assistance.