HOPE4HEALTH (H4H) is a non-profit organisation and registered charity founded by Griffith University students in 2006.
In the short time since 2006, H4H has grown to a student club of over 1000 members. In addition to over 600 medical student members, the highest number of Griffith University medical students in any club, we have members studying a range of health disciplines, including dentistry and oral health, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy and exercise science, pharmacy, speech pathology, nutrition, dietetics and social work.
H4H aims to improve health outcomes for local, rural, indigenous and international communities. We achieve our goals by coordinating awareness raising activities for our members including guest speaker seminars, rural health trips, teddy bear hospitals and much more. Each year we also host two major corporate fundraising events, the Jazz Dinner Dance and Golf Day, in support of our projects for which we have been able to contribute over $200,000.
Our organisation is focused on eliminating health inequality wherever it exists. Accordingly, we have developed numerous Rural, Indigenous, International and Local community health projects. Some of our achievements to date include:
- Raising $80 000 to build the Dabaa hospital in Ghana, the first stage of which was completed in 2011
- Establishment of a nutrition program in South Africa for individuals undertaking treatment for tuberculosis
- Donation of $20,000 to equip a cardiac catheterisation laboratory in Fiji
- Donation of $20,000 to help educate and provide medical resources to the western province of PNG where 4th year medical students are able to safely volunteer on an 8 week elective
- Establishment of the HOPE4HEALTH Teddy Bear hospital program designed to help teach Australian primary school aged children about healthy living
- Establishment of a dental clinic staffed by HOPE4HEALTH members in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg
- Development of the Healthy Start program which aims to give recently arrived refugees to Australia information about healthy living and the Australian health system
- Development of a comprehensive program for Griffith health students to encourage rural and remote careers to alleviate the disparity in health status of rural Australians
Our mission is to improve health outcomes for local, rural, indigenous and international communities, with a vision towards a world without health inequalities.
The organisation is managed by a dedicated group of professional and innovative student volunteers. As well as our overall aim, we are guided by our six core values which are:
Professionalism | Fun | Teamwork | Relationships | Sustainability | Empowerment
H4H is registered with the Office of Fair Trading Queensland as an Incorporated Association and Charity and we are closely affiliated with Griffith University, AMSA Global Health, National Rural Health Students’ Network and the Griffith University Student Guild.
Please explore our website and learn about all the fabulous opportunities that exist through HOPE4HEALTH and please contact us to get involved!