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Code Green at GCAM17

The Gold Coast Airport Marathon was held over the weekend of July 1-2 and on the Saturday, Code Green at Griffith and Bond Universities joined forces and ran as a team representing Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). It was a great opportunity to socialise and and enjoy the beautiful winter running conditions which the Gold Coast has to offer. Overall, along with others who ran on Sunday, we raised a total of $1917 to support DEA’s work to address the health effects of climate change. Thanks to everyone who ran and supported our team!

AMSA Global Health Council 1 2017

In early March a group of 8 HOPE4HEALTH members attended the AMSA Global Health Council in Brisbane. Held at UQ, delegates from all around Australia converged to talk about all things global health. Over the course of the weekend, we were inspired by keynote speakers who shared their stories of their work in environmental, refugee and public health, gained skills in advocating for global health matters in political circles, and brainstormed with the other Global Health Groups about how we can each work towards positive change in our daily lives. We voted on AMSA Policy, with key outcomes calling for a greater focus on environmental and refugee health in the future.

A major highlight of the weekend was being selected to present the fantastic achievements of Ubuntu Through Health and The Sumba Project in the Global Health Group Spotlight session. By the end of the weekend, we came away inspired to bring back what we'd learned to Griffith, and are now in the planning stages of some exciting new projects and events!

For anyone interested in attending, Council 2 will be held before AMSA Global Health Conference in Adelaide this year. Feel free to get in touch with Gabriela Bran or Lauren Head for more information.

 

 

Birthing Kits Night 2017

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This year HOPE4HEALTH International held their annual Birthing Kits Assembly Evening in support of the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. Each birthing kit contains 6 basic items – a plastic sheet, 2 gloves, a sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares, all packaged into one small bag. The Foundation sends these kits to rural areas in India, Africa or Papua New Guinea, where they help to save the lives of tens of thousands of women and babies by reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.

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The night itself involved a speech from Griffith’s Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, David Ellwood, before we packaged a total of 400 kits. We were blown away by the support we received on the night, with approximately 70 of Griffith’s Allied Health students joining together for such a great cause. We hope that everyone left feeling enlightened about the issues that women face in these less fortunate parts of the world. In the next month, we will find out where exactly our kits may end up, so please keep an eye on HOPE4HEALTH’s Facebook page for this news, and for any of our future events you may like to attend!

Thanks again to Professor Ellwood for generously donating his time to speak to us and to everyone who attended to help out on the night!

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Jungle Party 2017

This year we saw 260 people joining together for a cruise to South Stradbroke Island, where we celebrated in true island-style. With food, drinks, amazing photography from TWS Visuals and DJ Saxon from WE R DJS providing the tunes – JUNGLE PARTY was another huge success in 2017!

Tickets for the event sold out in record time and we managed to raise a whopping $3249.40 to support the continuing work of both Ubuntu Through Health and Hope4Health’s International portfolio!

Congratulations go to our best dressed winners – Karoline Kant and Nikki Wood – who secured 2 tickets to Sunset Soiree! Finally, we’d love to thank all you party animals that attended, dressed up and helped make the night as fantastic as it was. See you next year!

For a full photo gallery, check out our Facebook page!

 

HOPE4HEALTH 2017 Executive Announcement

It is yet again that time of year where we announce and welcome our 2017 Executive Team! We would also like to thank all of the members of our 2016 executive for their hard work and contributing so much to another successful year!

We still have a few vacant positions on the incoming executive team so please get in contact with us via facebook or email president@hope4health.org.au if you are interested in getting more involved and taking on either assistant treasurer; sponsorship officer; indigenous portfolio representative; or any of the allied health representative roles (including dentistry, speech pathology, nursing and midwifery, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, pharmacy, social work, or physiotherapy and exercise sciences).

The 2017 HOPE4HEALTH Executive:

President: Cath Tanzer14274332_10153871519066820_1566627189_o
Vice President: Shruti Yardi
Secretary: Andrea Carsley
Treasurer: Joshua Sia
Director of social media: Lee Huang
Director of corporate events: Tien Chen, Sara Izwan & Krupa Shah

Local portfolio coordinators: Donna Liu & Cameron Gujral
Teddy Bear Hospital/Radio Lollipop coordinators: Yue Guo & Stephanie Vierboom
Senior NRHSN representative: Heather Ranson
Rural portfolio coordinators: Natalie Ho, Rhiannon Stone & Holly Gibbons
Indigenous portfolio coordinator: Blake Jones
International portfolio coordinators: Hana Hadziomerovic & Ruchika Vera

AMSA Global Health representatives: Gabriela Bran & Lauren Head
Code Green representative: Jessica Anderson
Crossing Borders through Health representative: Sandhya Srinivasan
Ubuntu Through Health representatives: Clare Mahon, Mia Crous & Sophie Lassila
The Sumba Project representatives: Karoline Kant, Brendan Fahey, Marita Smith & Hassan Hamze
Healthy Start coordinators: Shreya Bhushan & Ricardo Thomas

Biomedical/Medical science representative: Elisa Tran
Paramedicine representative: Amie Jones

RDAQ 2016 conference

Everyone says that being a rural doctor means that you're isolated and alone. The RDAQ conference shows that although this may be true geographically, in spirit you are with a large family of doctors, nurses and other professionals who live and work outside tertiary hospitals. It was not the hands on teaching that was the highlight of the trip, it was how every year this family get together to catch up with each other, learn and have a moment to relax with their colleagues. Even as students we were embraced into this family with open arms beginning on the Thursday.

Thursday at the beautiful Sunshine Coast was a day tailored for students. Not many large conferences seem to recognise and appreciate student delegates but this was a day for us with lectures aimed at students covering key rural health topics such as Neonatal palliative care, Mental health in rural areas and presentations from the individual rural clubs throughout Queensland (Bushfire - Bond, Trohpiq - UQ, Rhino - JCU and H4H - us here at Griffith). Importantly for later years, the Rural Generalist Pathway was outlined in a manner you most likely won't see at GCUH - the Rural Generalist Pathway as told by Dr Seuss. The afternoon allowed students to get hands on for a few hours. Some clinical skills involved more first and second year student level skills such as management of nose bleeds, FAST ultrasound scans and obtaining intra-osseous access; right though to practicing intern level such as chest drains and airway techniques. The evening allowed us a chance to relax and meet our sponsors. As we know conferences aren't cheap on the student budget. RDAQ facilitates Rural Doctors to sponsor students thereby subsidising their conference costs considerably. The conference welcome reception allows students to meet their sponsor and a chance to get to know them and their practice.

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Friday marked the beginning of the conference proper, starting with the networking breakfast allowing delegates to check out the trade displays and meet students and doctors from around Queensland. From there the day took us on a whirlwind adventure of rural practice with lectures from inspirational rural doctors such as Dr Shorthouse, a Rural Generalist working in East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory, talking about their experiences and the trials and rewards of a career in rural medicine. On the Friday and Saturday of the conference 2 lecture sessions (morning and afternoon) were available to attend, each with 4 streams. The only trouble is picking what to go to. With topics like Trauma Resuscitation, Rural training pathways, Emergency Paediatric sedation, Agricultural medicine and rural medicine case scenarios how can you make the selection? After the lecture sessions the medicopolitical forum was an eye opening experience. Here doctors and politicians discuss key issues facing rural medicine. The passion these doctors have for their community is truly overwhelming. They take the fight to the politicians, to represent those who may be forgotten by the Government in Brisbane and Canberra. It is an inspiration to see. But once again it's not just about learning. The Family event at Aussie World featured a great meal, a chance to meet other students and everyone to let their hair down.

 

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Saturday was the final day of the conference and once again showcased rural medicine with lectures and case studies. One lecture slot allows students to present interesting rural case studies they have been involved with. A memorable case study was that of a man poisoned with a pesticide. Not something you'd see in metropolitan areas. Although it was the last day of the conference, it was far from over. The Gala ball was truly remarkable. The way the entire conference area was transformed into a fine dining experience will not be forgotten soon (nor will the band - The Rednecks with their own rural/medical twist on some classic songs).

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The thing I loved about this conference was the people. It was not uncommon to find yourself having a candid chat with a senior consultant from a rural hospital or to bump into students from other universities and share your experiences. RDAQ is a conference where students are made to feel welcome and is a chance to meet these legends of the Bush.

 

Aaron Heffernan
Rural Portfolio Coordinator

International Elective Grant Recipient’s Story

HOPE4HEALTH annually provides assistance for medical and allied health students completing electives in developing communities through the International Elective Grants and Student Elective Aid programs. Both of these programs remain open throughout the year for students going on elective at any time.

The Student Elective Aid program enables students to provide medical aid to impoverished countries during their elective placements. The idea behind SEA is simple. Each year, Australian medical practices discard or destroy large amounts of surplus equipment. This same equipment is desperately required in resource-poor communities. To find out more about SEA, head to our website or contact us at sea@hope4health.org.au .

The International Elective Grant scheme provides financial assistance to meet their elective travel costs, as well as provide a contribution for funding of medical equipment or aid needed by the community they plan to visit. . These grants help ensure that medical and allied health students can undertake an elective in a developing country and contribute to the level of medical care. We believe that exposure to international health work will encourage greater participation and engagement in developing health care by the students involved and aim to facilitate this. For more information check our website or get in contact with our International Portfolio Coordinators via international@hope4health.org.au .

One of the 2016 International Elective Grant recipients, David Flynn, shares his story below about his experiences in Zambia:

IMG_4748My name is David Flynn, I am a final year medical student at Griffith University and throughout February 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to undertake an elective at Livingstone Central Hospital, which is located in southern Zambia.

Zambia has the 7th highest prevalence of HIV in the world with ~12% of the population being HIV positive. The vast majority of admissions to the ward are due to HIV complications or newly arisen opportunistic infections from HIV. Pulmonary tuberculosis, tuberculosis of the meninges, spine, peritoneum, cryptococcal meningitis, pneumocystis jiroveci (all complications from HIV) are common, daily presentations that I saw at the hospital that are rarely seen in Australia.

The HIV clinic at the hospital is the largest in the region (serving a population of 1.8 million). However despite the significant burden, the clinic is situated in a small run-down building that is over 100 years old (built during the time of colonialisation) and is run on a shoe-string budget and a skeleton staff. Despite the lack of funds and resources at their disposal it is really incredible to see the amount of work they are able to do for the people of Zambia.

The hospital and HIV clinic are unable afford simple resources which are so readily available in Australia. It was with the generosity of Hope4Health that we were able to donate $500 to the clinic, which went towards buying a blood pressure machine, a blood sugar monitor, 2 x thermometers, 2 x electric fans and a water cooler. The clinic was extremely thankful for this donation (especially given the temperature in Summer regularly goes above 40°C and they don’t have any fans!). This is a photo of me with Sister Kashwela and Sister Mukuka- the two incredibly selfless women who run the HIV clinic.

Overall, the elective was an eye-opening and at times, overwhelming experience. I would like to thank Hope4Health for their generous donation towards the hospital and the HIV clinic- it makes a world of difference to those in need.

David Flynn 

iDEA16 conference report

182021_iDEA16 logo small(2)Over the weekend of April 15-17, a number of Griffith med students attended iDEA16; the annual conference for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), hosted in Brisbane at the University of Queensland! If you haven’t heard of them, DEA are a group of voluntary medical students and doctors who aim to address the ill health resulting from damage to the natural environment. Over 3 inspiring days, we met a variety of highly passionate presenters and delegates alike. Check out #iDEA16conf on Instagram to see all the action!

12974332_10154309102409156_3658360101655791606_nWe were brought up to date with the latest in environmental health research; did you know that ambient air pollution is implicated in 25% of ischaemic heart disease cases globally?!? We were reminded of the importance of living within the limits of our natural environment and were introduced to the theory that a failure of governance is what ultimately gives rise to the harmful health effects of climate change. Practically, we were urged to band together collectively to achieve change. We can contact our local MPs to encourage investment in sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy and clean transport and personally, we can divest ie. Close our accounts with banks and superannuation companies that invest in fossil fuels.

You can visit DEA’s website (which is a goldmine of resources and contacts) and become a student member here: http://dea.org.au . And be sure to like them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest news and events here: https://www.facebook.com/DocsEnvAus/?fref=ts .

Jessica Anderson
AMSA Code Green Representative

AMSA Global Health Council 1

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On the first weekend of April, I represented Hope4Health as the AMSA Global Health Representative at Global Health Council 1 held in Sydney at Prince Charles Hospital. This year Council was opened for the first time to any medical student with an interest in global health, and so I had the privilege of being accompanied by four fellow Hope4Health members- Gabriela Bran (Crossing Borders Representative), Jessica Anderson (Code Green Representative), Anne Hibberd (1st year) and Justin Weller (4th year). Also attending Council were representatives from every Medical School across Australia.

Over the duration of the weekend, we discussed the 3 National Projects (Red party, Code Green and Crossing Borders), had workshops on Advocacy, Engagement and Promotion, Mental Health, Evidence-based giving and Global Health Policy. I had the opportunity to present the Ubuntu Through Health Project in the GHG Spotlight Session and we listened to other Universities present about selected projects including UQ TIME Days for Girls, U-TAS International Humanitarian Law Workshop and the U-WA Red Party. We also had sessions to collaborate with other global health groups in QLD, and made progress on our first ever Crossing Borders Advocacy workshop to be held on Sat 23rd of April at Griffith, as well as other ideas such as running Red Week at the same time across Queensland.

Next Council is being held 24-26th of August, prior to GHC in Newcastle. GHC (the biggest one yet!) is running from the 26th-30th of August in Newcastle with over 30 delegates from Griffith University set to attend!

Beth Hamilton
AMSA Global Health Representative

Op Shop Ball 2016

2016-01-29 22.32.27HOPE4HEALTH’s annual Op Shop Ball kicked off 2016 in truly unique style. This year’s event was held at Helm Bar, Surfer’s Paradise, and attracted over 230 students from across many different health disciplines, all dressed to the nines in the best fashion Gold Coast’s Op Shops had to offer. As always, attendees went all out sporting outfits ranging from tennis gear and ballerina costumes, to dressing gowns and Hawaiian shirts, or gracing us with the presence of everyone’s favourite cross-dressing alter egos. Special mention must go to Meg Roser, Justin Weller, Tait Hearps & Jeremy Lynch, who were winners of Best and Worst Dressed Attendees. A fantastic night was had by all, both on the dance floor and off, and special thanks must go to Helm Bar and their Band for assisting us with a fantastic event.

local pic 3Overall, this year’s Op Shop Ball enabled us to welcome over 60 new members to the HOPE4HEALTH community and raised over $1300 for Radio Lollipop at the Gold Coast University Hospital - a charity which provides comfort, assistance and entertainment for children in hospital and their families. This is a great achievement which surpassed even our grandest expectations of the event and we look forward to seeing it grow even more next year!

Tyson Pardon & Tien Chen
Local Portfolio Coordinators

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