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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

Announcing the 2016 Executive Team

We would like to welcome and congratulate our 2016 HOPE4HEALTH executive team! We can't wait to see what H4H can achieve next year with this exciting team.

President: Cameron Harrison
Vice Presidents: Cath Tanzer & Steph Jones
Secretary: Amy Taylor
Treasurer: Joshua Sia
Sensior sponsorship officers: Caitlin O'Hare & Jessie Gartside
Director of social media: Angus Lorraine
Director of corporate events: Gihan Hapuarachchi, Lauren Head & Jupinder Kaur
Indigenous portfolio coordinators: Blake Jones, Meredith Wilson & Shruti Yardi
Rural portfolio coordinators: Aaron Heffernan, Alysha Oze & Heather Ranson
Senior NRHSN representative: Emily Rayers
International portfolio coordinators: Grace Hortle & Hannah Keal
AMSA AGH rep: Beth Hamilton
Local portfolio coordinators: Tyson Pardon & Tien Chen
Teddy Bear Hospital/Radio Lollipop coordinators: Shreya Bhushan & Ricardo Thomas
Student elective aid coordinator: Swaha Bose
Speech pathology representative: Chrissy may and Phillipa brown
Biomedical sciences representative: Natalie Ho
Nursing and midwifery representatives: Jack Matulich & Alex Evans
Nutrition and dietetics representatives: Keanne Langstrom & Samantha Blinco
Occupational therapy representatives: Carly Hunter & Cassie Neasby
Dentistry and oral health coordinators: Lauren Bolta & Jessica Sun
Dentisty international coordinator: Mary Nguyen
Dentistry and oral health junior representative: Minh Dieu Nguyen
Cherbourg dental clinic coordinators: Zohal Azami & Julian Riateli
Ubuntu Through Health representatives: Daisy Swindon Macmillan, Monica Narula & James Gunning
The Sumba Project representatives: Jessica Crump, Alex Bennett & Hannah Keal
Healthy Start coordinators: Kosuke Kato, Daniel Payne & Nick Snels

 

Tribute to Daniel Payne

With heavy hearts, we would like to send our love, thoughts and condolences to friends and family of Daniel Payne.

Last week, we tragically lost a great friend, colleague and member of the HOPE4HEALTH community. D-Payne will be long remembered as a natural comedian with a knack for brightening a room, an intelligent medical student and a dedicated advocate for health equality. He was an active part of HOPE4HEALTH from the time he moved to the Gold Coast and became an important member of the team working as one of the 2015 Rural Portfolio Coordinators and Junior NRHSN Representatives and was elected as one of the 2016 Healthy Start Coordinators. Between this, his medical studies and his active social life, D-Payne also campaigned heavily for refugee rights and changes to the current Australian Policy regarding treatment of refugees.

His passing has come as an overwhelming shock to the HOPE4HEALTH team and the School of Medicine community as a whole and he will be sorely missed.

We hope you are all looking after yourselves and your friends and families during this incredibly difficult time.

Red Week = Red Roses

Red roses are up for sale again this year - only $5!

Buy one for your loved ones, friends, housemates or yourself

We have 50 left to sell with all money going towards FJN+ and HIV/AIDS treatment and research - so it's a fantastic cause - the link to buy them is on the event page. Buy one for your loved ones, friends, housemates or yourself, collection will be on Friday.

We've still got about 50 left at $5 each with all money going towards FJN+ and HIV/AIDS treatment and research - so it's a fantastic cause.

Visit the facebook event page to purchase the rose that will sweep that lucky person off their feet...

Red Party tickets sell out

We are proud to announce that this years Red Party is officially SOLD OUT.

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We apologise to anyone who missed out on tickets but hope that you can help us in still supporting the cause in our other fundraising events to be announced shortly!

2016 Executive Elections close this Friday 11th

Voting is now open for next years leaders

 

Please take a few minutes of your time to join in deciding next years team. Before voting please take the time to read the candidate's applications here
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To cast your vote click here - please note you will require your gmail login to vote

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International & Indigenous Health Conference this Saturday!

Spirit of Healthy Horizons

Our annual conference returns - featuring prominent speakers & clinical skills workshops

 

Featuring A/Prof Al Muderis - Australian Red Cross Ambassador, Osseointegrative Orthopaedic surgeon, author and former refugee from Iraq

Dr Ben Darveniza - Anaesthetist with special interest in altitude medicine as well as work experience with Royal Flying Doctor's Service and humanitarian medical experience in Pakistan and Bolivia.

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Join us as we delve into the intricacies of prominent health issues in our modern world in both the global arena and in our very backyard. The morning session will encompass the experiences of a diverse range of keynote speakers whilst the afternoon will entail several interactive break-out sessions.

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Dont miss this unique and valuable experience!

Tickets available for just $10 - click to purchase

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