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

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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Birthing Kits Assembly 2014

What a successful night! We packed 600 safe birthing kits which will go a long way in improving the status and health of women in developing countries. A huge thank you to all those who came along and helped!

The students had the opportunity to hear from a wonderfully passionate guest speaker Georgina Kelly, an extensively experienced midwife who’s worked in developing countries such as PNG, where she has seen these types of birthing kits put into practice. It was inspiring to hear her stories, see her photos and put the work we were about to do into clear perspective.

Huge thanks to the International coordinators for carrying out all the behind the scenes work in making the night possible! The kits have been packaged and are ready to ship off when we are contacted by the Birthing Kits Foundation Australia, who help coordinate the kits to reach the areas most in need at the time.

More information on Birthing Kits can be found on the BKFA website, where you can find out how to run your own assembly! Check out the great photos from the evening below.

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Midnight Muster Wrap

Special thanks to the authors and convenors: Rural Coordinators Heather Angell, Shaun Purcell, James DandoCheck out pictures from the night on facebook at Hopeforhealth Harry

Beaudesert locals were warned to lock up their daughters (and sons) one Saturday night earlier this month. There could only be one reason: the infamous Midnight Muster, Hope4health’s annual fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, had once again rolled into town.

Crowds gathered under a clear Beaudesert sky, with no rain or clouds in sight: the notorious Muster curse had finally been broken. Tents were erected, eskies emerged, frisbees brought out as groups settled in for a long and productive evening of frivolous debauchery, all in the name of charity.

Our Aussie heroes included a motley crew of tennis stars, cricketers, swagmen, and, of course, lovable bogans. Best-dressed went to a team representing our iconic beers, the judges unable to settle fierce competition between XXXX and Toohey’s New and instead opting for a draw.

Night fell to the sounds of Rick Barron tuning up on stage, and going on to play a cracking set as partygoers jostled for a turn on the mechanical bull and surfboard. With the crowd imbibing freely, and DJ Naloxone dropping in for a killer late set, the party kicked on late into the night.

There were some tired eyes in the morning, but, for once, no sodden equipment or damp pyjamas to further trouble hearts already burdened by industrial strength hangovers and the consequences of an ill-advised liaison. The scouts served up a good old country breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausage before our restored group scattered to the different corners of SE Queensland. The residents of Beaudesert could once again breathe easy. Until next year, at least.

A big thanks to all the helpers who put in their time on the night to ensure the event went off without a hitch: Oscar, John, Laura, Cameron, David, Sam, Matt and Estelle. Thanks also to the Scouts and Beaudesert Race Club, and particular mention to our performers, Rick Barron and the incomparable Saad Ahmed, aka DJ Naloxone.

Hope to see you next year!

Red Party raises $4000 for Fijians

Another year, another night of red filled fun raising much needed funds for FJN+, an organisation that supports Fijians living with HIV/AIDS. This is the second year that HOPE4HEALTH has supported FJN+ which plans to utilise the money to help fund housing projects for individuals who have been ostracised from their communities and struggle to find employment due to their disease.

The night raised over $4000 and brought together Bond and Griffith students at the Surfers Paradise Surf Club in late September. It featured two incredible sets of music from our very own students who brought the D-floor to life. Thanks to everyone who came along and made the night a success! Re-live the night by checking out the photos in our gallery page.

Dabaa Medical Centre

The Dabaa Medical Centre has been a focus project for HOPE4HEALTH since 2006. The ambitious goal has been to build a much needed hospital in the rural area of Dabaa in Ghana, West Africa.

Known as the ‘Gold Coast’ of West Africa, Ghana has proved the ideal location for the project for several reasons. Ghana is a constitutional democracy that currently enjoys relative peace and stability for the region. There is also an economic need in Ghana where the local economy has not been able to sustain the population. Currently the people of Ghana rely heavily on international aid and debt relief. Health services in Ghana are particularly underdeveloped in some crucial areas including child and maternal health. Preventable diseases claim the lives of 1 in 10 children every year and maternal mortality rates are 90 times higher than rates in Australia.

The Dabaa Medical Centre project was initiated by a local Gold Coast charity called The Watson Association. The Watson Association hoped to address the specific gaps in maternal and child health services for the people of Dabaa. Of particular concern was the fact that the population of Dabaa travels a minimum of 20 kilometres to reach any form of medical assistance.

The partnership between HOPE4HEALTH and The Watson Association has seen a very successful fundraising campaign undertaken to ensure the viability of the project. Through a series of events including the ‘Out of Africa’ Jazz Dinner Dance, approximately $60,000 was raised in 2007. The total raised has now increased to over $100,000 after a series of smaller events.

Crucial to the sustainability of the project was establishing an agreement with the Ghanaian Government Ministry of Health so that the Dabaa Medical Centre would be staffed by Government health care workers after construction was complete. This agreement was negotiated by Dr Chris Perry of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, who met with the Ghanaian President John Kufour during a due diligence mission to the country.  This work was followed up by former Griffith medicine student, Dr Johnny Chandler, who met with local officials and sealed the deal while completing his final year elective!

Construction of the Dabaa Medical Centre began in April 2010.  A local Ghanaian construction company AESL Ltd has been engaged to complete the hospital over a twelve month period.

Tax deductible donations to help complete, furnish and equip the hospital are still being accepted so please contact us if you would like to make a donation for this wonderful cause.