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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.

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

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