Jazz Dinner Dance
The Jazz Dinner Dance (JDD) is HOPE4HEALTH’s annual gala charity ball. First held in 2007, the JDD has grown to become a renowned fundraiser for HOPE4HEALTH endorsed projects both locally and abroad. Previous years have seen HOPE4HEALTH build a hospital in Dabaa, Ghana, establish a nutrition program in South Africa, outfit a catheterization laboratory in Fiji and multi-disciplinary support for the western province of Papua New Guinea.
The JDD is attended by prominent figures from the local community, health professionals, our sponsors, HOPE4HEALTH alumni and senior Griffith University health students. On the night guests can expect a 3-course dinner, fine wines and live auctions, all while being entertained by a live jazz band. The Jazz Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for all attendees to meet peers, colleagues, and friends affiliated with and supporting HOPE4HEALTH.
JDD in 2014 - supporting refugee health education
Featuring: DAVID MANNE, human rights & refugee lawyer, Director of Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre
Dr MUNJED Al MUDERIS, osseointegrative surgeon & former refugee, author of Walking Free
We are very pleased to announce that the beneficiary of the JDD in 2014 will be Healthy Start, a home-grown initiative by Griffith students which after 3 years in the making, finally reached full flight in 2013. The project comprises a one-day preventative health education program for newly arrived refugees in Queensland, held several times per year.
In just its first year of running in 2013, the program managed to reach over 300 refugee clients and their children with practical and up to date health information. This is invaluable information that some have never heard before, and something tangible they can take back to their communities to share. The project both provides an avenue of education for this extremely vulnerable population of refugees, whilst also providing health students with the practical skills teaching and cultural competence that will remain with them throughout their careers.
Healthy Start is currently at a very critical point in its infancy where we are beginning to expand to other refugee communities in Queensland and interstate. We have established teams of students in QUT, ANU, UNSW, JCU and UWS to begin the program in their respective areas. The project is costly to run - fundraising and sponsorship has so far allowed the team to provide Cultural Support Workers for interpreting services, child care services, take-home show bags and food for the clients at each session With the funds raised from this year's JDD, the team hopes that this will ensure the continuation and expansion of the project.
To learn more about Haalthy Start visit healthystart.org.au
With thanks to our sponsors:
Last year, HOPE4HEALTH's annual JDD was held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on 21st September. We had an outstanding attendance of over 300 guests who danced the night away to jazzy tunes, a delicious meal and tried their hand at the very exciting auction on the edge of their seats. The beneficiary of the night was a project that closely aligns with HOPE4HEALTH’s health vision - Project PNG. The night raised nearly $20, 000.
HOPE4HEALTH is working in partnership with Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME) to establish an ongoing aid and training program in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG). This program will be initially implemented in two hospitals located Kiunga and Rumginaein the western province of PNG. PNG has one of the least developed health care systems in the world. People living in PNG suffer from unacceptably high rates of infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV, malnutrition, poor maternal health and traumatic injuries. This health burden is particularly prominent in rural areas, which do not receive the level of support form the PNG Government, NGO’s, expats and mining companies, as do their urban counterparts.
Project PNG aims to raise funds for the purpose of providing medical equipment, supplies and educational materials for hospitals and medical centres in Kiunga and Rumginae. Currently, a significant portion of medical care in these areas is delivered by locally trained, community health workers. As part of Project PNG, integrated teams of Australian doctors and final year Griffith University medical students will provide ongoing training for PNG health workers with the aim of up-skilling the local health community. The money raised from the night will be distributed to provide a number of much-needed resources that the students can take over to PNG on their final year elective term.
Check out the photos from previous years