Watch the video that reveals all about the evolution of Healthy Start.
Healthy Start is an initiative started by a small team of Griffith University students (in the student club HOPE4HEALTH) when they were in their first year of study in 2010. It has since evolved into a committee of students in HOPE4HEALTH (Griffith), M.A.D. (BOND) and TIME (UQ) as well as assistance from MDA (Multicultural Development Association), Medicare Local, Refugee Health Queensland, the Mater hospital and several independent GP’s around Brisbane.
In 2015 Healthy Start was started in the Northern Territory based in Darwin. In the NT the Healthy Start program has joined with Royal Darwin Hospital, Flinders University and the settlement organisation Melaleuca Refugee Centre.
The Project’s goal is to run a one-day health information and education program for newly arrived Refugees which is taught by those in the health field using the aid of interpreters.
Teaching modules include General Health, Nutrition, using GP’s and hospitals, Men’s Health and Women’s Health. These modules have been developed with the assistance of experts in the field so that they can provide better health outcomes to this newly arrived and vulnerable population.
After two small scale trial sessions in 2012, on Saturday 27th April 2013 we successfully ran the first Healthy Start session in Brisbane QLD. The glowing benefits of the session were apparent on everyone’s faces and it was at this point we realised the true effect of the program. Since 2013 we have worked with over a thousand newly arrived refugees and have up-skilled and motivated hundreds of students and health professionals in the process.
Our aim is to provide an avenue of education for this extremely vulnerable population of refugees whilst also providing the students and health professionals with the practical skills of teaching and cultural competence that will remain with them throughout their careers.
The potential for this program to expand is hugely exciting and we hope you can join us in helping those that need it most in our local community.