Kick Off 2016 and Convenors Announcement

Much thanks to everyone who came out on Friday night to support the Bairo Pite Clinic at Kick Off 2016. The night was a tremendous success! We raised well over $1,200 for some very deserving folks just by sharing a drink with friends.

We also announced our Convenors for 2016!

Fashion Show: Emma Carlisle

First Year Representative: Michelle Kim

GreenMed: Shannon Lovegrove

Indigenous Health: Max Mitropolous

Maternal Health: Lauren Chimes and Alix Murphy

Medical Aid: Jess Monteiro and Rockie Kang

Red Aware Week: Charles Heald

Refugee Health: Minnie Vo and Katie Jo

Congratulations and all the best for the year!

L-R: Michelle Kim, Charles Heald, Max Mitropolous, Shannon Lovegrove, Jess Monteiro, Rockie Kang, Katie Jo and Alix Murphy

L-R: Michelle Kim, Charles Heald, Max Mitropolous, Shannon Lovegrove, Jess Monteiro, Rockie Kang, Katie Jo and Alix Murphy



Last night at the TIME AGM we welcomed in the new 2016 TIME executive committee! Congratulations to the following:

Chairperson: Ted Justo
Treasurer: Arsalan Tariq
Secretary: Moni Hamilton
Manager of Projects: Alexandra Miller
Manager of Events: Daniel How
Communications Officer: Daniel Bakhsh
Sponsorship Officer: Hannah Gribbin
AMSA Global Health Representative: Vu Nguyen

We additionally welcome the 2016 Board of Directors:
Ian Anderson
Clare Thiele
Bethany Holt
Tom Pearson
Toni Kinneally
Georgia O'Sullivan
Sula Gupta

Thank you to everyone who applied for positions and came along last night. We are all extremely excited to see what TIME achieves next year!

2x2x2 Water Challenge for Ethiopia

Health Habitat's 2x2x2 Water challenge for Ethiopia competition was hosted by Griffith University (GU) in Brisbane with participant students from Design Futures (GU) and medical students from our very own TIME!

The four groups created and built new ways in which we can wash hands and faces on less than 2 Litres per person, per day. The range of complexity in systems varied from very simple to complex, and the judges were looking for both systems that worked on the day as well as ideas that could be built upon with further testing (although may not have worked). 

Congratulations to Maddie, Bethany, Teoh and Shaun for their involvement!

Check out the full report here.

"For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share."

Words from Ariel Ho, Manager of Projects for TIME 2015

Just like the forgotten second verse of the Australian National Anthem, from which this line comes from, this concept of welcoming those “who’ve come across the seas” is often forgotten, or in many cases, ignored, disputed or belligerently protested against.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a “refugee” is a person who:

"Owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."

The UN Refugee Convention, to which Australia is a signatory, allows refugees to lawfully enter a country for the purposes of seeking asylum, regardless of how they arrive or whether they have valid travel or identity documents. Asylum seekers do not break any Australian laws by arriving on boats. Unfortunately, the media and the government often (incorrectly) portray refugees and asylum seekers as illegal immigrants or queue jumpers. There are misconceptions that they are here to be dole bludgers or are stealing Australian jobs, with many believing that they do not contribute to Australian society.

However, when hearing the experiences of refugees, it becomes clear that these misconceptions are truly what they are – misconceptions.

Recently, at a conference, I heard Dr Munjed Al Muderis talk about his experiences as a refugee. He is a brilliant surgeon pioneering osseointegration surgery in Australia (certainly contributing to Australian society). His description of the detention centre was really what struck me though. He told us that while he was detained, he was sent to jail a few times, and every time he went to jail, he would think, “Freedom!” While most of us probably would not associate jail with freedom, he found that unlike the detention centre, where he was dehumanised and referred to by a number, in jail, they called him by his name and they fed him proper food. He said that jail was heaven compared to the detention centre.

Prolonged detention compounds the trauma already experienced by refugees, and it has been demonstrated that it has a profoundly negative effect on health, especially mental health. An assessment of the mental health of detainees held in an Australian detention facility for more than two years concluded that every adult had major depressive disorder (MDD), though prior to detention only 21% had MDD. According to The Forgotten Children inquiry of 2014, 34% of children had mental health disorders that would be serious enough for hospital-based psychiatric treatment. In the Australian population, there is less than 2% with mental health disorders at this level.

Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is unacceptable.

Want to do something about it? Call your local MP and let them know your thoughts, get involved with refugee health programs (like Healthy Start), or even just educate the next person you meet who thinks “boat people” are illegal.

AFRAM, the refugee health branch of AMSA, has recently released a booklet with information on Australian Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy. If you are interested, click here.

More resources:

Myths about refugees 

Dr Munjed Al Muderis (Ted Talk)

The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014





Effective altruism or “doing good better”

“Where can a small set of individuals make the biggest difference?” This was the question posed to us by a group of JCU students who want to challenge how we all think about giving. As a student organization without a huge budget, this is a key question – but one that can be hard to answer. Cue: effective altruism.

Effective altruism is a movement that applies evidence and reason to this problem. While all true charitable endeavors by definition do good, are they all equal? Do some charities do more good for a given donation than others? Can we actually measure how much ‘good’ is done by a charity? These are all questions we’ll be talking about over the next few months, and we know you care to. We challenge you to take a moment to think about how you give. Could you be doing good better? Could TIME be doing good better? We’d love to know what you think.

Read more about these students and effective altruism here.

Words from Tom Pearson, Chairperson for TIME 2015

“Better futures require better dreams.”

Are you a creative individual? Be the catalyst for change. 

“Where are our cultural influencers and artists at the vanguard of the new world order that the climate crisis must usher in? Where are the coordinated efforts of artist and designers and musicians helping inflame divestment or other climate campaigns? Where are the great utopic cultural movements of today in which to embed the climate story?”

Visit Forever Swarm and check out the Artists brief.