What is Healthy Start?

A collaboration by Griffith, Bond and UQ medical students, Healthy Start is a preventative health education project which works with newly arrived refugees in QLD to improve their health literacy. It was first developed in 2010 by a handful of Griffith students, but has since grown into a team of students comprising TIME (UQ), H4H (Griffith) and M.A.D. (BOND) and working with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) in Brisbane. We have also had help from Refugee Health Queensland and the Mater hospital, as well as several independent general practitioners specialising in Refugee Health. The final product is a 4 hour health education course that uses medical and allied health students to teach newly arrived refugees about basic health issues using interpreters. The program is split into a number of modules including how to use emergency services, general health, nutrition, visiting the GP, and men’s 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 for this newly arrived and vulnerable population. At each session there will be approximately 40 refugees working alongside 20 students.

If you are interested in participating with the Healthy Start Project, get in contact with the friendly Refugee Health Convenors at refugee@timeuq.org.

Many thanks to all who have attended a training session and volunteered this year already!