Healthy Start Program prompts Glennie girls to assist refugees

17 July 2015

Following the USQ Change Makers program, a group of Glennie students consisting of myself, Hannah Minns, Sarah Sellars and Alice Rowling recognised an opportunity to assist newly arrived international refugees to Toowoomba. Hope 4 Health is a student health club from Griffith University which has developed the Healthy Start Program.

In this program, students from Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Bond University inform newly arrived refugees to Toowoomba about how to access the Australian healthcare system. The three of us participated in a recent Healthy Start Program day at the Griffith campus in Toowoomba. Around 20 refugees from the Toowoomba region attended the information day. Our role added to the program by advising refugees about accessing the education system. In our presentation, we discussed the main aspects of primary and secondary schooling; compulsory subjects, possible extra-curricular options and the social significance of school life. We also discussed opportunities for students after school. 
Eliza Kitchener, Year 12

The Healthy Start information day was a great way for us to become more active in our community. It was a great experience for our team and I look forward to being a part of future Healthy Start projects.
Sarah Sellars, Year 12

Being able to connect with even a small part of the refugee community in Toowoomba while working with students from different universities was a great experience for us all. It was incredibly rewarding knowing that we could help make a difference.
Hannah Minns, Year 12

Pictured: Sarah, Eliza and Hannah in their Hope 4 Health T-shirts

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