Indigenous Allied Health Professional Development and Study Scholarships

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) is the national Indigenous allied health peak body. The organisation obtains funding for scholarships to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health graduates and students to attend two international Indigenous health events.

In 2018 the John James Foundation granted IAHA $15,000 through the Community Health Program to support four scholarships for their members. Two graduates and two students were chosen to attend a number of educational events, which many Indigenous allied health graduates and students do not have the opportunity to attend.

The funding goes towards graduates and students to further educate and develop their skills and understanding, addressing the inequalities indigenous peoples face in Australia and across the world.

The events included the Healing Our Spirit conference in Sydney which discussed Indigenous physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural wellness presentations and workshops sharing knowledge and skills over 4 days.

The International Indigenous Allied Health Forum brought together Indigenous and First Nation presenters and panellists from New Zealand, Canada and Hawaii to discuss shared experiences and practices to support and retain Indigenous allied health workers. This forum discussed many issues indigenous peoples face, aimed at creating awareness and improving the overall healthcare for indigenous people worldwide.

Students also attended the International Indigenous Student HealthFusion Team Challenge.  Here students participated in clinical, cultural and educational events where they learnt and exchanged information from Indigenous and First Nation university students.

John James Foundation remains committed to supporting Indigenous health and healthcare.

IAHA shares our vision to strengthen health outcomes in our community by improving the patient and doctor experience through education and vocation.

A few words from our recipients:

“The 2018 John James Foundations (JJF) professional development scholarship was absolutely priceless. I am thankful for the financial support provided by the JJF to attend the 2018 Healing our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW), the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) members forum and the

IAHA International Health Fusion Team Challenge (IHFTC). I have been a member of IAHA for several years and believe that this year’s events were some of the best that I have been to so far.”


“By attending this year’s events I was exposed to so many opportunities to see what people are doing in their local communities, nationally and also internationally. There were so many opportunities to grow through this community of practice; sharing of stories, leadership and solutions.”


“On reflection, this experience has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. Attending these events has enabled me to develop my network, mentor, share knowledge and to be mentored. Exchanging stories, knowledge and experiences with my peers and leaders nationally and internationally has enriched my thinking and provided me with the new ideas that I can apply in my work in developing health literacy, health promotion and policy.”

Today marks the launch

of an installation of a 11.88kW solar PV system, 2 LG Chem batteries and Reposit energy management technologies on the Leukaemia Foundation building, ACT.


Dr Nalini Pati remembers

seeing a young woman at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara having difficulty breathing because her lymph node had swollen to such a size it was restricting her airway.

Australia and Solomon Islands

have confirmed their commitment to ensure that Solomon Islanders have access to high quality trained doctors.

Most of us would like to die at home

, very few of us do. The stark facts are that 86 per cent of Australians will spend the days and weeks before their death in a hospital ward or residential care. But Palliative Care ACT is developing an Australian-first concept called the Hub that will fundamentally change those last weeks for patients and carers.

The chief executive

officer of the John James Foundation says the sale of the hospital has doubled the pool of cash it can distribute to Canberra organisations and expects to donate $500,000 this year.

Calvary John James Hospital

buildings have been sold for more than $100 million,  in a move the hospital’s foundation says will allow it to invest more in the community.

But one of the hospital’s founders is angry at a lack of consulation and has called on the board to be sacked.

The property was purchased from the John James Foundation by Barwon Investment Partners which the board says will ensure the campus stays a hospital for at least 99 years.




A sale to go down in history

The John James Foundation has sold the properties that comprise the John James Healthcare campus.

With the Foundations asset base almost exclusively being held in the ownership of land and buildings of the John James Healthcare Campus, the Board unanimously agreed that the timing of the sale of its assets will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Foundation.

The sale of the John James Healthcare campus obtained a market leading price of more than $100M, with the properties sold to a healthcare specialist property fund, Barwon Investment Partners.

The historic sale is the culmination of the Foundations growth under the guidance of its 150 medical specialists, who are committed to giving back to Canberra.  The legacy of the Foundation remains through the continued operations of the Hospital, and the Foundation is able to embark on a new direction.

The sale enables the Foundation to deliver a big investment back into the Canberra community through its Philanthropic activities.

The Foundation Board made an immediate decision to double its Community Health grants program to half a million dollars for this year’s round of funding, and puts the Foundation in a financial position to grow their philanthropic programs for the benefit of Canberra and surrounds.

The Foundation has the bold aspiration to become widely recognised as the premier charitable health organisation in the ACT.

John James Foundation passes the ball to Joe Roff

Former Wallabies and Brumbies player, Joe Roff, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the John James Foundation.  In August 2017, he will replace Phil Greenwood who is retiring after 7 years in the role and 20 years of leadership in the not-for-profit sector.

Joe Roff said he was extremely pleased to be appointed to the position.

“The John James Foundation is a leader in its field.  The Foundation undertakes incredible work that benefits our community and much further afield but is often unsung.  I am excited to be joining an organisation that makes a positive difference, of which Canberra can be proud.”

“I have been involved in our community for more than 20 years.  In this role, I will be seeking to leverage my relationships and experiences to build on the strong partnerships and programs that already exist at the Foundation.”

“An example of this has been the partnership approach in the recent development of the John James Village, a sanctuary for people and families living with blood cancer.  I am looking forward to playing an integral part in the exciting future of the Foundation.”

Joe Roff is moving from the University of Canberra, where he has held the position of CEO of the University of Canberra Union.  The University is quickly becoming a leading University for sport in Australia and Joe Roff was instrumental in bringing the Brumbies and the UC Capitals to the campus during his tenure.

Prior to his time at the University, Joe Roff was the Director for Workforce and Development at Lifeline Australia and has remained committed to the not for profit and charity sector.  He has been an ambassador for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, RUOK and White Ribbon.  He is well known to many having spent 10 years playing professional rugby union for the Brumbies and Wallabies.

John James Foundation Chair Professor Paul Smith congratulated Joe Roff on his appointment and thanked Phil Greenwood for what he has achieved.

“Phil Greenwood has led John James Foundation from a fledging charity to a prominent backer and instigator of local, interstate, and international activities.  It now has credibility in Canberra as a supporter and funder of many highly valued projects,” Professor Smith said.

The John James Foundation is a Canberra based medical charity with a proud history of support of volunteer work by medical specialists and medical educators.  The Foundation funds medical education activities and provides opportunities for clinical placements for medical students.  It supports local grassroots organisations by providing cash grants to fund activities that may not otherwise find financial support.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Foundation uses income from its land holdings to support its programs and medical education activities.

In 2016, the John James Village opened on land donated by the ACT Government to provide short-term residential accommodation for the families and carers of people undergoing treatment for blood cancer and related diseases.  This seven-million-dollar project, fully funded by the Foundation, was handed over to the Leukaemia Foundation at no cost to them or to the people who now use the facility.

“It is a privilege to be able to support some grassroots organisations doing tremendous work, often running on a budget of nothing but providing much needed support.”

“The work of volunteer medical specialists, numerous projects that benefit people in need in Canberra, the Solomon Islands and everywhere that the Foundation organises assistance and backs local charities is truly inspirational – it is that satisfaction that makes the Foundation such a great place to work, even better with such a dedicated staff who really work miracles,” Phil Greenwood said.

“Joe Roff is well placed to take the John James Foundation to the next stage of its life and development as a prominent medical charity.”

Prior to his various roles in the not for profit sector, Phil Greenwood was a Wing Commander with 23 years of Air Force service in Administration.  He will continue his involvement in the not for profit sector through volunteer work, interspersed with opportunities to travel, following his retirement in September.


Canberra disability service organisation Sharing Places, established more than 28 years ago, is a first time recipient of the Foundation’s Community Health Program funding in 2017.

The $20,000 grant will assist Sharing Places continue to support post-school aged people with disability and high and complex needs.

Sharing Places began in 1989 when a group of parents decided there had to be more options available for their children, all with different disabilities, after they completed secondary education.

The Pearce-based organisation started out working with 16 young adults, and now has more than 150 clients with a range of physical, health and behavioural disabilities. About 86 paid staff work in 12 teams to “create opportunities to assist people to share the ordinary places and activities of ordinary community life.”

The service focuses on assisting participants develop life skills in a community environment, enhancing people’s quality of life and helping them to achieve self-determination. With the support of Sharing Places’ qualified staff, many participants work voluntarily in the community in roles including at Meals on Wheels, assisting elderly people with shopping and other chores and delivering spare parts for vehicle businesses.

According to Sharing Places’ business manager Alicia Gaudie, many clients become like family, remaining with the organisation from the time they begin accessing services, around age 18, until they are 60 or more.

“We are here to help with the sort of things that are often taken for granted – to help people achieve their goals, contribute to society and of course to have fun,” she said.

Community outings are a focus at Sharing Places, with a fleet of 14 specially modified vehicles available. Most participants cannot use public transport because of their level of disability.

More recently, rising costs such as those associated with running so many vehicles and the 2014 start of the National Disability Insurance Scheme have required Sharing Places to develop a new business model to maintain the quality and diversity of its services.

“Some of the changes mean families are bearing more costs than previously, so we’ve started seeking sponsorship and developing fund-raising activities to minismise the impact of this where possible,” Alicia explained.

“The John James Foundation grant is very timely and really welcome.

“It means we’ll be able to replace ageing equipment such as walkers to help people develop lower body strength, sports gear, gym hoists to help people out of wheelchairs and to continue with vehicle modifications.

“These are all part of our everyday activities and an important part of the way Sharing Places supports people towards active participation and independence.”