Project 1 – Feb update

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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.





The John James Foundation’s Board has announced today the Foundation will support the AIDS Garden of Reflection with a generous donation of $10,000.

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.