Health in Kind acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our organisation is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. Health in Kind is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.
Health in Kind is a non-profit organisation, founded to provide free medical and dental care to underprivileged in our society. The foundation is made up of five executive members, and a growing team of doctors, dentists, nurses, mental health workers and various volunteers and donors who support the foundation and contribute tirelessly with love and enthusiasm to provide selfless service to those in need.
The foundation was established in 2016 with approximately ten volunteers and since then has grown to over 40 volunteers in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Perth. In 2016, a fully equipped dental van was acquired to assist dentists in community events. Last year, a truck was acquired to enable volunteers to provide health care in rural communities, which is a future plan of the foundation.
Our volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and volunteers come together at least once a month to provide medical and dental care to mothers and children in Victoria, and to students of Toogoolawa school in Queensland. In Perth, Health in Kind medical volunteers have been providing free monthly health checks and education to children and parents in a disadvantaged community.
Healthy cooked food is also provided weekly at Toogoolawa school and to the homeless in Queensland. In New South Wales, volunteer medical staff provide health checks and education to pre-schools and in community events on a needs basis.
In 2016, Health in Kind was invited to the Indigenous Kinship festival, a large community event in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. And since then, it has provided medical services to all attending the festival, where children and families get the opportunity to discuss health issues and receive free dental and medical checks. Community volunteering has also enabled Health in Kind to work in conjunction with various campaigns and organisations such as ‘It takes a Town’, the Community Centre at Murwillumbah, Closing the Gap and preschools in the Tweed region.
Sathya Sai Baba says – “Selfless service alone gives the needed strength and courage to awaken the sleeping humanity in one’s heart” and our selfless volunteers are a living example of humanitarians in our society. My sincere gratitude to all volunteers and donors who are a crucial part of Health in Kind.
On behalf of our executive team and volunteer doctors, nurses and workers, I humbly invite all of you, who have the same spirit to serve, to join our efforts to uplift our society and make it a healthier and happier place for yourselves and for everyone.
~ Sunil Naidu