Third Year UQ Students Heading to East Timor this Summer!

For 2014, the TIME Executive is collaborating with the Bairo Pite Hospital in Timor-Leste and have dedicated a goal of $3000 towards helping the hospital fulfill some of its financial needs. In collaboration with the clinic, Bairo Pite has accepted four students in third year for a 4 week optional elective at the end of this year.

TIME is excited to announce that Nicole Graves, Kobi Haworth, Angus Crombie and Emily Shao will be heading to Timor-Leste to help work in the Bairo Pite Clinic this summer! Here is a short introduction to these guys and their interest in global medicine!

Emily Shao

Where I’m from: I’m a Sydney Sider (and I do go for the Blues) but have been a Brisbanite for the past 5 years.

What I did before med: I was a twosie. Exciting Stuff!

The global medicine appeal: You could practice medicine in Brisbane your whole life, but where’s the fun in that! There’s a whole world out there to see and learn about- I think everyone should practice overseas for a while. You’ll think you have the best method to do something (because it’s the only way you’ve learned) and then you’ll see it done completely differently, but you can learn from that and take the skills and knowledge back home. Likewise, we’ve been taught at one of the best medical schools in Australia, there might be something we can teach, there might be something we can do to be useful.

Kobi Haworth

Where I’m from: Tamworth born and raised. Proud Queenslander since turning 18!

What I did before med: Tried my hand at the pharmaceutical trade (i.e. Pharmacy) in Brisbane and Far North Queensland. Volunteered with AYAD (Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development) as a Pharmacist at Lautoka Hospital, Fiji for 8 months before returning to Oz and switching to Med.

The global medicine appeal: I love that working/volunteering abroad in healthcare provides an opportunity to learn about other cultures, values and lifestyles while assisting with a fundamental and universal human goal - health.  Exchanging health ideas and skills in a global context is essential to developing and improving healthcare systems to better serve populations.

Angus Crombie

Where I’m from: I’m from Bollon, Southern QLD.

What I did before med: I’m one of those twosies who did science before starting med.

The global medicine appeal: I love medicine in resource-poor settings, where the efficiency and ingenuity of a health practitioner can provide excellent treatment to patients, despite having few medical tests and supplies available.

Nicole Graves

Where I’m from: Nicole hails from Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada.

What I did before med: Before starting med at UQ, Nicole completed a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Microbiology & Immunology.

The global medicine appeal:Nicole has always had an interest in global medicine as it provides the opportunity to learn about other cultures as well as utilising one’s skills and knowledge in challenging and rewarding environments. Nicole is incredibly excited to be traveling to East Timor to complete her elective at the Bairo Pite Clinic!


Congratulations to these students and thanks to all who applied. We hope your time at Bairo Pite gives you greater insight into international health and the issues faced in low-resource countries. As we are endearing to continue this partnership into the coming years, please look out for announcements from us to learn more about future opportunities. 

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Maternal Health Month News

TIME would like extend a HUGE thank you to every single individual who joined us for the month of August in celebrating Maternal Health month! We hoped that our events have helped raise awareness of some of the important issues that impacts women across the world including hygiene practices during birth, the impact of sanitary pads in keeping girls in school and fistula repairs in Africa. Decreasing maternal mortality continues to be a target that is difficult to achieve and accurately reflects the general health status of a country and we hope through our small actions to have some impact!


Through our three events, we managed to help assemble 12,000 birthing kits (with the Zonta club), 100 reusable sanitary packs (with Days for Girls) and raised enough funds through our Costumed Fun Run for one woman to receive fistula surgery at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Please check out our album ( for all the pictures of our events this month and we hope to see everyone next year!

WHAT’S NEXT?  Days for Girls: Desperate for Dacks!!!

Once again, we would like to thank everyone for showing TIME and Days for Girls (DfG) your support on Saturday with the very successful (and efficient!) packing day! We were lucky to be inspired and educated by the presentation from Lynn, and we hope that you all feel a sense of achievement for having contributed to this really life-changing intervention. From here, we are excited to announce the September Undie Challenge

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE? As DfG is completely non-profit and dependent on donations, we are depending on everyone to help us collect ONE THOUSAND pairs of underwear to be incorporated into the sanitary packs which are sent to girls with education in countries such as the DRC. See the attached video for more information about why we are doing this!

WHAT TYPE OF UNDERWEAR DO WE NEED? As these sanitary packs require cultural consideration, we ask that everyone collect/purchase dark colours/patterns without animal patterns, size 8-12 and low rise. You have ONE MONTH to collect as a group! Let’s set the bar high!

WHEN WILL WE COLLECT THEM? At the end of the month we will arrange a collection point that is easily accessible to everyone. TIME can then pass these back onto DfG. We will make a Facebook Page so that you can all chat about different donation strategies and post photos of how your challenge is going.

In addition at the end of the month, we will get in touch again about the opportunity to distribute DfG Packs on your electives. As Lynn says, it is quite a responsibility, so it is something to think carefully about (and do some research on) before you jump into it. Put some thought into it and look out for further announcements.

To find out more about Days for Girls, please visit

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TIME UQ Presents: The Twilight 2k Costume Run for the Hamlin Institute

Bundle up and get ready to strip it off for TIME UQ’s first Twilight 2k!

TIME FunRun 2014

Here’s how the event works:

Come dressed up in a costume with a jacket/sweater/jumper/shirt over it that you are ready to part with. Right before the start, everyone strips off their outer layers which are collected for donation to Pinkenba Detention Center. The race is run in whatever costume you have on underneath. It can be anything you think of: a good ole classic superhero, your favorite barn animal, or if you feel so bold as to brave the cold in your blooomers, go right on ahead.

All costumes welcome ( keep in mind that cultural sensitivity is encouraged and nudity is not advised).


4:30 Race Day Registration by the UQ Rugby Club (near the track)
5:00 Race start
5-8:30 Post race drinking and BBQ

Before midnight 16/8: $15
17/8 through race day: $20
Tickets are available at

One post race beer (with more available for purchase)
BBQ food
Runner’s high

Money and ID for more discounted drinks!
Outer layer to donate
Warm clothes for after running 

A prize of 3 additional beers each will be awarded to the fastest male, female, and best costume.

As a part of TIME’s maternal health month, the Twilight 2k will benefit Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. With your help we will raise enough money for 2 fistula operations, so sign up and drink up! All proceeds will go to Hamlin, check out their website for more information

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August is Maternal Health Month: Fun Run, Assembly Days and More!

One women dies every 90 seconds across the world and most of these deaths are preventable. Hence, one of UNMDG’s targets is to reduce the rates of maternal mortality by 75%. TIME is proud to promote August as Maternal Health Awareness Month and we have three exciting events for everyone to look forward to!

1) Zonta Club Birthing Kit Assembly Day -August 13th and 16th

Assist the Brisbane Zonta Club in two days of assembly for essential and hygenic birthing kits to be sent to Ethiopia, Somalia, PNG and more!
Please visit for more information

2) Fun Run for Hamlin Fistula Hospital- August 23rd

Join us for a costumed 2km fun run in support of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital which helps repair obstetric fistulas in Ethiopia. Each runner will receive a free drink and there will be prizes, music, food and more!

Please visit for details and how to sign up!

3) Days for Girls Sanitary Packet Assembly Day – August 29th

Days for Girls is a Brisbane organization that promotes access to  quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness for women. Join us in assembling sanitary packs which will be brought by first years on their year-end elective.

Please visit for more details and visit

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Upcoming Projects: Code Green Week and Zonta Birthing Kit Assembly

Code Green Week

TIME is extremely excited to present to you Code Green Week for the very first time! Our main aim in Code Green Week is to promote and raise awareness about the environment and environmental health in our medical community. Whether you are passionate about the environment, want to learn more about environmental health and understand how climate change relates to the medical profession and what WE as future doctors can do to help the environment, this week is for you! 

  • JULY 22nd: ‘ Theory of Change’ Workshop
  • JULY 23rd/24th: Seminar with Associate Professor Grant Blashki
  • JULY 26th:  TIME GreenMed, DEA, and Manali Medical Aid Project Movie Night “Green Gold”.
  • JULY 27th:   Plant a Tree with National Tree Day

For more details about each event please visit

The Birthing Kit Assembly Day

The Birthing Kit Assembly Day is back and the Zonta Birthday Kit Foundation is hosting TIME volunteers to help in the Brisbane assembly on the 13th and 16th of August! Don’t miss this opportunity to help provide a clean birthing environment for women in third world countries to reduce infant and maternal mortality. It’s a fun filled day and an opportunity to learn what essential items are needed for a hygienic delivery. For more details please visit our event page at or for more details

For specific inquiries, please contact

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