Meeting our corporate social responsibilities
We recognise that many Australians live a pretty lucky life, & that those of us fortunate enough to have the resources to travel, can also share some responsibility for trying to make the world a better place. In particular we at The Travel Doctor-TMVC wish to assist improve the lives of people who live in the developing parts of our world, those places that are the destinations for our travellers, & with the people are the reason for us all to travel.
The Travel Doctor-TMVC, part of the HSA group, recognises its corporate social responsibility, & actively encourages staff to participate in a range of community development activities.
Sponsorships & Partnerships
Sponsorship is an integral part of meeting the HSA Group's social responsibilities. For more specific information on how to apply for sponsorship from the HAS Group, and Travel Doctor-TMVC, use this link:http://www.hsagroup.com.au/_lib/commfund/Sponsorship%20guidelines.pdf
Highlights of current community projects that we are involved in are listed below:
World Vision Child Sponsorship
The best way to change a child's life is to change the world in which they live. Each of our clinics has joined with World Vision to sponsor a child in a developing country somewhere around the world.
By sponsoring these children, we hope to bring about long-term benefits to the children, their families and communities.
Support helps to fund vital development work in each child's community, such as digging wells, improving sanitation and building health clinics. This work ensures that the community will be able to provide the children with the basics they need, which helps them to grow up in a healthy environment and have the chance for a better future.
We currently sponsor children in Nepal (2), Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal and Bangladesh and our staff further contribute to this sponsorship via additional gifts, letters, and communications with our sponsored children.
Transplant Australia — Team Life
The gift of life truly is one of life’s greatest gifts. The HSA Group recently signed a three-year corporate partnership with Transplant Australia to support Teamlife, a program aimed at raising donor rates by highlighting the value of organ donation to the Australian public. One of our first collaborations involved supporting Teamlife volunteers to promote the World Transplant Games to more than 4000 transplant physicians, surgeons & medical staff during the XXII International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Sydney. The World Transplant Games has been staged for over 20 years to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery & to raise awareness of the need to increase organ donation. The next games will be in Australia’s Gold Coast in June 2009 .
In addition, & very importantly, we are of course actively encouraging all our staff to “sign-on” as organ donors.
World Expeditions — Nepal Project
We are proud to be associated with World Expeditions Community Travel Program by being sponsors for the Kushudebu Public Health Mission in Nepal. Located in the beautiful Sherpa Village of Junbesi, this clinic has become a vital service for the surrounding rural community, helping to improve the health of the orphans & disadvantaged families in the surrounding remote villages, & to promote a better understanding of good health practices to reduce the rate of premature & preventable death. It also allows us to give something positive back to one of the destinations that many of our travellers visit.
As well as supporting the project – we’ll also be sending several staff!
The HSA Group Community Fund
Through our HSA Group Staff Community Fund, we actively encourage and support our staff to be involved with their communities.
Launched in 2006, the fund provides grants to HSA Group employees who wish to support a charitable, social, sporting or cultural good cause in their community.
Since its inception, the Staff Community Fund has donated over $150 000 to more than 80 local community projects across Australia.
Assistance provided to Port Moresby Hospital, PNG
Travel Doctor-TMVC has assisted in the delivery of 2 CENTIVA ventilators being donated to the Port Moresby General Hospital, in Papua New Guinea, by the Linz General Hospital in Austria ( AKH Linz). The donation was made by the Mayor of Linz, Dr. Dobusch, and the medical director of the hospital, Dr. Brock. The ventilators are simple to use and robust and suitable for a tropical environment and fill an urgent need in the under-resourced PMGH.
Travel Doctor -TMVC has assisted in arranging the transport of the ventilators from Europe to Australia, from where they will be send to PNG. Much of the money to make these arrangements was made by Dr Martin Haditsch in Linz (and his medical musical group- "ICU")
Through our Parent Company IPN and Sonic HealthPlus we are very proud to support Heal Africa. Heal Africa partners proactively with communities to transform the status of women and bring village life back into balance. Through its full-service training hospital in Goma and its community-based initiatives in public health, community development, and conflict resolution, HEAL Africa works with individuals and communities to restore health, build hope, and help create a better future for all people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read how you can get involved here.
Some successful projects nominated by Travel Doctor-TMVC employees include:
Albert Coates Memorial Trust in Ballarat
Kushudebu Public Health Project in Nepal
Marion Primary School - computer program in Adelaide
Team Parkinsons 2009 Challenge in Melbourne
Oxfam Trailwalkers 100km Challenge in Sydney
Kokoda Challenge Youth Program in Canberra
Care Australia donation in Melbourne
Operation Flinders in Adelaide