Advancing West Auckland Health & Wellbeing
Thanks to incredible public support, the Well Foundation received the highest number of votes during the recent Million Dollar Mission, raising $116,010 towards the cost of a third Mobile Health Clinic.
The Well Foundation is the fundraiser for the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) and the new clinic-on-wheels will bring first class dental services to children around West Auckland.
This new purpose-built, state of the art Mobile Dental Health Clinic will give nurses the ability to treat patients on the spot and provide a solution to major oral health problems facing so many vulnerable children.
Recently, four children who had missed 22 appointments between them were brought to their attention. None of the children had been seen by the dental team and the youngest aged eight had his first dental experience under general anaesthetic, having to have eight of his teeth extracted due to various levels of decay.
The Mobile Dental Health Clinic will see families like this one, benefit from earlier intervention on site at their pre-school or school, where treatment will be provided to reduce further health implications.
Well Foundation CEO, Andrew Young says, “I am thrilled by the overwhelming response we’ve received from our community. Thank you for taking the time to vote. We are now one big step closer to the $262,000 which is needed to fund the clinic.”
In addition to the amount raised from the Million Dollar Mission campaign, The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) has also generously donated an additional $100,000 towards the clinic. TTCF and The Trusts are separate organisations.
With over three quarters of the total needed for the new clinic raised, the team is now hard at work fundraising for the rest so that the new clinic can be on the road as soon as possible. You can donate to the Well Foundation here.
This will be the third Mobile Health Clinic that the Well Foundation has made possible with your support.
In October last year, the first Mobile Health Clinic was launched in the community, reaching new patients for ear assessments and treatments, across West Auckland and the North Shore, even going as far north as Warkworth.
With the clinic’s self-sufficient power supply, nurses no longer need to run a power lead to use it and have been able to go to new areas and locations within the community, reaching more patients than ever before.
“Being self-powered, the mobile clinic can go to new areas and the team has been able to respond to opportunities as they arise to take it to new
places,” says team leader, Ruth Noel.
“For example we recently took up an invitation to the Pacific Youth Rugby League Cup Tournament to provide health promotion for Rheumatic Fever awareness, immunisations, vision & hearing testing and general child health matters. This would have been very difficult, potentially impossible in the old clinic.”
Mobile Health Clinics Changing Lives
After just a few months in service, the new clinic is already changing the lives of many vulnerable families in the community.
When 10 year old Etua Raki failed a school hearing test, his mum Tania took him to a mobile health clinic, parked at a school close to their home. When the nurse removed from one of Etua’s ear canals a piece of Lego and a small battery, which she guessed had been there for many years, Etua was referred for tests and treatment to try and reverse the damage this had caused.
Without the Mobile Health Clinic service being available and easily accessible for Tania and Etua, it could have been many more years before Etua got the help he needed and the outcome could have been much worse. Thanks to the generosity of the community, a second clinic has also been ordered and is now on its way.
This clinic, which will be on the road in September this year, will be used mostly for throat swabbing as a part of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme and will visit local schools and areas in the community where vulnerable people are in need of healthcare, like the Western Village Caravan Park in Ranui.
To find out more about the Well Foundation’s current projects, visit www.wellfoundation.org.nz
Million Dollar Mission is just one of the ways we give back to the West Auckland community. Learn about our plans to give back even more here.