Metagenics is proud to announce that we are the Major Sponsor of the One Health Organisation, (OHO) Australia's leading holistic humanitarian aid agency. Together with OHO we will strive to provide vulnerable communities with access to world class holistic healthcare programs and the latest advances in biological medicine and nutritional supplements. With our support the OHO will be a step closer in achieving their goal of 'Health for All'.
One Health Organisation (OHO) is an independent humanitarian agency for Holistic Primary Health Care (HPHC), which formed in 2005 to bridge the gap between the wellness sector and the community sector. Run entirely by volunteers, OHO was founded upon the principles of HPHC in a spirit of co-operation, goodwill and service in order to realise a common goal of health for all.
The OHO mission is to see the principles of HPHC enacted on a global scale, and to provide communities around the world with access to quality HPHC programs that address the root causes of their displacement and disease. OHO work in collaboration with approved holistic healthcare professionals to rebuild individuals' and communities' health using a co-operative, integrative and multidisciplinary approach that leans heavily on nutrition, lifestyle and education. However OHO cannot continue this vital work to support the poorest and most vulnerable communities without the support of Practitioners like you.
The first step to assisting the OHO in its work is through joining as a general, student or professional member from as little as $10 a month. All members receive regular updates via the journal 'As One!', with professional members having the option to be notified first when local or international projects are recruiting volunteers. The OHO always recruits first from within its membership base, with external recruitment only taking place if existing members decline the opportunity to volunteer.
The OHO is interested and passionate about supporting community groups and Practitioners working in or running projects in the following areas: indigenous health, homelessness, refugees, disaster relief and community development at a local or international level.
For further information on becoming a collaborative partner with the OHO, please send expressions of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your business is interested in supporting the OHO further there are several other avenues to get involved.
Business Membership: Allows businesses to show their clients and community they are taking an active role in the health of their local community. Join online today at www.onehealthorganisation.org.
Donations: Donations of any amount are welcome and tax deductible above $2.What it's all about
Volunteering your skills in a local community group via one of the OHO's unique and exciting projects is ultimately what it's all about, and the richness and rewarding nature of the experience is best attested to by THE volunteers themselves:
"The idea of using my skills to work with people who really needed help and had no access to services had always been a dream to me. So many people think about volunteering 'one day!'. Now after finally doing it, I encourage people not to put off this fulfilling experience. Planning and running a volunteer project in Kenya addressing trauma in the slum communities has opened my heart and eyes. To witness so many life changing moments where people lost fear and began to heal and regain power and hope reminded me of the original reason I began this work. My first contact with One Health Organisation was during the planning of the project where they were able to provide invaluable assistance that helped me understand how to best carry out the work. The project was a huge success and I look forward to being involved in many more projects that help touch the lives of those in true need."
"My clients are people who are seeking asylum in Australia and who do not have access to the Medicare system or employment or even the ability to volunteer their time. What would I say to someone considering volunteering with OHO? JUST DO IT! There're loads of wonderful people out there that need your help!"
"I found this to be a completely humbling and gratifying experience. I always felt very well supported by the OHO team who cared deeply for the project and for us - the Acupuncturists. To their credit there was no shortage of training to help us understand what these people had gone through and I found the whole experience to be extremely worthwhile for all involved."
Mr Yuen (name changed to protect identity) survived two years as a political prisoner in a filthy and overcrowded prison, enduring countless beatings that resulted in chronic debilitating pain and PTSD 30 years later.
"I would remember Vietnam and the conflict in the jungle and I couldn't breathe properly" Mr Yuen said. At night the pain from his experiences under torture was so great he couldn't sleep, and when he did it was filled with nightmares. In November 2006 he commenced acupuncture treatment with OHO volunteers in the STARTTS clinic just outside Sydney's Cabramata area. Six months later he told local journalists "Now I feel so much stronger and there is not too much pain, I can take deep breaths." To demonstrate the effect of the acupuncture on his kidney chi the 60-something year old Mr Yuen performed a shoulder height marshal arts kick for OHO representatives. The acupuncture clinic proved so successful that STARTTS formally employed long time volunteer and TCM Practitioner Naomi Abeshouse in 2007 who continues to treat torture and trauma survivors on a weekly basis.