Team Philippines 2018

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A little bit of context

Access to high quality healthcare services, resources and expertise helps to alleviate disease and improve quality of life for everyone. We in Australia are lucky to have access to our health system, which is recognised as one of the best in the world.

But there’s a problem

The community in Calauan in the Philippines has very limited access to healthcare. Members of the community face difficult and debilitating health problems. These can be solved with just a little bit of attention from a healthcare professional and minimal resources.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Team Philippines is a healthcare volunteering initiative that involves doctors, dentists, medical students from The University of Notre Dame, Sydney and dental students from Sydney University . Under the leadership of Dr Charlotte Hespe, we travel to the community of Calauan in the Philippines to provide medical treatment and maintain community projects that have been developed to enhance the lives of the local people.

We run a medical clinic and pharmacy, a dental service, a women’s health clinic, an eye clinic and a collection of other carefully developed and sustainable community projects.

We travel twice a year with a holistic health approach to provide basic needs for a community living in poverty. On one of our recent trips, we conducted over 400 medical consultations, about 180 eye examinations and provided 100 pairs of glasses.

The project has two main goals:
- to improve the long term health of the community in Calauan, Laguna, Philippines, and
- to introduce Australian Medical students to hands-on experiences of holistic health care in an impoverished rural setting and enhance their understanding of the role of long-term social justice projects.

You can join us

It would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to make a donation to support our work here. We aim to raise $10,000 for the Calauan community.

Please note: All volunteers on the team cover all of their own travel and living expenses with personal funds and scholarships, so your donation goes straight to funding resources that directly benefit the community.

Your donations are used to buy folate supplements, iron supplements, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies (e.g., dressings, saline, instruments, sterilization, etc.), dental supplies, pairs of glasses, and other equipment and consumables. Thank you very much!

More information about the team is available here: 

Thank you for your support!

Where does your donation go?


Provide 1 person with a full dental consultation to treat dental issues and reduce the risk of future health problems


Provide 15 pregnant women with a full course of folate supplementation to facilitate the healthy development of their unborn child


Provide 20 people with a toothbrush and toothpaste to prevent the onset of health problems


Provide full anti-worming treatment to 20-25 severely infected children


Provide 5 people suffering iron deficiency the iron supplements they need, preventing developmental delay in children and anaemia in adults


Provide a child with 3 nutritious meals per day for a year


Provide a child with access to education for a whole year, school supplies and a uniform

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without

We and the Calauan community will be forever grateful! And we'll provide you with updates on the projects as the year progresses, with photos and videos. Thank you again so much for being an inspirational supporter of our healthcare work.

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Team Members

Team Philippines

Alice Minogue

Krishna Muralidharan