Alchemy - Issue 28 - Page 22

In brief Students raise funds for refugee health literacy More than 120 students channelled their inner-game show host as the Parkville Postgraduate Association (PPA) held their annual trivia night, raising funds for The Water Well Project, a charity with a special link to the faculty. Founded in 2012 by alumna Dr Linny Kimly Phuong (BPharm (Hons) 2002) (MBBS 2009), The Water Well Project is a registered not-for-profit organisation which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by improving their health literacy. Dr Phuong who is currently an Advanced Paediatric Trainee at the Royal Children’s Hospital, founded the charity after observing a need for greater health literacy in refugee and asylum seeker groups. “I became increasingly aware of the barriers to access while working as a pharmacist and now as a doctor. Also, my parents were refugees so it was both personal and professional experiences that motivated me to create The Water Well Project,” she said. 20 Katrina Hui who is the Secretary of the PPA said it had always been a conscious decision to raise funds for both local and international charities and was proud to announce that more than $1400 had been donated. “This year we wanted to support a cause closer to home and when we came across The Water Well Project on Facebook, the connection was obvious.” “It was founded by a graduate, a number of pharmacists volunteer at the project and improving health literacy is something we all learn about during our degree. We also wanted to inspire students and graduates by showing them another way of how pharmacists can make a real difference in the community,” she said.