We believe indigenous Australians deserve better health. It’s not OK that people in remote indigenous communities can’t access the health care most of us take for granted. SOS Health Foundation was formed to provide an avenue for physios and other allied health professionals to volunteer their time, skills, expertise and talents for those in need.
There are many within Australia who do not have access to physiotherapy and other allied health services due to remoteness, poverty and disadvantage. Our commitment is to help improve the health of disadvantaged remote indigenous communities by facilitating teams of volunteers to step out of their comfort zone and provide caring health services along with health and wellness education where access to these is needed… to be significant in the lives of others.
This can only be achieved through your generous gifts and the support of our partners and volunteers.
SOS Health Foundation was founded in 2009 to translate the success of the Back In Motion Health Group (BIM) into long term significant benefits in the lives of those who are disadvantaged. Founders Jason and Paulina Smith believed that impacting the lives of those not easily able to access allied healthcare could be achieved by taking the growing ‘success’ of the Back In Motion commercial business – increased financial resources, learning experiences, time freedoms, skills diversity and human resources – and finding creative and meaningful ways to have a sustainable impact on those less fortunate. This is what SOS Health offers other allied health professionals. ‘Significance’ can be achieved in the way we build relationships with people, the encouragement we offer, the money we donate, the training and health services we support, and the kindness we show.
SOS Health remains the ‘charity of choice’ for the Back In Motion Health Group, although it is an independent Not-For-Profit public benevolent institution. SOS Health has a growing number of partners and supporters, like-minded people and organisations within the health services arena and beyond, who also want to make a difference in the lives of others.
SOS = Success or Significance
The name of our Foundation is designed to constantly challenge us to reflect on whether we are chasing Success as an end in itself, or more importantly as a means to be Significant.
People are at the heart of what we do. We value each individual and we seek to bring healing, health and wholeness to individuals and communities.
Our name, SOS stands for Success or Significance. Those who volunteer and partner with SOS Health Foundation have a heart-felt desire to give something back, recognising that it is not our Success which gives life meaning, but our decision to invest ourselves and our resources in something of Significance – others.
The heart shape of our logo is made of thumb prints. Just as each fingerprint is unique, so is each person we serve, each volunteer we deploy, each community, and each of those who partner with SOS Health Foundation in our mission.
The thumb print also symbolises the care and transformation we bring to peoples lives through touch. Allied health professionals are literally hands on carers, seeking health and healing through the multiple ways our people, services and programs touch lives.
The colours of our logo represent the lands and communities we serve. The indigenous peoples of the red land of N.E. Arnhem Land, and those whose land is surrounded by the blue sea of Palm Island.
Through journeying with people and communities the, changes SOS Health Foundation brings lead to improved health, well-being, dignity and hope, those things required to become strong, empowered and self-sustaining communities.
’Mala’ (Hands) is an artwork commissioned for SOS Health, by artist Allan Palm Island
“My painting represents the livelihood of people, who have injury or pain so that they aren’t able to work. SOS Health plays a role on the island as giving mala (hands) in the community to regain their life back to work and health.“
My name is Allan Palm Island and i am fifty years old. I began to learn about my culture from as young as eight years, and this started with my father.
He would, over the years, teach me first about the stories of Nanggarra Wanggarra people and my connection to country (Manbarra).
My art depicts the land and animal and sea life and within the art is the spiritual connection to our ancestors which includes my father and my mother’s country and the carrying on of knowledge through these artworks.
I completed formal training through Cairns Collage of TAFE in Arts and Craft. I continued to learn more through Casuarina University in the Northern Territory and later I completed my Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University Melbourne in 1999.
I am a member of the Palm Island Community Company Board holding the inaugural position of Traditionl Owner Director for the Manbarra people.
SOS HEALTH FOUNDATION TIMELINE
2004 - 2008
2010 - 2011
Board & Staff
SOS Health Foundation is committed to developing long term, mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations and groups who share our goals and values. We acknowledge the following generous partners, supporters and friends who enable SOS Health to further our cause and to improve the health of those in need around Australia.