Charitable activity

Southern Cross Health Trust is a charitable trust with a vision of making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible for a greater number of New Zealanders.

The Trust supports charitable initiatives that address unmet health-related needs in New Zealand. Its charitable activities include making its hospital facilities, medical supplies and staff available free-of-charge for charitable surgeries. It also provides funding for:

  • Free mobile dental clinic Revive a Smile
  • The New Zealand Dental Association’s initiative, Smile NZ Free Dental Day
  • Breast cancer support charity Sweet Louise
  • Dove Hospice’s cancer survivorship programme
  • Health staff at Auckland City Mission’s Calder Health Centre.

Charitable surgeries

Every year, many people who are not able to be seen in the public system within an appropriate timeframe and who cannot fund the surgery themselves, receive surgeries courtesy of the Trust. Surgeons and anaesthetists perform the surgeries, usually free of charge, with the Trust’s hospitals providing the facilities, medical supplies and staff. In the 2017 financial year, 88 surgeries were performed under this programme - largely ophthalmology and orthopaedic.  

Patient outside Gillies Hospital
 

Revive a Smile

Since 2016, the Trust has proudly supported charity Revive a Smile, which provides free dental care to disadvantaged adults via a mobile dental clinic. Revive a Smile provides dozens of smile-saving dental procedures a week. It was founded by Dr Assil Russell, who says Revive a Smile has helped treat nearly 10,000 people.

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Revive a Smile education

Smile NZ Free Dental Day

The Trust first teamed up with the New Zealand Dental Association in 2015 to support the “Smile New Zealand Free Dental Day” campaign. The initiative sees dentists from around the country generously give up their time to provide free dental care to low-income adults, many of whom have been impacted by dental disease. The Trust recompenses the dental practices for the use of their premises, equipment and dental assistants.

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Sweet Louise

Sweet Louise is a charity that offers free support and services for hundreds of New Zealanders living with secondary breast cancer. The Trust’s financial support of Sweet Louise since late 2015 has enabled it to extend to the South Island.

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Nicola and Ryan

Auckland City Mission

The Trust funds two essential clinical positions at the Calder Medical Centre, which is an integral part of the Auckland City Mission and provides primary health care to some of the most marginalised Aucklanders. The Centre sees some of the most complex and high needs patients in New Zealand, many of whom are homeless, families and individuals in crisis, clients with mental health concerns and those battling addiction.

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ACM nurse Anna

Dove Hospice

The Trust began funding Dove Hospice’s Restoring Wellness course in early 2017 to assist participants to slowly move forward with their life again after being treated for and surviving life-threatening illness. It offers a pragmatic approach to learning simple new skills easily integrated into life, strengthening self-confidence and the ability to manage anxiety and stress.

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Odette and Maxwell