Making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible for a greater number of Kiwis – that’s the vision of the Southern Cross Health Trust.
The Trust supports a range of 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.
Every year, a number of people who can’t be seen in the public system in an appropriate time frame, and who can’t 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. The Trust funded more than $1.2m in charitable surgeries in a recent four-year period.
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 donate their time to provide free dental care to low-income adults, many with dental disease. The Trust compensates the dental practices for the use of their premises, equipment, and dental assistants.
The Trust funds two clinical positions at the Calder Medical Centre, an integral part of the Auckland City Mission which provides primary health care to marginalised Aucklanders. The Centre sees some of the most complex and high needs clients 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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