Barbara Polus, BAppSc (Chiropractic), MSc, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Hands on Health Australia
The Mission of Hands On Health Australia (HOHA) is to ‘enable volunteers to share their gifts to help heal and transform lives, promote health and wellbeing through a spirit of welcome and mutual respect, and provide inter-disciplinary and inclusive health care that embraces all people’.
The work of HOH occurs both in Australia and around the world. Volunteers work in communities providing various therapies and services to those who would be otherwise unable to access them. These services include; chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, homeopathy, hairdressing, podiatry, psychology/counselling and legal advice.
Hands on Health assists communities to establish clinics in which volunteers work in particular healing and service professions. Volunteers also work as welcomers who are there not only to assist the practitioners but also to provide a network of people to be there for those who are lonely or isolated and may have no one else to be there for them.
Hands on Health also provides training for healthworkers in basic myotherapy (massage) in communities where there is no access to this type of care. In this way communities are empowered to care for their own people in a sustainable and affordable way.
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