At the centre of the Dr Edward Koch Foundation’s work, and the heart of the organisation, is a belief that by promoting and initiating innovative preventative and educational programs, the health of a community will improve.
The Foundation continues to pursue its mission and has focused on projects that enhance community health and well-being. Every year, almost one million people die from suicide – a “global” mortality rate of 16 per one million, or one death every 40 seconds. To that end, in view of the impact of suicide in our region and the need for education on this complex issue, suicide prevention and good mental health have become our main focus.
On top of this work, the Foundation also supports and conducts health research and development projects. In previous years, through partnerships with Queensland Health’s Tropical Population Health Unit and universities such as James Cook University and the University of Queensland, the Foundation has been integral to research in the following areas:
- Diabetes Care in remote North Queensland communities
- Ciguatera Poisoning in North Queensland
- Tropical Stinger Research with a focus on Irukanji
- Mosquito Research focusing on Dengue Fever, Albo Pictus Virus, Japanese Encephalitis and Ross River Fever
The Dr Edward Koch Foundation’s operations are overseen by a board of directors acting in accordance with the overall objectives of promoting and initiating innovative preventative and educational programs improving the health of the community and supporting and conducting health research and development projects. It is also guided by Commonwealth and State Government health policies. As an independent private foundation, it has the flexibility to cooperate and form partnerships with other organisations in order to pursue its aims and objectives and to react to contemporary public health issues in the community. Its role in providing support in the aftermath of Cyclones Larry and Yasi and its fundraising for individuals requiring surgery are examples of this approach.