The Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 1997, to focus and support public health activities in North Queensland. The objectives of the Foundation are to improve health and well being of North Queenslanders, conduct health research and development projects, promote and initiate preventive and educational health programs, and link with other groups with similar objectives. Since its inception, the Foundation has focused on projects that enhance health and well-being at a population level.
Her Excellency, the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley, AC agreed in October 2008 to become the patron of the Dr Edward Koch Foundation. The Governor states in her letter of acceptance "it is clear that the Foundation is playing an important role in addressing health and community challenges in North Queensland, and covering an impressive range of projects and activities."
Support from the community is fundamental to the Foundation's future, as it is in constant need of funds to support its ongoing activities. It is often left to the private sector to underpin the work of charitable organisations, and indeed without this help most organisations would not be able to function. The Foundation is no exception and relies strongly on the generosity of corporations, service clubs and individual donors.
How will the funds be used?
- Life Suicide Prevention Community Plans (all communities of North Queensland)
- Reprinting of vital suicide prevention resources
- A full-time suicide prevention officer
- Life Suicide Prevention Workshops delivery
- Development of a Life Suicide Prevention Workshop for young people
- Development of a Life Self-harm Prevention Workshop
Key Areas of Expenditure
Public Health Seminars, obtaining key speakers and leading experts in their fields and in public health
Suicide Prevention Projects