Who we are

Strive is a youth-led, not-for-profit, public health organisation founded in 2012 at The University of Melbourne with the aim of improving health outcomes for disadvantaged and culturally diverse communities in Victoria. Our community outreach initiatives have a health education focus on holistic aspects of health such as nutrition, hygiene, and physical activity. Strive volunteers deliver various community engagement workshops, health conferences, and Strive Clinic — the first student-run clinic in Australia. Strive is a space for young people to engage with not only the local community but like-minded others in seeing what goes into creating meaningful change in the various areas of healthcare.

Strive prides itself on being an organisation with a fundamentally significant volunteer base, composed of health-conscious students. From our dedicated volunteers to our executive committee, Strive provides a unique platform and opportunity for students and younger target demographics to understand the importance of primary health care. Through workshops and various projects, we give back to the community while simultaneously developing invaluable skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management.

Vision

Strive aims to improve accessibility to health care for those most in need and empower them through health education. Another key aspect of Strive’s vision is to empower the future generation of healthcare professionals towards creating a more equitable future.

As a result, Strive gathers students from across disciplines who share a passion for learning about and advocating issues associated with healthcare accessibility and equity.

Mission

Our mission declares our purpose as an organisation and forms the basis of our decisions and actions.

Improving the health literacy of disadvantaged communities

  • To focus on preventative health strategies in the general public and populations in need through workshops and seminars

Empowering future health professionals

  • To allow students to positively contribute to the public health sector via involvement in health literacy workshops delivered to local communities
  • To foster professional development through working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team
  • To promote a multidisciplinary understanding of public health, health education and healthcare careers

Core values

Innovation – Creative ideas and new approaches to health and education
Collaboration – Students of different disciplines such as Health Sciences, Commerce, and Arts
Accessibility – Equitable access to education and healthcare across society
Respect – All people deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion
Education – Empowering students and community with the skills and knowledge to effect change