Fiji Village Project (FVP)

The Fiji Village Project (FVP) is an international humanitarian project executed by medical, dental, nursing and public health students from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. The project aims to promote health in the South Pacific region and bring together students from the region to work towards a common goal. It is an initiative of medical students and is based on models from the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Federation of Medical Students Associations and Fiji School of Medicine Public Health Curriculum.

The Project usually runs as a 2 week overseas trip which has 5 facets; the installation of water-tanks, dental checks and extractions, basic health screening, health awareness and hospital rotations at Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the coordinating team of the Fiji Village Project had to postpone the January 2021 project. Because of continuing international travel restrictions it is not possible to organise a project involving Australian and New Zealand students at this time,  and the feasibility of a January 2022 project is still to be determined.

However, to continue the Fiji Village Project legacy we are running a 2021 “Mini Project” with local Fijian students, which will continue our FVP mission whilst the full international projects can’t run. Australian and New Zealand students can still be involved in the 2021 Mini Project by fundraising for water tank installation and medical supplies. If you are interested send us an email or donate to the cause.

To keep up to date with FVP and what we are doing please follow our social media and check out our website.

We will update everyone on a 2022 project as soon as we know.

Events in 2021

In classic pandemic fashion all events for 2021 will be virtual (thank you Zoom). This has enabled us to create International events, to embrace all three countries and the mission of FVP.

Mar

Information Evening

Unfortunately we don’t know whether a January 2022 trip is possible at this time, however the team is preparing for a quick turn around if we do. The call will be made June/July, and if it does go ahead this gives us all 6 months notice. To ease the pressure of this, we want to give you as much information as possible so you can start planning now if being involved in the January 2022 project interests you. Details will be advertised through our social media.

Jun‑Aug

Inaugural International FVP Trivia

In a world first, our annual FVP trivia night fundraiser (previously at the RUC) has evolved into an online international trivia night! Details will be advertised through our social media, but this is not an event to miss!

Meet the Team

Fiona Lewis

Australian International Coordinator
  • Point of contact and coordinator for all Australian participants regarding the international trip.
  • Oversees the application process (open to all Australian medical, nursing, dental and public health students).
  • Works closely with the International Coordinators from Fiji and New-Zealand to organise and execute the international trip, the projects mission, and aims.
  • Assists National Fundraising Coordinator in their role.

Katie Dahl

National Fundraising Coordinator and Treasurer
  • Promotes and creates awareness about the Fiji Village Project.
  • Organises and executes fundraising events.
  • Liaises with ANUMSS.
  • Manages the FVP finances.
  • Assists international Coordinator in their role.