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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 May 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019 9 NEWS Axion Hellas completes successful four-island mission providing medical care to isolated communities The Hellenic Initiative Australia has welcomed the successful completion of Axion Hellas' mission to four remote islands, which provided preventive and specialist health care to more than 650 people. Supported by an AU$50,000 grant from The Hellenic Initiative Australia, Axion Hellas' volunteer medical team operated medical clinics on the Dodecanese islands of Astypalea, Tilos, Halki and Kastellorizo in April. People living in these isolated communities have limited access to basic health care and hospitals with specialist medical services. The Axion Hellas medical team included 43 doctors (of about 23 medical subspecialties), 11 nurses and allied health professionals and support personnel. Residents had access to specialist doctors and a comprehensive range of medical examinations, including blood tests, eye and Axion Hellas helps islanders in remote areas. breast examinations, dental checks and ultrasounds. More than 2,500 medical tests were conducted during the mission. Home visits were also conducted on all islands for less mobile residents. THI Australia President, Nicholas Pappas AM commended the Axion Hellas volunteer team for their support and dedication to providing residents of these isolated islands access to critical preventive health care. "For all their beauty, Greece's isolated islands present many difficulties for their permanent residents, particularly during the harsh winters and even more so for the elderly. "Simple things like getting your eyes checked or an ultrasound can be a costly exercise involving days of travel. As well as a full range of free medical and dental checks, Axion Hellas' optical team can make glasses on-the-spot," Mr Pappas said. This is the second consecu- tive year that The Hellenic Initiative Australia has supported Axion Hellas. More than 500 people in the remote communities of Psara and Volissos (Chios) received health care In September 2018, following a $50,000 grant from THI Australia. As well as medical care, Axion Hellas' missions include cultural, educational and volunteer activities organised by a range of partner not forprofits, as well as delivering infrastructure projects such as new playgrounds and sporting facilities.A highlight of this mission was a moving, intimate concert by Alkistis Protopsalti in Kastellorizo on the final night of the mission. "The impact of Axion Hellas' mission will be felt on these islands long after they have left the island," said Mr Pappas. This was Axion Hellas' 7th sea crossing since it was established in 2016. Patriarch Bartholomew decides on the future of the Archdiocese of Australia Speculation on the future of the Archdiocese of Australia has been rampant since the death of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos on 25 March. Patriarch Bartholomew had already confirmed that a Holy Synod would vote on the new leaders for the Archdioceses of Australia, America and Thyatiron and Great Britain after Easter. The murky landscape is due to clear this month as sources of Neos Kosmos say that leadership changes will be discussed at the Holy Synod due to take place from 9-11 May. His Grace Bishop Ezekiel has confirmed that five representatives from Australia - one from each state - have been invited to the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Fener, Istanbul, for meetings with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and to attend the Holy Synod. Victorian church representative Andreas Georgiou will be meeting with the Patriarch on 9 May. Patriarch Bartholomew had asked for bishops of Australia to meet for a discussion on the church situation and accession. Sources state that the results of the meeting and submission of views were called for by the Orthodox leader. The findings of the unprecedented meeting will be taken into account by the Patriarch in the decision-making process. Sources have indicated that Patriarch Bartholomew plans to change the administration of the Australian church body by creating three autonomous administrative organs. It is believed that the Australian church headquarters will continue to be located in Sydney, with the base of the Archdiocese functioning as it currently does. The religious leader in Sydney will maintain the title of Archbishop, whereas the other two elected heads will be Metropolitan Bishops and run inde- pendently while carrying equal status. The new form will better meet the demands of Orthodoxy as it grows and will also best serve the needs of the communities of Australia. The search is on for a highly educated and competent leader to take the Australian Orthodox church to the future. In Adelaide, His Grace Bishop Nikandros has already proven himself a diligent and worthy leader. The current considerations are not set in stone, and could be overturned as deliberations continue. AMERICA AND GREAT BRITAIN Patriarch Bartholomew will take all factors into account when looking at the future of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS The replacement of Archbishop Demetrios of America is also imminent even though he has yet to resign from his post. Meanwhile, Archbishop Gregorios, who oversees the Greek Orthodox parishes in the United Kingdom, is more than 90 years old and will also be replaced.
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