Annual Grant Round Recipients 2019

The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation’s 2019 Annual Grant Round has awarded $600,000 across 57 submissions to staff at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

The funding will support professional development, education in patient care and staff wellbeing initiatives, research and additional equipment needs across the Hospital.

The June awards night, attended by 150 colleagues, included Federal member for Kingsford Smith Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Member for Coogee Dr Margorie O’Neil MP, Member for Maroubra Michael Daley MP, Mayor of Randwick Cr Kathy Neilson, SESLHD CEO Tobi Wilson, Ambassador Louisa Hope and our corporate partners.

Our Board of Directors congratulate all the successful recipients and we look forward to seeing the impact of our grants for the staff and patients for the years to come.

Senior Research

Research grants support clinical research conducted by early career as well as established researchers:

  • Assoc Prof Adrienne Torda & Dr Holly Seale, Infectious Diseases: Development of a toolkit for engaging patients in infection prevention and control.
  • Prof Ken Butcher & Dr Laughlin Dawes, Neurology Acute Aged Care & Radiology: POWH Perfusion Imaging Registry – Selecting ischaemic stroke patients for acute reperfusion therapies
  • Jennifer Fildes & Dr Jennifer Yu, ESCM Cardiac Rehab: Trialling High Intensity Interval Training for patients with coronary artery disease
  • Dr Megan Sands, Prof Lin Perry & Sarah Messum, Palliative/Supportive Care, Nursing Research & SESLHD Medical Executive Directorate: A tool to assist clinicians with identifying patients ready for palliative and supportive care


These innovative projects transform our models of patient experience and staff well being:

  • Jessica van Schreven, Pharmacy: Workplace Training Program for Pharmacy staff
  • Assoc Prof Adrienne Torda, Infectious Diseases: Career development and support program for early-mid career women in medicine
  • Justin O’Hare & Jayne McGreal, ESCM Diabetes Centre: Diabetes High Risk Foot Video series for patients and their caregivers
  • Sienna James & Lauren Taylor, Speech Pathology: Multifaceted patient Rehabilitation Enrichment Program to improve patient experience.
  • Helen Stavrou, Medical Education Unit: The Doctor-in-Training Wellbeing Program speaker series  
  • Fiona Conacher, Community Health TAPC : Talking Tablets: teaching clients in the use of technology to access online services and measure progress

Staff Education

The following conferences and staff education programs were supported:

  • Elizabeth Bye, Physiotherapy: Paper presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Switzerland on the mechanisms driving strength gains in partially paralysed muscles following spinal cord injury
  • Dr Lindsey Brett of Physiotherapy: Delivery of Educational Dementia Immersive Exercise, Acute interactive workshops to 120 Allied Health clinicians
  • Dr Benjamin Reardon, Haematology: Online self-learning tool to for Junior Medical Officers and Registrars
  • Annalisa Dezarnulds, Psychology – Spinal: Presentation of an interactive psychosocial workshop on the Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit at the International Spinal Cord Society
  • Kylie Richardson, Nutrition and Dietetics: Webinars on person-centric, evidence based nutritional care
  • Dr Catherine Downs, Cardiac Anaesthesia: Quality project for Cardiac Theatres
  • Adriana Chubaty, Pharmacy: Online self-learning system for Pharmacists and Junior Doctors
  • Dr Amrita Ronnachit, Infectious Diseases: Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases
  • Rachel Williams & Tina Gonzalez, Hereditary Cancer Centre: Paper presentation at kConFab (Familial Aspects of Cancer: Research & Practice) 
  • Daniel Treacy, Physiotherapy: Paper presentation on hip fracture rehabilitation at the Fragility Fracture Network Global Congress, UK. 

Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses

The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses was established by Louisa Hope to support and benefit nurses in their work and wellbeing:

  • Dr Leon Botes, Hereditary Cancer Centre: Poster presentation at the Familial Aspects of Cancer Genetics conference (kConFab)
  • Mary Mulcahy, Karen Tuqiri & Karen Woods, Nursing Education Research Unit: MWAC Program – Kind Minds and the 7 Habits of a Healthy Brain for Staff Wellbeing Program
  • Warren Stewart, Nursing ICU: Researching the use of Yoga and Mindfulness to reduce emotional exhaustion and improve resilience in ICU Staff
  • Prof Lin Perry, Lisa Nealon & Timothy Morcombe, Nursing Research, Orthopaedics and Physiotherapy: Trial of a Nurse-led advanced recovery orthopaedic program for major joint replacements to enhance care quality and outcomes 
  • Divna Kuzmich, Post Acute Care Services: Poster presentation at the Hospital in the Home Society Australasian Annual Scientific Conference
  • Mary Mulcahy, Nursing Education Research Unit: Compassion Lab – one day staff development workshop
  • Carol Stott, Lisa Graaf and Katherine Wykes, Nursing Surgery: Paper presentation on Stoma patient psychological distress at the Biannual Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses Conference
  • Jane Flinn, Nursing Services: Compact ultrasound machine for After Hours Services


The Foundation provided over $280,000 towards equipment across the Prince of Wales Hospital:

  • Fernanda Di Natal, Physiotherapy: Exercise Recumbent Bike for use in the gym
  • Kerri Blyth, Physiotherapy: Soft Plyometric Boxes for the musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient service
  • Danielle Collins, Occupational Therapy: Two Power Wheelchairs for spinal occupational therapy
  • Samantha Ryan, Parkes 7 East : Dopplers and probes to monitor blood flow for Plastics and Vascular patients on Parkes 7 East
  • Maria Manna, Randwick Campus Operating Suite: Flexible Video Choledochoscope for patients undergoing upper GI surgery
  • David Begley, Pain Management: Four local anaesthetic infusion pumps and syringe drivers for pain relief patients post surgery
  • Skye Sadokierski, Pain Management: Equipment and educational posters for the cardiopulmonary gym
  • Justin O’Hare, Ambulatory Care/Patient Discharge Lounge: Two recliner chairs for patients in the Ambulatory Care Unit
  • Stella Chen, Nephrology: Bladder Scanner for Nephrology for Parkes 9 West
  • Maria Manna, Randwick Campus Operating Suite: Nicolet Cortical Stimulator for patients undergoing neurosurgery
  • Nikita Donnelly, Nursing Education Research Unit: Software package for teaching CPR within the Glenn McEnally Centre
  • Anthony Patruno, Physiotherapy: Two electric single treatment plinths for patients undergoing physiotherapy
  • Ferdinand Navarro, Geriatrics: Observation machine for monitoring patient vital signs for Parkes 6 Acute Aged Care
  • Jane Bayaca, Aged Care Rehabilitation: Two observation machines for monitoring patient vital signs for Parkes 5 Aged Care Rehabilitation
  • Claire Gill, Physiotherapy: Sara Plus for Parkes 8 Stroke Unit to assist staff with standing and transfer of patients
  • Karen van Cuylenburg, Neurosciences: Sara Steady for Parkes 8 to enable one caregiver to transfer patients from sit to stand position
  • David Sait, Mental Health Unit: Table Tennis Table and SenSit Chair providing activity and sensory therapy for the Mental Health Unit 
  • Emma Devlin, Cardiology: ECG machine for Cardiology
  • Daniel Treacy, Physiotherapy: 20 StepWatch Activity Monitors for rehabilitation patients in spinal, general and aged care
  • Margaret Holyday, Nutrition and Dietetics: Two laptops, PC cameras & headsets for Telehealth in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Lindsay Briscoe, Occupational Therapy: Wheelchair backrest for spinal patients
  • Suzie Daniells, Nutrition and Dietetics: Four Bariatric Patient Chair Scales
  • Jodie Moore, Nursing Education Research Unit: Three Resusci Anne and SimPad Plus SkillsR for CPR training
  • Jennifer Twomey, Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Services: Free standing punching bag for Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service
  • Margaret Woolford, Cardiothoracic Surgery: ECG machine for Cardiac
  • Lucy Pendray, Community Mental Health: Five Automated Pill Dispensers for Community Mental Health patients
  • Sandra Grice, Nuclear Medicine: Observation machine for monitoring patient vital signs for Nuclear Medicine

A special thank you to all our Grant Sponsors.
our support contributes directly to the work of our staff at the Prince of Wales Hospital.