Annual Grant Rounds

Over the past twelve years, our annual Grant Round has provided $5 million in support of research and innovation projects, staff and patient education initiatives and the purchase of additional equipment across the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Last year’s Grant Round awarded $300,000 across 23 funding requests, and we look forward to seeing the impact of this important funding program. Without the support of our corporate partners, donors and local community, it would not be possible to award these grants and as a result, create the positive change towards better health for our community. Our Grant Round runs from May to July each year.

Email us for more information on our Grant Round.

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Our 2022 Grant Round Recipients


Our research grants support clinical research conducted by both early career and established researchers, five novice grants were awarded:

  • Yoke Mooi (Amy) Au, Nephrology – Detecting Kidney Transplant Calcineurin Inhibitor Toxicity (the TransTox Study)
  • Shania Liu, Pharmacy – Impact of extended-release opioid use on clinical outcomes following total hip and knee arthroplasty: a multicentre retrospective cross-sectional study 
  • Dr. David Collins, Intensive Care – Albumin infusion and Acute Kidney Injury following cardiac surgery 
  • Dr. Minmin Li, Hereditary Cancer Centre – Pilot study for video based pre-test genetic counselling in hereditary endocrine tumour syndromes
  • Dr. Joshua Starr, Intensive Care Medicine – Evaluation of a communication app in non-verbal patients admitted to the ICU after head & neck surgery


These seven innovation initiatives will transform our models of patient experience and staff wellbeing:

  • Laura Richmond, Executive Unit – Bringing Music and Art Interventions to all healthcare staff, consumers, families and carers to support positive wellbeing.
  • William McCormack, Physiotherapy – Surgical Ward (2S) and Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit (ICU/HDU) –  Surgical preadmission clinic video resource for general surgery and UGI surgery patients
  • Linda Boney, Social Work – Creating a more welcoming environment for Aboriginal people through artwork as symbols of welcome. 
  • Daniel Treacy, Physiotherapy – Physitrack – an online exercise app
  • Dr. Renae McNamara, Physiotherapy – Rehabilitation Gym Wall Mural 
  • Helen Stavrou, Medical Education Unit – Junior Doctor/Doctor in Training Wellbeing Program 
  • Professor Jacqueline Close, Geriatric Medicine and Orthopaedics – SipTilSend Poject – reducing fasting times for fluids.


Nine staff or patient educational programs or conferences were awarded:

  • Shania Liu, Pharmacy – International Social Pharmacy Workshop – Prevalence and predictors of opioid use before orthopaedic surgery in an Australian setting.
  • Dr. Jeremy Tan,  Sourceshed web platform to improve the uptake and practice of evidence-based medicine for ophthalmology.
  • Dr. James Miers, Emergency Department – Supportiong the Emergency Procedures App
  • Jacqueline Kydd, Nutrition and Dietetics – Presenting on the development and implementation of a novel protocol for the nutritional care of COVID-19 patients
  • Suzie Daniells, Nutrition and Dietetics – Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition – workshop on Home Parental Nutritian 
  • Dr. Emma Agnew, Mental Health – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy team training
  • Dr. Hamish Fibbins, Mental Health – Keeping the Body In Mind program
  • Jacqueline Stephenson, Shared Clinical Services – Aboriginal Cultural Safety
  • Carrie Easthope, Occupational Therapy – NDIS education and mentoring


The Foundation funds additional equipment needs across the Prince of Wales Hospital:

  • Roxanne Fielding, Comprehensive Epilepsy Service / Neurological Sciences – Compumedics Onsite A.V.S Ambulatory video EEG system
  • Linda Boney, Social Work – Furniture and whitegoods for the Barmbli Room.
  • Cassandra Gavel, Social Work – Emergency FDV Kits 
  • Clare Griffin, Occupational Therapy – Neurotek SMARTfit

Read about the latest updates and amazing impact of our previous grants.