Annual Grants

Over the past twelve years, our Annual Grants have provided $6 million in support of research and innovation projects, education and wellbeing initiatives and the purchase of equipment across the Prince of Wales Hospital.

For the first time ever, this year’s Annual Grants awarded $1,000,000 across 48 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 2023 Grant Round Recipients


Supporting researchers within their field:

  • Dr Camila Eleuterio Rodrigues, Nephrology – Pre-operative Kidney Functional Reserve And Damage Biomarkers In Prediction Of Perioperative Acute Kidney Injury (Aki) After Cardiac Surgery (Respectaki Study)
  • Prof Konstantin Yastrebov, Intensive Care Unit – Analogue Mean Systemic Filling Pressure, Fluid Balance in General Intensive Care Unit and Associated Outcomes (AMFIBIO)
  • Dr Nasir Shah, Nephrology – Creating in vitro models using printed vessels to assess endothelial cell function in patients treated with haemodialysis (Creating IMPACT
  • Prof Val Wilson , Nursing – Making an iMPAKT: Implementing Nursing KPIs via the iMPAKT app to measure patient perspectives of nursing practice across POWH
  • Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly,  Sydney Youth Cancer Service, Cancer Services -Thriving in survivorship: Understanding and addressing adolescent and young adult cancer survivors’ psychological needs through a needs-based model of comprehensive survivorship support
  • Mr Daniel Treacy, Physiotherapy – ReacStep Falls prevention program: A feasibility trial
  • Mr Brett Anthony Clarke, Emergency Prince of Wales Hospital – Digital Health at the Workforce interface: A case study of the nature and cost of medication administration errors.
  • Ms Ruth Smoother, Nursing Education, Workforce and Research (NEWR) – Exploring a person-centred culture in a newly established hospital unit


Supporting developments, simple or complex, that lead to improvements in health outcomes and patient experience:

  • Dr Peter Sturgess, Rehabilitation Medicine – Virtual reality rehabilitation
  • Ms Laura Butterworth, Emergency – Reducing need for CT and MRI in the Emergency Department – use of the ‘HINTS-PLUS-VOG’ protocol
  • Leanne Crnek, Haematology Oncology Day Centre – POWH Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCIg) Program 
  • Jenni Graves, Diversity Programs – “I understand now” – Translated information to orientate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Patients to POWH.
  • Prof Minas Coroneo, Ophthalmology – A novel smart-phone based portable tool for assessment of ocular uv damage, an early biomarker for predicting skin cancer risk.
  • MS Alana Scully, Mental Health – EPPeer – Integration of Youth Peer Worker into an Early Psychosis Programme
  • Ms Katherine Martin, Department of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology – MEMO online memory training following spinal cord injury.
  • Ms Penny Mogg, Speech Pathology – Eyegaze Edge assistive communication system in the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU)
  • Mrs Michelle Carvalho-Mora, Community Health – Enhancing Culturally Appropriate Care for Aboriginal People in the POWH Local Aboriginal Community
  • Mr Michael Breeze, Surgery – The Wound Sandwich
  • Hannah Rutherford, Strategy, Innovation and Improvement. POWH Executive Unit. – Preparing for surgery – Patient Information
  • Miss Harriet Amey, Physiotherapy – Starting Stroke Prevention Sooner


Supporting staff education initiatives and conferences:

  • Christopher Legg, Physiotherapy – Online education platform for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Outpatients Department
  • Ms Hayley Callaghan, Cardiology – Training the Next Generation of Code Blue Emergency Team Responders
  • Dr Sukhi Hegde, Cardiac Anaesthetic Department – Evidence Based Transfusion on Randwick Campus 2023
  • Dr Leila Bukalo, Mental Health – EMDR Training
  • Ms Sarah Adams, Physiotherapy – Upskilling Clinicians to Support People with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Mrs Rachelle Robinson, Speech Pathology – Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society Conference
  • Ms Karen Tuqiri, POWH – Culture of COURAGE workshops and seminars
  • Dr Amelia Reid, Mental Health – Dialectical Behavioural Skills Training for Emergency Department Mental Health Clinicians
  • Ms Elizabeth Browne, Spinal Injuries Unit – Spinal Injuries Unit – Patient Education Program
  • Ms Shania Liu, Pharmacy Department – Conference support to attend the International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management
  • Ms Laura Richmond, Executive Unit – Conference Sponsorship for 2023 International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare
  • Dr Arunima Jain, Nephrology Department – Presenting findings of an audit regarding practice patterns in a specialist hypertension clinic
  • Mr Niall Caverly, GM Office – MGI Customer Service Experience Training for POWH Staff and development of a guide for Responding Positively to Requests and Feedback tailored to POWH
  • Ms Elizabeth Schlossberger, Nursing Education Workforce Research Unit – Sponsorship for Attendance at the 2023 Australian College of Nursing
  • Emma Birrell, Adult Intensive Care Unit – ALS2Neph


Supporting positive physical and emotional outcomes for staff and patients:

  • Rachael Hooper, Physiotherapy – Spinals & Rehabilitation Sustainable Therapy and Wellbeing Garden
  • Ms Melissa Cooper, General Rehabilitation – Tovertafel 2 Technology – The Genius of Play for Improved Patient Outcomes
  • Mr Ryan Taylor, Physiotherapy – Aboriginal Employment Morning Tea Program – POWH
  • Mrs Ashleigh McDermott, Department of Surgery – To add a little brightness
  • Dr Rebecca Strutt, Palliative Care – Art Therapy in Palliative Care
  • Dr Hannah Pincham, Psychiatry – Psychiatry Registrar Wellbeing Initiative
  • Ms Hayley Warren, On behalf of the POWH/SSEH Wellbeing Committee – Resurfacing for outdoor gym equipment
  • Mr Daniel Treacy, Allied Health – Acknowledging POWH Allied Health Together For Wellbeing
  • Mr Niall Caverly, GM Office – Broadening the Arts Strategy at POWH to the older facilities
  • Hannah Rutherford, Strategy Innovation Improvement- Outdoor Seating & Staff self-care rewards
  • Ms Hayley Warren, Oncology & Cancer services – Professional Development in Workforce Wellbeing & Team driven staff Wellbeing

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