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The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation has had significant impact on the delivery of health services for the community and the building and renovation of major hospital facilities. We have helped support the supply of close to 1000 pieces of equipment, the delivery of more than 50 health promotion campaigns, funding of more than 75 bodies of research, and enabling more than 50 clinicians to attend professional development opportunities. Improved community health outcomes include reduced mortality rates, reduced waiting time and length of stay, and increased patient and staff satisfaction with their experience at Prince of Wales Hospital.

Equipment

The Foundation invests in upgrading major equipment and technological innovations across the Hospital to ensure high quality patient care.

A new Hybrid Operating Suite could be purchased with a cornerstone stone donation of $250,000 from The Lewis Foundation with the remaining funding provided through State Government. This innovative operating suite enables scanning work to take place in a surgical platform and is invaluable for vascular surgery.

In 2017 the Foundation provided $250,000 to support a new Brainlab Navigation System ensuring the skilled neurosurgeons at the Prince of Wales Hospital have the latest in technology to provide their patients with the best care possible. The system enables surgeons to view the tip of their instruments in relation to the scan taken prior to surgery while the patient is on the operating table.

Health Promotion

We understand that dealing with a serious disease or health problem without prior knowledge can be extremely overwhelming for patients and their families.

The Foundation supports initiatives to assist and encourage the accessibility and availability of information relating to health and disease. These include:

  • Education and information for patients;
  • Medical brochures and fact sheets;
  • Health information booths
  • New education programs

Research

The Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH) is one of Australia’s premier major teaching hospital serving all of New South Wales with an average of 50,000 admissions per year. Co-located on the same campus are closely affiliated hospitals and institutions, including the University of New South Wales Clinical School, Professorial Units, NeuroScience Research Australia, and the Black Dog Institute. The Hospital is affiliated with the University of NSW, one of the premier medical teaching facilities in Australia which enables it to provide excellence in care in conjunction with our commitment to clinical teaching and medical research.

The Foundation invests in critical research projects to drive insights into the causes, prevention, treatment and control of diseases.

Examples of current research initiatives

  • Neurology: New non-invasive methods of assessing the cerebellum
  • Physiotherapy: Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation to improve bowel & bladder function in people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cardiology: Reducing Future Events in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients by Improving HDL Function
  • Infectious Diseases: Promoting the influenza vaccination
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Clinical Translation of Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation to reduce respiratory complications in spinal cord injury

Education

The Foundation invests in human resources to drive innovation, research and compassionate patient care. The Foundation supports the professional development and growth of all Hospital staff.

Hospital Infrastructure

The Foundation has launched a capital campaign for the Prince of Wales Hospital’s expansion as part of the Randwick Campus Redevelopment. The Foundation is focusing particularly on the integration of health, education and research to drive innovation for better patient outcome and experiences – truly putting patients first.

In 2017, the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (NCCC) as a centre for excellence in supporting cancer patient completing a $56 million project, supported by $11.7 million from Foundation supporters including the Nelune Foundation and the Lowy Foundation.

Innovation

Innovation is driving the Foundation’s mission to provide the best care possible for patients. The concepts of wearable health check technologies, virtual care clinics, robotics and AI are now reality for the future of healthcare. Recently, the Foundation has launched a collaboration with Deloitte Australia bringing cutting edge technology to the Hospital. DeloitteASSIST, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Patient Communication Solution enabling patients to request assistance without the need to press a button.

Introducing The New Hospital

We are investing in the future of health to ensure the best care possible for patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital. We are committed to raise vital funds for research, education, equipment, health promotion and special projects to improve health outcomes for our community. To support our life-saving work and impact millions of patients please consider a donation.