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Having a haircut soon?

May 14th, 2018

If you want to get rid of your afro, trim your fringe or have a new bob, why not head to JustCuts Parramatta and receive the Westmead Hospital staff special offer.

JustCuts – Parrmatta & Burwood salons have generously launched a 12-month “give back promotion” to support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

They are offering all Westmead staff $5 off every haircut at their Parramatta (Westfield) and Burwood stores. A further $2 from that haircut will be donated back to WMRF.

All funds raised are directed to support the delivery of patient care and medical research.

Simply show your staff ID or mention the Westmead Hospital promotion.

There is also a fundraising page where you can support this great initiative. https://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/profile/justcutsparrabur

This offer will run until May 2019!

To find out about other ways to support patient care at Westmead, please contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or email us.

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Related links:

Fundraising Page 

Round up to Make a Difference

 

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Introducing the Exercise Physiologist at Redbank

May 2nd, 2018

Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank

During a recent visit to Redbank, Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely had the opportunity to meet Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank House.

For more than 40 years, Westmead Hospital’s Redbank House has been at the forefront of specialist treatment for children and teenagers experiencing severe, complex and treatment resistant mental health issues.

Managing strong emotions or anger is just one of the techniques children learn to help them regain control, prevent self-harm or to stop them from hurting others.

The ongoing generosity of donors such as Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation has been crucial for Redbank, which has received support in the form of exercise and music equipment, and more recently with the introduction of the Exercise Physiologist who helps children to develop their ability to manage stress and anxiety.

Research shows that exercise has many short and long-term benefits, not only for the children’s physical health but also their mental health.

“Our exercise program stimulates endorphins and serotonin that improve the mood, as well as the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning,” Cindy said.

Regular exercise can reduce symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, assist with recovery from mental health issues and boost the immune system.

Cindy has experience in the assessment, design, and delivery of exercise and behaviour change interventions. Her individually designed exercise programmes make a valuable contribution to each child’s recovery.

If you want to support the work of Redbank or any other area of Westmead Hospital, please contact please contact us on 1800 639 037.

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Related  links:

Bullying: There’s a lot we can do to stop it

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May 2018 Charity Golf Day

April 16th, 2018

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce: Charity Golf Day 2018

8th May 2018 |  Oatlands Golf Club

RSVP: louise@parramattachamber.com.au – Phone: 9635 0022
Forms to register is available here in pdf

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Related links:

Events 2018

Connecting with local businesses

A visit to Westmead before teeing off

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Connecting with local businesses

April 5th, 2018

WMRF spreads the word about its work to Western Sydney businesses 

More than 120 business partners and guests attended “Business After Five”, a networking event organised by Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) at Bertonia Lounge in Parramatta.

Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely praised the Chamber for the opportunity to host the event on Tuesday and thanked everyone for their attendance.

“Westmead Hospital has more than 330,000 people who are admitted annually and has just under 1.5 million people as outpatients, so it’s easy to say that Westmead has an impact on everybody’s life here in Western Sydney,” Mr Conneely said.

“The kind support of our ongoing corporate donors allows us to assist the amazing staff with their medical research, patient care and the outpatient services for the community since 1990.”

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce President, David Hill and Business Relationship Manager, Romina Bousimon, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Foundation.

Guests included Parramatta MP Geoff Lee, past and present board members of the Chamber and representatives from a diverse range of Western Sydney businesses.

Pictured left to right: Joe Conneely Head of Development WMRF, Alison Whittaker Relationship Manager WMRF, David Hill Chamber President 2017/2018, Dr Geoff Lee MP State Member for Parramatta, Michael Mekhitarian Chamber Immediate Past President, Gary Carter Chamber Board Member.

Members and guests were invited by the Chamber to join their upcoming Charity Golf Day raising funds for WMRF,  this event will be held on 8 May 2018 at Oatlands Golf Club.

To find out how you can support medical research and patient care, call 1800 639 037 or email us wmrf@wmrf.org.au

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Related Links:

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Event Details: Business After 5, 3 April 2018

 

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Mother's Day Raffle 2018

April 4th, 2018

Don’t miss our Mother’s Day raffle!

Thank you to all our generous supporters for their in-kind donations for prizes WMRF Heart

  

  

  

 

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets and unable to attend the sale dates at Westmead Hospital, please call us on our toll free number at 1800 639 037 WMRF Heart

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Welcome to our March 2018 edition Newsletter

March 14th, 2018

Click here to view our March 2018 Newsletter

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager

on 1800 639 037 or email us to find out how you can support WMRF Heart
   

Related links: 

Run 4 Jess and support our oncology ward

This St Patrick’s Day, Run 4 Jess

The faces behind our incredibly generous fundraisers – The Doig Family

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of our newsletter

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SMART EATING WEEK | 12-18 February 2018

February 12th, 2018

It is Australia’s first SMART EATING WEEK this week so how are you going to participate? As it is the start of the New Year, it is a great time to review what you are doing and set new plans. Diet and exercise are the keys to longevity.

 

So in celebration of SMART EATING week here are some suggestions:

  1. Review the food you eat.
    Please use one of these links to assess your diet – either the CSIRO diet score or the Healthy Nutrition Quiz from the University of Newcastle or do both!
  2. Compare your score and then the dietary advice that is sent to you via the websites in response to you submitting your answers to the questionnaires.
  3. Plan to do 1 change every two weeks.
  4. Worryingly, the Fruit, Vegetables and Diet Score Report released by the CSIRIO, found one in two (51 per cent) adults are not eating the recommended intake of fruit, while two out of three adults (66 per cent) are not eating enough vegetables. So I expect one of the changes you may need to make will be to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. In this exercise I suggest you eat a rainbow- i.e. every day eat all the colours of the rainbow in fruit and vegetables(- see links and attachments) remember to eat at least 2 fruit and 5 vegetables a day!Eat-a-rainbow-fact-sheet

    Rainbow Colours of Fruit & Vegetables and their health benefits
     

    Go-for-2-fruit-and-5-veg

  5. Finally review some good cookbooks or links to websites to get some healthy delicious recipes, for example:Some of our Favourites (pdf)
    Livelighter Salad Builder (pdf)
    Recipes | The Heart Foundation
    Diabetes Australia
    CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet
    Food As Medicine | Cooking for your best health
    More on Smart Eating Week at: Dietitians Association of Australia
  6. Finally – MOVE!
    Are you doing 30 minutes per day of activity?
    If not, find the time to do something – walk, swim, ride a bike , gym, tennis, yoga, pilates, tai chi, therabands, aqua-aerobics, etc.
    Enjoy the daylight savings’ afternoon sun!
  7. If you would like more advice on your particular food intake and how to improve your diet, make an appointment with your local Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) – look up the Dietitians Association of Australia Website and find your local APD.

 

“I hope this gives you some ideas to enjoy SMART EATING WEEK!”
Cheers,
Peter Talbot, APD, Dept Head, Dietetics and Nutrition, Westmead Hospital

 

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact us on 1800 639 037 or via email

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WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

December 12th, 2017

n Wednesday 6 December 2017, a group of enthusiastic and generous fundraisers who have been supporting the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) over the years, got together at Acacia House for a recognition event. They were welcomed by the Foundation’s staff to enjoy a special occasion that was about thanking them and giving them the opportunity to meet fellow fundraisers and donors.

Stories and videos about the impact of donors’ generosity were shared during an evening that was filled with emotive memories of those different fundraising initiatives and donations that have made a big difference to the lives of patients, medical staff and researchers.

Attendees of the event also included Dr Philip Lee, former Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead & 2017 Parramatta Citizen of the Year; Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead; Donna Garland, Operations Director of Women’s & Newborn Health at Westmead; John Whittaker, Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead and Noeline Rozanc, Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC).

 
From left to right:
John Whittaker (Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead); Dr Philip Lee, Noeline Rozanc (Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at CPMCC)

From left to right:
Lynette & Amelia for Run 4 Jess, Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead

From left to right:
WMRF Ambassador, Darren Kong; from the Lions Club of Holroyd, Peter & Bob; from the Merrylands Rugby Union Club Luke, (Noeline, CMPCC) & Laura


From left to right:
Shave For Silas, Kyrra & Larran; Haematology donation, Chris & Bella


Left to right: Annual Margi Doig Golf Day, Ben, Belinda (Ben’s wife) and Matt Doig


Ben & Matt Doig lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care & was cared for by Dr Lee, read more about Doig Family Annual Margi Golf Day

 

Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF, said that the fundraisers who attended the event are truly committed to the Foundation’s mission of supporting the delivery of medical research & patient care.

“Without their incredible generosity, we would be unable to achieve our results translated into support for a diverse range of Westmead Hospital areas and wards such as NICU, Palliative Care, Women’s & Newborn Health, Neurosurgery, Haematology; along with funds for heart disease research carried on at The Westmead Institute,” he said.

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or to find out how you can support, please go through our website.

    WMRF Heart


Related:

Dogao Family Video – Baby Noah

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017


DOIG FAMILY – Annual Margi Doig Golf Day

 

Ben and Matt lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care under the care of Dr Philip Lee. Watch their video below!

From 2007 – 2015 the family hosted a Golf Day fundraiser in memory of their mother on her birthday, June 10. They had a fantastic network of family and friends that supported their fundraising initiative and raised approximately $120,000 over the years which was directed to Palliative Care.


Run 4 Jess 
 


Steve Clark was married to Jess Clark who passed away in 2013 in C5C Oncology ward. Steve and his family wanted to honour Jess’ memory by creating an event that showcased what Jess loved doing – sports and exercise. They have held five consecutive ‘Run 4 Jess’ fundraisers and raised over $20,000 to go towards C5C Oncology.

Dr Lee attended the fundraiser in March 2017 and they have already booked their date for 2018.

Lynette Clark is Steve’s mother and is the one who organises the fundraiser and helps him. Lynette is a member of the running club and has links to the Girraween Athletics Club.


Shave for Silas – Kyrra Cross

 

Earlier this year, Kyrra and her family generously organised an online fundraiser “Shave 4 Silas.” Thorugh this initiative, and with the amazing support of Kyrra’s sister – Larran and Silas’ godfather, Mani, they raised over $11,000 and donated to WMRF to support the work of Dr Dexter and his Neurosurgery team at Westmead Hospital.

Shave For Silas


Merrylands Rugby Union Club

Wolves Win Game for Westmead’s Cancer Centre


Lions Club of Holroyd

How many sausages does it take to make a wheelchair? The answer is – a heck of a lot!


Chris & Bella Sarne

Remembering a lovely wife & mum through a generous gesture


Darren Kong

Darren fundraised through the Miss Australia Chinese Pageant with funds raised going to Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) towards Dr Chong’s work. Darren is now one of our WMRF Ambassadors.

Thank you Miss Australia Chinese Pageant 2017

    WMRF Heart

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Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors, courtesy of two new buggies

December 1st, 2017

Westmead Hospital has upgraded its two patient and visitor transport buggies, courtesy of a generous donation from Arab Bank Australia, the George Naim Khattar Foundation and Holdmark Property Group.

The new buggies, which were co-sponsored by the organisations and donated courtesy of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF), replace the hospital’s well-loved “green machines” that have helped transport patients and visitors across its vast corridors for nearly a decade.

Operated by a group of friendly volunteer drivers, the buggies are available five days a week from the hospital’s main entrance to community members in need of mobility assistance.

The first buggy – dubbed the “green machine” for its bright-green paint job – was introduced in 2007, with support from Arab Bank Australia. But after nearly 10 years of constant use, the buggy fleet was in need of an upgrade.

Westmead Hospital acting general manager Sue-Anne Redmond, said the new buggies would be greatly appreciated by all users.

“It is a task getting around a big hospital like Westmead, and when you are unwell, it can feel almost impossible – that’s why the complimentary buggy system is so important,” she said.

 

“I know the hard-working volunteers who drive these buggies will greatly appreciate the new vehicles; it is thanks to them that patients and visitors with mobility difficulties can easily access the various wards, clinics and services within the hospital.”

Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely acknowledged the generosity of the organisations behind the new buggies.

“The dedication of these three organisations to help our community is sincerely appreciated,” he said. “Their support means we can continue to provide patients and visitors with this free service, which is part of our ongoing commitment towards our patients’ health and wellbeing.”

The buggy service was a finalist in the 2012 NSW Health Awards.

For more information on how your business can support WMRF, contact Joe Conneely on 1800 639 037 or email.

    WMRF Heart

Related links:

Western News (ISSU), 6th Dec 2017 – Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors

Parramatta Sun, 4th Dec 2017 –  Westmead Hospital unveils patient and visitor transport buggies 

Zoom zoom: Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors

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Remembering our loved ones

November 30th, 2017

 

The Westmead Memorial Service (Palliative Care, Oncology, Haematology and Renal & Supportive Care) was held this morning at the John Loewenthal Auditorium – Westmead Hospital.

This is a service of remembrance and thanksgiving that is held twice a year for family members and friends who have passed away at Westmead Hospital.

Families, friends and staff have the opportunity to remember loved ones during a service that offers readings, time for reflection, a candle lighting ceremony and songs of remembrance.


Light a Candle” –  Adapted from the poem by Paul Alexander
Performed by Ray Wilcox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care.

Nati Roses has been supporting the Westmead Memorial Services since it began in 2011 through their in-kind donation of beautiful roses to Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF). Each family member or friend gets to take a rose in memory of their loved one. Thank you to the team at Nati for their generous and on-going support.

For further information on how you can support, please contact Alison Whittaker – 1800 639 037

    WMRF Heart

Bereavement counselling is available for family members, carers and friends of patients known to
Supportive & Palliative Care and related services who have died.

For more information or to make an appointment call (02) 9881 1723.

For other resources and information about grief and loss see Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

    WMRF Heart

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