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Parramatta Chamber After Five: Tue 3 April 2018

March 23rd, 2018

Westmead Medical Research Foundation will host the Parramatta Chamber Business After Five event on Tuesday, 3 April 2018. Please join us for this networking opportunity to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.

Also, a big THANK YOU to our venue supporter, Bertonia LoungeWMRF Heart

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Accurate Nutrition Supports Recovery in ICU

October 25th, 2017

Assessing the energy and nutrition requirements of critically ill patient is incredibly difficult. The team at Westmead Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are acutely aware of the importance of meeting these needs. Timely nutrition therapy decreases mortality rates for patients in the ICU.

Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) received a generous donation totalling $111k from the RP Medical Fund, the Baxter Charitable Foundation and the E B Myer Charity Fund as part of Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Program.

These funds allowed the purchase of an ‘Indirect Calorimeter’ to precisely measure Resting Energy Expenditure, enabling physicians and dieticians to accurately prescribe the nutrition needs of each patient (image above).

Malnutrition in patients increases the risk of infection, leads to poor wound healing, increases time on the ventilator and causes a longer length of stay in the ICU and the hospital.


“The Calorimeter is now in its implementation stage with six ICU patients per week having their nutrition requirements calculated by a more accurate method. We cannot thank enough the donors who enabled the purchase of this equipment,” said Peter Talbot, Head Dietetics and Nutrition at Westmead Hospital.

The Philanthropy team from Perpetual recently visited Westmead Hospital and had the opportunity to see the Calorimeter in operation.

Pictured left to right: Joe Conneely (Head of Development, WMRF), Peter Talbot (Head Dietetics and Nutrition at Westmead Hospital), Tracey Hammond and Liz Wheatley from Perpetual

“This equipment represents the type of positive outcomes that Perpetual seeks via our IMPACT funding program. This is a great example of the value Philanthropy brings to the critical medical research segment, which we have been able to facilitate on behalf of our clients,” said Liz Wheatley, Perpetual Senior Adviser.

For more information about supporting medical research & patient care, email or call us on 1800 639 037WMRF Heart


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Brain Injury Awareness Week

August 24th, 2017

Brain Injury Awareness week – 21st to 27th August 2017

An Acquired Brain Injury is a devastating injury. It can affect our ability to perform even basic tasks. Rehabilitation following brain injury requires substantial resources physically, emotionally and financially.

Earlier this year Westmead Hospital Brain Injury Unit staff members Margaret Doyle and Jo DeJesus featured on Bstreet Smart online, together with brain injury patients and community educators Tristan Kennedy and Qaa’im Abdool, who shared their personal brain injury stories.

View: Episode 4: Brain Injuries

If an Acquired Brain Injury is the result of an accident or illness and you are not eligible to claim compensation there may be financial challenges during rehabilitation. Life can be very difficult when returning to day to day living. Doug White faced such a situation when he was twenty years old and suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage following surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

Relatives and friends in the community formed a charity to support Doug during his rehabilitation. Sadly, Doug passed away in 1996 but the legacy of the Doug White Trust lives on.

To support the Brain Injury Unit at Westmead Hospital and make a donation go to the Doug White Trust WMRF Heart
For further information please feel free to contact us at 1800 639 037 or email us WMRF Heart

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