Over the past ten years, our Annual Grant Round has provided close to $5 million in support of research and innovation projects, staff and patient education initiatives and the purchase of additional equipment across the Hospital. 

Without the support of our corporate partners 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 2021 Grant Round is sponsored by Eastern Heart Clinic and MAXXIA and Helloworld Travel Eastgardens

This year’s Grant Round awarded $300,000 across 23 funding requests. The Foundation’s Board of Directors congratulate the following successful applicants and look forward to seeing the impact of this important funding program.  


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

  • Dr Kevin Tay, Medical Imaging - Magnetic Resonance Microimaging of Human Brain Tissue non-invasive diagnosis
  • Tanya Dwarte and Dr Milita Zaheed Hereditary Cancer - Reflex-immunohistochemistry and improved genetics referral pathway for patients with young-onset desmoid tumours
  • Lynn Blecher and Dr Liz Bye - Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation for Orthostatic Hypotension in Spinal Cord


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

  • Peter Trewin and Nicholas Cholerton, Physiotherapy - Surgical Pre-admission Clinic Expansion
  • Dr Ashna Basu and Helen Stavrou, Medical Education Unit - Junior Doctor/Doctor- In-Training Wellbeing Program
  • Dr Oscar Lederman and Hamish Fibbins, Mental Health - Integrated Smoking Cessation Peer Worker for Keeping Quitting in Mind program for mental illness
  • James Roumanus, Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy-led Fracture Clinic
  • Margaret Holyday, Nutrition and Dietetics - Improving patient nutrition education resources
  • Nicholas Cholerton and Daniel Treacy, Allied Health - Worm Farming: a waste management initiative


Five staff or patient educational programs or conferences were awarded:

  • Jackie Francis, Social Work - Education and training on sexuality after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Elizabeth Schlossberger and Alison Jeffers, Nursing Education and Research Unit - Clinical Streams Nursing Education Program
  • Trish Sutton and Maggie O'Connor, Palliative Care - Palliative Care Nursing Education
  • Daniel Treacy, Allied Health, National Allied Health HODs Conference
  • Michael Breeze, Surgery - Stomal Wound Therapy Accreditation


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

  • Anne-Marie Daly, Operating Theatres - Endoscopic equipment upgrade for Billington Centre and Operating Suites
  • Dr Ke Khor and Dr Hawn Trinh Pain Management/Anaesthesia – Mobile Ultrasound Scanner for Pain Clinic
  • Claire Gill, Physiotherapy - Humac Balance System and Trolley for Parkes 8
  • Fiona Conacher, Community Health - Software to promote upper limb and general mobility physical therapy.
  • Penelope Burdekin, Social Work/Oncology – Writing tables to aid communication for Head and Neck Cancer patients
  • Jarrad Fisher, Occupational Therapy - Non-Pharmacological Delirium Management
  • Divna Kuzmich, Hospital in the Home - ECG Interpret & Measure machine

Click here to read about the latest updates and amazing impact of our previous grants.

For more information regarding these grants or our next Grant Round, opens May 2022, please contact the Grant Program Manager, Kate Ross on 9382 4093 or kate@powhf.org.au