2021 Annual Grant Round Applications are now CLOSED

For more information regarding the 2022 Grant Rounds, please contact the Grant Program Manager, Kate Ross on 9382 4093 or kate@powhf.org.au. 

Our 2021 Grant Round is sponsored by Eastern Heart Clinic and MAXXIA and Helloworld Travel Eastgardens

Over the past nine years, our Annual Grant Round has provided over $4.6 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 2020 Grant Round awarded $500,000 across 43 submissions.  We 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 early career and established researchers with $150,000 awarded to:

  • Dr Ivan Ho Shon, Nuclear Medicine: Assessment of tumour cell death with 68Ga Cell Death Indicator Positron Emission Tomography: Proof of Concept
  • Dr Anthony Sammel, Rheumatology: Vasculitis clinical-research program
  • Dr Andrew Eckhardt, ICU: Aerosol output during non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal oxygen compared with various physiological respiratory activities
  • Karen Tuqiri and Belinda Andrews, CHESS/Nursing: Time for a C-Change! Reducing Cannula, Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) and Catheter related Healthcare Associated Infections through engaging nurses


These innovative projects transform our models of patient experience and staff well-being with $60,000 awarded to:

  • Karina Haaksma, Nutrition and Dietetics: Improving pre-operative nutrition for gastro-surgical patients
  • Dr Michaela Kelleher and Shuvai Chimombe, Nephrology Home Dialysis Therapy Unit: Home Dialysis First Program
  • Adriana Chubaty, Pharmacy: Pilot software program “DoseMe” for therapeutic drug monitoring of antimicrobials
  • Dr Bonne Lee, Spinal Unit: Online music therapy respiratory pilot training program

Staff Education

These staff education programs and conferences were supported with $75,000 funding:

  • Kylie Richardson, Nutrition and Dietetics: Poster presentation at Enhancing Practice 2020 Conference: Using transformational and compassionate leadership to co-create a safe and effective learning space for Dietitians
  • Tina Zhou, Medical Education Unit: Tablets to enhance delivery of surgical education
  • Emine Tetik, NERU: Presenting research outcomes at the Wounds Australia National Conference: Nurses knowledge and attitudes towards pressure injuries
  • Vee Kisten-Reddy and Dr Kam Chung Hong, Nuclear Medicine PET/Radio Pharmaceutical: Enhanced education and training for Radiopharmaceutical Registrar scientists
  • Helen Stavrou, Medical Education Unit: Enhanced videoconferencing equipment for the education and training of medical officers
  • Wayne Varndell and Alison Jeffers, ED/NERU: Podcasting for education 
  • Belinda Rabet, Executive Unit: Emerging NUM Program placements
  • Justin O’Hare, Ambulatory Care Unit: ECG Machine for Infusion Centre patient care
  • Louise Jones and Michael Breeze, Surgery: AV equipment for SPM teams online learning and participation


The Foundation provided over $215,000 towards equipment across the Prince of Wales Hospital:

  • Justin O’Hare, Ambulatory Care Unit: ECG Machine for Infusion Centre patients
  • Louise Jones and Michael Breeze, Surgery: AV equipment for SPM teams online learning and interactions
  • Bruce McBride, Nuclear Medicine/PET: Handheld radioactive treatment survey meters
  • Jarrad Fisher, Occupational Therapy: Laptop to support the delivery of computer-based interactive games for rehabilitation
  • Hawn Trinh and Kok Eng Khor, Anaesthesia/Pain Management: Training simulator for nerve block for rib fracture patients
  • Belinda Rabet, Nursing Services: Quality and Safety Display Boards
  • Jane Bayaca and Angela Hamalainen, Aged Care Rehabilitation P5: Lo Lo beds for high risk falls patients
  • Lorraine Symonds, Operating Suites: Endoscopy equipment to enhance and streamline operating service
  • Deirdre Carberry, Metal Health Kiloh Centre: Relaxation Equipment for Kiloh Centre
  • Daniel Treacy, Physiotherapy: Standardised digital healthcare platform for physiotherapists
  • Michael Breeze, Surgery: Language translations tablet for Dickinson 2 North patients
  • Oscar Lederman, Mental Health: Fitness equipment for people living with mental health
  • Jamie Li, Physiotherapy/Spinal Injury Unit: Bariatric tilt table for spinal and rehabilitation gym
  • Peggy Yeomans, Social Work: Replacement clothing for vulnerable clients
  • Madeline Petrie, Occupational Therapy: Tilt-in space wheelchairs for recovery and rehabilitation
  • Kerri Blyth, Physiotherapy: Lower Limb Press strength rehabilitation
  • Lainey Crowe and Meagan Murray, Occupational Therapy: Pressure relieving cushions for Acute Services
  • Julia Cryzo, Occupational Therapy: Assistive Aids for Activities of Daily Living Kits
  • Megan Pinfold, Warren Stewart and Maureen O’Brien, Adult ICU: Equipment Trolley Towers
  • Trish Sutton and Taylor Jonas, Palliative Care/Occupational Therapy: Handheld battery-operated fans to control breathlessness
  • Elizabeth Schlossberger, NERU: Whiteboard Animation Video
  • Liesel Straka, ENT Outpatients: Microscope for Ear Nose and Throat Outpatient Clinic
  • Luke Chmielewski, Occupational Therapy: Wheelchair head supports
  • Karla Armson, Occupational Therapy: Upper Limb Electrical Stimulation Machines
  • Camillo Pavan, Clinical Engineering: Precision drill press for modifying and making patient aids
  • Mary Santos Physiotherapy: Non-invasive muscle strength assessment & training of physiotherapy respiratory patients
  • Taylor Jonas and Patricia Sutton, Occupational Therapy/Palliative Care: Adjustable backrests for patient beds
  • Eithne Cannon, NERU: Mobile videoconferencing units for staff education and patient/family communications

The 2020 Grant Round was generously sponsored by Eastern Heart Clinic, HESTA Super Fund, Rotary Club of Randwick, Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre and JustCuts Randwick.