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A MESSAGE TO YOU from Chief Executive Andrew Stripp


othing motivates Monash Health staff more than supporting patients to achieve the best possible health outcomes. I continue to be encouraged by the level of care delivered, with such dedication, across our organisation.

Health Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and has already raised over $4,000.

In this edition of Foundation for Health we celebrate all that your generous donations and fundraising efforts have achieved, supporting Monash Health patients and their families in 2018. We also introduce you to some of our champion fundraisers like Oliver Angwin who raised over $5,000 at his 2nd birthday party, and Jason who is taking on the 2019 Monash

Thank you for being part of the community supporting better health for over 1.5 million people this year. On behalf of the Monash Health Foundation, I wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Ron Fairchild as Director of the Monash Health Foundation. Ron joins us with over 35 years of fundraising experience. He has led high-performing teams at both Monash and Deakin Universities and was a founding member of a fundraising consultancy in Canada. We look forward to increasing awareness and funds raised for Monash Health with Ron on board.

Andrew Stripp Chief Executive, Monash Health

WELCOMING MR RON FAIRCHILD Monash Health Foundation Director


he impact Monash Health makes in people’s lives is quite profound so it is a great privilege to join the organisation as the newly appointed Director of the Foundation. Our Foundation has an important role in helping enhance the work of Monash Health to provide outstanding healthcare.


Our goal as a Foundation is to assist donors fulfil their wish to make a true difference by helping secure vital equipment, key services and programs that would not otherwise be possible without financial support. We will work hard to make sure every donor feels they have made one of their best decisions by supporting Monash Health. I know that making a donation is an action that is not taken lightly so please accept my heartfelt thank you for your support. You have made a difference. Ron Fairchild Director, Monash Health

COVER Recognising generous donations with stars on the hospital tree

CONTACT US Monash Health Foundation Locked Bag 29, Clayton South VIC 3169 Tel: 03 9594 2700

EDITOR Lauren Allnutt - Foundation Communications Coordinator


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To provide even more support to their tiny patients


ive of our extremely brave nurses shaved their heads this year raising $20,579 for the Imagination Appeal, supporting Monash Children’s Hospital. Leah (and son Jack), Grace, Jade, Alice and Kate work in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) looking after prematurely born babies. Colleagues and hospital visitors gathered in the atrium of Monash Children’s Hospital as the hairdressers got to work. The beautiful bald nurses even inspired another of their colleagues, Pam, to spontaneously shave her head on the day.

Before the shave

“We are so incredibly grateful, and in awe of the amazing support we’ve received from the MCH community, our friends and families” – Jade, NICU nurse. The Imagination Appeal supports the purchase of additional equipment, research and patient wellbeing programs at Monash Children’s Hospital. To watch the Imagination film and find out more visit

After the shave


Oliver celebrates with donations to Monash Children’s Hospital


liver was born at just 24 weeks gestation, weighing little more than a tub of butter. He spent his first 128 days of life in the Monash Children’s Hospital, NICU. “It was a rollercoaster, and we had many scares along the way. There were plenty of tears, blood transfusions, and MRI’s” - Kylie Angwin, Oliver’s mum.

Two years on, and Oliver is a strong and healthy toddler. To show their appreciation for the care Oliver received, the Angwin family collected donations instead of presents, at Oliver’s birthday parties. They have now raised $5,400 to support other babies at Monash Children’s Hospital. The donations funded a baby resuscitation doll, to train neonatal medical staff how to revive a baby, and Kangaroo Zac slings to help parents bond with their babies through skin-on-skin contact. We are grateful to have been able to play a role in giving Oliver the best possible chance at a healthy life and thank the Angwin family for their impactful fundraising efforts.

Oliver enjoying his second birthday

If you would like to fundraise for Monash Health visit or call (03) 9594 2700 to speak to our friendly fundraising team.


SUPPORTED BY YOU CTG machine for pregnant women


our generous support has enabled the purchase of additional equipment including a CTG machine and Doppler device for the Monash Women’s department. The CTG demonstrates fetal wellbeing in the presence of contractions. The Doppler device is used to measure the baby’s heart rate. Such monitoring equipment is particularly important for patients like Jenna. Jenna had her first child at Monash Medical Centre in March this year. Baby Aurora arrived 12 weeks early. Monitoring throughout Jenna’s high-risk pregnancy was extremely important to take her to the longest gestation period possible, so that Aurora could survive outside the womb. Aurora is now doing extremely well, and the Monash Women’s team were overjoyed to be part of another exciting beginning.

CTG machine, Monash Women’s Ward

Aurora, born 12 weeks early




Carolyn, Nurse Unit Manage of Medical Therapy Unit and Infusion Centre

Between finding a cure


an you imagine needing to visit the hospital for a five-hour blood transfusion, every 2-4 weeks, for your entire life?

This is the reality for patients with Thalassemia – a lifelong, inherited blood disease. Carolyn has worked in the Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Unit at Monash Medical Centre for the past five years. Her unit is decorated with colourful artworks by patients who have spent many hours receiving their life-giving blood transfusions. “We get to know our patients very well. All of the staff in the Medical Therapy Unit are committed to helping their patients stay well and live long, productive and happy lives” – Carolyn, Nurse Unit Manager.

Monash Medical Centre treats approximately 270 Thalassemia patients from the ages of 2-66 years, providing specialist management, treatment and care, and genetic counselling for patients in the south-east regions of Melbourne. There is no cure, but donations like yours can take us a step closer to discovering better treatments and cures for diseases like Thalassemia.

Monash Health iWill opportunity

YOUR LEGACY A gift that lasts longer than a lifetime


gift in your will is a powerful way to make a significant difference to the lives of others for years to come. In 2018 such a legacy was left by a generous man who has a history dating back to Prince Henry’s Hospital. Prince Henry’s Hospital, along with Queen Victoria Medical Centre, and Moorabbin Hospital, joined in the 1980’s to form today’s Monash Health – the largest public health service in Victoria. The $1 million bequest

will significantly support Monash Health to go above and beyond for patients. What will your legacy be? Call the Monash Health Foundation today on (03) 9594 2700 or email to find out more about our iWill bequest program. Any gift, no matter how large or small will make a difference. 5

WHEN IMAGINATION IS THE BEST MEDICINE Reducing pain through play therapy


aren brings light and laughter to children, in some of their darkest times, at Monash Children’s Hospital. She is the Procedural Pain and Play Therapist in our Cancer Centre. “Kids with cancer have a long road of treatment and procedures ahead of them. We aim to decrease their fears and anxiety through play and imagination in the hospital,” says Karen. Karen’s role is funded by Camp Quality. Camp Quality raise money to support kids impacted by cancer throughout Australia, including funding child life and play therapist positions in hospitals in Victoria and NSW. Camp Quality provides funding to the Monash Health Foundation for a full time Procedural Pain and Play Therapist as part of its overall mission to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of kids impacted by cancer. “I work with children and parents, assisting them to remain calm during blood tests and treatments,” says Karen. Karen is often found in the procedure rooms, distracting children with bubbles, colourful books and games. She gives parents guidance to be able to comfort their child, and encourages children to better understand their medical procedures through educational games. “It’s amazing how strong children can be – they have incredible tools of resilience. As adults I believe we have a responsibility to support children to draw on their inner strength, so they can overcome immense health challenges,” says Karen. Monash Health Foundation takes this opportunity to thank Camp Quality for ensuring staff positions like the Procedural Pain and Play Therapist are available to support children and their families impacted by cancer.

Karen delivering fun to patients



Kilimanjaro Climb 2019

Call (03) 9594 4946 to find out more

HIKING FOR HEALTH Join Jason at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro


magine climbing to the top of the tallest mountain in Africa, looking out over the East African plains, and thinking to yourself; “I have not only made an incredible difference to my own health, but to the health of thousands of people, in hospital every year.” This will be the experience for 20 amazing people who will be heading to Tanzania in February 2019, as part of the Monash Health Kilimanjaro Climb, Jason Koliba is one of them. “I have witnessed my good friends Floyd and Zoe nearly lose their son, Austin, shortly after he was born. Austin spent weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Monash Medical Centre. But thanks to the care Austin received, he is now fit and well and just turned one! I will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with Austin’s father to pledge my support for the lifesaving work conducted every day at Monash Children’s Hospital, and to reach some long overdue fitness goals of my own!” You can join Jason and other passionate people on the 2019 Monash Health Mt Kilimanjaro Climb, call Lauren at the Monash Health Foundation today on (03) 9594 4946 to find out more.

Jason with son Lincoln and daughter Paige

Just imagine what we could achieve together! 7


2019 Walk for Monash Children’s Hospital Sunday 3 March 2019 Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

Imagine1000 Share your story to raise $1000 in 1000 hours

Join us at the annual Walk for Monash Children’s Hospital and raise funds to support sick kids. Register and start fundraising today. Visit or call (03) 9594 2700

Have you had an experience with Monash Health that has influenced your life? Do you think you could raise $1000 in 1000 hours? Register for the Imagine1000 challenge, tell your story, and collect online donations to support better health in our community. With your help we can raise $1million for life-saving care delivered by Monash Health.

2019 Dandelion Wishes Gala Friday 14 June 2019 Palladium at Crown

2018 Christmas Appeal Donate before 25 December 2018

This black-tie event has raised $1.2million since 2016, funding important medical equipment for Monash Children’s Hospital. Purchase your tickets to attend this spectacular evening in 2019, and make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families. Visit

65km for Cystic Fibrosis Saturday 17 March 2019 Princes and Royal Parks, Melbourne Donate to help decorate the Christmas trees in our Monash Health hospitals. Donations will fund ventilators needed for the Emergency Department. Together we can imagine a healthier future! Visit or call (03) 9594 2700 Help discover a cure for Cystic Fibrosis by participating in this endurance event around Melbourne’s beautiful Princes Park. Visit or call (03) 9594 2700




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Give the gift of good health this Christmas by supporting the Monash Health Christmas Appeal Simply visit to make your donation. We will hang your imagination star/s on the Christmas tree in the hospital. All donations to the Monash Health Christmas Appeal will help fund ventilators for the Monash Health Emergency Department.


Foundation for Health  

Monash Health Foundation donor newsletter Edition 2, 2018: celebrating the impact Monash Health donors had in 2018.

Foundation for Health  

Monash Health Foundation donor newsletter Edition 2, 2018: celebrating the impact Monash Health donors had in 2018.