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Congratulations to over 60 Eastern Health staff and supporters who ran or walked in Run Melbourne on 30 July, raising over $13,000 for Eastern Health.

Staff were invited to form their own sub-team and fundraise for a patient-focused project they were passionate about.

Meet some of our Run Melbourne teams

Central East Community Care team!

The 13 staff who ran as the Central East Community Care Team! raised money to purchase ipads / tablets for mental staff to use when working with mental health consumers.

One of their team members, Sarah, ran 8th for her age group and 22nd overall in the 10km event. This was a personal best, knocking 2 minutes off last year's time!  

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This team of ten staff from Maroondah Hospital's operating theatre (pictured) raised money for a new Doppler machine. 

Team Research

A number of staff raised money for an Eastern Health Foundation Research Award, to be granted in 2018.


Well done to everyone involved!

We are very excited to announce our special guests that will be joining us for Searchlight Dinner!

This year’s dinner will be focusing on mental health research, particularly suicide prevention.

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Former AFL player Wayne Schwass will be our guest speaker for the evening.

Wayne played AFL for 14 years with North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.

Since capturing Australia’s attention as one of the most successful football players in AFL history, Wayne Schwass has gone on to make a name for himself in more ways than one.

He was one of the first footballers to openly speak out about his battle with mental illness and on the night will share an honest and inspiring story about his 14 year struggle with depression.

Tracey Spicer

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One of Australia's most recognisable journalists and media personalities, Tracey Spicer will be joining us at Searchlight Dinner as our MC.

During her 30-year career, Tracey has reported for, and anchored, national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News.

Her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 2.5 million views.

Tracey’s memoir ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare’ was published in April 2017 and is already a best-seller.

Join us at Searchlight Dinner

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Where: Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm until late
Tickets: $230 per person / $2,300 table of 10

Find out more about Searchlight Dinner 2017


For further information on Searchlight Dinner, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or

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Searchlight Dinner puts the spotlight on research.

This year’s dinner will be focusing on mental health research, particularly suicide prevention.

In Victoria alone, more than 500 deaths every year are caused by suicide – this is over double our road toll.

Suicide is a common cause of death in young people aged 15 to 24, in men aged 35 to 50, and in senior people over 75 years old.

Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people from across all socio-economic levels, ethnicities and genders. The sad reality is that there is no one reason or cause that leads a person to suicide.

Eastern Health is committed to progress research that can identify triggers towards suicide and discover methods to reduce and ultimately prevent suicide.

Help us raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention

Join us on Tuesday 31 October at the Plaza Ballroom, and be part of a magical heart-felt night.

This is a terrific opportunity to rub shoulders and mingle with over 400 leading medical, research and community members, whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause.

So book a seat, buy a table, bid on an auction item, or pledge a financial gift - your support will help benefit people living with mental illness.

Event details

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Where: Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm until late
Tickets: $230 per person / $2,300 table of 10

Interested in sponsoring Searchlight Dinner and mental health research?

We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the various ways your company can support the Searchlight Dinner. If you would like further information in regards to sponsorship packages, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or

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For further information on Searchlight Dinner, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or

Searchlight Dinner is an annual Eastern Health event focusing on raising both awareness and funds for ground-breaking research through the involvement of key stakeholders, suppliers, community members and the media. We look forward to seeing you at our Searchlight Dinner.

Bonnie with staffThis time last year, Bonnie Ibester was at a fundraising event at her local football club in support of breast cancer. Little did she know that by October 2016, she would have her own breast cancer battle to face.

Since then, Bonnie (pictured second from the left) has used her journey as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Amongst radiation and chemo treatment, Bonnie has helped to organise fundraising events, including 'Show you care, be aware' in support of Eastern Health.

This event, held in April, raised $8,000 for Maroondah Hospital's Day Oncology ward and will be spent on observation equipment.

"This is a wonderful contribution Bonnie has made," explains Anne Gribbin, Director, Eastern Health Foundation (pictured first from the left). "It's Bonnie's way of saying thank you for the care and support she has received."

"Bonnie is an inspired and brave person, and leads from the front. And although she is often unwell, Bonnie is continuing her work and treatment. She wants to be there for her kids,” explains Anne.

To find out more about Bonnie's story and her fundraising efforts, search for 'Bonnie's Battle' on Facebook.

If you would like to support this project, please donate now, mentioning Bonnie's Battle when asked where to direct your gift.

IMG 2646Football and netball clubs in Melbourne’s east are being encouraged to take a stand to support gender equality.

The upcoming Be the Change Forum aims to inspire and create discussions around what actions local sporting clubs can take to create equal and respectful environments for women and men.

This event is proudly supported by Coles Eastern Region, pictured right, who used their participation in Run Melbourne 2016 and other fundraising activities to support this initiative.

To be held on June 7, special guests Collingwood AFLW player Emma Grant and former AFL player Luke Ablett will share their stories and thoughts on what clubs can do for gender equality. 

Eastern Health Executive Director of Clinical Operations Matt Sharp said it was important that individuals and sporting clubs understood the importance of creating respectful and gender equitable environments.

He said it was important the community was united in condemning violence against women, in any form. “Respectful relationships and gender equality between men, women, boys and girls is the key to preventing violence against women. No matter what our differences are – or our gender – it is important for each person to feel respected, valued, safe and appreciated in all of their relationships.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Football League, Phil Murton, said local sporting clubs could play a vital leadership role on this important issue. “With the support of local community and health organisations, an event such as this can help sporting clubs become even more inclusive parts of their local community.”

AFL Yarra Ranges Region General Manager Aaron Bailey encouraged members of local sporting clubs as well as the general community to attend the Be the Change Forum. “It is important we have this conversation in an open and honest manner. Being treated equally and with dignity is something we believe is important for our communities throughout the Yarra Ranges. An event like this is a significant, positive step forward.”

A study by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety indicated that intimate partner violence is the leading cause of illness, injury and death for Victorian women aged 18-44. Almost every week one woman is killed by a current or previous male partner – and new research indicates that this rate is increasing.

The Be the Change Forum is being co-ordinated by Eastern Health, Inspiro, Yarra Ranges Council, AFL Yarra Ranges and the Eastern Football League and will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Karralyka Centre in Ringwood at 6.30pm. For more information about the event, please email:

If you, or someone you know needs assistance for family violence or abuse, please contact 1800 RESEPCT (1800 737 732). In an emergency dial triple zero (000).

Some tips are creating a more respectful environment for women in your sporting club:

  • Involve women in all aspects of your club environment, including the committee, coaching and playing
  • Breakdown gender stereotype roles, such as encouraging more men to work in the canteen
  • Consider how you can ensure your facilities are female friendly, e.g. toilets and change rooms

To join Eastern Health's 2017 Run Melbourne team and fundraise for your local Eastern Health hospital, please contact us today on 9895 4608 or sign up online.

If you would like to support this project, please donate now, mentioning 'Be the Change' when asked where to direct your gift.

13CABS present the chequeTaxi company 13CABS recently made a donation to Eastern Health Foundation for the inaugural 13CABS Research Award, part of the annual Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program. 

13CABS Head of Client Services, Simon Purssey, and Transport Solutions Manager, Paul Allardice, explained that the company is interested in supporting young people.

"Research can play a key role in helping young people reach their potential," explains Simon. "We hope that the 13CABS Research Award will help investigators research and address some of the health challenges facing young people today".

Foundation Director, Anne Gribbin thanked Simon and Paul and said that "having 13CABS as a supporter of our research grants program demonstrates that the wider community understand that research outcomes make a difference to our patients.”

Applications for Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants will be called for in September 2017.

Steve GoodieSteve Goodie wants to raise awareness within the football and netball community of the risks of melanoma.  It's a goal that's very personal to him after his wife, Carolyn, lost her battle in 2015, aged just 45.

Since then, Steve has generously hosted events in support of Eastern Health, where Carolyn received treatment, including a Melanoma Awareness Round with AFL Yarra Ranges Football and Netball League and Gembrook-Cockatoo Football Netball Club in 2016. This event raised over $8,600.

"This year, we've expanded our efforts to include AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL West Gippsland and AFL Barwon Football Netball Leagues", explains Steve. "Each league will host a Melanoma Awareness Round on 5 August 2017."

All monies raised before and during this round will be used to fund a Melanoma Research Grant at Eastern Health.

Currently, Eastern Health treats 15,000 cancer patients annually. Where we had previously predicted a 5% increase in oncology patients annually, we have now had a staggering 32% increase last year alone.

As one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services, we provide medical care, treatment and wellbeing programs for our oncology patients. But new research is vital to investigating the best possible methods of care and treatment.

In 2016, Steve, pictured second from left, presented the Carolyn Goodie Memorial Melanoma Research Award to Prof Phil Parente, pictured third from left, on behalf of Dr Eliza Hawkes from our Oncology team for her research project “Role of on treatment PET scanning in melanoma patients receiving immunotherapy”.

All donations to Steve's campaign in 2017 will be put towards another important project researching melanoma.

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We’d love you to join us!

Run Melbourne will be held on Sunday 30 July 2017. There’s a 5km walk/run, 10km run and half marathon through Melbourne city -something for everyone.

Once you have registered for the event, you can set-up your own fundraising page with Everyday Hero and fundraise for Eastern Health.

100% of your fundraising efforts will directly help our patients – people just like you and your family who require great health care, everywhere, every time.

Sign up

 You can either:

  1. Join the big Eastern Health Team (select the orange 'join team' button) or,
  2. Create your own sub team if you would like to fundraise for a specific Eastern Health hospital or area of health care (select the blue ‘start fundraising’ button below). Ask your friends and colleagues to join your team in support of Eastern Health
  3. Join an existing sub team, (select the 'find a fundrasier' button below)

As a member of any of these teams, you will receive lots of support and encouragement, a fundraising toolkit (including templates) and an Eastern Health cap. We will also have a marquee at the event on 30 July where you can meet other team members and store your bag while you walk or run.

Eastern Health projects to support

We have a number of projects your team can direct your fundraising towards:

  • Hospitals - You can choose to support Angliss Hospital, Box Hill Hospital, Healesville Hospital, Maroondah Hospital or any other Eastern Health site
  • Areas of health care – You can fundraise for cancer, mental health, heart health, preventing family violence or research (for example) – whatever you are passionate about

Contact us

To find out more about Run Melbourne or to get help signing up, please email or call us on 9895 4608 at any time.

We welcome you to join the Eastern Health Run Melbourne team.


The Australian Macau Business Council generously hosted ‘A Night of Heartfelt Love’ on 26 February 2017 in support of oncology and palliative care.

Heartfelt Love 1Featuring a variety of talented singers and musicians from Australia and China, many of whom had won prestigious talent contests in Hong Kong and China, the night showcased pop, dance, cabaret and operatic style entertainment.

“Eastern Health are most grateful for the generous support of the Australian Macau Business Council, who raised over $100,000 to improve and advance the care we provide to our patients in oncology and palliative care,” said Adjunct Professor David Plunkett, Chief Executive.

Eastern Health Foundation would like to thank the Chairman of the Charity Night, JP Ron Lim and Macau Business Council members including Mr Ken Leongue, Mr Stephen Lo, Mr Quoi Quach, Mr Peter Cheung, Miss Bobo Law, Mr Michael Tang and Mr Jason Cheung for their hospitality and support.

Half of the funds raised at the event will be used to support the appointment of two Cancer Care Coordinators at Box Hill Hospital. The other half of the funds raised will support the newly appointed Vivian Bullwinkel Professorial Chair in Palliative Care and End of Life Care at Wantirna Health.

“Working together highlights the value of community partnership to achieve Eastern Health’s vision of great care, everywhere, every time and our mutual desire to learn, discover and to innovate in all we do,” said David Plunkett.

“As researchers, we’ve got lots of ideas. Your donations allow our ideas to progress to fruition”
Ian Chao, recipient of the Robert C Bulley Surgical Research Grant

Awards event

The 2017 Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants awards event on 16 February was a fantastic opportunity to congratulate our 2017 investigators (pictured) and celebrate the generous support of individuals, community groups and businesses.

“Eastern Health Foundation is committed to supporting research that maximises patient wellbeing, improves our practices and policies and enhances our quality of care – it’s all about putting patients first,” explains Anne Gribbin, Director, Eastern Health Foundation.

“Our 2017 Grant recipients represent a wide range of disciplines and areas of research, from oncology to Borderline Personality Disorder to smartphone application.”

“We sincerely thank our most generous donors for their invaluable support of this program. Our donors are members of our local community, including families, Clubs, businesses and individuals,” explains Anne.

“By supporting this program, our donors enable Eastern Health to increase our research capabilities and translate our findings into real-world outcomes for the patients we care for. We simply could not achieve this without donor support.”

“Our goal is to have a long lasting and direct impact on improving the health of our local community through research outcomes,” says Anne.
Grants17Find out more about the Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program. 

2017 recipients and donors

Congratulations to the following staff and a heartfelt thank you to the donors who made each grant possible:

Recipient Department Research project
Professor Ian Davis Medicine - Oncology Linda Williams Memorial Oncology Research Grant
Characterisation of the properties of a novel molecule that specifically binds to estrogen receptor alpha
Professor Christopher Gilfillan Medicine - Endocrinology Linda Williams Memorial Oncology Research Grant
Isolation and molecular characterization of thyroid-origin cells and circulating thyroid cancers cells from peripheral blood by flow cytometry
Dr Matthew Jiang Department of General Medicine John Funder Research Mentoring Award
Gluten free (GF) meals in cafes and restaurants. Are they truly GF? An Australian analysis of GF meals in cafes and restaurants in Melbourne
A/Prof Stephen Ting Medicine - Haematology Eastern Health Foundation Oncology Grant 
STATs as a biomarker for poor prognosis in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Professor Chris Bladin Medicine - Neurology Irene Mary Sammons Research Grant
Does Exenatide attenuate blood-brain barrier derangement in acute ischaemic stroke? An MRI permeability study
Dr Patrick Carney Medicine - Neurology Rotary Club of Box Hill Bruce McKenzie Scholarship
Depression in epilepsy: Does medication induced changes in brain connectivity contribute to depression?
Dr Patrick Carney Medicine - Neurology House Husbands Research Grant
Does medication change brain connectivity following a new diagnosis of epilepsy?
Dr Jillian Broadbear Mental Health - Spectrum House Husbands Research Grant
Burden of suicide and self harm in Emergency Department presentations arising from a probable diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr Catherine Brumby Medicine - Renal Elaine and Frank Derwent Memorial Research Grant
Screening for hypertension and other risk factors after pregnancy (SHORAP Study)
Dr Ming li Yee Medicine - Endocrinology Elaine and Frank Derwent Memorial Research Grant
Sarcopenia and its relationship to bone mineral density, metabolism, and outcomes in post-menopausal women with hip fracture
Dr Ian Chao Surgery Robert C Bulley Surgical Research Grant
The Application of 3D-printing technology for the purposes of anaesthesia education
Dr Daniel Van Langenbe Medicine - Gastroenterology Wandin Rustic Dinner Research Grant
Reinduction as preferred first-line compared to dose interval shortening for loss of response to infliximab in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: an effective, sustainable approach to a growing problem
Dr Eliza Hawkes Medicine - Oncology Carolyn Goodie Memorial Melanoma Research Award
Role of on treatment PET scanning in melanoma patients receiving immunotherapy

Dr Judi Porter

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Pilot study of doubly-labelled water to develop international equations of total energy expenditure in the older elderly
Dr Andrew Teh Medicine -Cardiology Team FORE (Fundraising and Office of Research & Ethics) Research Grant
Utilization of mobile smart phone based electrocardiogram and smart watches in assessment of arrhythmias
Dr Olga Skibina Medicine - Neurology MS Research Grant
Understanding pregnancy outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis
Mr Kevin McMillan Medicine - Urology Eastern Health Foundation Oncology Research Grant
An assessment of PSA referral trends from community GP's to Eastern Health: how can it be improved?
Dr Victoria Manning Turning Point Buddha Vihara Temple Research Grant
Can novel computerised brain training reduce relapse among methamphetamine users?
Ms Natalie Heynsbergh Deakin University 1 year top up scholarship
Development of a smartphone application for carers of people with colorectal cancer: a pilot study
Mr David Snowdon La Trobe University Top up scholarship
Does effective clinical supervision of Allied Health professionals improve quality of care
Mr Jithin Sajeev Monash University 1 year top up scholarship
Atrial Myopathy: Analysing the link to cryptogenic stroke

The 2018 application process will open in approximately October 2017 and close November 2017.