How you’ve helped

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

Allied Health Research office Box Hill Golf Club Research Grant
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. 

The Coolheads fundraising campaign has been recognised by the Maroondah City Council in its Australia Day Awards.

Coolheads Aust Day“Coolheads has been awarded the Maroondah City Council 'Community Event of the Year' Award,” explains Carolyn Schuwalow, Eastern Health Foundation, pictured centre with fellow Coolheads fundraising committee members.

“This Award recognises an outstanding contribution made by an individual or group to the Maroondah community” Carolyn says.

Driven by Ringwood East & Heathmont Community Bank Branches, Bendigo Bank, and endorsed by Eastern Health, the Coolheads campaign has been generously supported by local businesses and the wider community.

“It is because of the generous support from so many members of our local community that Eastern Health breast cancer patients will have the chance to keep their hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy, free of charge. Congratulations to everyone involved!” Carolyn says.


The Coolheads fundraising campaign has been raising funds to implement a scalp cooling service at Maroondah Hospital since October 2016.

Scalp cooling technology prevents hair loss by restricting the blood flow to hair follicles during chemotherapy sessions whilst patients wear a ‘cold cap’.

“So far, the campaign has raised the funds for one machine,” says Carolyn. “This will enable the service to be implemented in the new few months,” she explains.

The campaign will continue to raise funds for a second scalp cooling machine.

For more information or to donate, please visit

Members of the Healesville Gardening Club and CWA Healesville Night Chicks are to thank for the fabulous new front gardens at Eastern Health's redeveloped Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health.CWA members planting gardene HH Jan 2017

With the Open Day on 29 January 2017 fast approaching, the CWA and Gardening Club rolled up their sleeves and made sure the new front garden area was fully planted and mulched in time for the big day.

Pictured right are CWA members Karina Noblett and Sheryl Treen with their partners Ian Noblett and Roger Treen.

CWA Healesville Night Chicks also donated outdoor furniture for patients and their families to enjoy whilst staying at the hospital. When the group was asked to cater for the recent Australian Doctors Orchestra performance of The Lark, they decided to use the proceeds to enable the purchase of outdoor furniture.

"We are most grateful for the generous support of CWA Healesville Night Chicks and the Healesville Gardening Club," says Pam Hughes, Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Operations Yarra Ranges, which incorporates Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health. "It's wonderful to have people in the community engaging with the redeveloped hospital, giving their time and making donations," says Pam.

To find out how you can support Healesville Hospital, please contact Eastern Health Foundation on 9895 4608 or email

Cheque presentation Stephen and BronwynChildren participating in Eastern Health's Kids Club will have access to more resources with thanks to the Rotary Club of Croydon.

Part of Eastern Health's CHAMPS (CHildren And Mentally ill ParentS) program, Kids Club is an early intervention peer support program for children and young people aged between 8 and 12 whose parent(s) have a mental illness or mental health issue.

Stephen Bode, Rotary Club of Croydon President Elect 17/18 recently presented Bronwyn Sanders, Eastern Health program support worker, both pictured right, with a donation that will boost the Kids Club program.

"Kids Club aims to increase social connectedness, provide an opportunity to meet other children who may be in a similar situation, provide children with age-appropriate information about mental illness and available supports and teach children about healthy coping strategies," explains Bronwyn.

"Rotary Club of Croydon has been supporting Eastern Health since 2004 and we greatly value our partnership with the Club," says Bronwyn. "Our Kids Club provides a rare opportunity for children to be part of an ongoing support group and to grow and build friendships over a number of years. This is a valuable resource for children to tap into and we thank Rotary Club of Croydon for sharing our vision to provide ongoing support to children", says Bronwyn.

Thank you Rotary Club of Croydon for supporting Kids Club and other projects across Eastern Health!

Find out more about Eastern Health’s CHAMPS program here.

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Now is your chance to get fit and fundraise for Eastern Health. 

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.

You can join the big Eastern Health Team (select the orange 'join team' button) or, if you would like to fundraise for a specific hospital or area of health care, you can create your own team (select the blue ‘start fundraising’ button below) and ask your friends and colleagues to join your team in support of Eastern Health.

As a member of our team 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

About Eastern Health

Eastern Health is one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services. We provide a range of emergency, medical and general healthcare services.

Across our network, we treat 15,000 people who have cancer each year, our maternity teams help to deliver one baby every two hours and our Emergency Departments assisted 157,000+ patients last year – that’s one person every 3.4 minutes!

Find out more about our emergency, surgery, obstetrics, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, state-wide specialist services and community health services at

Contact us

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

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


Elizabeth Crosby 1 webBreast cancer patients in Melbourne’s east will soon have the chance to keep their hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Ringwood mother Libby Crosby.

Since October, the Coolheads fundraising campaign has been raising funds to implement a scalp cooling service at Maroondah Hospital.

Scalp cooling technology prevents hair loss by restricting the blood flow to hair follicles during chemotherapy sessions whilst patients wear a ‘cold cap’.

Ms Crosby knows the first-hand the emotional rollercoaster of undergoing treatment for breast cancer and losing hair.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, seven months after giving birth to her daughter, Ms Crosby felt tormented by the constant reminder of her illness each time she saw her own reflection.

“People stared at me. I was self-conscious and felt I had no dignity or privacy. I did not have the choice of who I shared my illness with. It was all out there in the open because I had lost my hair,” Ms Crosby said.

“Whenever I passed a shop window or looked in the mirror, it was confronting and upsetting.”

In 2005, Ms Crosby required Herceptin, a medicine that was not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at the time. To assist Ms Crosby with payment of the medicine, a family member developed a trust fund.

Three quarters of the way through her treatment, Herceptin was listed on the PBS and Ms Crosby was able to receive the medicine free of charge.

Ms Crosby recently donated the excess $5,000 of her trust fund to the Coolheads campaign.

Chief of Site and Operations at Maroondah Hospital, Ms Kate Whyman, was astounded by Ms Crosby’s kind contribution.

“Ms Crosby’s donation to the Coolheads campaign has tipped us over our first milestone, allowing us to reach the $63,000 target required to purchase one scalp cooling machine, as well as additional staff time to administer the service,” Ms Whyman said.

“It is a fantastic act of kindness and will make a difference to future patients.”

The campaign will continue to raise funds for a second scalp cooling machine.

For more information or to donate, visit

A chance for women with breast cancer to say no to bald

An initiative of Ringwood East and Heathmont Bendigo Community Bank, this campaign aims to raise funds for two 'scalp cooling' machines at Maroondah Hospital’s Day Oncology Unit. Each scalp cooling machines will treat two women simultaneously.

Scalp cooling technology prevents hair loss by restricting the blood flow to hair follicles during chemotherapy sessions whilst patients wear a ‘cold cap’.

Maroondah Hospital, part of Eastern Health, will become the first public health service in Victoria, and most likely Australia, to offer this new scalp cooling treatment free of charge to women receiving breast cancer chemotherapy.

Multiple fundraising events are being held across 34 Bendigo Community Banks in Victoria for the duration of the campaign.

Eastern Health Foundation staff member Ms Carolyn Schuwalow thanked all participating Bendigo Community Bank branches for their generous support of the Maroondah Hospital oncology department.

“Bendigo Community Bank branches are making an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of local women who are navigating a challenging time in their lives,” Ms Schuwalow said.

“Supporting the introduction of a scalp cooling service will mean women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer will have the opportunity to keep their hair and therefore maintain dignity, privacy and some normality throughout their treatment process.”

Local Bendigo Community Bank Chairman Stuart Greig said “the Coolheads campaign showcases the power of collective giving in the community when organisations, community groups and individuals come together to make a real difference in local people’s lives.”

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Community Bank location and online at

‘The show must go on’ as they say.

When guests arrived at The Memo in Healesville on 9 October 2016 to experience an afternoon of classical music performed by the Australian Doctors Orchestra, they were greeted by a venue with no power.

Following the severe weather conditions earlier in the day, the Healesville community was experiencing a black out!

Eastern Health staff, orchestra members, staff from The Memo, together with their colleagues from Yarra Ranges Shire Council had spent the previous two hours working out a way for the concert to go ahead.

IMG 4622smallAnd they did – complete with battery powered flood lights so that the orchestra members could read their music on stage and wall-mounted torches to light the hallways.

“The Memo staff and orchestra members were adaptable, helpful, calm and professional. We greatly appreciate their perseverance in ensuring that the show went on. It was a fantastic afternoon,” said Paul Leyden, Acting Chief of Clinical and Site Operations Yarra Ranges.

The feedback from this event has been very positive, with attendees saying how “terrific” the concert was - even with no power!

Thank you to the Australian Doctors Orchestra, who come together from all over Australia, for giving three days of their time for rehearsals and the concert.

We were thrilled that the event attracted a sold out crowd from the local community and beyond. Importantly, the event raised over $12,000, which will be used to purchase equipment and items to enhance patient well-being at Healesville and District Hospital and Yarra Valley Community Health when the site refurbishment opens in early 2017.

Thank you to the following local businesses that generously supported the event:

• De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate
• Domaine Chandon
• Four Pillars Distillery
• Giant Steps
• Healesville Sanctuary
• Mac Forbes Winery
• Mocha and Lime
• Stevens Glass
• Worawa Aboriginal College
• Yarra Valley Dairy
• Yarra Valley Regional Food Group

Each year, through the generous support of individuals, community groups and businesses, Eastern Health Foundation and the Office of Research and Ethics are proud to award Research Grants to our staff.

Launched in 2012, the Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program encourages Eastern Health staff to investigate the most effective methods of care and treatment, with the aim of maximising patient wellbeing as well as improving our practices, policies and quality of care.

Research is over and above our core funding for health care. Your essential support enables us to undertake valuable research and strive to continually meet our goals of providing great healthcare and great patient experiences.

2017 Grants

Eastern Health Foundation is pleased to announce that grant application submissions are now accepted for the 2017 Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants.

Research projects will be judged on scientific quality, significance, feasibility, innovation and the benefit to Eastern Health communities. Applications are open to all staff in all disciplines.

Applications will only be accepted via the Eastern Health Foundation automated on-line application system. Applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday 11 November 2016.

  • 2017 Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants Application form (closed)

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