How you’ve helped

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)

Find out more


The inaugural AFL Yarra Ranges Melanoma Awareness Round was held on 13 August 2016 in honour of Eastern Health patient, the late Carolyn Goodie.

When Steve Goodie's wife Carolyn lost her battle with melanoma cancer in June 2015, aged just 47 years old, Steve decided that he could make a difference by increasing awareness of melanoma and raising funds to support research.

To date, Steve and his supporters have raised over $11,000 for Melanoma Research at Eastern Health.

“When you’re personally affected by it or whether it is part of my grieving process, I felt the need to get the word out there,” Steve says. “Melanoma cancer doesn’t discriminate; it affects people of all ages and genders and unfortunately kills a lot of young people.

“When Carolyn was first diagnosed, you’re not really sure how serious it can be, and what damage a mole can have. The reality for Carolyn was when it got to the secondary stage of cancer, within six months she had passed away.

“Hopefully if we can educate people and get the awareness out there more, it will help save lives,” says Steve.

This year, AFL Yarra Ranges launched their Melanoma Awareness Round and encouraged clubs to fundraise for Eastern Health. Steve also approached local business, including Garden City Plastics, Central Scaffolds, Bell Real Estate, Great Pine Nursery and Eastern Skin Cancer Clinic, who generously contributed to the campaign.

“If the Awareness Round has encouraged one person to go to the doctor and get a check-up, then it is worth it,” Steve explains.

Associate Professor Phil Parente, Eastern Health's Director of Cancer Services, is very grateful for Steve's hard work and the support of AFL Yarra Ranges.

"Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world, especially amongst young people,' explains Assoc. Professor Parente. 'This type of cancer has the highest mortality rate for 20 - 39 year olds than any other cancer - so any opportunity to raise awareness and fund research is very welcome."

To contribute to this fundraising campaign, please call Eastern Health Foundation on 9895 4608.


Steve Goodie and Phil Parente photo credit KIRSTIE FITZGERALD AFL VICTORIA

Assoc. Professor Phil Parente (left) and Steve Goodie
Photo credit: Kirstie Fitzgerald, AFL Victoria

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Representatives of Box Hill RSL recently attended a personal and bespoke tour of Box Hill Hospital, hosted by our very own Chief Medical Officer, Adjunct Associate Professor Colin Feekery.

As the successful bidder of the ‘behind the scenes’ tour, auctioned at Eastern Health’s inaugural major fundraising event, the Searchlight Dinner, our special guests were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet doctors in Emergency, speak to patients receiving care in the renal department and view specimens in the pathology lab.

In support of Eastern Health's Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing campaign, Box Hill RSL generously pledged $50,000 prior to the Searchlight Dinner.

Judy Coates, Box Hill RSL Committee member emphasised “I found the tour very interesting. I am sure that the more we know about the needs of the hospital, the more help we can give in the future”.

Denis Fernando, General Manager of Box Hill RSL thanked professor Feekery for his time. “Today’s tour was important in securing our future relationship. Our organisations will only get stronger in partnership in years to come, the more we get to know each other”.

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The Australian Doctors Orchestra presents The Lark, a classical performance in support of Healesville and District Hospital, part of Eastern Health.

Conducted by Warwick Stengårds, The Lark will showcase the musical talents of The Australian Doctors Orchestra, a group of passionate classically trained medical professionals from across Australia.

This performance will feature Caroline Hopson as soloist in ‘The Lark Ascending’ and will include:

  • Beethoven’s overture to ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’
  • Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5
  • Ravel’s Forlane and Rigaudon from ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’ and
  • Delius’ On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Proceeds from this performance will be donated to Healesville and District Hospital, part of Eastern Health.

Event details

Date: Sunday 9 October 2016 at 2.00pm

Venue: The Memo, 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, VIC

Flyer: Download the flyer


Tickets: $35 Full, $30 Concession, $15 Children (5-18 years)

Bookings: Please call 1300 368 333 

Healesville & District Hospital

Healesville & District Hospital is an acute hospital in the Yarra Valley. The hospital serves an area of about 2000 square kilometres, which includes the townships of Healesville, Yarra Junction, Warburton, Yarra Glen and smaller rural communities.

The hospital is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, with works due to be completed in early 2017.

With the redevelopment nearing completion, funds raised from the concert will provide an extra boost that will enhance patient care even further.

Respiratory Services team membersOn Sunday 24 July 2016, Eastern Health will participate in Run Melbourne at Federation Square.

Run Melbourne offers you a leisurely 5km walk, a 10km run or a half marathon. There’s something for everyone. 

Join us and fundraise for your local Eastern Health hospital. Everyone is welcome.

Support our team

If you would like to sponsor one of our runners (most of whom are staff), please visit the Eastern Health event board and click on their profile or team. 

Sign up

Step 1. Sign up for the event at (registration fees apply)

Step 2. Sign up to fundraise via the Eastern Health event board. You can create your own team or join an existing Eastern Health team. 

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like assistance to sign up. 

Thank you for your support.

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Thank you for making our inaugural event a night to remember

Searchlight VIPSIt was cold and rainy – a typical wintry Melbourne night. But that didn’t stop over 400 guests attending Eastern Health’s first Searchlight Dinner at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 24 May.

As guests arrived they were warmly greeted by a host of Eastern Health staff who ushered them in toward a welcoming drink and a bite to eat. The Australian Army Band played, their soothing music complementing the rising chatter of people networking. The ballroom was beautifully laid out with soft lighting and prizes galore to bid for.

As 7pm ticked by all rose to welcome the Guests of Honour – His Excellency General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove.

The night flew past with wonderful entertainment from the Australian Army Band and the Pacific Belles. Great food was complemented with great wine from De Bortoli Wines. Plenty of prizes through the Raffle, Live and Silent Auctions guaranteed that every guest would take something home.

And insightful speakers who shared their heartfelt and emotive stories of their experiences with palliative care and the need to raise funds for the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative and End of Life Care.

Eastern Health and Eastern Health Foundation wish to thank everyone involved who made the first Searchlight Dinner a most memorable and wonderful night

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The Vivian Bullwinkel Chair will focus on exploring models of palliative and end of life care, educate healthcare professionals and engage the general public in a conversation on end of life care..

The generous efforts of guests helped raise over $180,000 towards the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair. And the support of numerous companies, organisations and individuals provided a wealth of prizes. 

We thank everyone for their most generous support of our very first Searchlight Dinner, and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Searchlight Dinner.


Eastern Health gratefully acknowledges and thanks the following companies and organisations for their support of the inaugural Searchlight Dinner.

Philanthropic supporter

  • Box Hill RSL

Event partner

  • De Bortoli Wines

Live auction sponsors

  • Channel 9
  • Programmed Property Services
  • Signed and framed
  • Chase Gallery

Event sponsors

  • Dynamic Creations
  • Marriner Group
  • Westport Marketing
  • Indimax Productions

To continue your financial support for the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and Clinical Lead in End of Life Care, please contact Anne Gribbin, Director, Eastern Health Foundation via email

There was gratitude in both directions when the Oncology Day Centre staff at Box Hill Hospital acknowledged members of the Lions Club of Mooroolbark for their generous support at a thank you event held on 9 May 2016.

When one of their members was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells, and began treatment at Box Hill Hospital, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark decided it was a great opportunity to give back to the hospital that had supported one of their own.

The Club has since donated $12,000 towards the purchase of two Philips Vital Spot Monitors (which enhance patient care by providing sought-after measurements and Clinical Decision Support right at the point of care) and two Tympanic Thermometers (which enable clinicians to accurately and quickly take a patient’s temperature while saving staff time and minimizing infection control concerns).

Peter Giddings, President, Lions Club of Mooroolbark explained, “we raise our funds in partnership with the citizens of Mooroolbark and give priority to projects that will have a wide community benefit. There is no doubt that the donated equipment will help meet an ever increasing need for the treatment of cancer sufferers in the eastern suburbs and adjoining country areas,” said Mr Giddings.

In the last 15 years, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark have donated over $30,000 to Box Hill Hospital and Maroondah Hospital.

Ms Lesley Turner, Nurse Unit Manager, Oncology Day Centre, thanked the Lions Club of Mooroolbark for their generous support of Box Hill Hospital. “Support from community groups like the Lions Club of Mooroolbark make it easier for clinicians to offer the highest level of health care to our community. We are thrilled that the club members have chosen to support their local hospital. On behalf of my staff and our oncology patients, a sincere thank you,” Ms Turner said.

Performer Judy Sung1The Rotary Club of Box Hill are proud to present 'Show of Hearts', a fundraising variety show on Saturday 30 April 2016.

As long term supporters, the Rotary Club of Box Hill have committed to donating all proceeds to the Box Hill Hospital for much needed equipment.  

"Eastern Health Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank the Rotary Club of Box Hill for their generous support of Box Hill Hospital through their 'Show of Hearts' variety show", said Cr Robert Chong OAM, Chair, Eastern Health Foundation Advisory Board. "The Club has made an outstanding contribution to local community health".

The show will feature Chinese cultural performances, including fully-costumed Cantonese opera, ballet, singing and much more. This is an event not to be missed. 

'Show of Hearts' event details

Date: Saturday 30 April 2016
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill VIC 3128
Features: Traditional Chinese opera and music plus east meets west modern music and dance
Ticket prices: Silver $30, Gold $50, Diamond $100
Special deal: Buy 10 Silver tickets and receive one for free
Tickets available: Lisa Li 0402 012 722
Download: Flyer for promotion (Chinese version)

Proudly presented by: The Rotary Club of Box Hill