The Lishman Health Foundation is the only regional-based charity in Australia dedicated to funding local health research. The Foundation was incorporated in 1997 and is a tax-deductible gift recipient. Owned and run by the community, the Foundation is unique in Australia.

The Foundation (LHF) is an independent organisation that aims to facilitate and promote health research that will have significant health gain for regional Australia. The Foundation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Management whose members have skills and experience in research, fundraising and public relations.

Val Lishman was the first medical specialist to work in the South West of Western Australia.

From the outset, Dr Lishman went beyond his duty as a surgeon. He served community hospitals throughout the South West and was active in the community itself, in all walks of life.


FH case identification and follow-up

A model of care is now available for GPs in the South West for patients who have, or who may have, familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH).

Lishman Foundation research has resulted in recommendations for identifying and managing FH in the primary care setting. A detailed model to guide practitioners in diagnosis, referral and ongoing care is now available.

2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday the 20th September at the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

At this meeting, Fionnuala Hannon was elected as Chair, Trevor Jackson as Vice Chair, Bill Cowan as Secretary and Peter Wright as Treasurer. Brenda Murrison, Dianne Ritson, Jane Whiddon, Margaret Paterson and Peter Heyworth were elected as Board members.

Child Health Symposium

To celebrate the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, a Child Health Symposium was held at the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School on the 23rd June 2017. A panel of seven guest speakers examined the pathways into treatment for early childhood learning difficulties to an audience of 130 guests.

Improving the health and lives of regional Australians

The outcome of the Lishman Health Foundation funded Suicide Prevention research project was an on-line multi-media training programme for use by GP’s to train in the management of the suicidal patient. CLICK HERE FOR MORE information and to access the training module.


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