Welcome to the Lishman Health Foundation

The Lishman Health Foundation is an independently funded, not-for-profit organisation. It specifically supports regional health and is funded by sponsors, grants, donations and a range of fund raising activities.
It was established in 1997 in honour of Dr Val Lishman, the first specialist surgeon to practise in South-West Western Australia. Dr Lishman was a lifelong proponent and supporter of the concept of regional health research to benefit regional populations.

The Foundation funds, facilitates and promotes health research that has significant health gain for individuals, families and communities living in regional Western Australia.
The Lishman Health Foundation supports regional health in four key areas.

  1. Research Governance for Healthy Outcomes
  2. Effective Community Engagement and Partnerships
  3. Sourcing Funds to Support Research
  4. From Research to Health Promotion

The Foundation’s high-level governance over the results of research initiatives ensures that key outcomes, or measurable benefits, are delivered directly to regional communities. This diligent, transparent, approach has proved to result in quantifiable improved health outcomes for communities.

Latest News

South West Health Research Collaborative – Research Activity Update

A regular research activity update showcasing how teams across the region are working on ways to improve health outcomes for our rural communities.

Autism in Rural Communities

A multi-year research project surveying how therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are reaching families in regional and remote areas, and testing innovative alternative models of intervention

Quality in End-of-Life Care

A large scale project that aims to develop a cost-effective mechanism to obtain palliative care data from general practices in rural and regional areas with minimal burden on service providers


The Optimisation of Rural Clinical & Haematological Indicators of Diabetes, or Gestational Diabetes study, is looking for a simpler, more cost effective way to screen for diabetes mellitus (GDM) in regional and remote communities

The Cholesterol Question

Do you know that you can inherit high cholesterol and not even be aware of it until you suffer a heart attack? 50% of men and 30% of women with this condition suffer a heart attack before they reach fifty. The medical term in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) and an estimated 80% of cases are not diagnosed.

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