As an independent charitable organisation the Lishman Health Foundation (LHF) funds, facilitates and promotes health research that has significant health gain for individuals, families and communities living in south-west Western Australia and more broadly regional Australia.
The Foundation was established in 1997, largely by health professionals and Rotarians. Initially the Val Lishman Health Research Foundation, it was named to honour the inspirational work of Dr Val Lishman, the first specialist surgeon to practise in south-west Western Australia. The Foundation is guided by Dr Lishman’s example of selfless service and concern for holistic health.
The Foundation shortened its name in 2016 for ease of use while continuing to reflect the Foundation’s aim of advocating for and promoting research. The Lishman Health Foundation is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC). The Foundation was incorporated in 1997 and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) List 1, meaning that all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
It is the belief of the Foundation that health research helps the community in the following ways:
- Local research seeks answers to local health problems, benefiting the whole community
- Health research attracts and retains quality health professionals in the region through career opportunity and prestige of research
- Health research is a significant world–wide industry. We are building a South West-based research industry through organisation, training and employment
- Employment & robust health research projects promote economic benefit by retaining research donations within the regions while attracting external grants
Research Management Committee:
The Foundation acts as a broker endorsing high quality research projects. Research Management Committee (RMC) members volunteer their time to identify and develop the scope for research and health promotion projects that have the potential to be funded by the Lishman Health Foundation. The RMC aims to implement a stream of high quality health research and health promotion projects consistent with the vision, mission and values of the Lishman Health Foundation.
The RMC scrutinise any potential research project and subject it to a rigorous selection procedure. Every aspect of the project is examined including aims and objectives, research methodology, ethics protocol, as well as the qualifications and previous experience of chief and associate investigators. Only projects of the highest calibre receive funding from the Lishman Health Foundation.
The RMC oversees and provides advice on both small and large scale projects funded by the Foundation, ensuring that the projects undertaken result in peer reviewed publications and findings that benefit health practice and regional populations. Large scale projects are coordinated through Project Advisory Committees (PAC). The RMC will identify and recruit PAC members who have the knowledge, skills and availability to contribute to the successful management of the research projects. The RMC acts under the control of the Board, which must approve projects, strategies and other initiatives proposed by the RMC, and associated funding requirements, prior to implementation.
Research Management Committee Members:
Dr Peter Heyworth (Chair)
Dr Tony Martin
Mr Greg Sawyer
Dr Keith Howe
Dr Andrew Kirke
Dr Chris Lloyd
Ms Kelly Hick
Ms Dianne Ritson