WA Rural Health Conference

The Lishman Health Foundation attended the WA Rural Health Conference on the 27th and 28th March 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hosted by Rural Health West, the 2021 WA Rural Health Conference focused on the effects from recent disasters such as bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, and examined ways we can better prepare for these events in the future.

Mrs Dianne Ritson, CEO of Lishman Health Foundation, and Mr Stephen Carmody, Chair of Lishman Health Foundation, welcomed the opportunity to attend the conference to promote the work of the Foundation, share ideas and network with fellow delegates.



Thank you to Mr William Cowan

On behalf of the Board of the Lishman Health Foundation, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to outgoing Secretary, Mr William Cowan, for his outstanding service and dedication to the Foundation from 2016-2021.

Mr Cowan has previously held roles as an Executive Director, CFO and Country Manager for AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited, as well as CFO and Company Secretary of Worsley Alumina Pty. Mr Cowan holds degrees in Economics and Finance and is an FCPA and FAICD. In addition, Mr Cowan has graduated with diplomas from the AICD Company Directors Course and also the Advanced Program ‘Mastering the Boardroom’.

The Foundation has benefited tremendously from Mr Cowan’s strong leadership, knowledge and expertise, ensuring a robust, high-level governance structure underpins our work. We are grateful for the many tireless hours that Bill has invested into building a structure that ensures transparency. This high-level of research governance ensures that key outcomes, or measurable benefits, are delivered directly to regional communities.

Mr Cowan has consistently demonstrated his passion to improve health care outcomes for individuals, families and communities living in regional and rural Australia.

Thank you Bill.

William Cowan and Margaret Mardon

2020 Annual Report Snapshot

The Lishman Health Foundation has released its 2020 Annual Report Snapshot. This document provides a summary of how the Foundation has continued its work to improve the health and well-being of rural and regional communities both before and in response to COVID-19. Through what has been a challenging year, the Lishman Health Foundation undertook some serious reflection and objective analysis of its ongoing viability. The Foundation is working hard to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic as a stronger organisation that can continue to deliver on research that results in positive health outcomes for the regional communities of Western Australia.

2020 Annual Report Snapshot

Lishman Health Foundation AGM

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 5.00pm on Monday 26 October 2020 at Conference Room 1, St John of God Bunbury Hospital, Corner Robertson Dr & Bussell Hwy, Bunbury.

All welcome to attend. All members shall be entitled to vote.

Light refreshments to be provided.

Please indicate your attendance or apologies by Friday 23rd October 2020 to admin@vlfoundation.com.

H&F Weekend Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported the Lishman Health Foundation’s H&F Weekend. A special thanks to Margaret Paterson for organising a fantastic array of activities, providing several opportunities to socialise, enjoy great company, fabulous food and exercise.

Supporters of this wonderful event raised vital funds for regional cancer research and had such fun along the way. There were even some brave enough to tackle the walks, despite wild weather that saw parts of the Cape to Cape closed. Thank you to all who supported raffles including The Goose and Caves House and to all donated to this wonderful cause, especially those who donated even when unable to attend.

South West Health Research Forum


South West Health Research Collaborative Update

Regional and Rural Health Research Activity Update E-Bulletin – March 2021

In a first for the South West, research leaders, health practitioners, local government and consumers joined collective forces at the South West Health Research Forum to share their knowledge of current rural and regional health research activity and, identify opportunities to grow health research in the region.

Attended by over 90 delegates, the forum provided an excellent opportunity to share ideas, network and identify the barriers and enablers for health research in regional and rural communities.

A key theme to emerge from the forum discussion was the importance of engaging with consumers. The Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Program, established by the Western Australian Health Translation Network in 1998, supports consumers, community members and researchers to work in partnership to make decisions about health research priorities, policy and practice. The program is recognised nationally as a good practice model for facilitating partnerships with consumers and community members.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the discussions on the day. Some of the key themes to emerge from the day were;

  • Rurality has a significant impact on individual and community health.
  • There is a need to strengthen community engagement and involvement in research.
  • There is a need for data to support funding requests.
  • Future research needs to address the social determinants of health.
  • There is a need to develop innovative models to address existing service gaps.

Mental health came through as a key theme across several of the discussion groups including Paediatrics, Aboriginal Health and Chronic Disease.

The forum highlighted that there is significant momentum to form a collective rural and regional research community in the southern regions of WA.

To do this, the collaborative will work to address the existing challenges of funding, sharing of data and breaking down silos to maximise research opportunities in the region.

The Road Ahead…

To progress the work of the South West Health Research Collaborative, the Chair from each of the discussion groups will meet for a three-hour workshop on the 19 March 2021 at ECU South West. This will be an opportunity to;

  • Condense and collapse each discussion group
  • Identify the gaps, needs and regional context for each group
  • Develop an engagement and advocacy strategy with key consumers and communities in each focus area.
  • Identify 12 specific inquiry / research projects.
  • Develop recommendations for resourcing and implementing projects.
  • Develop a strategy for the ongoing sustainability of the South West Health Research Collaborative.

We look forward to sharing an update with you in April 2021.

Training Opportunities AIM WA – Apply Now

Are you:

  • Employed in health care, preferably by a non-government or not for profit organisation?
  • Located in the South West region of WA?
  • Able to attend a course at AIM WA before 31 March 2021?

You are invited to apply for a sponsored training opportunity with the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA).

How to apply:

Visit www.aimwa.com to search the courses that are available. Some courses are excluded, as listed in the attached application form.

Complete the attached application form and forward to WACHSResearchandInnovation@health.wa.gov.au by 5pm on 30 September 2020.

Applications are now open and close at 5.00pm on the 30 September 2020. For more information, please see the attached flyer and application form.

Invitation to Apply – Sponsored Training Opportunities

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SW Health Research Webinar

The first of a series of webinars was hosted by the South West Health Research Collaborative on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 12pm – 1pm. The research team for the ORCHID Study (Optimisation of Rural Clinical and Haematological Indicators of Diabetes), partially funded by the Lishman Health Foundation, discussed the findings of the research and future next steps to translate the findings into practice.

ORCHID Study Webinar

Mindful Margaret River

Mindful Margaret River is focused on building greater access, knowledge, services and collaboration for mental health in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. Further information on Mindful Margaret River can be found on the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Your Say website, including links to the ‘AMR Mapping and Access Report – June 2019’, a project conducted by the WA Primary Health Alliance and GP Down South, and the ‘Lamp AMR Youth Services Analysis Report – February 2019’.

Funding has been secured through the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Community Care Package for Mindful Margaret River to support community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lishman Health Foundation, auspicing body for Mindful Margaret River, has appointed Ms Pip Close as a Business and Jobs Counsellor to provide assistance to local businesses to access mentoring and support services such as information, training and resources.

The Augusta Margaret River Mental Health Community Alliance (Mindful Margaret River) has been formed in response to multiple studies completed over the last year, which have carefully examined what is needed in our community to improve mental health.

In 2019, the Lishman Health Foundation engaged the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health from the University of Newcastle to explore mental health and wellbeing approaches in Augusta Margaret River. Following the successful completion of two community consultation processes, a final report was produced and disseminated to the local communities.


AIM WA Pinnacle Awards

The Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIM WA) has announced that the Lishman Health Foundation has been named as the chosen charity by the 2019/2020 AIM WA Pinnacle Award winner WA Country Health Service.

WA Country Health Service is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Curtin University Innovation Excellence Award.

Providing comprehensive health services across more than 2.5 million square kilometres, the WA Country Health Service is the biggest country health system in Australia. Its challenges include a population experiencing health inequities with limited resources and reduced economies of scale. This lead to the creation of an Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), a digital platform used to link country hospitals with a team of emergency specialists based in Perth. Since it started, the ETS has been a huge success growing to 80 sites across regional WA, offering 24 hour care.

WA Country Health Service nominated Lishman Health Foundation to benefit from their $20,000 training prize.

Click here for more information on the WA AIM Pinnacle Awards.