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.

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.

Mental Health & Wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River

The Lishman Health Foundation has 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.

The Project Advisory Committee, established by the Lishman Health Foundation with representatives from across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, have guided and supported this project. The consultation process has only been possible because of the commitment of people from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to address mental health and wellbeing in their community. Their willingness to provide their views openly and frankly has provided a solid foundation for moving forward to promote mental health and wellbeing across the community. The Final Report is now available for the community to view. 

This report describes the results of a project to explore options for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The project was undertaken to identify the key issues and explore community views about mental health and wellbeing in the area. The project represents a commitment to address mental health and wellbeing in the area.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Final Report

100 Day Walk for Mental Health

From June to August 2019, Marg Rhodes and Pieter van walked approximately 2000km along the Via Francigena as part of their ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’. Starting in Canterbury and ending in Rome, Marg and Pieter averaged 20km per day, often in gruelling conditions, to achieve this amazing feat.

This walk didn’t just challenge Marg and Pieter individually, but also helped to raise awareness for mental health and vital funds for the Lishman Health Foundation to support regional mental health research.

Mental health illness does not discriminate and affects many individuals, families and friends. Marg and Pieter understand this first hand as they have experienced the effects and impact of anxiety and depression on their young adult son.

The 100 Day Walk was totally self-funded by Marg and Pieter.

Thank you to Marg and Pieter for supporting the Lishman Health Foundation and raising money to support mental health research for regional and rural communities in WA.


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