South West Health Research Webinar

Registrations are now open for the South West Health Research Webinar on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 12pm – 1pm. Join Bunbury GP, Dr Andrew Kirke, and Emma Jamieson as they discuss the findings of the ORCHID Study (Optimisation of Rural Clinical and Haematological Indicators of Diabetes). Register now at…/4371422245481967888

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

Marg Rhodes and Pieter van Aalen will be participating in a ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’ from June to August 2019. This walk is approximately 2,000km long and starts in Canterbury and ends in Rome. In order to complete this walk, Marg and Pieter will walk on average 20km per day.

This walk isn’t just to challenge Marg and Pieter individually, but to raise awareness for mental health.

They feel very strongly about funding and supporting elective programs to assist people with mental health conditions and to find a way forward in managing their illness.

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 will be totally self-funded by Marg and Pieter. The Foundation will support Marg and Pieter’s journey by coordinating local fundraising opportunities with support from our volunteers. All money raised will go towards mental health programs coordinated by the Foundation.

To help get the word out, please share this with all friends and family.

Entertainment Books are Here!

Support the Lishman Health Foundation by purchasing your NEW 2019|2020 Entertainment™ Book or Digital Membership today for $70!

Get access to hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do and support the Lishman Health Foundation at the same time. The Foundation will receive 20% of the proceeds to go towards funding mental health research programs for regional, rural and remote communities.

For more information or enquiries, please contact us on 0475 705 417 or email



About the Entertainment™ Book or Digital Membership

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For a small price you get access to over $20,000 in valuable offers. Participating businesses include Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, Freedom, Hoyts, Sushi Sushi, Country Road and many more.

How to Order Your Membership

To order your copy click here. Receive your digital copy instantly or opt to collect your book from the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (15 Stirling St, Bunbury). You can also choose to have your copy posted to you (additonal postage costs apply).

GenesisCare to launch new High Risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia Clinic at SJOG Bunbury

Health professionals are invited to attend the launch of the new GenesisCare high risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia clinic at SJOG Bunbury.

Presenters will include Dr Allison Morton, Kate MacLean and Dr Andrew Kirke. Please see the attached flyer for further details about the event.

Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River

Community and Service Provider Consultation

The Lishman Health Foundation is working in conjunction with communities in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to explore approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing in the area. We have engaged the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) to undertake this project.

For more information, please click on the link to the information sheet below.

Community and Service Provider Consultation Information Sheet



Plans afoot

The Foundation has obtained funding through the WA Primary Health Alliance to promote the results of Foundation-funded research to primary health care providers and the wider public.

The Foundation has engaged a consultant, Madeleine Clews, to develop a plan to promote research results to the medical profession, Commonwealth, State and local government bodies and other health policy decision-makers, and to build sustainable relationships with the health sector and the general public.

This has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Government under the PHN program.

In addition to being a seasoned operator in public sector communications, strategic planning and media relations, Madeleine has a Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Research and Evaluation. She has a particular interest in enabling better practice through strengthening and maintaining professional networks.

We look forward to working together with Madeleine to raise the profile of the Foundation.

2017 Annual General Meeting

The Lishman Health Foundation held its AGM on Wednesday the 20th September. Fionnuala Hannon was elected as Chair of the Board. Fionnuala, who first nominated for the Board in 2016, is a long-term Bunbury resident and is committed to regional life and all that it offers. The Board would like to thank Trevor Jackson for his significant contribution as Chair over the past year.

Board members elected at the 2017 AGM include Fionnuala Hannon (Chair), Trevor Jackson (Vice-Chair), Bill Cowan (Secretary), Peter Wright (Treasurer), Peter Heyworth, Margaret Paterson, Jane Whiddon, Dianne Ritson and Brenda Murrison.

The Foundation would like to acknowledge and thank retiring Board member, Giuliano Cantoni, for his dedication and significant contribution over the past two years.

Thank you also to AMD Chartered Accountants for once again completing the Foundation’s Audited Financial Statement. Your generous support of the Foundation is greatly appreciated.