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Tuesday, 21 March 2000

SCHF Research Grants 2000

The development of expertise in Australia is linked to our ability to support our most precious resource people. We strive for excellence in all we do and need to continually push the barriers to find break throughs in many areas of business and health. This means research.

Research is the key to the development of new techniques, the creation of innovative procedures and the discovery of cures. Sydney Children's Hospital and Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation recognises this need as does key sponsors of the Hospital.

On Tuesday 21 March we will release (in laymans terms) the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation funded research projects for 1999/2000 and thank our fellowship sponsors: Allen Allen and Hemsley (paediatric neurology), Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd (Asthma), San Diego Foundation Farrell Fund and Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation (Conjoint Sleep medicine and Cystic Fibrosis) and The Coogee Bay Hotel (Surgical) for their generous and far reaching support.

This sponsorship will provide assistance to ensure the training of future generations of specialist paediatricians to benefit our brave young patients - now and in the future.

Background

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick:
As a paediatric teaching centre, the responsibilities of Sydney Children's Hospital include leadership in research and the training of the specialists of the future.

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick has been established for over 30 years and provides high quality, comprehensive medical services and research to the children and families of NSW and beyond. We are part of one of the largest teaching complexes in the world where the continued commitment to strive for excellence is upheld.

The hospital admits over 14,000 children a year and provides over 100,000 services through its emergency, outpatient and outreach services for illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, asthma

Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation:
The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation is the principal fundraising body for the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and is dedicated to working with the community to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children.

The Foundation has a special and close relationship with the Hospital. Not only does the Foundation pay for vital medical equipment, which needs to be constantly updated, it also provides research grants and fellowships so there is a better understanding of diseases that affect children and the opportunity to explore better ways of managing pain and serious illness.

The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation supports these research projects at the Hospital every year with a view to increasing the opportunity for research into a variety of areas. This push is complimented by the redevelopment of the Hospital's research facilities thanks to the Westfield Foundation and the Strasser Foundation.

How the projects are chosen

The Hospital Research Committee determines eligibility of projects with the main review process being conducted by the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation's Research Advisory Board. This Board is an independent external committee comprising of five eminent professors.

The Research Advisory Committee recommends to the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation Board the research projects to be supported. In 1998, the Foundation supported eleven research projects into a variety of areas including cystic fibrosis, HIV, epilepsy, cancer, pain assessment and in 1999 projects were supported in areas including surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine, neurology, genetics as an example.

This funding opportunity is particularly important for newly appointed staff who need support before being ready for nationally competitive grant sources.

Professor Les White, Executive Director, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick says: 'We at Sydney Children's Hospital are very proud of our service record in child health. Equally, we embrace our responsibilities as leaders in education and research as part of our commitment to future generations of children'.


For Further Information Contact:

Holly Bradshaw, Foundation Media Liaison Manager Tel: 9382 1188 Mob: 0414 821 187



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