Mercy Health is grateful for the support we receive from our valued donors and supporters. Donations are used to expand the care we provide to the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Sheila Handbury Chair in Maternal Fetal Medicine
This chair is focused on ensuring mothers and their unborn babies stay healthy. Internationally recognised as a leader in maternal fetal medicine, Professor Sue Walker is the inaugural Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine. This is Australia’s first endowed Chair in Maternal Fetal Medicine and is the result of a successful partnership between Mercy Health, University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the generosity and vision of Dr Geoff Handbury AO.
Prof Sue Walker and her dedicated team of clinicians are conducting important research to enhance the health and wellbeing of future generations of newborns, while safely bringing today’s high risk mums and their babies safely to term.
Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank
Victoria’s first breastmilk bank was officially opened by Mercy Health on 22 February 2011, following two years of research and planning. This important bank continues to help sick and premature babies get the best possible start in life.
Chair in Aged Care
In December 2011, Mercy Health in collaboration with Australian Catholic University launched a professorial Chair of Aged Care. With Australia’s ageing population set to double over the next 40 years, this Chair will drive innovation and provide leadership in the way Australia cares for older people. The chair was funded with the support of the Fred P. Archer Charitable Trust managed by the Trust Company.
The chair conducts leading edge research in aged care and fosters links between clinicians, academics and industry. It also examines evidence-based practice in aged care and oversees the training of research and care staff. The aim is to enhance the wellbeing of older people.
In the past twelve months more than $800,000 in donations has been used to purchase unique medical equipment, and enhance our service delivery.