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Curing Homesickness Project

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With sincere thanks to Coles and The Common Good via the Curing Homesickness Project, three Massimo Rad-97 oximeters are making a difference in Ipswich through outpatient oximetry monitoring at home.

The advantage is for children with sleep disorders, for example obstructive sleep apnoea or sleep disordered breathing, which will help to inform the urgency of treatment.

Previously, overnight oximetry was achieved by admitting the child to hospital but with these units we are able to loan them to parents to do oximetry at home and then they return the unit and the overnight recording can be downloaded and analysed.

Received in August 2023, these three Massimo Rad-97 oximeters and associated software is valued at $10,000 are being well utilised.


Image Netherlund Iopu and Clinical Nurse Anitha Bharathan


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Thank you for Going Pink!

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The Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s Go Pink Campaign, a vibrant and impactful initiative spanning the entire month of October, successfully concluded last month! 

We are thrilled to share you raised a total of $64,000! The outcome of this remarkable campaign will play a crucial role for breast cancer patients in the West Moreton region. 

Community engagement was nothing short of inspiring.  

West Moreton Health staff hosted IHF Go Pink morning teas across all hospitals in the region, the result? Over $7,000 was raised in one day, Ipswich Surgical Ward were our fundraising champions raising almost $1300!  We’d like to express our sincere gratitude for the enthusiasm and generosity of the incredible WMH staff throughout all West Moreton facilities. 

Club Services Ipswich (CSI) came on board as the main sponsor of the campaign. They hosted two events, including a breathtaking Luncheon adorned in pink, drawing a huge crowd, this and their merchandise and raffle sales over the month raised $8,000. 

19 third party fundraising activities amplified the impact of the campaign even further. Special thanks goes out to Orion Hotel and Quota Ipswich for your support, just to name a few. 

Our dedicated volunteers played a pivotal role in the success of the campaign, selling IHF Go Pink merchandise both online and face-to-face throughout the month. Their efforts, combined with the support of our community, resulted in a remarkable $17,000 raised towards our overall IHF Go Pink goal. 

The heart of our campaign lay in the stories of resilience and triumph. Local breast cancer champions Gillian Velasquez, Corina Kearvell, and Emma Robinson, who all underwent treatment, shared their inspiring journeys at various events. Additionally, BreastScreen Queensland was a constant presence, providing valuable support at the majority of our events. 

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this campaign, your impact will make a real difference.


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IHF Wig Lounge grand opening!

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Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) was proud to launch the IHF Wig Lounge last month.

A heartwarming initiative dedicated to helping individuals experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions, such as cancer treatment and alopecia.

IHF’s Wig Lounge is a safe and welcoming space for both men and women facing the challenges of hair loss. We provide a variety of high quality synthetic wigs, turbans, beanies and scarves to boost confidence and comfort. Our trained volunteers are committed to ensuring a supportive and caring environment for all visitors, in a relaxed and private space.

With thanks to grants from Energex and Tour de Cour, IHF can offer this service at no cost and provide wigs for products, to assist people when they are at their most vulnerable.

The grand opening was a joyous afternoon, attended by sponsors, supporters, former patients and volunteers.

Emma Robinson a former breast cancer patient said  at the opening, “I wish this was available when I was going through treatment. The idea of trying on the wigs in a private environment where no body is looking at me, having an hour with a trained professional who will let me try on as many as I like, is absolutely amazing. Losing your hair is just the worst, I can’t tell you how wonderful this place is going to be for anyone going through cancer or any other hair loss condition, it’s lovely, it’s private and everyone is awesome. The fact that you have so many options and you don’t have to pay for it, is just incredible, because that’s one thing that is not a burden, in a very tough time. I just wish this was available when I was going through treatment.”

Karen Miles a BreastScreen Nurse said “the number one question I am asked when a person is diagnosed is, will I lose my hair?” Hair loss is a very distressing side effect, I’ve had many people tell me, almost apologetically, how upset and worried they are about their hair loss. They can often feel it’s a vanity to be so worried about their hair loss and some have told me it is the worst part of their treatment. They want chemotherapy to treat and hopefully cure their breast cancer but although they can hide their surgical wounds with clothing or prothesis, hair loss announces to the world that you are sick and going through chemo. When an amazing service, this will make an amazing difference for people in West Moreton who are experiencing hair loss”.

For more information about the IHF Wig Lounge or to make a booking, please click here.


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Ipswich Hospital Foundation partners with UQ to boost mental health research in West Moreton

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Queensland mental health research has received a boost with Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) and The University of Queensland (UQ) announcing PhD scholarships to create new knowledge about mental disorders.

The scholarships are intended to support PhD students conducting research with mental health experts at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, a statewide Queensland Health research organisation based in West Moreton Health.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation CEO, Mr Scott Young, said he was excited to announce the new scholarship endowment fund, which had grown out of a long and established partnership with the Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI).

“In the early 2000s, the Sunshine Coast chapter of ARAFMI entrusted IHF with their hard-earned fundraising dollars to form a scholarship fund, a portion of which was awarded every few years to a PhD student supervised by researchers employed at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and enrolled at UQ,” Mr Young said.
“Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research has partnered with UQ for nearly thirty years in the conduct of its mental health research programs, so we are excited that the University has matched funding contributed by ARAFMI and IHF dollar-for-dollar to create an endowment scholarship.

“This arrangement will see core funding invested and proceeds used to support scholarships for PhD students supervised at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research for generations to come.”

Executive Dean of UQ’s Faculty of Medicine, Professor Geoff McColl, said the University was proud to help fund PhD scholarships dedicated to mental health.
“PhD scholarships have kickstarted the careers of some of Queensland’s brightest mental health researchers, who have dedicated their research to helping people with severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia,” Professor McColl said.

“Since 2006, the ARAFMI scholarships have funded 3 PhD students whose projects have made critical discoveries to help understand the origins of mental health conditions, and develop targets for their prevention and treatment.

“We’re pleased to be backing important research at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and hope these scholarships will underpin vital new treatments, better services, and improved outcomes for people with mental disorders in the future.”

There is more information on the UQ Scholarships webpage.


Image: The University of Queensland PhD candidate Zilong Du
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The Dr Bob McGregor Paediatric Health Research Fund has officially launched!

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The city’s first Paediatrician, Dr Bob McGregor may have officially retired from the Ipswich Hospital Foundation board after many dedicated years of service, but his legacy will continue.

Bob hung up his scrubs for the last time after 47 years in February but remained on the board.

For 21 years, Bob was a major driving force on the board, raising funds for facilities, equipment and research seeking to specifically support paediatric services throughout the city.

But now, he felt it was the right time to step down from his position.

“I was a founding member of the board and I just felt it was the right time to give someone else a go,” said Mr McGregor.

On Wednesday, October 27, the board held a farewell luncheon for their long-serving member and in recognition of his efforts, the foundation presented him with ‘The Dr Bob McGregor Paediatric Health Research Fund.’

The new fund was officially launched on Monday 25 October and has since received an overwhelming response.

“I was so surprised and over the moon when I was presented with the fund,” said Mr McGregor.

“I couldn’t speak, I didn’t expect that at all. And I cannot believe the fund already has gained a substantial amount of funds. I am absolutely chuffed, I mean, I am so happy that I have a bit of drawing power,” he laughed.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation CEO, James Sturges said the new fund will support locally relevant projects aligning with Mr McGregor’s passion for Paediatric Research.

“We are delighted to launch the Bob McGregor Paediatric Research Fund,” Mr Sturges said.

“The fund will aim to support projects which demonstrate high-quality research and innovation techniques that align with Bob’s enthusiasm and approach to the health priorities in the West Moreton region.

“The fund will also aim to recognise and respond to the diverse and growing needs of the West Moreton community.”

Chair of the board, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said the new fund will aim to recognise and respond to the diverse and growing needs of the West Moreton community.

“Our community encompasses the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service area servicing the City of Ipswich and the Regional Councils of Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley,” said Ms Mackenzie.

“We are grateful to have had Bob on the board servicing these regions for more than 20 years and we wish him all the best with his future endeavours.”

For the past five months, Mr McGregor has been collaborating with the University of Queensland to research the health of children growing up in the 21st century.

“I’m hoping that the funds will go into meaningful research into the rising mental and physical health problems we see now in children and young adolescents,” said Mr McGregor.

“I’m hoping to develop a very strong evidence base to link to the fact that 25 per cent of young people are affected now by mental health.

“This was something I never saw in private practice 47 years ago, and there’s a lot of research to be done.”

Mr McGregor said he will use his spare time to continue his research, spend time with his wife and family, travel in his caravan and pick up his guitar once again.


To donate to The Dr Bob McGregor Paediatric Health Research Fund, visit

Kid’s Kitchen – term 4!

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Hands-on cooking & nutrition classes for kids

You’ve got books, pencils, pens and are busily covering school books but have you considered registering your children for the popular IHF Kid’s Kitchen?

Running throughout the school term (15 October – 10 December) Kid’s Kitchen offers children aged 7 – 10 years with a hands-on cooking class and theory base about a healthy lifestyle and how to make healthy choices for only $5 per week.

Program Coordinator Kayley Taaffe said Kid’s Kitchen covers food tasting, cooking skills and nutrition education.

“Our Kid’s Kitchen is in good hands with Nutritionist Deidree Taylor who I work with each week to present new, exciting recipes.

“Children go home each week armed with the healthy food they’ve prepared and a newsletter with recipe ideas and healthy tips for the family.”

Help your children gain these critical skills with the help of a qualified nutritionist!

Book now:…/kids-kitchen-project/


Details of the program: when: 15 October – 10 December 2019

Time: 4pm – 5:30pm

Cost: $5 per week

Location: TAFE Southwest Bundamba Campus

Unique opportunity to assist at IHF!

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Ipswich Hospital Foundation needs your help! If you enjoy chatting with people, being outdoors and feel passionate about Ipswich – this volunteer opportunity is for you!

As Ipswich Showground Caravan Park Check-in Coordinator you will:
– provide check in service for caravans, campervans and mobile homes
– commit 5 x 20 minute trips over a weekend
– perform simple paperwork and EFTPOS/cash collection
– have a flexible roster

Any training required will be provided.

Please contact IHF on 1300 736 428 or to snap up this great opportunity.

Protein Balls

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Protein Balls

For all of the below recipes, simply add all the ingredients into an electric mixer. Mix on high until all ingredients are combined, then roll into balls with the palms of your hands. You can then roll the protein balls in desiccated coconut or crushed up nuts before placing them in the fridge overnight to harden.


Peanut Butter and Vanilla

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

½ cup oats

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 tablespoon honey

1/3 cup chia seeds


Cashew Cookie

½ cup oats

1 cup cashew nuts

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon peanut butter


Choc Almond

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1 cup almonds

¾ cup dates

¼ cup cocoa

1/3 desiccated coconut

Add water until desired texture is reached