September 30, 2021

Northern Health Foundation: How we care for the community, together

Are you aware that Northern Health has its own Foundation?

Northern Health Foundation is a formally registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) and has its own board of directors.

Established in 2005, the Foundation’s purpose was to increase philanthropic, corporate, and community support for Northern Health services. While this is still the mission today, it’s role goes even deeper than this.

According to John Molnar OAM, longstanding Foundation Board Chair, “We support Northern Health in its vision of creating a healthier community. We do this by funding life-changing medical equipment, research, and training. We are a partnership.”

“Our partnerships with stakeholders have enabled us to purchase some very important pieces of equipment for Northern Health over the years” says John.

In 2019, Northern Health Foundation funded the purchase of 60 new, state-of-the-art defibrillators for all campuses across Northern Health. The Foundation has also successfully funded an Endobronchial Ultrasound Machine (EBUS) which will enable clinicians to diagnose lung cancer earlier, and therefore commence treatment sooner, leading to better patient outcomes.

Just recently, Northern Health staff participated in the ‘Dry July’ campaign where they raised enough money to purchase an additional car for the Day Oncology Unit, enabling more cancer and haematology patients to receive chemotherapy and other treatments in the comfort of their own homes.

“We have a wonderful network of supporters from corporates and local businesses, trusts and foundations, our amazing workplace givers, and of course, our patrons, who work tirelessly to fundraise for specific needs within the health service. We are very grateful for their support” says Pina Di Donato, Foundation Director.

“And we have our wonderful staff who witness the needs of our patients each day as they work on the front-line against COVID-19. They are the first to raise their hands and offer to donate items when we are caring for kids, and volunteer to go ‘dry’ in July so that funds can be raised for cancer services. We can’t do it without the support of our staff” adds Pina.

The Northern Health Foundation works with Northern Health staff to make an impact on the diverse and growing community. This is the most important partnership, built on the values of safe, kind, and together. Working together is the most rewarding way to impact the community.

Having recently joined social media, the Foundation is building its audience. You can help them reach more people and connect them to your people by following them on their social media platforms.

The Foundation will be giving away 50 x $10 coffee cards across Northern Health campuses. To be in the draw to win a coffee card, all you need to do is like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram between today and the end of October. Winners will be announced on 1 November 2021. And to make it super easy for you, we’ve provided the links below.

To learn more about the Northern Health Foundation, head to