October 17, 2022

Northern Health Foundation’s Corporate Breakfast

On Friday, 14 October, Northern Health had the pleasure of hosting its first face-to-face Corporate Breakfast since 2020, as part of Research Week.

The day started early with the team preparing to welcome local business and community leaders to the event, with several guests’ speakers set to highlight current research projects at Northern Health.

Dr Loren Sher, Director, Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED), spoke on the new and innovative ways Northern Health is making a difference to care for patients in our community. The VVED launched earlier this year to the wider public, allowing our nurses and doctors to connect with patients who have non-life-threatening emergencies. Currently, the VVED is receiving up to 300 calls a day, with the service expecting to expand in the future as our northern population grows.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the Hume region for example, after recognising that there are patients within that region that have limited access to the level of expertise that we perhaps have in metro,” Loren said.

“We are now able to provide that expertise using digital technology, which is absolutely brilliant. The fact that it’s coming out of Northern also shows that we are very much an innovative and adaptable hospital.”

Pina Di Donato, Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation, was thrilled by yet another successful event, saying, “It was great to have members of the Northern Health community in the same room, from across health care disciplines and across different sectors of industry. These events are a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and to plant seeds for the future. It was a privilege to showcase the wonderful work being undertaken by Northern Health staff to our guests.”

Chris Turner, Northern Health Foundation Board Member, proudly reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to supporting Northern Health through the funding of research, training and the purchase of medical equipment.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all supporters of Northern Health Foundation, and for the wonderful turnout of business, and community leaders. Northern Health has been doing some fantastic work, and we were thrilled to be able to share some of these ideas with our guests. Dr Loren Sher gave us a very informative insight into the VVED, and the important part research has played from its inception,” Chris said.

A special thanks to Mantra Epping for providing their wonderful venue, and Ramsay Health Care for sponsoring this event. Many thanks to the team and volunteers involved in the planning of this event.

The Foundation looks forward to its continued support of Northern Health as it works towards its vision of a healthier community for every person, every day.


Dr Loren Sher, Director Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED)

Stella Gibbon, Volunteer Northern Health

Kerry Lannu, Business Development Manager, Ramsay Health Care