SSMRF July News


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“We are pleased to be the new Patrons of the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.
We believe medical research increases the healthcare of our communities.
Research can point the way forward for doctors, nurses and scientists to save or improve lives.
This local Foundation has global impact so we are happy to be associated with the Foundation and look forward to returning to Sydney in future to catch up with the local researchers and doctors who have had a direct impact on our lives.”

Sir Michael & Lady Mary Parkinson


Peter Gonski

A ground-breaking clinical study into chronic lung disease is underway at Sutherland Hospital, investigating ways chiropractic and osteopathic treatment can help manage respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Researcher and chiropractor Roger Engel said that it was the first trial of its type ever held in an Australian public hospital.
In Australia, it is rare to see medical practitioners, chiropractors and osteopaths working together on a research project,’ Dr Engel said.
Sutherland Hospital senior aged care physician Associate Professor Peter Gonski (pictured above) is part of the trial which is being funded by the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and the Chiropractors Association of NSW. Click here to read more
The trial follows on from a pilot project at the hospital in 2011.
The pilot found chiropractic and osteopathic treatment of the chest wall could improve lung function and exercise capacity in people with moderate to severe COPD.
The local health district recorded the third highest rate of COPD in Sydney in 2011. However, rates have been decreasing since 2008.
“We don’t know to what extent the state of the chest wall contributes toward the decline in lung function typically seen in COPD.” Dr Engel said.
“This research will give us a better idea of the relationship between the two.”
About 200 participants will be involved in the trial.
Supporting our research programs supports your community!
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Don’t miss out on Early Bird Registrations for the St.George Bank Beachside Dash which is back for its 9th year on Sunday 11 September 2016.
The Dash offers something for everyone – with 10km, 5km and 2km events.
To be eligible for Early Bird Tickets you must register by 31 July. Simply click here for Early Bird Registration or click here start fundraising and get your entry for free!
This year the DASH aims to raise $20,000 in support of Cancer Research and SSMRF is committed to investigating the impact that exercise can have during chemotherapy and radio therapy during cancer treatment.
The cost of entering the Dash covers only the cost of hosting this event – your generosity in your fundraising will ensure that we can continue to fund this cancer program in our hospitals.


Desert Duel

The Desert Duel is an annual event that generously raises money for charity. Friends from St George, and the Shire come together to enjoy Australia in a convoy of cars without much fanfare but with plenty of impact.
It’s not a crash-and-burn car rally, rather an exploration of Australia’s best mountainous and outback countryside where the views and scenery are spectacular, combined with good food and fun.
This year, the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) was included as recipient of a donation from the Desert Duel crew.
Among the participants were Martin Newman and Bill Cearns, both ‘locals’ who recently presented the Foundation with a cheque. Martin and Bill are pictured here with SSMRF Chair Professor John Edmonds, SSMRF Director Bruce Spaul and researcher Dr Freda Passam, who has received a Foundation grant to research clots and stroke.
“This generous donation will help SSMRF continue to support important medical research at St George and Sutherland, just like Dr Passam’s work,” SSMRF CEO Peter Christopher said.


S2S Highlow Team

Join us this Sunday 24 July and tackle the 11 km course, while raising much needed funds for medical research undertaken in our local hospitals.
As one of the three chosen charities for 2016, SSMRF will be there for a day of fun in the sun, with free give-a-ways of Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach vouchers – and best of all – your fundraising can change the health outcomes of cancer survivors!
Our fantastic volunteers will be there at the water station as your finish, so make sure you say hi to them!


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22 – 23 October 2016 – From zero to one hundred in two days
Tynan Motors has launched the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge. Madeline Tynan has pledged to cover 100km in two days from Wollongong to St George while raising much needed funds for medical research!
The walk will be supported by a car challenge, paddling race as well as a 50 year photo gallery exhibition.
This adventure celebrates Michael Tynan and the Tynan Motors Community 50th Anniversary.

If you would like to support this event or walk with Madeline, contact us for details.

For more information on how you can support the Foundation or help raise funds to support life-saving and life-improving research in our local hospital please contact the SSMRF office on 02 9098 4040 or email us on

Please join us in wishing Madeline every success!

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