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World-class medical research organisation Ingham’s Institute celebrate women in science

  The health of Sydney’s southwest welcomed a special boost recently with an incredible $430,000 raised for a world class medical research at a special luncheon. The Ingham’s Institute for Applied Medical Research, founded to tackle health issues specific to southwest Sydney, held their annual International Women’s Day luncheon in celebration of females in science. […]

 

More than $400,000 was raised for medical research at the seventh annual event. Picture: Brett Adams

The health of Sydney’s southwest welcomed a special boost recently with an
incredible $430,000 raised for a world class medical research at a special
luncheon.

The Ingham’s Institute for Applied Medical Research, founded to tackle health issues specific to
southwest Sydney, held their annual International Women’s Day luncheon in celebration of
females in science.

Leading the spirit of generosity was the Vitocco Charitable Foundation who donated
$300,000 to support medical research programs.

More than 250 guests attended the event to support the Institute.

Ingham’s Institute CEO Darryl Harkness said the organisation, powered by 350 researchers, was
pleased by the investment into medical infrastructure was across the fast-growing region.

“Over $3 billion is being spent across South West Sydney Local Health District to develop the
region,” he said.

“The Ingham Institute is working closely with our partners to mirror this expansion, with
funding now in place to build a Macarthur Research Centre in Campbelltown, along with plans
to deliver Ingham Institute Stage 2 in Liverpool and ultimately a research centre in Bankstown.

“These plans will allow the Ingham Institute to continue to seek solutions to the health care
concerns of the community.”

Natalie Barr with Professor Afaf Girgis AM.

The Institute’s psycho-oncology research group which looks into the emotional wellbeing of
cancer patients and their supporters, in light of the growing numbers of cancer survivors, was
celebrated at the annual event.

“Research studies have shown that partners can sometimes have a greater emotional reaction
to the effects of the disease than the patients themselves,” said research director Professor Afaf
Girgis AM.

“We have a number of programs that empower patients and caregivers. One of these is our
Coping Together program, which provides strategies and interventions to help manage the
significant physical and psychosocial effects of the disease,

The Institute specifically researches health issues for southwest Sydney.

Luncheon ambassador and TV personality Natalie Barr praised the tireless dedication of the
research facility.

“The work conducted at the Ingham Institute is of great significance to the community,” she said.

“With the generous support of groups and individuals through events such as these, researchers
are able to continue to find better outcomes for those who need them.”

 

Daniel McGookin

Macarthur Chronicle

March 6, 2020

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