Northcare Annual Dinner 2018
Thursday November 8th was a beautiful evening to sip a glass of champagne on the terrace of the Yacht Squadron at Kirribilli. It was a night to toast!
It was a night for friends of the Northcare Foundation to meet together for an evening to celebrate the ongoing achievements of their charity. Dr Ray Raper, Northcare Board member and current President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand, led the evening’s events as the engaging Master of Ceremonies.
On the night it was announced that a record amount of support was awarded to Nursing Scholarships for ongoing postgraduate education. Mr Barry Lambert, our longest standing and most generous Northcare Donor, read the long list of successful recipients. There were 25 successful individuals who will receive support for 13 Graduate Certificates in Critical Care and 12 Masters qualifications, with a total value of just over $146,000. The personal and professional impact of this generosity was eloquently voiced by Kellie Harper, one of the senior nurses currently working as the Nurse Unit manager of the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.
The enormously valuable role of Northcare was shared with perspectives from the newly appointed Director of RNSH ICU (Dr Lewis Macken), a Senior ICU Nurse (Nurse Practitioner Ms Jessica Butler) and Northcare board member (Mr Terry Moody).
Several past patients and their loved ones who had experienced the realities of needing the help of the committed staff of the RNSH shared poignant stories. For many in attendance this was the highlight of the night as it reminded everyone of why we are all supporters of Northcare – it is to care for people in need, people just like us who may one day require the most complex medical interventions delivered with humanity that is the best Intensive Care Medicine.
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) – cutting edge Intensive Care Medicine practice was showcased with an exciting live demonstration. During this twenty-minute intense period a simulated patient who had experienced a sudden massive heart attack was successfully resuscitated by multiple friends of Northcare, under the leadership of Dr Wade Steadman, Intensivist and other experienced staff from the RNSH ICU. This would not have been possible without the generous support of Getinge, Australia; creators of the CARDIOHELP platform, the world’s smallest heart-lung support system. See www.getinge.com/int/solutions/acute-care-therapies/ecls/benefits-of-cardiohelp/
The magnificent venue created a congenial backdrop for a night that simply sailed by quickly with excellent hospitality only made possible by Mrs Jill Henry, longstanding Northcare Board member, accomplished yachtswoman and Yacht Squadron club member.
The Organising Committee members are once again to be congratulated on providing such an enjoyable and thought provoking evening.
The Foundation is most grateful for the generous donations made throughout the night, and in particular, the overwhelming generosity of Mrs Joanne Dan.