Burnside Hospital Foundation

Our current projects

This financial year Burnside Hospital Foundation is seeking support for four important projects to support our patients. The items listed are a high priority in the hospital’s 2018-2019 budget and are needed to support our work in the community. Click the drop down boxes below for more information on each of the projects.

 If you can’t decide which project to support, you can give a gift to the Area of Greatest Need – and at the end of June, the Burnside Hospital Foundation Committee will work in close consultation with the hospital, and put your gift towards the area where it is most needed.

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If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation:

Martin Carolan, Foundation Manager, Burnside Hospital Foundation

Phone: (08) 8202 7428

Email: foundation@burnsidehospital.asn.au

Post: 120 Kensington Rd, Toorak Gardens SA 5065

1. Investment Fund

The Burnside Hospital Foundation has established a long term Investment Fund for the sole future benefit of the Burnside War Memorial Hospital Incorporated.

Gifts can have a lasting impact for years to come! Major gifts, bequests, and donations to the Investment Fund are now invited.  Many of the first class facilities in our hospital now were only made possible by donations from past and present benefactors. Hundreds of generous people, clubs and businesses in our community have willingly invested in providing safe quality care for every patient, every time, at Burnside Hospital.

Since 1998, more than $2 million has been donated for a wide range of equipment needs and building developments that keep Burnside at the forefront of patient care in Australia. Now, it is time to invest in the hospital’s future.

How will it work?

Our Investment Fund will produce annual income to support the hospital’s needs, increasing over time as the fund builds, while also increasing the financial strength and stability of the hospital.

Annual income will be used to help fund vital medical and surgical equipment, for approved patient care projects, and to support building developments and refurbishments - like the recent upgrade of the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre.

The Investment Fund will support the hospital in maintaining its position as one of Australia’s premier private hospitals, and build upon the value of this incredible community asset for generations to come.The Burnside Hospital Foundation is responsible for building the fund through seeking donations, major gifts and bequests to benefit the fund.

An Investment Fund subcommittee – including an Investment Fund Manager and members with financial management expertise, and representatives of both the hospital board and the foundation committee - is responsible for managing the fund as an asset for the hospital.

An Investment Fund Policy, approved by the Board of Directors of the Burnside War Memorial Hospital Inc, outlines investment risk, asset classes and asset allocations to ensure that capital donated by the community will be securely invested for the future benefit of the hospital. The policy also includes strict rules on distributions to the hospital from either the corpus or from investment of the corpus, ensuring that the fund’s use is regulated, balanced, and may only be used for approved purposes.


Click here to view the Investment Fund Brochure

2. Fluoroscan X-Ray Imaging Machine for foot and ankle surgery

The average person walks 7,500 steps a day - that is an astounding 216,262,500 steps in a lifetime.

Believe it or not that translates to 177,027 kilometres walked for a moderately active person who lives until they are 80. That is the equivalent of walking around the world four and a half times. Our feet certainly have a big future ahead of them.

Bunions for example – an unusual word from the Latin for turnip, medically named “hallux valgus” - are a common foot condition that can be painful and limit your mobility and shoe choice.

Bunions occur when the big toe bends towards the smaller toes. The condition develops over a period of years and often runs in families. Further problems can occur as a result such as hammer or claw toes, altered weight bearing, pain in the ball of the foot, and the development of corns and calluses.

The Fluoroscan takes X-ray images by using much smaller and safer doses of X-rays than normal machines. This latest technology will support our surgeons in performing modern and minimally invasive procedures so patients can potentially recover more quickly, and are likely to experience less pain.

We need to raise $82,500 to help the hospital purchase this piece of equipment which will
support patients with foot and ankle problems each year         


Fluoroscan Cost:      $82,500

3. Cold Caps for Oncology patients

The Problem: Many patients undergoing chemotherapy can experience loss of hair as a result of their treatment.  Chemotherapy drugs are designed to kill cells that have a fast division rate such as cancer cells.  Unfortunately there are other cells in the body that have fast division rates such as those found in the hair.  This makes these types of cells susceptible to chemotherapy drugs which can cause patients to lose their hair.

The need: Cold caps are tightly fitting, strap-on, helmet-type hats filled with a gel coolant that’s chilled to -25 degrees centigrade. These caps can help patients keep some or quite a bit of their hair during chemotherapy.

Burnside Hospital has been purchasing cold caps based on clinical evidence since 2008. We currently have 30 cold caps in our Oncology Unit with 10 of these caps currently being decommissioned. Burnside Hospital has an urgent need to replace these 10 caps.


The Penguin Cold Cap is a specially designed cap that is cooled to an optimum temperature prior to chemotherapy drug infusion.  The cold caps are typically worn on the head half an hour prior to treatment, for a half an hour throughout treatment and for an hour and a half when treatment is complete.  Each individual patient can require up to five cold caps during their treatment session with us.


Benefits to Patient:

Cold caps work by narrowing the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that reaches the hair follicles. With less chemotherapy medicine in the follicles, the hair may be less likely to fall out. The cold also decreases the activity of the hair follicles, which slows down cell division and makes the follicles less affected by the chemotherapy medicine.


Total Cost: $3,000 plus GST

4. AV400 Vein Viewing System for Oncology patients

The Problem: Vein cannulation is an essential part of caring for patients in the Brian Fricker Oncology Centre. It is a vital part of the clinical assessment process for oncology nurses to check patient’s red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC) and platelet counts before each chemotherapy treatment. If a patients RBC is too low, a blood transfusion may be needed. If WBC or platelet counts are too low, having more treatments could push a patient’s level down even further to a level that isn’t safe.  

A patient will also have blood tests to check how well their kidneys and liver are functioning. If they aren't working as well as they should, the chemotherapy treatment may give the patients more side effects and this needs to be considered carefully by the Oncologist.

The need: According to our Oncology Nursing Staff, Burnside Hospital experiences on average 12 difficult cannulation processes each month.  This can result in additional stress and discomfort experienced by our patients, adding to an already difficult and anxious time for patients and families alike.

The Solution: The Burnside Hospital wishes to purchase an AV400 Vein Viewing System to address these types of cannulation issues in patients that have difficult veins to work with. Currently Burnside Hospital does not have a vein viewing system.

The AV400 system is a handheld and lightweight unit using digital mapping technology to identify vein patterns to help our staff identify veins for ease of cannulations.  The system also enables staff to avoid valves or bifurcations.   With centre line accuracy the AV400 can detect veins up to 10mm deep.

This unit comes with a rechargeable battery, and stand.

Benefits to patient: The AV400 improves success rates of difficult cannulations; decreases the number of unsuccessful insertion attempts, reduces discomfort and stress to patients and improves patient satisfaction.


Total Estimated Cost: $7,100 plus GST  

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