The Lishman Health Foundation (LHF) is an independent organization that aims to facilitate and promote health research that will have significant health gain for regional Australia. The Foundation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Management whose members have skills and experience in research, fundraising and public relations.

The Lishman Health Foundation was established by health professionals and Rotarians in 1997, as the Val Lishman Health Research  Foundation. It was set up to honour the inspirational work of Dr Val Lishman, the first specialist surgeon in the South West region of Western Australia. The Foundation is guided by Dr Lishman’s example of self-less service and concern for holistic health.

The Foundation shortened its name in 2016 for ease of use and also to reflect the Foundation’s aims of advocating for and promoting health research that provide significant health gain for regional  Australia.

The Foundation acts as broker and will only endorse high quality projects. The volunteer Research Management Committee (RMC), in communication with community stakeholders, advises the Board on research priorities and assesses individual projects. Approved research may be directly funded but external grants, which provide leverage for funds raised by the community, are preferred.  For each funded project, LHF appoints a 6-8 person Project Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of both community representatives and persons with professional expertise in the specific health topic area, who meet regularly with the research providers throughout the project and promote the implementation of outcomes.

The Foundation was incorporated in 1997 and is a tax-deductible gift recipient.  Owned and run by the community, the Foundation is unique in Australia.

It is the belief of the Foundation that health research helps the community in the following ways:

  • Local research seeks answers to local health problems, benefiting the whole community. 
  • Health research is a significant world–wide industry. We are building a South West-based research industry through organisation, training and employment.  
  • Health research attracts and retains quality health professionals in the region through career opportunity and prestige of research. 
  • Employment & economic benefit of retaining research donations within the regions while attracting external grants

The Foundation acts to bring together skills and establish research collaborations.   Researchers are then contracted and tightly managed through written targets and regular progress review.  Special consideration is given to practical value and implementation of findings.  The Project advisory committee represents end-users of the research and thus ensures the questions answered provide useful information.

Expenditure is contained through contributors and donated services. All projects are funded in advance and financial progress of individual projects is carefully tracked and reported to the Board at every Board meeting.

Financial status is reported to every Board meeting.  AMD Accountants have audited our accounts annually since inception. AMD provides an independent report to the Annual General Meeting. Accounts are available on request.

No project is allowed to commence without satisfying the board that ethical standards of all participating organisations have been fully met.   This will include approval by University, Hospital and /or external ethical committees.