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  • Monash CF Foundation

On Monday 5 June with over 100 “Friends of Monash CF” present, the Monash CF Foundation was officially launched at the Monash Gallery of Art in Wheelers Hill.

The Foundation supports the Monash CF Service in the treatment of children and adults suffering from Cystic Fibrosis across both the Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre at Clayton.

The initiators of the Foundation recognised that having a dedicated entity for Monash CF fundraising would provide a platform for those wishing to support the CF Service and have a positive impact on patient care. The Foundation’s fundraising and projects will directly assist the CF Service in the drive to provide world’s best standards of patient care with an aim to keep CF patients as healthy as they can possibly be today.

The Foundation has now launched a campaign the raise funds to purchase air filtration units for use in hospital areas used by CF patients. These units will purify the air thereby minimising air borne cross-infection risks. The Foundation is also fundraising to purchase iPads for use by the CF Service to commence mental wellbeing health checks and undertake regular continuous improvement reviews.

The Foundation acknowledges the support from Monash Health and the Monash Health Foundation, and we also look forward to working with Cystic Fibrosis Victoria on key projects in the joint support of CF patients at Monash.

We thank our generous sponsors Monash Gallery of Art, Cultural Catering, Chain of Ponds, Scion Vineyard & Winery, Nick Haselgrove Wines, Dan Murphy and our volunteers who contributed to this launch event in support of Cystic Fibrosis.

  • Monash CF Foundation

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Monash Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a registered charity which aims to enhance the services provided by the Monash Cystic Fibrosis Service (MCFS) at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and Monash Children's Hospital.

The MCFS is the only Cystic Fibrosis service in Victoria providing life-long care to its patients. The Service currently treats over 220 children and adults suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

CF is the most common, genetically acquired, incurable, life-shortening chronic illness affecting Australians today. It primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it can also affect several other organs and systems.

The Foundation’s CEO, Mrs Felicity Stretch said:

“While we wait for a CF cure, continued responsive and progressive medical treatment is critical. Medical practices in treating CF have improved greatly over recent years with the result that patients are now living longer. This, in turn, is putting increasing pressure on the medical services provided to adolescents and adults living with CF.”

“One day there will be a cure for CF but it is increasingly important that we keep patients as well as they can possibly be today, as it is likely that when a cure comes, existing lung damage cannot be reversed. The Foundation will support the Monash CF Service in its drive to provide world’s best standard of care for its CF community until a cure can be found.”

The Monash Cystic Fibrosis Foundation aims to assist MCFS in areas such as:

  • Assisting with the purchase of medical equipment

  • Supplementing MCFS personnel resources

  • Developing and assisting with programs which directly assist MCFS patients

  • Research into CF treatments.

The Foundation is governed by an Advisory Committee which has a diverse composition of members with a direct understand of living with CF, the treatment of patients and members that bring depth in varying skills and experience.

Mrs Stretch went on to say:

“The Foundation’s founding members recognised the need to address the gap in specific funding support for the Monash CF Service in the medical management of children and adults with CF. This support will also flow on to the Monash CF community, carers and patients’ families.”

Resource, equipment or program based projects funded by the Foundation are in most cases specifically identified by the Monash Health care professionals as a direct response to identified patient and carer needs.

There is as yet no cure for CF, but the Foundation strives to make a difference to the daily lives and patient care of CF children, CF adults, carers and their families being treated at Monash Health.

The Foundation has “tax deductible gift status” therefore all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

For further information please contact:

Mrs Felicity Stretch, CEO

Monash Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Mb: 0414 660 941

Em: fstretch@monashcffoundation.com.au