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About

The Foundation

Supporting and promoting nursing research contributes to improved patient care.

Established in 1829 Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) is Western Australia’s longest-serving hospital and renowned for contributing to innovation and excellence in medical research and patient care.

We have one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australia and the second biggest trauma workload in the country.

In 2016, Bentley Health Service (BHS) amalgamated with RPH to become the Royal Perth Bentley Group. The BHS is a 199 bed public hospital specialising in mental health, aged care and rehabilitation, elective and same day surgery and community out research services.

As a premier teaching hospital, RPH has a number of joint appointments with the universities and built a global reputation in research and innovation. We have hosted many significant medical breakthroughs, and have an enviable global reputation that includes Nobel Prize-winning discoveries.

The Nursing Research Foundation was launched in 2001 by then Executive Director of Nursing, Patricia Tibbett. Ms. Tibbett had the vision of a dynamic partnership with universities and Royal Perth Hospital, working together to provide a nursing culture that valued and contributed to nursing research.

The Nursing Research Foundation supports nurses who wish to undertake research through provision of funding and professional support, networking and mentorship.

We welcome all current and previous nursing staff at Royal Perth Hospital and Bentley Hospital to apply for membership of the Nursing Research Foundation.

By joining the Nursing Research Foundation you contribute to supporting nurses who are committed to using research to improve patient care.

Committee Structure

Committee Diagram: Management Committee at the top with Fundraising Sub-Committee and Grants Sub-Committee underneath

Management Committee

Chair

Dori Lombardi RN

Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Patient Support Services,

East Metropolitan Health Service, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Treasurer

Glenn Street RN
Nurse Manager Bentley Health Service

Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee

Dori Lombardi RN

Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Patient Support Services,

East Metropolitan Health Service, Royal Perth Bentley Group

Senior Academic Nurse

Gavin Leslie RN
Professor Critical Care Nursing, Director Research Training, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine Faculty,  Health Science, Curtin University

Director of Nursing Research

Dr Heather Kidd MNsg, BAppSC, RN
Nursing Director Organisational Learning and Development

Elected Members

Donna Larsen RN

Nurse Practitioner Wounds

Donn John RN

Nursing Director

Jeanne Young MMSc,BSc,RN

Acting Nurse Researcher

Annette Baker RN

Rebecca Crellin RN

Kelly-Ann Hahn RN

Honorary Member

Patricia Tibbett
Former Director of Nursing RPH ( 1995-2007)

Fundraising Sub-Committee

Chair

Annette Sweetmen RN
Nursing director Patient Flow

Elected Members

Jeanne Young MMSc, BSc, RN

Acting Nurse Researcher

Wendy Barker RN

Nurse Manager

Honorary Members

Patricia Tibbett
Retired Director of Nursing RPH ( 1995-2007)

Carmel Mc Cormack RN
Retired Nursing Director Theatres RPH

Grants Sub-Committee

Chair

Gavin Leslie RN
Professor Critical Care Nursing, Director Research Training, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine Faculty,  Health Science, Curtin University

Members

Three members from the Management Committee.