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From its humble beginnings, St Vincent's Clinic Foundation now has assets of over $15 million and a commitment to continue to fund research, with a further $1 million in research for 2018.

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In 1991 St Vincent's Private Hospital gave St Vincent's Clinic (as Trustee) the humble sum of $1,000 to establish a trust fund to be known as St Vincent's Clinic Foundation. In 1992, the St Vincent's Clinic Foundation was formally established to strengthen the research and educational aims of St Vincent's Clinic.

In her inaugural Foundation report, Sr Bernice, the first President of St Vincent's Clinic Foundation, said:

"The value of the latest developments on treatment and procedures can only be tested by clinical practitioners and based on their detailed outcome studies of actual patient care. However, although government and other research organisations provide financial support for basic laboratory work for full time investigators, there is little funding available for clinical studies conducted on the course of patient care. Yet it is this evaluation on which all new treatment modalities lie."

Over the years, the Foundation has taken advantage of opportunities to widen its funding scope for research.

A generous donation in 2003 made $1 million in funding available for adult stem cell research projects. Patient focused multidisciplinary grants that foster nursing and allied health research have also been introduced.

When the first formal research grants were awarded in 1994, ten were offered.

By 2018 this number had doubled, with 17 grants being awarded plus six multidisciplinary grants. St Vincent's Clinic Foundation continues to grow and prosper, and to date it has provided 369 grants totalling $15,061,132 in research funding.

The commitment and stewardship of the Foundation Trustees, under the leadership of Sr Bernice (1992-1997), Dr John Roarty (1998 -2000) and especially Ted Harris AC (2000 until present) has been instrumental in the success of the Foundation.

From its humble beginnings, St Vincent's Clinic Foundation now has assets of over $15 million and a commitment to continue to fund research, with a further $1 million in research for 2018.

Constitution of St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation was adopted by the Board of Directors of St Vincent’s Clinic.

1991

16 applications received for the inaugural St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation Research Grants for 1993.

28 January: First meeting of Board of Trustees. Sir Roden Cutler is Patron and Sr Bernice is President:
"The value of the latest developments on treatment and procedures can only be tested by clinical practitioners and based on their detailed outcome studies of actual patient care. However, although government and other research organisations provide financial support for basic laboratory work for full time investigators, there is little funding available for clinical studies conducted on the course of patient care. Yet it is this evaluation on which all new treatment modalities lie," Sr Bernice.

1992

2 April: Official launch of St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation held at St Vincent’s Clinic.

December: Dr John Roarty launches the first issue of ‘Proceedings’ as editor.

1993

EDAP Pyrotech Machine installed, the second such machine to be installed worldwide.

4 November: Inaugural Sandra David Oration

1994

St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation reached approximately $1 million in research funding.

1995

Sr Bernice retires as President of the Foundation and Dr John Roarty becomes the 2nd President, Dr John O’Neil assumes the role of Editor of ‘Proceedings’.

1998

Mr Ted Harris is appointed 3rd President
17 August: Inaugural combined St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation AGM and Foundation Day.

2000

$1 million for Adult Stem Cell Research received from a generous donor.

2004

Introduction of the Multidisciplinary Patient Focused Research Grants.

2007

Nursing and allied health research presentation support commencesy.

2008

Inaugural St Vincent’s Campus (Clinic Foundation) Excellence Awards for Clinical Research.

2009

Foundation becomes a PAF and registered with ACNC

2012

Support for establishment of Allied Health Professional Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital.

2013

St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation assets more than $14.5 million and has provided over $12 million to support over 300 Research Grants.

2014

$1 million allocated for 2016 Research Grants.

2016

Mr Ted Harris retires as President and A/Prof Brett Courtenay is appointed 4th President.

2018