The Hope List

Choose where you would like to make an impact

The Hope List features important RCH projects and equipment in need of your support. By making a donation to an item featured on The Hope List, you’re helping meet the most pressing needs of the hospital.

Digital restoration technology for RCH Dental

Total funds needed: $109,989

Support crucial equipment for children with developmental dental anomalies like missing teeth and craniofacial differences like cleft lip and palate. This innovative technology will allow the RCH Dental team to create digital impressions of a patient’s tooth. From these impressions, the Dental team will create digital models of a tooth restoration or orthodontic appliance before custom making it in-house.

RCH Staff, Loch Ramalingam

Patient monitors in cardiac operating theatres

Total funds needed: $80,688

Help RCH kids with serious heart conditions by supporting a new patient monitor in the cardiac operating theatres. This cutting edge monitor will provide highly accurate vital sign readings for anaesthetists during critical stage of anaesthesia. This will help the treating team react appropriately to correct and treat potentially life threatening conditions like low blood pressure, rapid heart rate and low blood oxygen mid-surgery.

PICU, equipment, hope list

Investigating the link between chemotherapy and heart disease

Total funds needed: $61,126 per year

Help RCH Oncologist Dr Rachel Conyers by supporting her research into why 20 per cent of young cancer survivors develop heart disease as a result of chemotherapy. Through detailed heart imaging, stem cell technology and genomic testing, Dr Conyers will study the causes of cardiac sensitivity to chemotherapy and why some children are susceptible.

RCH staff, hope list

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Scholarship

Total funds needed: $50,000 per year

Show your support for the hospital’s nurses by supporting this incredible scholarship, which allows one outstanding nurse to develop skills and experience by exploring innovative practices and models of care across Australia and internationally. Previous scholarship recipients have used the scholarship to advance care at the RCH and beyond.

RCH staff

Music Therapy

Total funds needed: $60,000 per year

Donate to support Music Therapy, which uses the power and experience of music to help children through their treatment. In a medical environment, music has been proven to relieve pain, decrease anxiety and stress, reduce blood pressure and pulse rate, and release endorphins to improve mood and relaxation.

RCH patient, Music Therapy

Chronic Illness Peer Support

Total funds needed:  $61,440 per camp

Support the Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) Program, a vibrant program for young people living with a chronic illness. Run by the young people it supports, ChIPS offers a wide range of opportunities including discussion groups, social events, leadership workshops and camps. The camps offer ChIPPERS (as they’re affectionately called) the chance to enjoy three days of fun, learn from each other and engage in activities that can be difficult or impossible for them to attempt in everyday life.

Chronic illness, RCH patients

Cutting edge diabetes research

Total funds needed: $45,000

Provide the crucial start-up funding for ground breaking research at the RCH and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). Professor Fergus Cameron is researching the impact Type 1 Diabetes and blood glucose levels have on brain development and function. Professor Cameron is working to develop ways to protect the brain after diabetes has been diagnosed, including an easy to administer oral therapy.

Cutting edge stem cell research

Total funds needed: $45,000

Provide the crucial start-up funding for ground breaking research at the RCH and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). Dr Don Newgreen is working on a new treatment for sufferers of Hirschsprung’s Disease, who are missing the nerves needed in their colon to pass stool. Hoping to remove the need for surgery, Dr Newgreen is testing the implantation of stem cells into defective colon tissue, with early results showing that these cells enable colon tissue to work properly.

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