2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of Directors of what was then known as the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation which would become the O’Brien Institute. It is interesting to note from the early minutes that much of the work at the start of the journey was to prepare applications to many organisations including Government to raise funds to finance projects.
In April 2015, the O’Brien Institute merged with St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, maintaining its independent name and research interests. All funding raised is directed to the O’Brien Institute for its sole use and in support of its research activities. The merger has been a strategic success and allows the O’Brien Institute to conduct internationally recognised research into clinical problems typically treated by plastic surgeons.
The O’Brien Foundation has been fortunate to have the support of a number of generous bequests. One major bequest was from John Oswald Wicking (1918 – 2002) known as the Wicking Trust managed by Equity Trustees. We have received two substantial grants to fund research carried out by O’Brien Institute but also to enhance its future strategic objectives. We thank all our donors for their generous support.
We are fortunate to have the support of the Hummingbirds, a hard-working and dedicated fundraising group led by Mrs. Julie Leeming, OAM DSJAO. Julie and her volunteers have raised over $1M for the Foundation, through networking lunches and dinners.
These events are not only an important fundraising initiative but serve to promote the research work of the O’Brien Institute.
We look forward to the challenges and opportunities the future will bring.
Stephen Moulton Chair