Advanced Care Planning – GPs

Uptake of advance care planning

Proudly supported by Lishman Health Research, this paper addresses the uptake of verbal and written advanced care plans (ACP’s) from the perspective of the Australian General Practitioner.  It highlights the potential benefits associated with Advanced Care Planning, and examines the impact of these plans on patient’s place of death.  This study calls attention to the importance of the awareness of death for at least three months prior to the event (where possible) and the role of palliative care training for GPs in improving the uptake of Advanced Care Plans.

Resilience or Risk? Exploring the Impact of Rurality on Youth Mental Health

Funding has been secured through the Lishman Health Foundation by Dr Sarah Youngson at RCSWA to research the impact of living in a rural area on the mental health of young people. The study seeks to explore the risk and protective factors of a rural address on youth mental health.

Risk factors for mental illness are magnified in rural communities, with stigma, lack of anonymity, and access to services being dominant factors. In contrast, a rural residence confers a number of protective factors which warrant further exploration. The strengthening of these factors has the potential to mitigate the risks of rurality on youth mental health.

The study will utilise qualitative methods, based on a phenomenological world view which will attempt to understand the lived experienced of young people in rural communities. The study will be guided by the principles of participatory action research, in which the group being researched – rural young people – will be actively involved in the research process (Baum, MacDougall, & Smith, 2006). Participatory Action Research (PAR) includes involving those most affected by the issue under investigation, being directly involved in the development of the inquiry process as well as the implementation of any actions that arise from the process (Crane & O’Regan, 2010).

South Regional Health Research Collaborative

Lishman Health, in partnership with Rural Health West, St John of God Bunbury, Edith Cowan University, WA Country Health Service, WA Primary Health Alliance and WA Health Translation Network, initiated the South Regional Health Research Collaborative in 2019. The key objectives of the SRHRC are:

  • Form a collaborative South Regional community of health professionals, researchers, universities and research organisations to optimise the opportunity for health research in the South West region.
  • Identify current health research and translational health research activity.
  • Determine future health research and translational health research priorities relevant to, health practice, health outcomes and health professional development.
  • Grow health research and translational health research activity.
  • Develop strategies for research implementation and translational research projects.
  • Identify resources to support research.
  • Facilitate the South Regional Health Research Collaborative in guiding and directing research projects in accordance with identified health research needs and priorities.

The SRHRC held the inaugural South West Health Research Forum on the 26 November 2020, bringing together over 90 health professionals, researchers, universities and research organisations to guide and direct future research projects in accordance with identified health research needs and priorities.



Regional and Rural Health Research Activity Update – May 2020

Regional and Rural Health Research Activity Update – August 2020

Regional and Rural Health Research Activity Update – March 2021


The South West Health Research Collaborative will also host a series of webinars.

Webinar 1: The ORCHID Study

South West Health Research Forum


South West Health Research Collaborative Update

Regional and Rural Health Research Activity Update E-Bulletin – March 2021

In a first for the South West, research leaders, health practitioners, local government and consumers joined collective forces at the South West Health Research Forum to share their knowledge of current rural and regional health research activity and, identify opportunities to grow health research in the region.

Attended by over 90 delegates, the forum provided an excellent opportunity to share ideas, network and identify the barriers and enablers for health research in regional and rural communities.

A key theme to emerge from the forum discussion was the importance of engaging with consumers. The Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Program, established by the Western Australian Health Translation Network in 1998, supports consumers, community members and researchers to work in partnership to make decisions about health research priorities, policy and practice. The program is recognised nationally as a good practice model for facilitating partnerships with consumers and community members.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the discussions on the day. Some of the key themes to emerge from the day were;

  • Rurality has a significant impact on individual and community health.
  • There is a need to strengthen community engagement and involvement in research.
  • There is a need for data to support funding requests.
  • Future research needs to address the social determinants of health.
  • There is a need to develop innovative models to address existing service gaps.

Mental health came through as a key theme across several of the discussion groups including Paediatrics, Aboriginal Health and Chronic Disease.

The forum highlighted that there is significant momentum to form a collective rural and regional research community in the southern regions of WA.

To do this, the collaborative will work to address the existing challenges of funding, sharing of data and breaking down silos to maximise research opportunities in the region.

The Road Ahead…

To progress the work of the South West Health Research Collaborative, the Chair from each of the discussion groups will meet for a three-hour workshop on the 19 March 2021 at ECU South West. This will be an opportunity to;

  • Condense and collapse each discussion group
  • Identify the gaps, needs and regional context for each group
  • Develop an engagement and advocacy strategy with key consumers and communities in each focus area.
  • Identify 12 specific inquiry / research projects.
  • Develop recommendations for resourcing and implementing projects.
  • Develop a strategy for the ongoing sustainability of the South West Health Research Collaborative.

We look forward to sharing an update with you in April 2021.

Mental Health & Wellbeing in Augusta Margaret River

The Lishman Health Foundation has engaged the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health from the University of Newcastle to explore mental health and wellbeing approaches in Augusta Margaret River.

The Project Advisory Committee, established by the Lishman Health Foundation with representatives from across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, have guided and supported this project. The consultation process has only been possible because of the commitment of people from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to address mental health and wellbeing in their community. Their willingness to provide their views openly and frankly has provided a solid foundation for moving forward to promote mental health and wellbeing across the community. The Final Report is now available for the community to view. 

This report describes the results of a project to explore options for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The project was undertaken to identify the key issues and explore community views about mental health and wellbeing in the area. The project represents a commitment to address mental health and wellbeing in the area.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Final Report

100 Day Walk for Mental Health

From June to August 2019, Marg Rhodes and Pieter van walked approximately 2000km along the Via Francigena as part of their ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’. Starting in Canterbury and ending in Rome, Marg and Pieter averaged 20km per day, often in gruelling conditions, to achieve this amazing feat.

This walk didn’t just challenge Marg and Pieter individually, but also helped to raise awareness for mental health and vital funds for the Lishman Health Foundation to support regional mental health research.

Mental health illness does not discriminate and affects many individuals, families and friends. Marg and Pieter understand this first hand as they have experienced the effects and impact of anxiety and depression on their young adult son.

The 100 Day Walk was totally self-funded by Marg and Pieter.

Thank you to Marg and Pieter for supporting the Lishman Health Foundation and raising money to support mental health research for regional and rural communities in WA.


Volunteer Morning Tea

The Lishman Health Foundation would like to invite our existing volunteers, and anyone interested in future volunteering, to join us for a cuppa and chat about the exciting volunteer opportunities available through the Foundation on Friday the 24 May 2019 from 10-11am in Conference Room 1 at SJOG Bunbury Hospital.

This is also our opportunity to thank our existing volunteers for your ongoing support of the Foundation.

We are very excited to have Marg Rhodes as our guest speaker at the morning tea.

Marg and Pieter will be embarking on a ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’ to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Marg and Pieter will be walking the Via Francigena over 100 days from June to August 2019 – a 2,000 km journey from Canterbury to Rome.

The Foundation will support Marg and Pieter’s journey by coordinating local fundraising opportunities with support from our volunteers. All money raised will go towards mental health programs coordinated by the Foundation.

Come along to hear more about the walk and how you can volunteer to support this wonderful cause.

We hope you can join us! Please RSVP to or contact 0475 705 417.

Please click here to view the morning tea flyer. Please share with any of your friends that may also be interested in volunteering.

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GenesisCare to launch new High Risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia Clinic at SJOG Bunbury

Health professionals are invited to attend the launch of the new GenesisCare high risk Familial Hyperlipidaemia clinic at SJOG Bunbury.

Presenters will include Dr Allison Morton, Kate MacLean and Dr Andrew Kirke. Please see the attached flyer for further details about the event.

Fundraising Dinner at Voyager Estate

Over 80 guests enjoyed a gourmet evening with the very best that the renowned Voyager Estate has to offer at the Lishman Health Foundation’s Fundraising Dinner on Saturday the 9th February 2019.

Guests were enthralled by Craig Challen, who was an integral part of the recent Tham Laung cave rescue team in Thailand and now Australian of the Year for Western Australia. International GP turned comic, Dr Ahmed Kazmi, was also on hand to thoroughly entertain the dinner guests throughout the evening.

The evening raised over $30,000 to fund the Augusta Margaret River Mental Health and Well Being research project which has been undertaken by the Centre for Rural and Regional Mental Health at the University of Newcastle. The Lishman Health Foundation is working in conjunction with communities in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to
explore approaches to promoting mental health and well-being in the area.

Click here to view the Voyager Estate Fundraising Dinner invitation.