HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO THE MICHAEL HUGHES FOUNDATION
Congratulations to all associated with the Michael Hughes Foundation (MHF), and in particular to Julie Hughes, Executive Director, and to Kevin McSweeney, Chair, for all their fantastic achievements during the first 5 years of the Foundation.
MHF has successfully honoured the memory of the late Michael Hughes by raising both community and government awareness of the need to improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest through “first responders and responsive bystanders”.
In addition to raising this awareness, the MHF has given practical and financial support to community education and training in ”hands on” CPR and defibrillation, as well as to community-based heart health initiatives, aiming to help prevent potentially lethal cardiac events in the first place.
MHF has also successfully partnered with the NSW Government to fund increased public access defibrillators, and to place these in strategic locations identified from government databases.
This initiative started in Parramatta and Western Sydney, and has now expanded to become a tatewide initiative, with the help of various government agencies and several committees to which MHF has so constructively contributed.
The individual energies and work of ambulance officers, medical practitioners, nurses, scientists and lay members of the community, have been amplified by the successful partnership with government. There is now much optimism that this work will translate into tangible improved outcomes for people who have sudden cardiac arrest, by strengthening links in the Chain of Survival.
We all look forward to the continued positive contribution by MHF to supporting local communities and helping to guide government policy in the area of sudden cardiac arrest, and that in 5 years MHF will celebrate its 10th birthday! Well done to everyone!
Letter received from Professor Robert Denniss, 7 December 2020
Professor Denniss is:
Patron of the Michael Hughes Foundation
Director of Cardiology, Westmead Hospital
Cardiologist, Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals
Medical Chair, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation Cardiac Network
Board Member, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
Editor-in-Chief, “Heart, Lung and Circulation”