A Birthday Message- Professor Robert Denniss

MHF's 5th Birthday - Professor Robert Denniss


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”

The Whittley Club of NSW Inc obtained a defibrillator through NSW Office of Sport grant program.  The assistance I received from Julie and the organisation was fantastic!  MHF helped guide me through the necessary paperwork and provided our members with thorough training in the use of the equipment.

- Narelle Baglin, Treasurer, Whittley Club NSW Inc.

Our CPR refresher course was great, and Kevin is just awesome! I don’t think we would want anyone else but Kevin from now on, we feel spoilt!

- Baber Rasheed, Community First Step, Fairfield

I just completed my HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course. It was the best first aid training I have ever done. Charnan is a fantastic trainer with such a wealth of experience.

- Karen Hope, General Manager People, Culture and Youth Programs, PCYC NSW

Since 2016, Stellar Learning has used Michael Hughes Foundation for all our first aid training. Our trainer Kevin is amazing… Not only does he do First Aid courses, he is a paramedic and very hands on. Kevin explains things in an easy manner and helps everyone throughout the course. I would recommend him and the Foundation to any business wanting to host a first aid course.

- Liv Taylor, Stellar Learning Group

Thank you MHF! Your first aid and CPR training were fantastic. We love your presenters because they always make the training so interesting for our staff by sharing real life knowledge and experience. Keep up the great work.

- Michelle Hanley, Risk Manager & State Member Protection Officer, Football NSW

The impact on each parent that has attended this course is immeasurable. The participants now have the skills to be able to stay calm and administer First Aid if faced with an emergency. This training has also enabled the participants to update skills for work or to help secure employment.

- Catherine Gregory, Hilltop Road Public School
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