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Global Education
RCH Cardiac Nurses

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By supporting nurses to attend major international conferences over the next 12 months, your donations to Finnan's Gift, have furthered the education and development of Australia’s best and brightest cardiac nurses, improving long and short-term patient care, and saving lives. 

The number of children receiving heart transplants at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has more than tripled in recent years.  As well, more children are receiving care through the hospital’s specialist Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) programme than ever before. This demand has driven the need to recruit and train more highly-specialised clinicians. It has also seen the RCH become an international leader in the long-term support of children receiving VAD support.

Attending world-leading conferences will allow the RCH's cardiac nurses to contribute to the growing area of paediatric cardiology, while also bringing back to Australia, the latest global VAD programme knowledge and skills required to offer the very best care possible. 

Finnan's Gift is proud to support the global education, networking, innovation and collaboration of the RCH's cardiac nursing team, and we hope you will be inspired to continue donating to Finnan's Gift, so we can achieve so we can achieve this goal together! 

Professor Michael Cheung, RCH Director of Cardiology, said funding this specialist education builds on the advancements to cardiac care which have been made possible by Finnan’s Gift funding over the last 12 years.

“Over the past 12 years, the programmes, equipment and training funded by Finnan’s Gift have not only helped us to care for more critically sick kids, but have seen the RCH become the largest paediatric centre in Australia.”


“By expanding the specialist knowledge of our dedicated cardiac nursing team, we will ensure our nurses continue to play a critical, best-practice role in supporting more children with severe heart failure to live long and healthy lives, either by recovering with non-surgical care, or by being kept well enough to receive a heart transplant." Professor  Cheung said.

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