In June 2015 the Australian Vietnamese Health Professionals Association of Victoria (AVHPA) has led an outstanding community fundraising appeal to support Critical Care Services at Sunshine Hospital. Dr Hoang Huy Huynh,President of the AVHPA and Director of Sunshine Hospital Critical Care Appeal and Dr Nhan Phuc Pham, Past President of AVHPA and Appeal Coordinator brought together a diverse and highly enthusiastic group from health, the business sector, religious groups and the Vietnamese Community Associations.
The Venerable Thich Phước Tấn OAM, Abbott of the Braybrook Buddhist Temple has been most enthusiastic about the Appeal, which he feels will help build stronger bonds between Sunshine Hospital and the Vietnamese community. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Leader of the Catholic community in St Alban,s has also been actively involved in supporting the initiative
To date the Committee have raised in excess of $224,000, which will fund new high technology equipment for acute care services at Sunshine Hospital. The Appeal will fund a high Resolution, Digital Ultrasound Kiosk; a Sentinel Node ‘Navigator’ System for Cancer Staging; and a Rotem system, which provides Point of Care Coagulation Control for women with high risk pregnancies.
The Western Health Foundation and the Appeal Committee have formed a strong relationship and look forward to working together in support of Sunshine Hospital in the years ahead.