A Dream bequest takes diabetes expertise to regional Australia


In February 2024, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney was able to realise a DREAM Program, to take our diabetes expertise to regional and rural Australia to support patients and clinicians who do not have access to world-class care.

DREAM – Diabetes Regional Education and Management – is a partnership between St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. Each month, the St Vincent’s mobile clinic team will visit a different regional or remote community, led by Prof Jerry Greenfield and Clinical Nurse Consultant Gael Holters.

The team will support and observe local clinicians as they see patients requiring the most complex care. They will ensure patients are receiving specialist medical advice from diabetes experts, and that local doctors and nurses are fully trained in the latest developments in diabetes care. Patients will receive follow-up telehealth care from the St Vincent’s team.

St Vincent’s is grateful to Little Wings, who are generously donating all flights into regional Australia to transport clinicians. The project will include the communities across the Murrumbidgee region, including those served by St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith. It is a perfect expression of the vision of the Sisters of Charity, to bring hope and care to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Through the generosity and vision of benefactors The Late Tim Wright and the Late Yoshiko Wright, funding for several special projects including the DREAM program has been secured through their transformational bequest left to St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

Tim, a well-known figure in the Wool trade, predeceased his wife Yoshiko in 2012 aged 89. Yoshiko revised her Will in 2013 to ensure Tim’s wishes were also included with her Will. A DREAM BEQUEST She was the proprietor of the Japanese book shop in the Rocks for many years, and passed away in 2020 aged 85. The Wrights had no children. Their estate was valued at around $10 million with legacies going to family members and a number of charities within the arts, health and education sectors.

Yoshiko had a great interest in Clinical Research. The Wright bequest will also fund studies around osteoporosis refracture prevention and bone health including prevention and management of osteoporosis, particularly to complex patients with multiple other comorbidities (especially diabetes patients).

The DREAM program is also supported by Peter and Rae Fletcher who have generously donated a mobile retinal camera, that will be an essential resource for treating diabetic patients in a rural and regional setting.

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