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Improving health in northern communities

Northern Community Health & Research Foundation

The vision of the Northern Community Health and Research Foundation (“the NCH Research Foundation”) is to improve health in northern communities of South Australia, and in particular the districts of the Councils of Prospect, Walkerville and Port Adelaide/Enfield.

Our donors and supporters contribute through the Foundation directly to the provision of grants and awards focused on promoting and assisting health and medical-related research, to the support of projects promoting better health, and projects or programs related to improving community and medical health outcomes.

Key outcomes of the Foundation's work over the last 25 years have included:

  • $5M grant dollars raised, with $1.3M in grants awarded

  • $10M funding seeded, delivering national research outcomes

  • Over 100 programs and events supported

  • 18 Visiting Professors programs

  • Support of emerging and early career researchers

Read our 25 Years of Impact report and watch the video to find out more about the work of the Foundation and the achievements of the past 25 years.

The Board

A voluntary board of eight members, with skills across Business, Economics, Finance, Medicine (Specialist and General Practice), Medical Academia, Health Management, Legal Services, Social Enterprise and Marketing is responsible for the management and administration of The Northern Community Health and Research Foundation

Empower Leaders and Change-Makers

A significant focus for the NCH Research Foundation is to undertake a major project on Ageing and End of Life Care. 


In addition, the foundation provides support to General Practitioner (GP) education and networking opportunities, the needs of people living with spectrum disorders and other research and community needs of the people of the northern areas. Enhancing opportunities for improved facilities and services are part of the ongoing mission of the foundation.


NCH Research Foundation has, among a myriad of projects:

  • Financed PhD scholarships related to the study of health issues through the Universities Three Minute Thesis and the annual Derek Frewin Early Career Award.

  • Assisted in funding the costs of visiting overseas professors or medical experts for advice, training and lectures.

  • Funded projects relating to mental health areas.

  • Assisted local community organisations, such as Rotary and Lions inholding health screening events in shopping centres, providing defibrillators in places such as community and bowling clubs and sports grounds.

  • Funded research projects with relevance to the northern communities local community.

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