NCH Research Foundation Purpose and Projects


In 2019 the NCHF established the Northern Communities Health Research Foundation (“the NCH Research Foundation”). The purpose of the NCH Research Foundation was to establish an entity to grow the available capital base and thus enable a greater range and size of projects to be undertaken. The NCH Research Foundation receives donations to support an extensive number of activities in the Northern Communities of Adelaide.


To this end, NCH Research Foundation has, among a myriad of projects:

  • Financed several PhD scholarships related to the study of health issues applicable to the population and an early researcher award.

  • Assisted in funding the costs of visiting overseas professors or medical experts to give advice, training and lectures relevant to the population, including an annual public lecture.

  • 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 numerous research projects with relevance to the northern local community.

Empower Leaders and Changemakers

A significant focus for the NCH Research Foundation is to undertake a major project on ageing and end-of-life care.

In addition, Foundation projects support 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.


The NCH Research Foundation benefits from the assistance of Emeritus Professor Derek Frewin (former Executive Dean of the Medical Faculty of The University of Adelaide), Professor Gregory Crawford (Medical faculty of the University of Adelaide) Professor Suren Krishnan and Dr Michael Kain, all being highly experienced in the medical needs of the northern areas of Adelaide.


To undertake this type of work requires financial support. The directors of the NCH Research Foundation would like to build its capital base so that income can be generated to fund current and new projects. Donations are being sought for this crucial purpose. You can show your support by helping NCH Research Foundation today.