From the Chair

Dear Members and Friends of the Foundation,

It is with some excitement and trepidation that I take on the role of the Chairman for the Foundation for 2017. While I look forward, I would firstly like to thank all those who have given time to support the Foundation in the past. I have had the pleasure of meeting many transplant recipients and their families over the years and see the real difference that transplantation makes. I hope to work with the board and you all to help make an even bigger difference.

For those who do not know me, I currently work as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Unit and have close working relationships with those within the Cardiac Transplant Unit. I have been working with the program from its inception at Royal Perth Hospital in 2000. Like the program my role has evolved to include transplant coordination, patient case management both pre and post-transplant, inpatient and outpatient education, clinical trial coordination and staff education.

Topics very important to me include, promoting patient care and carer support and improved public engagement regarding organ donation. I hope through my role with the foundation I can work to continue to improve these. With each new newsletter I will provide some interesting statistics on different aspects of transplant or donation, along with introducing community services that may be beneficial.

If you pass me in the corridors of Fiona Stanley Hospital, feel free to stop me to say hello.

Regards
Sharon Lawrence