About us

Flinders Foundation is more than a charity.

We are a force for good. We celebrate your wins, and we fight for your future.

Together, we can make a healthier and happier world for you and your loved ones.

This is us

We are Flinders Foundation, a charity that supports health and medical research and patient care across the Flinders medical precinct in South Australia.

Working with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (including Flinders Medical Centre) and Flinders University, we fund groundbreaking research and innovative patient programs that address some of the most urgent health issues in our society.

From cancer to mental health, neonatal to palliative care, we take on the big challenges and create positive impacts that reach far and wide.

We are not just a Foundation – we are a family.

And we are driven by a simple yet powerful mission: to help you and your loved ones live longer, healthier and happier lives.

We share your hopes, your dreams, and your struggles. We celebrate your victories, and we fight for your future.

If you need us, we will be here.

Because at Flinders Foundation, our story is your story.

Our history

Flinders Foundation was born in 1976 with a vision to advance the practise and science of medicine and support research that would make a difference in patient care. This vision still inspires us today.

Over the years, we have built a strong alliance with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (including Flinders Medical Centre) and Flinders University. This partnership allows us to fund some of the most brilliant, innovative and dedicated clinicians and researchers in the world who are working relentlessly across a range of illnesses and diseases.

Under the leadership of Alan Young AM, who has been our Chair since 1997, Flinders Foundation has grown to become one of the leading medical health and research charities in South Australia. We are proud of our history and our achievements, and we look forward to continuing our mission to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Our team

Executive Director

Ross Verschoor

Data & Systems

Sally Loomes
Head of Data & Systems

Leisha Van Pelt
Data & Systems Specialist

Dani Barry
Data & Systems Coordinator

Operations

Lauren Halliday
Head of Operations

Alana Phipps
Business Support Coordinator

Communications

Genevieve Sanchez
Communications Manager

Jane Trembath
Media & Communications Specialist

Jonathan Barge
Design & Digital Specialist

Community Partnerships

Nicole Size
Manager, Community Partnerships

Events

Melissa Churchett
Events Manager

Engagement

Hayley Pryzibilla
Engagement Manager

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Our board

Flinders Foundation is extremely fortunate to have professional and experienced Board members who volunteer their valuable time to nurture, direct and grow the Foundation. 

Mr Alan Young AM, MSAA, SAFin, AFPA (Snr), FAICD, SIA (Aff), C.UnivFlin

Mr Alan Young AM, MSAA, SAFin, AFPA (Snr), FAICD, SIA (Aff), C.UnivFlin

Chairman

Flinders Foundation

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Donna Benge

Donna Benge

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Dr Kerrie Freeman

Dr Kerrie Freeman

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Paul Teisseire

Paul Teisseire

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Kate Thiele FAICD, MBA, Dip App Sc

Kate Thiele FAICD, MBA, Dip App Sc

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Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams APM LEM

Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams APM LEM

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Associate Professor Michael Michael

Associate Professor Michael Michael

Chairman – Research Commitee

Flinders Foundation

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Research Committee

Our independent research committee is made up of active researchers who evaluate and recommend the best projects to fund. This way, we know every dollar we receive goes to the projects which are most impactful and funding allocation is based on scientific merit.

Associate Professor Michael Michael

Associate Professor Michael Michael

Chairman – Research Commitee

Flinders Foundation

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Professor Andrew Bersten

Professor Andrew Bersten

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Professor Claire Lenehan

Professor Claire Lenehan

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Professor Jonathan Gleadle

Professor Jonathan Gleadle

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Professor Raymond Chan

Professor Raymond Chan

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research

Flinders University

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Dr Robyn Clark

Dr Robyn Clark

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Emeritus Professor Simon Brookes

Emeritus Professor Simon Brookes

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Professor Bryone Kuss

Professor Bryone Kuss

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Associate Professor Mark Slee

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Our partners

At Flinders, we know we’re stronger together. And that’s why we’re proud to work with partners near and far to advance health and medical research and improve patient care in the community.

Together, we can achieve more than we ever could alone.

Precinct partners

Our precinct partners, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (including Flinders Medical Centre) and Flinders University, are more than just neighbours. They are our collaborators and our friends.

For more than 40 years, we have worked side-by-side to achieve excellence, innovation and impact. Together, we have tackled some of the biggest health challenges and made a positive difference for millions of people.

These partnerships have enabled many research breakthroughs and clinical firsts that have changed lives and saved lives.

Corporate partners

We are grateful for the support and generosity of our corporate partners, who help us fuel vital research, equipment and services that benefit patients and their families.

They also support our events and activities, such as the Pink Yellow Blue Ball, which raises funds for cancer research, prevention and care.

Our corporate partners aren’t just sponsors, they’re part of our team. They share our passion, our vision and our goals.

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