“Extending research and enhancing direct patient care, to improve outcomes for people living with gastro-intestinal disease and disorders.”


The Surgeons Impact Fund was established in 2018, the result of a partnership between Kooyong Philanthropy & a group of proactive leaders in upper GI & hepato pancreatico biliary surgery, based in Melbourne.

The fund has been established to achieve the following core objectives:

  • To provide critical capacity funding, with direct investment in additional medical, nursing & research staffing within the hospital structure

  • To fund innovative & sector leading medical research projects to both improve patient outcomes, and position our surgical team as world leading innovators in the space

  • To provide grant making opportunities to enable the medical specialists to engage with education & fellowship opportunities

The Surgeons Impact Fund is an approved sub-fund to the Australian Communities Foundation, and is therefore subject to receive Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status under ATO guidelines.

Board of Directors (as at 31 October 2018)

Michael Hii (Chairman)

James Ostroburski (Deputy Chairman)

Adrian Fox

Brett Knowles

Simon Banting

Salena Ward

Mary-Ann Johnson

Dianne Stewart

Anna Spraggett

Sommer Hargrove-Fox

Nicole Hii