New Board Director appointed after founding Director retires
21 April 2017 | Tony Love, Chairman
One of Aegium Foundation’s founding Directors, Dr John Campbell AM has announced his retirement.
The former Medical Superintendent at the Royal Women’s Hospital Brisbane devoted some 31 years to the Board. He is remembered, with profound thanks, for his professional insight, his worldly view and his sense of humour which contributed to a happy and collegiate governance environment. His departure, makes way for the appointment of Geoffrey White as a Director.
Geoff has substantial commercial experience in all aspects of business and financial management, audit and corporate governance, and infrastructure development and funding.
He is a former CFO and Company Secretary of a major water company.
As a former partner of KPMG, Geoff previously worked with a wide range of organisations including public and private companies, joint ventures and not for profit organisations.
He is also a Life Member and former Treasurer of the Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch.
An update on progress made by our research partners
28 February 2017 | Tony Love, Chairman
Aegium Foundation is excited to provide its donors and supporters with an update on the progress made by its research partners in the last 12 months.
Currently supporting the work of Professor Len Gray at the Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland and Professor George Mellick at the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University, Aegium Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making older age a time of greater health, greater dignity and greater potential.
Aegium Foundation Chairman, Tony Love, said it was important to celebrate what might seem like small victories, as all progress would ultimately lead to a breakthrough for older Queenslanders wanting to lead a more vibrant life.
“I am delighted to share that Professor Len Gray and his team at the University of Queensland, who are working on bringing telegeriatric services to rural and regional geriatric patients, have been successful at introducing these services across more hospitals in rural Queensland. This will allow more patients to connect with specialists in a timely manner without having to travel far from home,” Tony said.
The team has also developed a new system that allow pharmacists to review long medication lists online, minimising the need to travel and increasing access to a valuable service. While, a new method to measure frailty is helping to ensure that patients who are being considered for surgery or major medical treatments can be managed safely.
“Just this month, we saw the international launch of a new comprehensive assessment system which Len’s team developed, that will help to clearly identify patients who have significant problems with cognitive or physical function to ensure appropriate care is given. Much of last year was spent trialling the new system in four Australian hospitals before refining it and going global,” Tony said.
Equally exciting is the work of Professor George Mellick at the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery at Griffith University whose team is investigating whether Parkinson’s disease is inherited and if so, developing appropriate treatment for at-risk individuals before the condition advanced.
“In the last 12 months George and his team have continued to study families with inherited Parkinsonism to look for new candidate genes not previously associated with the disease. This work is finding new genes that regulate cellular pathways, which have not previously been associated with Parkinson’s Disease. This is providing new clues to the cause of the disease,” Tony said.
The team has also developed a new method for “High Content Screening” of Parkinson’s disease patient cell lines, that allows them to use drugs as “probes” to examine the way the cells function and/or how they might be dysfunctional. They will use this novel method to identify biomarkers for the progressive disease.
Similarly, a new human cell-based platform has been established to test many thousands of drug-like chemicals to find those that provide protection against oxidative stress-induced cell death.
Tony said the progress made by these two research teams was encouraging and shows that persistence pays.
“Aegium Foundation is very proud to be able to support such talented and dedicated researchers who are making a difference for those in their old age,” Tony said.
“It is vital that we continue to support these projects and keep the momentum going because every dollar brings us one step closer to a breakthrough,” he said.
New Chairman for Aegium Foundation
31 January 2017 | Greg Andrews, Secretary
Appointment of new Directors brings a range of new skills
20 December 2016 | Robert Savage
Since June this year, Aegium Foundation has seen some new appointments to the Board of Directors of its trustee company, bringing a range of new skills to the Foundation.
LtCol (retd) Alan Townson, BE(Hons), Grad Dip Mgt, became a Director in his capacity as the Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. He is a former President of Freemasons Queensland’s Board of Benevolence and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Australian Engineers. As a graduate of Duntroon, he served in the Army for 24 years.
Alan’s appointment followed the retirement of Dr Gary Bacon, who finished his term as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. Gary served the Board in a productive and very proactive manner during his three-year term.
Andrew Little, CPA, MAICD, B.Bus, JP (CDec), was also appointed a Director. He brings to the Board a wealth of commercial and financial management experience, including strategic planning, corporate governance and risk management.
Launch of new name, brand and logo for quiet achiever
14 June 2016 | Robert Savage
Under the name of ‘The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland’ one of Queensland’s most visionary charities achieved a lot in its first 30 years. But times change, competition for the charity dollar is stronger than ever and the word ‘geriatric’ doesn’t have a lot of appeal for anyone – least of all those to whom it is applied!
The charity understood it needed to position itself more effectively and communicate its mission with greater impact in order to make an even bigger difference for older Australians.
In June 2016, the charity is launching its new name and a totally refreshed brand with a striking new logo. It is also making its mission and achievements much clearer on a vibrant and informative new website.
The new name Aegium Foundation will now be the charity’s official name. Not without regrets, it has also said goodbye to its traditional Moreton Bay Fig logo, which served it well for many years, in favour of a colourful new logo which symbolises the brand’s essential values and qualities in a more contemporary way.
Chairman of the Aegium Foundation Board, Robert Savage AM, said this signals the most significant change for the organisation since its founding in 1986.
“When The Geriatric Medical Foundation of Queensland was founded by Freemasons Queensland it was a move of considerable foresight before people were really talking about an ageing population and the need to improve health and participation possibilities for older people.
“After having achieved some exceptional outcomes on a relatively modest donation base, we are now poised to be able to make an even bigger difference,” Mr Savage said.
“We are hoping to find more corporate partners, philanthropists and everyday donors who are inspired by creating bolder possibilities for our older years.”
The rebranding development and design has been undertaken in collaboration with Brisbane branding consultants, Lloyd Grey.
Meaning of the name:
Aegium. ‘Ae’ from the Latin word aevum, originally signifying “age”or “everlasting time” + ‘ium’ a suffix found on nouns borrowed from Latin, sometimes used to infer ‘scale’... emporium, auditorium, symposium.
The multi-faceted design of the logo symbolises both a fresh perspective on ageing and a scientifically-based focus such as one seen through the lens of a microscope. Within the layers of colour, there is a distinct ‘eye’ shape – the eye of visionary thinking and a subtle acknowledgement of one of the symbols of Freemasonry to acknowledge the charity’s founders and continuing supporters.