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University of Waikato Nursing and Health Scholarships -close 15th March 2024

Over the last month, Braemar Hospital hosted 2023 Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship recipients Rachel Harrison and Katrina Hovind-Marx for 2 or the 4 weeks of their paid work placement. Katrina spent her 2 weeks working with the Cardio team at Braemar Hosptial and then in a community-based setting with the Ngāti Maniapoto Marae Pact Trust in Te Kūiti. Rachel spent her 2 weeks assisting in Theatre and then with the community team at Raukura Hauora o Tainui. If you or someone you know is currently...

February 13, 2024

Braemar Big Day Out

The week before Christmas saw the entire Braemar Hospital team get together for a day of connecting, learning, team building and development as part of the "Braemar Big Day Out". The team enjoyed a full programme of inspiring speakers and presentations, followed by a challenge activity facilitated by "Team Up Events". The challenge activity saw teams works together to solve problems and complete activities in order to earn the parts needed to build a bike. The Braemar Charitable Trust, the 100%...

January 31, 2024

Te Kotahi Oranga Health and Wellness Centre Opening

Earlier this year, the Braemar Charitable Trust provided funding to WINTEC to purchase a Cobas B 101 - HbA1c lipid testing device for their new Te Kotahi Oranga/Student Assisted Clinic. We were delighted to be able to join WINTEC and other community partners, as they celebrated the official opening of their ākonga (learner)-assisted health and wellbeing service at the Rotokauri campus recently. Te Kotahi Oranga clinic is a community-led example of how collaboration can benefit both ākonga and ...

December 13, 2023

2023 Braemar Charitable Trust Science Spinners Scholarship Recipient Announced

Mya Komene from Aiga Tasi/Fraser High school was awarded the Braemar Charitable Trust Health Pathway scholarship award, valued at $1000 at the recent 2023 Kudos Science Excellence awards. This prize is awarded to a Science Spinners student who is on the academic path for a career in Health or Medicine. In addition to the health pathway scholarship, the Braemar Charitable Trust has been a sponsor of the Kudos Science Trust annual Science Spinners programme for the last 3 years. Science Spinners p...

December 7, 2023

Reflections from Bachelor of Health Scholarship Recipient, Saya Karauna

The $10,000 Braemar Charitable Trust Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Scholarships we fund through the University of Waikato also include a 4-week paid placement with Braemar or one of our community partners. Over the last three weeks, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Bachelor of Health Scholarship recipient Saya Karauna to the Braemar team. Here is what Saya said about her time with us:  During my work placement at Braemar I have worked on improving the awareness and i...

November 28, 2023

Braemar Charitable Trust University of Waikato Scholarships New Open!

The Braemar Charitable Trust University of Waikato Scholarships for 2024 are now open until the closing date of 15 March 2024.  These scholarships provide funding of $10,000, in addition to up to 4 weeks of paid internship with Braemar or one of our community partners. In 2024, we will be offering two Bachelor of Nursing and one Bachelor of Health Scholarships for domestic students enrolled in their second year of full-time study, who reside in the Waikato DHB region and are from population...

November 6, 2023

2023 Pink Walk and Run

Braemar Hospital through funding from the Braemar Charitable Trust, is proud to have been the Gold Sponsor of the Breast Cancer Research Trust Pink Walk since 2011. The first Pink Walk was organised in 2006 by a group of health promoters and breast cancer survivors who wanted to raise breast cancer awareness in the Waikato community. Since the initial event it has received amazing public support. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the organising committee made up of representatives fr...

October 25, 2023

Behind the Scenes visit to Braemar Hospital

Last week Braemar Hospital Board Chair Graeme Milne, Braemar Charitable Trust Chair Vicky McLennan and Braemar Charitable Trust Manager Paula Baker, had the opportunity to get into scrubs and take a tour of the operating theatre suite at Braemar Hospital. Braemar Hospital has 9 operating theatres and the Braemar Charitable Trust is able to book theatre space for our community surgery programme. Thanks so much to Braemar Hospital Chief Executive Fiona Michel and General Manager Clinical Services ...

October 23, 2023

Braemar Hui with Cure Kids

Last week we privileged to host CEO Frances Benge, Head of Philanthropy, Debby Bell and Head of Research, Helen Teale from Cure Kids here at Braemar Hospital. Braemar Charitable Trust Manager Paula Baker said "Cure Kids and the Braemar Charitable Trust are strongly aligned in both our approach and the outcomes we are seeking, to improve health outcomes particularly for youth/rangatahi and children/tamariki in our region. We thought there were real opportunities for collaboration, so got all the ...

October 17, 2023

Waikato Community Funding Expo 2023

Like to learn more about what we do? Come and see us at the 2023 Waikato Funding Expo on 1st November. We look forward to seeing you there!...

October 13, 2023

Congratulations to Braemar Medical Associate Nishith Patel

Braemar Medical Associate and Waikato Hospital based Specialist Cardiothoracic surgeon Nishith Patel, has been awarded the 2023 Foundation100 Fellowship from the Heart Foundation NZ. The Foundation100 Fellowships have been created to fund the next generation of heart health leaders focusing on innovative endeavours. To read more about Nishiths plans on understanding and preventing aortic dissections follow the link below https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/.../heart-surgeon...Te Whatu Ora - Healt...

October 9, 2023

Aidan O'Donnell appointed as new Medical Trustee

We would like to introduce new Braemar Charitable Trust Medical Trustee Aidan O'Donnell. Aidan joined the Trust at the start of September and replaces retiring Medical Trustee Chris O'Meeghan. Aidan was born near Edinburgh in Scotland and did his medical training there. He moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010, and for ten years was the lead Obstetric Anaesthetist at Waikato Hospital. He has a special interest in anaesthesia for childbirth, and is also involved in teaching and medical writing. H...

October 1, 2023

Vicky McLennan Appointed as new Chairperson, Braemar Charitable Trust

The Braemar Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that Vicky McLennan has been appointed as its new Independent Chairperson. Vicky formally took up the position on 1 September and replaces retiring Chair, Victoria Ashplant. Vicky will be known to many of you already, having lived in Hamilton since 2008, when she moved from Christchurch to take on the role of Principal at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. Upon leaving Dio in 2017 after an extensive period in education, Vicky immediately...

September 18, 2023

Te Rau Oranga Fund launched

When Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ruth Tan approached the Braemar Charitable Trust about her vision of creating a new philanthropic investment fund dedicated to getting more Maaori into the health sector, we put her in touch with Momentum Waikato. Trust Manager Paula Baker said, "We are really pleased that Ruth's vision and that of Dr Stephen Ng, along with their colleagues and families has come to fruition with the creation of the Te Rau Oranga Fund, a fund now open to public donations through Moment...

August 16, 2023

Braemar Hospital Opens New Nikau Wing

The Braemar Charitable Trust is excited to share that Braemar Hospital has become the second largest private hospital in New Zealand with the completion of its recently opened $6.5m 18-bed Nikau Wing and Whaanau Room.  The milestone is yet another significant achievement in Braemar's 97-year history. As 100% shareholder of Braemar Hospital, we are very proud of our not-for-profit legacy in the Waikato, and we will continue our commitment to recognising and serving the health needs of our co...

August 12, 2023

Showcasing Braemar Charitable Trust Funded Medical Research

Through our relationship with the Waikato Medical Research Foundation, we fund medical research that seeks to reduce inequity/barriers to access in healthcare and supports the growth of medical research in our region. Last year, in addition to the two student summer research projects, we funded Waikato Hospital based research led by Dr Andrew Wood- the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Post-operative doxycycline trial, involving one of the most common elective surgeries for a prevalent chronic disease (...

July 19, 2023

Celebrating Matariki

Matariki is a time to nurture our well-being.  It is about taking time to pause, to remember those that have passed, reflect on our learnings and look to the year ahead.Also known as the Pleiades star cluster, the Matariki constellation and the rising of the star itself, hold great significance for Māori communities, symbolising new beginnings, reflection, and connection. Braemar Charitable Trust would like to honour this ancient tradition by encouraging everyone to spend some time reflect...

July 10, 2023

Braemar Charitable Trusts Funds a Cobas B 101 - HbA1c lipid testing device for WINTEC's Te Kotahi Oranga/Student Assisted Clinic

WINTEC have recently set up a new student-assisted clinic at it's Rotokauri campus, designed to help address unmet health needs in the community and positively impact the training experience of healthcare students who help deliver clinic services. Trust Manager Paula Baker said, "this clinic is a great way for students to embed their learning and gain important hands-on experience while providing free services to vulnerable communities. Assisting WINTEC with the purchase of the HbA1c lipid testi...

July 3, 2023

Happy Volunteer Week

The Braemar Charitable Trust would like to make a big shout of thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who make a considerable contribution to our community. Volunteers are the unsung heroes and backbone of many of our health, social services, sporting, arts and community-based organisations. At Braemar, our mahi particularly in terms of our charitable surgery programme, would not be possible if it wasn't for the surgeons and anaesthetists who very generously volunteer their time and expertise...

June 23, 2023

Science Spinners Hits Hamilton

The Braemar Charitable Trust was really privileged once again to work alongside the Kudos Science Trust and sponsor this years' Science Spinners Programme. We love their mahi and know this programme does much to inspire the next generation of scientists. I really enjoyed seeing the students exploring the possibilities of what STEM based careers might look like, when I attended one of the sessions in Hamilton. Here is a snapshot of what the day involved. We look forward to announcing the winner o...

June 12, 2023

Bachelor of Health Scholarship Recipient- Mekayla Peneha

Mekayla Peneha is the second recipient of the Braemar Charitable Trust, University of Waikato Bachelor of Health scholarship. Trust Manager Paula Baker said "Mekayla's passion for population health and desire to embed and reflect Te Ao Māori in her work really shone through in her application. We are privileged to welcome Mekayla to the Braemar whānau and look forward to assisting Mekayla achieve her aspirations through our scholarship and work placement".  I asked Mekayla to share a litt...

June 6, 2023

Great Clip about Braemar Charitable Trust Bachelor of Health Scholarship recipient-Karen Turanga

Really proud to see Karen in the news sharing her journey as the first ever graduate of the University of Waikato, Bachelor of Health. Karen was the Braemar Charitable Trust's inaugural recipient of our Bachelor of Health Scholarship and continues to be connected with us to help improve health outcomes in our community. Well done Karen and thanks for inspiring the current and future generation of students, to pursue a career in health and wellbeing. https://www.bing.com/news/search?q=M%c4%8...

May 29, 2023

Free surgeries for children and youth provided through the Braemar Charitable Surgery Programme

During April and May, the Braemar Charitable Trust provided 2 charitable surgery half day lists at Braemar Hospital. We want to say a big "thank you" to Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Surgeon's Andy Wood and Julian White and Anesthetist Tom O'Rourke for providing free grommet, tonsil and adenoid surgery for 8 very happy, Waikato-based youth and children. These free surgeries were provided as part of the Braemar Charitable Surgery Programme, a programme involving Braemar surgeons and anesthetists d...

May 22, 2023

Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship recipient, Katina Hovind-Marx

Katrina Hovind-Marx is the second recipient of the University of Waikato Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship. Katrina told us that she has “always had a passion for health and knew that becoming a registered nurse was what I wanted to do. Coming from the small community of Otorohanga, I have seen first-hand the barriers some face to receiving health care. I am excited to enter the workforce as a registered nurse to tackle these challenges of eliminating those barriers to health and making a positi...

May 15, 2023

Braemar Charitable Trust, Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship recipient- Rachel Harrison

We would like to introduce you to the first of our University of Waikato, Braemar Charitable Trust Bachelor of Nursing scholarship recipients, Rachel Harrison. Rachel is a second year nursing student and as described by Rachel “was born and raised in Kirikiriroa  by her wonderful parents along with her four siblings and enjoys music, being outdoors, and spending time with her family”. This year the Braemar Charitable Trust has provided two scholarships for second year nursing students. ...

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