Your Impact

Nursing Leadership & Education

Cabrini’s exceptional clinical staff lead the way in their pursuit of continuous professional development.

It is essential our nurses and healthcare professionals can attend conferences, workshops, visit centres of excellence and undertake postgraduate study to ensure continual best practice patient care at Cabrini.

Your gift makes this possible and shows your commitment to investing in our wonderful staff, ensuring that Cabrini staff are equipped with the latest knowledge to provide the best care.

With your help, Cabrini is able to recruit, train and retain the best staff and empower them to continue their leadership in clinical education, to the benefit of our patients and community.

“I express my gratitude to our generous donors. I am deeply committed to my profession to care for these special people with professionalism and respect. A patient is not just a patient but an individual person with a story that needs to be heard.”

Sharmalie Wijesinghe - Palliative Care Nurse Educator


Giving back and feeling good

Husband and wife Pauline Baxter and Tony Touzeau were so grateful for the care they received at Cabrini following their heart attacks, that when it came to giving back it was simple.

Mrs Baxter was so thankful, she has left a gift in her Will to establish the Touzeau Baxter Scholarship for nurses with an interest in the care of acutely ill patients with cardiac disease, in memory of her late husband.

“Cabrini saved both our lives and gave us another six wonderful years together,” she said.

Mrs Baxter said it was her passion for education and her connection to Cabrini that led her to leave a gift in her Will.

“Both my husband and I had to do our education the hard way – we both came from poor families. So we both valued education,” Mrs Baxter said.

“Since we don’t have any family to pass it on to, I decided that two scholarships should be offered – one here at Cabrini and one at Melbourne University – in my Will.”

Mrs Baxter said she hoped her bequest would help give nursing students some extra assistance to get through their studies and to eventually care for patients like herself and her late husband.

“Tony had been treated at Cabrini so many times with heart conditions, and so had I, and the care and support we received was second to none. I think it’s the excellence of the medical staff as well as the nursing staff that always stood out for us.”

Contact Us

To find out more about how you can support nursing leadership and education at Cabrini, contact Susie Santilli, Associate Director on 03 9508 1412