Local charity The Australian Women and Children’s Research Foundation (OZWAC) has confirmed a merger with the Nepean Blue Mountains Education and Medical Research Foundation.
OZWAC has provided in excess of $1 million in research funding over the past 22 years aimed at improving the health of women and children in the broader community.
Many of the research programs funded by OZWAC have led to a number of groundbreaking discoveries that have had a significant impact in the survival rate of premature babies.
There has also been major improvement in the management of pregnancy related health issues as a result of research findings.
Chair of OZWAC, Diane Williams, said the Board felt more could be achieved by the merger.
“The Nepean Blue Mountains Education and Medical Research Foundation will benefit from the strong reputation that OZWAC has developed within the community,” she said.
“The merger will help ensure that a local research foundation will continue to provide research funding which will help attract the best doctors to our rapidly growing community.”
Mrs Williams said that she wanted to acknowledge and thank the current and past Board Members and members of the Fundraising Committees that have enabled OZWAC to raise critical funds for research.
The Board has ensured that every dollar raised within the community is directed to research as all administration has been completed by the various Board members.