The Liver Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit organisation which aims to promote awareness about liver health by supporting research and educational activities. It offers help, support and information to the medical fraternity and the general public about diagnosis, prevention and treatment of liver related diseases.
It is estimated that liver disease is among the top twenty killer diseases in Australia. The Liver Transplantation Service of W.A. was set up with state government funding in July 1994 at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. This was a momentous event for patients who previously had to travel interstate in order to receive a liver transplant. Since then, the number of people who have been transplanted have increased steadily and to date over 230 adult patients have been successfully transplanted in Western Australia. Many of these patients are leading fully functional lives post transplant. Cutting edge techniques in transplantation and improved medical procedures in patient care have vastly improved and standards in WA are at par with the best in the world.
In 1995 the Liver Research Foundation was established to support research into the cause and prevention of liver diseases like hepatitis B and C, autoimmune liver disease, new surgical techniques for transplantation and ways to decrease organ rejection. The foundation has come a long way since then and intends to help promote further research, provide education about liver wellness and work to find cures and better treatment for all kinds of liver ailments. The Liver Foundation of W.A. is committed to spreading awareness about preventable liver/hepatic diseases, finding a cure for advanced or chronic cases, promoting and campaigning for organ donation. By encouraging individuals to participate and be alert about their own health care, the Liver Foundation of W.A. believes it can make lasting changes in the lives of people.