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In response to a question on the “What’s Your Problem” Q&A section in The Advertiser newspaper in Adelaide:

“The Hospital Research Home Lottery is now run in succession all year. Is it possible to publish the amount of funds distributed to the research foundation from an individual lottery?”

Our response is as follows:

Firstly to clarify, The Hospital Research Home Lottery is not offered in succession all year. The Hospital Research Home Lottery has such a strong impact in the community as well as the ongoing potential to increase the support we provide to health and medical research and patient care in South Australia. With our last two lotteries selling out in record time, we were aware of a number of disappointed community members who missed out on buying a ticket for their chance to win and support our cause. We wanted to provide another opportunity for these people to support the lottery and in return provide even more support to finding cures and improving care in our community. The outcome of our most recent lottery was a sell out in 8 days from when first commercially advertised which supports our decision to offer the 3rd lottery in the 2016/2017 financial year.

As publicised the financial transactions and financial reporting for The Hospital Research Home Lottery are undertaken independently by the well-known accounting firm Deloitte Private. The independent audit which must be prepared pursuant to legislation and licencing, is undertaken by BDO Accounting. The reports are then provided to the relevant government authority for review. The independent audit for the most recent lottery is still being prepared.

Since 1964 The Hospital Research Foundation has directed nearly $66million to medical research and patient care in South Australia with the Hospital Research Home Lottery increasing growth in this area since 2004. In the 2015/16 financial year we are proud to have directed 81% gross profit to improving the health in our community through health and medical research, improved treatments and new patient care advancements. Our audited annual financial reports are available on our website www.hospitalresearch.com.au.

In 2015/16 THRF contributed $5,118,967 to research and research support, hospital support and patient care activities.  In the 2015/16 year an additional $2,090,595 was allocated directly to the Foundation’s Research Reserve which has been established to ensure sufficient funds are available for forward grant commitments.

In direct response to the question, in April 2017 we announced a further grant funding round into South Australian Hospitals and research institutions of nearly $6.0 million ($5.985million), targeted at finding cures and improving care for all in our community. This round is directly attributed to the community support of our lotteries and our generous donors. Details of this announcement can be found here.

To ensure the accountability of money spent and to ensure a transparent allocation of funds from lottery proceeds to researchers and/or hospitals, THRF funding is granted on a competitive application basis.  To ensure this application and review process is fair and equitable THRF has established a completely independent Research Review Committee (RRC).  This committee is comprised of esteemed Australian researchers.

The Committee determines the best way to allocate the money to health and medical research and patient care. This Research Review Committee system is vital as it allows money to be allocated on strong academic basis and scientific capability, and is an important step towards creating an impartial system that demonstrates consistency across all funding by THRF.

Thanks you to everyone for their interest and ongoing support of The Hospital Research Foundation’s programs.

On Monday May 15, the Advertiser submitted a new question to The Hospital Research Foundation:

“Is it possible to publish the amount of funds distributed to the Hospital Research Foundation from an individual Home Lottery?”

 Our response is:

“As publicised the financial transactions and financial reporting for The Hospital Research Home Lottery are undertaken independently by the well-known accounting firm Delloite Private. The independent audit which must be prepared pursuant to legislation and licencing, is undertaken by BDO Accounting. The reports are then provided to the relevant government authority for review. The independent audit for the most recent lottery is still being prepared.

Since inception The Hospital Research Foundation has directed nearly $66million to medical research and patient care in South Australia with the Hospital Research Home Lottery increasing growth in this area since 2004. In the 2015/16 financial year we are proud to have directed 81% of gross profit to improving the health in our community through health and medical research, improved treatments and new patient care advancements. Our audited annual financial reports are available on our website www.hospitalresearch.com.au.

 In 2015/16 THRF contributed $5,118,967 to research and research support, hospital support and patient care activities.  In the 2015/16 year an additional $2,090,595 was allocated directly to the Foundation’s Research Reserve which has been established to ensure sufficient funds are available for forward grant commitments.

In April 2017 announced a further grant funding round into South Australian Hospitals and research institutions of nearly $6.0 million ($5.985million), targeted at finding cures and improving care for all in our community. This round is directly attributed to the community support of our lotteries and our generous donors. Details of this announcement can be found here: https://www.hospitalresearch.com.au/finding-cures-improving-care-community/ .

 To ensure the accountability of money spent and to ensure a transparent allocation of funds from lottery proceeds to researchers and/or hospitals, THRF funding is granted on a competitive application basis.”