I am delighted to be introducing myself to you all – I’m John Stubley and I will be joining the Foundation as Interim CEO, while Steph Furler is on maternity leave.

Over the past few years, I’ve held leadership roles at Hobart City Mission and Optia Disability Services. These were rich and rewarding roles thanks to the incredible support of people within our community who helped us transform lives.

My experience has shown me that Tasmanians are some of the most compassionate and caring people, who are always happy to chip in to help others. As I join the Foundation, I can already see that our community of supporters are just as giving and are really committed to improving the health of others.

I look forward to meeting many of you at our upcoming events, which are listed on the back page, and to hear your inspiring stories. Together, I know that we will continue championing groundbreaking research projects that make real differences in people's lives.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime if you would like to chat. I can be reached on 03 6166 1319 or at

Warm regards

John Stubley

Are you ready for an incredible challenge? The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation has an exhilarating opportunity for you! The Foundation is thrilled to announce that it is the charity partner for the 2024 Cadbury Marathon and we’re inviting you to join in the fun.

The Cadbury Marathon is held on 7 January 2024 in Hobart and offers a range of running events to suit everyone’s fitness levels, from 1km to full marathons, so anyone can take part.

Here’s how to get started:

Sign up: Click here to register for the 2024 Cadbury Marathon

Fundraise: Create a fundraising page and share it with your networks to support your efforts

Train and prepare: Start your training journey and get ready to make a difference

Impact: Every step you take gets us closer to our goal of improving the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians

So, get ready to lace up those runners and set yourself a new challenge for 2024.

If you would like tips on how to fundraise while you run, please reach out to the Foundation team on

We look forward to seeing you on race day!

The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation is the charity partner for the 2024 Cadbury Marathon
The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation is the charity partner for the 2024 Cadbury Marathon

For years, the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation has been dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by funding innovative medical research. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have been able to make incredible strides towards a brighter and healthier future for local Tasmanians.

It was through this generosity that a Tasmanian doctor was able to pioneer a less invasive way to treat premature babies with breathing problems. In 2012, the Foundation provided funding for Professor Peter Dargaville and his team at the RHH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to develop this novel procedure, using a catheter instead of inserting a breathing tube, to treat newborns in respiratory distress. Now known as the Hobart Method, it has since changed the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable babies around the world.

Twins Emmy and Mila, who were born 10 weeks early, had their lives saved by this revolutionary treatment. Looking at them now you couldn’t tell them apart from any other nine year old!

The twins' mum Lauren said that “It was an easy choice to opt for the Hobart Method as opposed to the more invasive alternative.”

She explained that the traditional method would have “required intubation, which is a tricky procedure in itself, and carries risks of pneumonia, as well as possible damage to the lungs and vocal cords.”

The revolutionary and less invasive Hobart Method “left no short-term damage and we’ve seen no long-term issues in the girls,” a delighted Lauren explained.

The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation urgently needs your help to keep funding ground-breaking research to change the lives of local Tasmanians like Emmy and Mila.

Your gift to the Foundation will allow us to develop new treatments and cures for heart and lung conditions in premature babies, cancer, cardiac disease, dementia, and other conditions that impact our local community. Your support will be vital to improving the quality of life for Tasmanians living with a variety of health conditions.

So, this tax time, please donate to the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation and allow us to keep funding innovative research right here in Tasmania. Your local gift can truly make a difference and help save lives.

P.S. The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation needs your help, now more than ever, to fund medical research that directly benefits the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians. Can you make a tax deductible donation today to help save lives?

On Friday 7 April over 2000, people descended on Hobart’s Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens to take part in the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation’s 11th annual Easter Egg Hunt. Despite a slightly gloomy forecast families eagerly flocked to the gardens early to make the most of their Good Friday.

Enthusiasm wasn’t in short supply as children deciphered the clues that led them on a quest throughout the gardens until they stumbled upon a hoard of chocolate Easter Eggs. The children were greeted with appearances by Freddo Frog, Caramello Koala, and even the Easter Bunny!

Special thanks to the incredible partners and sponsors that helped make this event possible - Chemist Warehouse, Optus, Pulse Hobart, and the Spirit of Tasmania.

We are delighted to announce that the event raised over $30,000 for local medical research which means that the Foundation will be able to fund three more incubator grants in 2024. This is a phenomenal effort and something that the Foundation couldn’t have achieved without the support of the Hobart community!

Congratulations to the following people who won prizes in the Foundation’s raffle and ‘guess the quantity’ competitions on the day. Prize winners have been contacted directly.


Egg Quantity Competition

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!