Dr Rick Hope Memorial Prize Appeal

The Dr Rick Hope Memorial Prize Appeal was launched by his colleagues to raise funds for an endowed prize within the School of Medicine at Western Sydney UniversityDr Rick Hope

Dr Rick Hope

Dr Hope was born at Parramatta Hospital, lived his young life in Wentworthville and completed his high schooling in Westmead. He studied at the University of Sydney and the Westmead Hospital Clinical School, and completed his Junior Medical Officer and Registrar training at Westmead and St George Hospitals.

On obtaining his FRACP and specialist recognition as a Gastroenterologist, he set up his practice in Blacktown and accepted an appointment as a VMO at Blacktown and Westmead Hospitals.

His passions were patient-centred care and health service reform. His was a consistent voice in speaking up for the interests of all patients. Dr Hope had a great interest in the psychology of wellness and illness, and incorporated this into his daily practise.

He lived his professional and personal life in a consistently ethical manner and expected the same from others.

Dr Hope taught both clinical and endoscopic skills. He particularly loved mentoring, whether this be of medical students, junior medical officers, registrars or fellow consultants.

Sadly, his life was cut short by a catastrophic illness whilst in his prime at age 50.

The Dr Rick Hope Memorial Prize

Funds raised through this appeal along with on-going donations will be used towards an endowment fund named for Rick. The memorial fund will support a prize acknowledging the academic success and ethical behaviour of a final year medical student as a fitting and heartfelt memoriam.

We hope that the successful recipient is inspired by Dr Hope's achievements and will incorporate many of them into their medical career.

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and 100% of your donation will go towards the memorial fund with no administration costs taken out.

Please visit https://give.westernsydney.edu.au/rickhopememorial to make a credit card donation online.

To make your donation by cheque, please make the cheque out to Western Sydney University and mail to Advancement and Alumni, Western Sydney University, Reply Paid 75953, PENRITH NSW 2751.

For more information, please contact Ray Villarica r.villarica@westernsydney.edu.au or Dr Farzan Bahin farzan.bahin@sydney.edu.au.