At the Preston James Fund we support research programs that relate to the survival of children needing intensive care.

With much of the funds raised to date we have largely supported respiratory research, and we have also contributed funds toward a cardiac research program.

At the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit 60-70% of children admitted require life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. The difficulty is that not all children respond to standard types of ventilation, particularly if they have lung injuries.

The methods used to ventilate children are based on years of research tested on adults. But it has emerged that the ventilation for children is unique. For children who have acute lung injury or disease, inappropriate ventilation can have life threatening results.

If you would like to know more about this research, contact the Preston James Fund at