End of an era for Julian Burton and Burns Trust - Media Release

New chapter for Bali Bombing survivor Julian Burton and the Burns Trust

After an incredible 15-year ride and raising in excess of $17 million for the burns community across Australia, Julian Burton OAM, Founder of the Julian Burton Burns Trust (Burns Trust), has chosen to move on and pursue a new frontier within the burns field. Together with Professor Dr John Greenwood AM, close friend and Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Adult Burns Service, their vision is to change the way burns are treated globally.

As a burn survivor, Julian knows firsthand the devastation and trauma that burn survivors face. After sustaining life threatening injuries in the October 2002 Bali Bombings, Julian spent many months in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Burns Service recovering from his injuries and endured multiple skin graft operations under the specialist care of Professor Greenwood and his team.

“I understand the devastation and trauma of a burn injury and its associated treatments, including skin grafts. Through the pioneering work of our biotech company, Skin Tissue Engineering, Professor Greenwood and I have the opportunity to be at the forefront of burn treatment by removing the need for painful skin grafts.” Julian said.

“I have had 15 wonderful years with the Burns Trust and with the support of many amazing people and partners, we have raised an incredible amount of awareness about the impact and incidence of burn injury across Australia.  The new technology we are developing could potentially change the way burns are treated globally and also remove much of the trauma associated with burn injury.”

As a result of Julian’s new direction, the Board of the Burns Trust has made the strategic decision to close down its operations on 30 June 2018 and will pass on the legacy of its prevention, care and support programs and associated funding to like-minded collaborative partner organisations who will continue the great work of the Burns Trust.

Board Director, Sheila Kavanagh AO said, “The Burns Trust has always had a collaborative mindset in delivering its burns programs and we, the Board believe the time is now right to consolidate assets and resources to best serve the community moving forward. We will always be grateful for the work Julian, our staff and volunteers have done over the past 15 years. They are to be applauded for their amazing achievements during this period”.

Burn survivor John Weeks, who suffered 75% burns to his body in May 2014 said, “As a burn survivor, I have been following the work of Professor Greenwood and Julian. I have personally lost count of the number of skin graft operations I have had and believe removing the need for skin grafts will revolutionise treatment for burns patients. Since my accident, I have also volunteered my time at the Burns Trust and been actively involved in supporting their programs. I wish Julian and the Burns Trust team all the best in their new endeavors.”

Julian established the Burns Trust in March 2003 with the support of Professor Greenwood AM and Sheila Kavanagh AO of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Adult Burns Service. He has since been awarded an OAM for his contribution to the burns community in 2006 and was awarded South Australia’s Australian of the Year in 2010. Professor Greenwood was also named as South Australia’s Australian of the Year in 2016 for his pioneering work and research in the burns field.

The Burns Trust’s programs and operations will continue as normal until 30 June 2018.

Available for interview:

  • Julian Burton OAM, Executive Chair, Julian Burton Burns Trust
  • Sheila Kavanagh AO, Director of the Julian Burton Burns Trust

For further information, please contact Beck Healy at the Julian Burton Burns Trust on (08) 7220 2197 or 0425 294 924. To download a copy of the Media Release please click here


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