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News - 2014

December 2014
Community Health showcases new research (PDF)
Every year Sydney Local Health District staff conduct countless research and evaluation projects designed to improve health care and patient outcomes within the District and beyond.

District steps up to host state-wide education day (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s Podiatry Department recently hosted its biannual Education Day with 125 podiatrists attending from across NSW to watch presentations from our internationally recognised experts.

International scholarship for Aboriginal trainee (PDF)
It’s not every day you brush shoulders with Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, but Sydney Local Health District’s Charlee Law did exactly that this week when she was awarded an international scholarship to study in Singapore.

November 2014
Fires and bugs the big winners (PDF)
Fires and bugs are two words that can often be found together - but never in a good way. Round two of The Pitch has changed all that.

It’s easy to get tested for HIV (PDF)
The theme for this year’s HIV Awareness Week is EASY, focussing on the greatly improved access and convenience of HIV testing. HIV testing is now easier than ever before.

Enrich your senses with a community garden (PDF)
Community members still have another 11 days to provide feedback on the Dame Eadith Walker Estate Management Plan 2014-2016 after Sydney Local Health District extended the deadline for comment until 5pm on November 28.

World class mental health centre opens its doors (PDF)
More than 150 people helped celebrate the official opening yesterday of Sydney Local Health District’s world class mental health centre at RPA.

SLHD wins Minister’s award for mental health care (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has been recognised for its outstanding provision of mental health care at the annual NSW Health awards.

October 2014
Remember friends and family on Pink Ribbon Day (PDF)
To acknowledge the Cancer Council’s annual Pink Ribbon campaign we asked Sydney Local Health District’s BreastScreen Clinical Director, Dr Wendy Vincent, if any stories stood out in her memory among the tens of thousands of screening mammograms performed locally each year.

RPA dietitian wins research fellowship (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Senior Oncology Dietitian, Ms Merran Findlay, has been awarded a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship.

Dame Marie Bashir welcomes new institute (PDF)
Dame Marie Bashir helped Concord Hospital announce its renewed focus on research into age related illness this week, with the unveiling of the Ageing and Alzheimers Institute.

RPA welcomes The Professor Marie Bashir Centre (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is close to opening one of our most advanced and exciting projects to date – a beautiful state-of-the art $67 million mental health facility on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus.

Passion runs deep (PDF)
We all know the result now, but last week Sydney Local Health District was awash with football fever, passionate supporters of both teams and staff who went to great lengths to decorate their work spaces in blue, white, red and green.

Two reasons to visit BreastScreen (PDF)
With several friends finding breast lumps in recent years, Lexia Steedman, of Ashbury, (pictured below) understands the importance of screening mammograms all too well.

September 2014
New food packaging means better patient nutrition (PDF)
Concord Hospital patients Geraldine Morelly, 80, and Beatrice Devine, 93, this week showed Health Minister Jillian Skinner how much easier it was to open new and improved food packaging which will be provided in NSW hospital.

New nursing model provides more care in less time (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has launched a new nursing model which increases patient care while reducing nursing workload.

Concord research pictures better cancer treatment (PDF)
A new study led by Concord Hospital’s Associate Professor Judith Trotman has concluded that using a particular type of scanner would result in better outcomes for follicular lymphoma patients.

Neonatal Intensive Care Parade celebrates survivors (PDF)
Any parents who have huddled around humidicribs in neonatal intensive care know how lucky they are to watch their little fighters grow to become happy healthy toddlers.

Getting healthy in Lakemba (PDF)
Laial Youssef knows the benefits of healthy eating and keeping active. The Lakemba mother has enrolled her children Yusuf and Mariam, and her nephew Adam in our latest Go4Fun program which teaches families the importance of finding time to eat dinner together and making healthy meal choices.

Rivendell staff brave sharks to rescue couple (PDF)
It takes a mountain of courage to wade into a river infested with bull sharks to rescue someone covered in blood. And here at Sydney Local Health District we think it deserves a mountain of praise.

Sky’s the limit for RPA midwife (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Aboriginal Liaison Midwife, Skye Parsons, who delivers culturally appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, was yesterday honoured at the NSW Awards for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery.

Surgeon wins RPA Medal (PDF)
This year’s prestigious RPA Foundation Research Medal has been awarded to Professor Michael Solomon for his significant contribution to research, in the field of surgery.

Concord Clinical Week serves up healthy fun (PDF)
Concord Hospital has hosted another successful program of lectures, debates, competitions and other activities for the annual Concord Clinical Week event series.

Honouring the pride of Concord Hospital (PDF)
This week Concord Hospital unveiled a new award to recognise the unsung heroes who make an enormous difference to the running of the hospital and the delivery of patient care.

August 2014
Nellie’s seaside stroll (PDF)
Nellie Woodward is adamant she could have done better. The 89-year-old cruised home in last month’s City2Surf race in 3 hours and 14 minutes -but was held up near the end by a reporter thrusting a microphone toward her for a chat.

Canterbury Hospital doctor receives statewide award (PDF)
Canterbury Hospital’s Dr Allan Kelly has achieved statewide recognition for his contribution to the education and support of junior doctors, receiving with the Geoff Marel JMO Manager of the Year Award.

The Pitch winners catch $50,000 for their ideas (PDF)
Some of history’s greatest ideas have languished for years and even decades before their true potential was finally realised.

Medal getting closer (PDF)
It’s almost that time of year again when the prestigious RPA Medal is awarded to one of our brightest researchers.

Nation’s first dedicated organ donation research unit at RPA (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will host Australia’s first dedicated organ donation and transplantation unit, in a bid to increase donation rates across the state.

RPA Cell and Molecular Therapies partnership (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Department of Cell And Molecular Therapies, headed by Professor John Rasko, has joined the Co-operative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing.

Concord Hospital says goodbye to brave Theresa (PDF)
On Friday, staff at Concord Burns Unit said goodbye – for now – to one their bravest patients.

Students rise for mental health speaking challenge (PDF)
Nearly 30 students crowded into a room at Rivendell Child and Adolescent Unit last week in preparation for the upcoming Mental Health Public Speaking Challenge.

RPA kidney recipient donates painting (PDF)
Donor kidney recipient Miguel Lopez this week made a donation of his own, giving a painting by Sydney artists, Gillie and Marc, to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Healthy family fun at Yaralla Estate Open Day (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is inviting the community to attend the second Yaralla Estate Open Day, with fun family activities and stalls with important information on maintaining health and wellbeing.

Patron’s Prize win for orthopaedics research at RPA (PDF)
Amid strong competition, the Patron’s Prize was held last week at Royal Prince Alfred hospital, with the coveted plaque awarded to orthopaedics registrar Dr Jobe Shatrov.

Celebrating 100 years at Alexandria (PDF)
For young mum Graziela Ciunciunsky (pictured with daughter Caridee), it was a chance to say thank you; for the staff it was a chance to pay tribute to decades of change and for Sydney Local Health District it was an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Alexandria Early Childhood Health Centre, the first free government baby and child health clinic in NSW and the southern hemisphere.

July 2014
NAIDOC Week Flu Fighters (PDF)
Nearly 90 people received the flu vaccine at NAIDOC week events in Sydney Local Health District this year.

Public Health Warning about Traditional Indian Medicine (PDF)
NSW Health pharmaceutical inspectors have seized 30 bottles of a traditional Indian medicine from three Indian grocery stores in the Campsie area this week following the lead poisoning of a Sydney woman.

Getting to the heart of it (PDF)
The Genetic Heart Disease Clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will hold its first patient day in September for people suffering from a range of inherited conditions.

Word Breastfeeding Week photo competition win (PDF)
Research shows that babies who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses.

Reassess the role and risks of alcohol during Dry July (PDF)
As Dry July participants approach their final and perhaps most challenging week, RPA’s Professor of Addiction Medicine, Kate Conigrave, is urging the community to consider the risks of alcohol and the role it plays in their lives.

Vaccinating the most vulnerable (PDF)
Young people, pregnant women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at a 30 per cent greater risk of contracting influenza this 2013 winter season.

Too many unaware of HIV status (PDF)
About 10 per cent of HIV positive people in NSW may be unaware they are infected and therefore missing out on vital treatment. HIV Testing Week, 14-20 July, aims to encourage at risk people to get tested, which is now easier and faster than ever before.

Honouring Aboriginal Diggers during NAIDOC Week (PDF)
This year Sydney Local Health District’s NAIDOC week event, held at Sydney Dental Hospital, highlighted an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal health equity and acknowledged the service of Indigenous men and women in Australian military engagements.

The future of health care for people with disability (PDF)
Many people consider routine medical checks to be uncomfortable or inconvenient, but for people like Ellie Robertson, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, these important appointments can be almost impossible.

Living better with mental illness (PDF)
The life expectancy of people living with severe mental illness is estimated to be up to 25 years less than the general population and most early death is due to physical illnesses.

Organisations unite to restore a young life (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District, Interplast Australia and New Zealand (Interplast) and Children First Foundation have united to help a young burns patient from the Philippines reclaim her life.

Aboriginal health alliance grows stronger (PDF)
The historic partnership between three metropolitan Local Health Districts and the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) Redfern has been renewed and strengthened as two new health organisations have added their support.

RPA Medal ushers new era of Sydney Research (PDF)
This year the prestigious Royal Prince Alfred Foundation Medal will be awarded for the 15th time and for RPA’s Director of Research, Professor Warwick Britton, it marks an exciting time in the history of medical research within Sydney Local Health District.

RPA keeps pace with lifesaving technology (PDF)
Clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital have always been at the cutting edge of cardiac pacemaker technology, which is now on the precipice of an enormous leap forward.

The accidental hero of periodontics (PDF)
Sydney Dental Hospital’s Professor Axel Spahr would resent the suggestion, but he is dentistry’s Indiana Jones.

June 2014
Bush scholarship open for applications (PDF)
Following the success of the inaugural Alison Bush Scholarship last year, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is once again calling for interested Aboriginal doctors, nurses, midwives or health workers interested in short placements at the hospital.

Accolades for Yaralla at heritage awards (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has been recognised at the 2014 National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards for its work restoring the Boat House of the Thomas Walker Hospital within Yaralla Estate.

A new model of palliative care at Concord Hospital (PDF)
This week NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, officially opened the new Concord Centre for Palliative Care at Concord Hospital.

Concord doctor awarded at global cancer summit (PDF)
Doctor Glen Reid of the Asbestos Disease Research Institute at Concord Hospital has won the Best Poster Award at the WIN 2014 Symposium.

Mental health support in your community (PDF)
Sarah de Graff understands the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can accompany mental health issues.

Teaching the international language of genes (PDF)
Concord Hospital’s Associate Professor Marina Kennerson recently visited the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur to run a two day workshop on the next generation of gene sequencing.

Now is the time to watch for meningococcal (PDF)
Now is the time to be aware of the early symptoms of meningococcal disease. Each year about 10 cases are confirmed within Sydney Local Health District and in most years the peak season is late winter and early spring, although cases can appear at any time.

World first Charles Perkins Centre officially opens (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District welcomed the latest addition to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital precinct last week when the University of Sydney celebrated the official opening of the Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub.

RPA immunologist recognised in honours list (PDF)
One of Sydney Local Health District’s most respected immunologists has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his outstanding contribution to the field of medical research into mycobacterial infections.

Protecting the body from illness of the brain and mind (PDF)
Illnesses caused by disorders of the brain and mind account for about 40 per cent of all disability and about 60 per cent of disability in those aged 15 to 35.

Play part of development (PDF)
Most parents feel the urge to protect their kids from all risks big and small, but Karen Wardle from the Munch and Move Healthy Children’s initiative, said risky play was important for healthy development.

Sweet baby of mine (PDF)
It's a dilemma most new parents face - how to settle their newborn or deal with a challenging toddler.

May 2014
Youthblock dishes up top tucker tips (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s youth health and resource service, Youthblock, has launched a roaming community kitchen, giving young people a chance to get involved in cooking, learn about nutrition and enjoy a free meal.

Where the wild things are (PDF)
Visitors to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Women and Babies Unit will soon come face to face with one of the world’s most dangerous and endangered beasts – a 2.5 metre long pregnant rhinoceros, grazing near the entrance.

Smoking rates higher in HIV community (PDF)
People with HIV use tobacco at a significantly higher rate than the general population and there is an urgent need to understand why.

Remembering the stolen generation (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District observed National Sorry Day at Balmain Hospital today to acknowledge the history of forcibly removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children from their families.

No link found between vaccination and autism (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Public Health, Dr Leena Gupta, has welcomed a major study by the University of Sydney which has found no evidence of a link between childhood vaccinations and the development of autism.

Hand-crafted health care (PDF)
People who have survived strokes are suddenly introduced to new world of unfamiliar equipment and tests designed to aid their rehabilitation, but it is heartening to know that some of that equipment has been lovingly hand-crafted and donated.

A fresh look for education (PDF)
The Centre for Education and Workforce Development has undergone a refresh following its separation with South Western Sydney Local Health District late last year.

WGP celebrates five years of giving (PDF)
The Workplace Giving Program, which currently supports the work of the Barbara May Foundation, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month.

Aboriginal detox program an Australian first (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Drug Health Services has helped establish Australia’s first outpatient detox program for indigenous Australians with drinking problems.

A life of service to veterans (PDF)
As an 18-year-old, when Norton Duckmanton watched his friend fatally crash a Mosquito dive bomber during Pacific War training he couldn’t have known that the moment would define his 66-year career in dentistry.

Help shape your workplace (PDF)
If you have great ideas to help improve your workplace now is the time to share them via the People Matters 2014 NSW Public Sector Employee Survey.

Puzzle of patient flow solved (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has radically improved the flow of patients through its emergency department, thanks to an innovative model of care.

A day in the life of a midwife (PDF)
It’s 9am, and registered midwife Kel Hawthorn is seeing her first client of the day, first time mother Beverly Essue and her partner Brian McCallun.

Mobile clinic heals hearts in Redfern (PDF)
In 2009, RPA consultant cardiologist Dr Rajesh Puranik asked Aboriginal elder Chicka Madden a simple question: why was the attendance at follow up cardiac appointments so low among indigenous people?

A better life after cancer (PDF)
People who go through the traumatic experiences of cancer diagnosis and treatment often need a little extra support to get back into the normal rhythm of everyday life.

Measles alert for Ashfield and Strathfield (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is urging people who visited Ashfield Mall and Strathfield Plaza during the last week to be aware of the symptoms of measles after a person that was infectious visited these venues on multiple occasions between 23 and 27 April.

Magic bullet for mesothelioma (PDF)
One of Sydney Local Health District’s leading researchers will this month give a presentation on a new nanotechnology treatment he believes could become a “magic bullet” in the fight against mesothelioma and possibly other forms of lung cancers.

BrainStorming for a good cause (PDF)
Brain cancers are some of the least understood and deadliest of all and can affect people of all ages.

April 2014
Taking hospitals into homes (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has officially launched the innovative Hospital in the Home service and relaunched the work force behind it, Sydney District Nursing.

From little things big things grow (PDF)
Growing your own managers has long been a tradition at Sydney Local Health District, and tomorrow it is time to harvest another bumper crop.

New look CEWD hits the road (PDF)
The Centre for Education and Workforce Development has undergone a refresh following its separation with South Western Sydney Local Health District late last year.

RPA DON back in the fold (PDF)
For Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s new acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Claire Harris, returning to the hallowed halls of RPA is akin to coming home.

Gearing up for Anzac Day centenary (PDF)
Next year Concord Repatriation General Hospital will host the largest commemorative event in western Sydney with more than 5,000 people expected to attend the Anzac dawn service at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.

Sweet treats for our little wonders (PDF)
Consuming champagne and cake while supporting a worthwhile cause is always a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. This year’s Little Wonder High Tea, which raises money for RPA’s Newborn Care Unit, will be held on May 18, giving parents and friends the opportunity to celebrate babies cared for by the unit, and thank staff who treated them.

Concord commemorates the Battle of Kapyong (PDF)
The Battle of Kapyong was one of the most significant engagements for Australian soldiers in the Korean War with 32 killed, 59 wounded and three captured on 23-24 April, 1951.

Frontline staff commended for improving healthcare (PDF)
Three Sydney Local Health District staff were presented with certificates from the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, last week after graduating from the Agency for Clinical Innovation’s Centre for Healthcare Redesign Diploma Program.

Scones, cream and a dash of history (PDF)
The wet weather wasn’t enough to dampen the good spirits of those who attended the Yaralla Estate Open Day at the weekend.

Feverish response to vaccination campaign (PDF)
Well into the fourth week of the SLHD Influenza Vaccination campaign and the District’s smaller facilities have already vaccinated most staff.

Outstanding intern honoured (PDF)
Junior medical officer Dr Charmere Coon was presented this week with the Geoff Walker Award for the most outstanding intern at Canterbury Hospital in 2013.

Painting a smoke free future (PDF)
Artists Danny and Jamie Eastwood recently helped students at Sydney Secondary College (Blackwattle Bay Campus) create a mural depicting the effects of smoking on Aboriginal communities.

Getting tough for sick babies (PDF)
One Sydney resident is putting his heart on the line for Royal Prince Alfred Hospital by competing in an Ironman triathlon next month.

Half a million for better cancer treatments (PDF)
The field of medical genomics has forever changed the understanding and treatment of an expanding range of diseases.

Balmain Hospital leads the flu vax pack (PDF)
In this week’s round up of the District’s influenza vaccination campaign, Balmain Hospital has maintained its lead, with 66 per cent of staff now vaccinated.

March 2014
Saving lives one drop at a time (PDF)
If every blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people, the District’s Manager of Corporate Communications, Rae Doble, may have just saved her 111th life.

Fighting for the forgotten few (PDF)
At just 24 years old, Abby Landy has become an advocate for heterosexual people living with HIV, a group that is often considered the forgotten victims of the virus.

Teaching gets green light at Charles Perkins Centre (PDF)
Teaching at the Charles Perkins Centre is now up and running, following completion of the facility’s construction in December last year, ahead of time and budget.

Mobile teams influence uptake in vaccination campaign (PDF)
Influenza vaccinations are now in full swing, following the launch of the Sydney Local Health District’s free flu shot campaign on March 14.

Canterbury Hospital goes to the dogs (PDF)
Bulldogs players kicked off their visiting season early this year by dropping in to Canterbury Hospital this week to drum up support for their blistering season ahead.

HealthPathways connects patients with best treatment (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District and Inner West Sydney Medicare Local have launched a powerful new system that will help doctors refer patients to the best possible treatment for their condition.

Fighting fit at work (PDF)
They say if you are paid to do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. For Kristen Gordon, a CPR Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred, that’s exercise and she gets it in spades at work.

A lifetime of achievement (PDF)
After 45 years at RPA, Professor Douglas Joshua is stepping down from his role as Director of the Institute of Haematology, a department which didn’t exist when he began as a medical student in 1968.

Tea and a Biscuit (PDF)
Balmain has a new therapist – in the guise of a loveable Groodle named Biscuit.

A powerhouse on our doorstep (PDF)
Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in Australia.

Help Close the Gap at RPA (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is inviting the local community to mark National Close the Gap Day at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital by learning about services and initiatives aimed at advancing Indigenous health equality.

Sydney LHD ramps up flu vaccination campaign (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has launched a campaign to boost influenza vaccination rates among staff members.

Last chance for free head start to nursing career (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is urging school leavers and those seeking a career change not to miss out on the current round of scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing) program offered through NSW Health RTO.

February 2014
Recognising our priceless volunteers (PDF)
This month Sydney Local Health District will recognise the countless hours donated by volunteers across district through its annual Volunteer Appreciation Day celebrations.

Free breast x-rays for women offered at Redfern (PDF)
The BreastScreen NSW mobile van will arrive at Redfern on 3 March with a special focus on offering free mammograms to Aboriginal women.

Missenden mental health unit reaches full height (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is celebrating a major milestone with construction workers having reached the highest point in the construction of the new Missenden Mental Health Unit.

NSW DonateLife joins forces with Lions Clubs and Bunnings (PDF)
In a phenomenal joint initiative, nearly all 75 NSW Bunnings stores will have DonateLife information stands manned by members of the 100+ NSW Lions Clubs during DonateLife Week 2014.

January 2014
Support for carers of those with depression (PDF)
Research shows that the carers and loved ones of people suffering from depression can be at a heightened risk of developing a mental illness themselves.

Parents urged to check-in on healthy weight (PDF)
Parents are being encouraged to check the prescribed healthy weights of their children as health experts note common misconceptions of healthy weight ranges.

Health Warning - injured bats can pass on deadly infection (PDF)
The Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit has issued another warning about the dangers of handling bats, reminding the community that the deadly Australian Lyssavirus can be contracted through bites and scratches.

BreastScreen mobile van visits Balmain (PDF)
The BreastScreen mobile van will return to Balmain offering free mammograms from the 21st of January to the 28th of February, 2014.

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