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News - 2015

December 2015
The spirit of Christmas (PDF)
It’s looking a lot like Christmas at Sydney Local Health District with the wards of Royal Prince Alfred, Canterbury and Concord hospitals getting well into the spirit of the annual Christmas decoration competitions.

Electronic system means better care for you (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has today rolled out a new system allowing hospital staff to share health information with a patient’s general practitioner or other health professionals, leading to even better care.

Diplomas for staff heralding change (PDF)
Breda Doyle and Megan White have graduated from the Agency for Clinical Innovation Centre for Healthcare Redesign at a ceremony in Sydney

Celebrating all abilities (PDF)
It’s been 25 years since Paul Rousek was a self-proclaimed “young boy” starting work at Concord Hospital in the medical records department – and his enthusiasm and commitment has never wavered.

Pozhet marks 20 year milestone (PDF)
Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement of his HIV diagnosis has opened the dialogue about the often invisible heterosexual HIV community.

Test often, treat early and help prevent HIV (PDF)
NSW has made significant progress in increasing HIV testing, encouraging people to seek treatment and spreading the message on prevention, but it is estimated that about 14 per cent of people with HIV remain undiagnosed.

November 2015
Answering the big questions (PDF)
We all use the internet to answer our burning questions. Now parents with queries about their child’s emotional and social development can do the same using our new Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play website.

Blue wrens win premier place on Missenden Road (PDF)
A mural featuring superb blue wrens has taken out first prize in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Muralogy 2015 competition and will be painted onto a large wall at the corner of Missenden Rd and Carillon Avenue in Camperdown.

Saving the planet one pump at a time (PDF)
RPA’s Carmel Kelly has an idea that could save thousands of plastic bottles from landfill each year.

Community Health scoops at the Pitch (PDF)
The final round of the Pitch for 2015 saw Community Health scoop the pool of prizes, with two projects taking the majority share of the $50,000 on offer.

Look after your lung health (PDF)
In June last year, Judith Brogden realised she couldn’t walk without losing her breath. Then she struggled to breathe properly at all.

High praise for RPA diabetes centre (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has been named one of four centres of excellence in Australia by the National Association of Diabetes Centres.

Concord takes top honours in state awards (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has taken out the state's top honour for innovation at the 17th annual NSW Health Awards for our electronic medication management system at Concord Hospital.

October 2015
National award for Aboriginal rising star (PDF)
Charlee Law has only been working with Sydney Local Health District since 2012 but has already amassed an impressive collection of accolades.

Colour your own cancer journey (PDF)
When Mara Morson was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma, she pictured the worst case scenario.

Stride for stroke awareness to save lives (PDF)
When Victoria Trenouth was overcome by a rush of dizziness last year, she knew something was terribly wrong. She called an ambulance and was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

A history of helping HIV patients (PDF)
When the first cases of HIV shook Australia in 1982, Associate Professor Roger Garsia was among the first clinicians to call for, and help establish, HIV services at RPA.

Youth charity enters RPA mural competition (PDF)
Scott Nagy has been working with the Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) not-for-profit organisation since he was 16 and owes the group a lot.

Canterbury mayor champions BreastScreen (PDF)
City of Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson knows the importance of cancer screening – his wife, Sue, is alive today thanks to a visit to a BreastScreen van.

Consumers the authors of their own recovery (PDF)
Clinical Nurse Specialist Rebecca Reid has received a statewide award for her innovative mental health initiative.

Caring for our carers (PDF)
When Effie Zarocostas began caring for her husband, Con, full-time three years ago, she knew she couldn’t do it alone.

Ride hard to age healthy (PDF)
As a physiotherapist working with elderly patients at Balmain Hospital, Josh Bishop knows the benefits of living an active life.

Concord’s commitment to Diggers (PDF)
John McEwan-Ferguson survived two tours of Vietnam but it was the death of his late wife that finally prompted him to seek support from Concord Hospital’s Veteran’s Day Centre five years ago.

Better to be safe at work (PDF)
Safe Work Australia statistics show that body stressing injuries account for 41 per cent of work place injuries and were most common in workers aged 40–49 years, sending a reminder about the important of health and safety.

September 2015
Health care in your language (PDF)
Navigating the health system can be challenging even without a language barrier.

Employee engagement on the rise (PDF)
The results of the 2015 YourSay Workplace Survey reflect high levels of staff engagement, positive workplace culture and confidence in management with improvements across all major indicators for Sydney Local Health District.

Breaking barriers to lifesaving screening (PDF)
For more than a decade Wafa Zaim has been building bridges between local Muslim women and lifesaving breast cancer screening.

Your chance to make your mark at RPA (PDF)
Calling all artists – here’s your chance to get your street art onto one of five large walls at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Yaralla Open Day hits new highs (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s third annual Yaralla Open Day was the biggest and best yet with more than 1000 people enjoying the sunshine, fun activities and the beautiful grounds of the historic estate.

District welcomes new nurses (PDF)
The District welcomed 22 Enrolled Nurses and nine Aboriginal Assistants in Nursing (AIN) last week in a graduation ceremony at the Centre for Education and Workforce Development in Rozelle.

Meeting of minds for neurosciences think tank (PDF)
This week some of the world’s leading neuroscience clinicians will gather for an event to celebrate their remarkable achievements, and outline future progress.

Patron’s Prize winner’s potential to change practice (PDF)
Dr Carlo Pulitano has received the Patron’s Prize for clinical research for his study of techniques to revitalise human donor livers prior to transplant.

The art of challenging conversations (PDF)
Sometimes, the hardest topics to bring up are the most important, and putting them off can make matters worse.

RPA midwife wins top state award (PDF)
A midwife from Royal Prince Alfred’s neonatal intensive care unit has taken out top honours in the 2015 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards at Parliament House.

Students speak up for mental health (PDF)
More than 50 students from 10 local high schools filed into an auditorium in Concord last week to take part in the second annual Mental Health Public Speaking Challenge.

Welcome new migrants for Multicultural Health Week (PDF)
Newly arrived migrants can be among the most vulnerable in our community and often have difficulty accessing health care and services.

Mental Health Week photo competition (PDF)
Mental Health Week is coming up next month and Sydney Local Health District is running a photography competition to capture a sense of well-being, purpose, resilience and happiness.

August 2015
Improving surgery in the developing world (PDF)
Less than 10 per cent of the world’s population has access to surgical care considered routine in Australia.

Celebrity styling at third annual Yaralla Open Day (PDF)
Expert interior designer James Treble, of Channel 10’s The Living Room, will be among the many to enjoy the District’s third annual Yaralla Open day on Sunday, September 13.

Canterbury midwife honoured for innovation (PDF)
Canterbury Hospital’s Rosalie Nunn has graduated from the Agency for Clinical Innovation Centre for Healthcare Redesign at a ceremony in Sydney.

Roaming kitchens capture young people (PDF)
Engaging and empowering at-risk young people in the Sydney Local Health District through one of life’s most basic needs: food.

Clinical week to focus on technology and medicine (PDF)
Concord Clinical Week will feature a three-day series of lectures and presentation, culminating in the presentation of the inaugural Pride of Concord Medal.

Still time to donate to Dry July (PDF)
July may be over but the deadline for donating to Dry July has been extended until the end of August.

Talk with patience for Speech Pathology Week (PDF)
Speech pathology patients may have difficulty talking, but their message to the community was loud and clear during a recent group therapy session at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Youthblock moves to Redfern (PDF)
The District’s Youthblock centre has relocated to new purpose-built premises on Abercrombie Street in Redfern.

Little people with big hearts (PDF)
Children at Lucas Street Child Care Centre on the RPA campus have shown that it doesn’t matter how small you are, you are always big enough to help.

New and improved BreastScreen van begins its tour (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has launched a new and improved mobile BreastScreen van to provide free, potentially lifesaving mammograms.

RPA’s focus on the developing world (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is donating 10 microscopes from a teaching laboratory to hospitals in the developing world.

Balmain Hospital celebrates 130 years (PDF)
A cottage hospital that opened in Booth Street, Balmain in 1885 will celebrate a 130 year milestone of providing healthcare to the community this month.

New rostering system better for everyone (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is adopting a new rostering system after a successful trial at Concord Hospital.

Childcare cooks cut the fat (PDF)
More than 55 cooks working at local early childcare centres have now attended one of two workshops run by Sydney Local Health District to boost their skills and provide important updates on nutrition.

Say yes and save lives this DonateLife Week (PDF)
Eleven years ago, Max Mohr received a liver transplant that transformed his life.

Tackling the dental risks of sport (PDF)
Everyone knows competitive sports are a great way to get exercise and maintain fitness, but few realise the risks they pose to dental health.

July 2015
Making breastfeeding work at work (PDF)
For many women, continuing to breastfeed when returning to work is seen as a challenge despite recommendations encouraging breastfeeding for as long as possible.

Community Notice: Watch out for meningococcal (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is reminding the community that this is the time of year to be aware of the early symptoms of meningococcal disease.

Improved access to services at Redfern (PDF)
Better access to health-professionals, lawyers, and social workers is now available to people in social housing in Redfern thanks to the opening of a unique outreach centre, Redlink.

Our compassion at work in Africa (PDF)
Andrew Browning was just six years old when he decided to become a missionary, but it was volunteering in a Rwandan genocide refugee camp during medical training that sealed his fate.

From patient to prevention champion (PDF)
Over five short years Damien House has gone from knowing little about hepatitis to becoming a patient, then advocate and now a health education officer.

Helping older patients with confusion (PDF)
Hospital can be a bewildering environment for older patients, especially those prone to confusion.

Yaralla to host famous baking show (PDF)
Reminiscent of the days when Dame Eadith Walker hosted magical dinner parties for VIPs and locals, the beautiful Yaralla Estate is playing home to ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ this month.

Raising awareness for National Pain Week (PDF)
One in five Australians suffer from chronic pain, but many live in silence.

Sharing tips for a long and healthy life (PDF)
Kathleen Hickey is no stranger to exercise. At 90 years old, she has now been attending regular aqua exercise classes for twenty-five years.

YourSay survey winners announced (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District achieved a 45.8 per cent response rate to the YourSay survey from early this year, a huge increase from the 29 per cent response rate in 2013.

Don’t underestimate diabetes (PDF)
The director of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Diabetes Centre, Dr Ted Wu, said he worried that too many Australian’s were underestimating the dangers associated with diabetes.

Sleep well for good physical and mental health (PDF)
This week is Sleep Awareness Week and Sydney Local Health District is reminding everyone of the importance of sleep for maintaining good physical and mental health.

NAIDOC Week celebrations aim to Close the Gap (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District marked NAIDOC Week with a celebration event at Concord Hospital today, embracing the 2015 theme 'We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate'.

RPA museum receives blast from the past (PDF)
The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Museum recently received the significant donation of a 1950s Australian x-ray machine, made in Sydney's Inner West.

Clearing the air on smoke-free dining laws (PDF)
New smoke-free dining legislation takes effect today, July 6, and Sydney Local Health District has been busy educating thousands of local businesses to ensure they understand how to comply with the new laws.

New lung model tests effectiveness of antibiotics (PDF)
A researcher at the Woolcock Institute has developed a novel lung model that can accurately detect the effectiveness of inhaled antibiotics used to treat asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

June 2015
Solar hot water heats up Canterbury Hospital (PDF)
Canterbury Hospital has installed the District’s first solar hot water system, set to save about $15,000 a year.

Joining forces at Aboriginal Medical Service (PDF)
Australia still has a long way to go to close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, but there has been some improvement.

Concord Cancer Centre launches Dry July (PDF)
The Concord Cancer Centre launched its third Dry July campaign last week, aiming to raise much needed funds and awareness for cancer services across the Sydney Local Health District.

Caring for young refugees (PDF)
This week is Refugee Week and Jeanette Holloway knows all too well how much refugees need and deserve our compassion.

Clothing donation to support patients in need (PDF)
A large donation of clothing coordinated by the Daughters of Penelope will support patients in need at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Global impact of world-first research recognised (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s Professor Jane Young has been recognised for her world-first research showing a 78 per cent increase in calls to the quit smoking helpline, Quitline, following the introduction of Australia’s tobacco plain packaging legislation.

Turning up the volume for HIV Testing Week (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has turned up the volume in its efforts to end HIV with a free live music session to promote HIV Testing Week (1-7 June).

Greatest meeting of medical minds (PDF)
The third annual Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium was the greatest meeting of medical minds ever hosted by Sydney Local Health District, with about 650 people attending to hear more than 40 expert presentations on the cutting edge and future of health care.

May 2015
Early start for new smoke free laws (PDF)
It’s World No Tobacco Day this weekend and Sydney Local Health District is congratulating local businesses which have already adopted new smoke-free dining laws, due to take effect on July 6.

Free breakfast to get healthy at work (PDF)
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and staff at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital can have it free tomorrow morning thanks to a new push to improve staff health.

Sydney Health Partners among world’s best (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has welcomed the Australian Government’s recognition of Sydney Health Partners as one of the world’s leading centres for translating research into enhancements in patient care and health.

RPA staff volunteer in Africa without leaving home (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital staff are providing healthcare in Africa without leaving their wards.

Concord’s campaign for hearts and minds (PDF)
Concord Hospital has embarked on a comprehensive new strategy to promote the CORE values of NSW Health – collaboration, openness, respect and empowerment.

Nursing the needy in our community (PDF)
As a youth health nurse, Megan Koroitamana visits local homeless refuges and cares for some of the most vulnerable young people in Sydney.

Cheating sudden death in the young (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is home to some of the world's leading experts in genetic heart conditions causing sudden death.

Baked with love for International Midwives Day (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital indulged its sweet tooth today with a bake-off competition to celebrate International Midwives Day (May 5) and International Nurses Day (May 12).

Sit less and move more for a healthier heart (PDF)
Recent data shows that two out of three Australians aged 15 and over are either sedentary or have low levels of exercise and physical inactivity contributes to almost one quarter of the cardiovascular burden in Australia.

April 2015
Honouring our lifesaving nurses (PDF)
Stella Pillai admits that she is almost too passionate about the importance of nurses in clinical care.

Smoke-free dining laws coming soon (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is alerting local cafes, restaurants and diners that smoking will soon be against the law near food service areas.

Graduates leading the way in improving care (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District staff Liesl Duffy, Laura Garcelon and Melanie Ireland today graduated from the Agency for Clinical Innovation Centre for Healthcare Redesign at a ceremony in Sydney.

Anzac anniversary - we will remember them (PDF)
Concord Repatriation General Hospital was proud to help stage a special dawn service for thousands of people at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, near the hospital a week before the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

Celebrating our nurses and midwives (PDF)
Nurses and midwives are among society's most valued professionals and Sydney Local Health District will show its appreciation for all they do with a series of events to mark their international day of recognition on May 12.

New program welcomes 18 Aboriginal trainees (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has welcomed 18 Aboriginal trainees under a new program, which is the first of its kind for the District.

Flu vaccination campaign set for greater heights (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s annual influenza vaccination campaign yielded impressive results last year with seven per cent more staff receiving free vaccinations at work compared to the previous year.

Testing prevention knowledge on April Falls Day (PDF)
Falls lead to approximately 28,000 hospitalisations of people older than 65 in NSW each year and rates have increased gradually over the past 15 years.

March 2015
The future of health information technology (PDF)
To provide the highest standard of healthcare, Sydney Local Health District requires fast reliable access to enormous volumes of data.

Meeting of minds for health educators (PDF)
More than 100 health educators gathered to share ideas and knowledge last week at the District’s annual Education and Training Forum.

Final YourSay survey is open now (PDF)
The third and final YourSay Workplace Culture Survey is now open and will run for four weeks.

Inspiring doctor wins Geoff Walker Award (PDF)
Dr Emily Deck has been presented with the Geoff Walker Memorial Award as the most outstanding junior medical officer at Canterbury Hospital in 2014.

A lifeline for kids through hard times (PDF)
Talya Goding has spent more than her fair share of time in hospital.

The art of communicating with patients (PDF)
Surgeons have an incredible understanding of human anatomy and medical procedures, but communicating this knowledge to patients and their families requires an entirely distinct set of skills.

Stirring our cultural melting pot on Harmony Day (PDF)
Almost 45 per cent of people within Sydney Local Health District speak a language other than English at home, with that figure rising to 64 per cent in the Canterbury area.

Warning for mosquito-borne diseases (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is warning residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

Protecting our mob one jab at a time (PDF)
Closing the Gap between the life expectancy of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians is an enormous complex undertaking, but can be as simple as increasing vaccination rates.

A great smile the key to good health (PDF)
It’s time to smile for life for this year’s World Oral Health Day, celebrated across Sydney Local Health District on Friday.

Feel younger with regular exercise (PDF)
Living an active life in the senior years is more important than ever and it’s never too late to start, with the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service focused on increasing participation during Seniors Week this week.

Josh Reynolds our new man at Canterbury (PDF)
Canterbury Hospital opened its doors to a very special visitor today. Josh Reynolds is the new 2015 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ambassador for the hospital.

Nominations open for PM’s science prize (PDF)
The call has gone out for Australia’s finest scientific minds to share in $700,000 of prize money in this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Leading the science of ageing well (PDF)
Nathan De Vos has spent the best part of a decade studying how to improve the health of older people through exercise and has now taken the helm at Balmain Hospital’s Centre for STRONG Medicine.

From nurse to consultant cardiologist (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred’s Michelle McGrady is proof that it’s never too late to switch careers and follow your heart – even if it means 14 years of additional study and taking on the boys in a male-dominated field.

Uniting surgery and research (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Professor Michael Solomon believes that most surgeons could also be excellent researchers but just don’t know where to start.

Vascular surgery trial could benefit millions (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s vascular surgery department is involved in an international clinical trial which could improve surgical outcomes for millions of patients.

Honours and thanks for long service at Concord (PDF)
There’s something about Concord Hospital – our people love it. So much so, that more than eighty staff were recently given medals for clocking up more than 1640 years’ of service between them.

February 2015
Warning on whooping cough (PDF)
Residents are being advised to be aware of the symptoms of pertussis, or whooping cough, after a recent increase in the number of reported cases within Sydney Local Health District.

Honouring our priceless volunteers (PDF)
They are on our craft stalls, our concierge desks and our committees. They are delivering magazines and DVDs to patients, and helping lost visitors find their way. They always have a ready smile and a listening ear.

Closing the gap 50 years on (PDF)
Yesterday’s Aboriginal health forum was a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charles Perkins’ Freedom Ride – a tour across NSW by University of Sydney students highlighting discrimination against Aboriginal people.

Leading the way on health literacy (PDF)
More than 60 per cent of people have trouble with basic health literacy - such as reading a medication label - an issue that can lead to poor health outcomes.

Call to donate brains for medical research (PDF)
When Jill Schofield’s mother died from an aggressive brain tumour, she already knew her mum’s wishes – to leave her brain to science to help develop treatments for future generations.

RPA Sexual Health Service at Mardi Gras Fair Day (PDF)
The Sexual Health Service will attend the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day this weekend at Victoria Park.

Smartphone app takes round three of The Pitch (PDF)
The third round of The Pitch was held at the Kerry Packer Auditorium at RPA on Friday, with a smartphone app for junior clinical staff awarded $50,000 in funding.

Lifehouse soon to open doors to inpatients (PDF)
The second stage of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was officially unveiled today, with 125 inpatient beds expected to open by the end of the month, building on the high quality services provided by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

RPA farewells a treasured staff member (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital farewelled a treasured part of its history last week as Tom Houghton retired after 43 years of dedicated service.

New wave of nurses take their positions (PDF)
As Matty Shields watched his father, and later his best friend, die in hospital, he was overwhelmed with grief, but also inspiration.

New management trainees join the fold (PDF)
Nine new Graduate Management Trainees joined the Sydney Local Health District community this week.

January 2015
The colourful man who sold Balmain for five shillings (PDF)
William Balmain, pictured, probably won't go down in history as a real estate visionary, but he certainly led one very colourful life.

It’s the year to get healthy (PDF)
Leaders at the Sydney Local Health District’s Go4Fun healthy living program are gearing up to help more families make better health and exercise choices in 2015.

RPA Women and Babies vaccinations (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is contacting women who were admitted to one of its postnatal wards between August 2013 and January 2015 after a fault was detected in a refrigerator containing routine vaccines.

World first gene therapy trial at RPA (PDF)
A world first gene therapy trial is underway at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital which could cure patients living with fatal diseases like thalassemia.

Medical interns learn the ropes (PDF)
A total of 116 medical interns were welcomed into the Sydney Local Health District community this week as they began their hospital orientation.

Australian first for respiratory medicine (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has notched up another Australian first. And it’s a win for clinicians, patients – and IT staff.

Concord Hospital veteran honoured (PDF)
Alice Kang has been a part of the Concord Hospital community for more than 40 years and was today honoured as the Drummoyne Woman of the Year.

Who’s who in the cancer zoo (PDF)
Concord Hospital’s Sydney Survivorship Centre will launch a series of free public forums next month for cancer patients and their families.

RPA welcomes new furry friends (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has joined others across Sydney to welcome some very special new visitors.

Staff dig deep for new hospital (PDF)
Staff across Sydney Local Health District and South Western Sydney Local Health District have dug deep to provide an extra one off donation of $50,000 for a new maternity hospital in Ethiopia.

Eyes and ears of RPA (PDF)
With more than 100 cameras positioned around Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and 17 guards patrolling around the clock, there isn’t much that happens on the campus that security doesn’t know about.

Humanitarian medal for tsunami service (PDF)
ICU clinical nurse consultant Elaine McGloin had just finished a long shift at RPA when the District’s late Disaster Manager, Gaye Mackey Hudson, informed her that a 9.3 magnitude earthquake had devastated 14 countries with waves up to 30 metres high.

Dentist for the deceased (PDF)
Sydney Dental Hospital’s Dr Russell Lain has a job that is rewarding yet challenging. As a forensic odontologist, he has helped recover long lost soldiers, convict dangerous criminals, unravel historic mysteries and provide precious solace to thousands of grief stricken families.

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