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News - 2016

December 2016
RPA doctor heads to Stanford (PDF)
A Royal Prince Alfred Hospital junior doctor will head to Stanford next year to complete a Master in Biomedical Informatics after being named the winner of the 2017 Roden Cutler NSW John Monash Scholarship.

Redesign graduates leading the way (PDF)
Two teams from Sydney Local Health District have graduated from the Agency for Clinical Innovation Centre for Healthcare Redesign, after successfully implementing service delivery improvement programs.

Winter performance rewarded (PDF)
Canterbury Hospital’s leading emergency department performance over the winter months has been rewarded.

Into the spirit (PDF)
When Justine O'Brien was diagnosed with a life-threatening aortic aneurysm three years ago, she was so grateful for the care provided by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital clinicians, she signed up as a volunteer.

World-first trial for cancer patients (PDF)
The NSW Minister for Medical Research, Pru Goward, today announced that patients can now participate in a world-first medicinal cannabis trial aimed at preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Momentous advances in HIV treatment (PDF)
“Thirty years ago, a HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. There was not much we could do. You would get sick and die. It was like a war zone,” says clinical nurse consultant Garry Trotter.

November 2016
A Mo-ment for awareness (PDF)
Greg Kennedy's not afraid of manning up. For the past month, he's cultivated a magnificent moustache for Movember, the annual fundraising drive aimed at increasing awareness of men's health issues.

A new way to give back (PDF)
For Tim Cussell and wife Freya donating money for an educational scholarship was the perfect way to say thanks to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Patient comfort the winner at the Pitch (PDF)
Providing the best in patient comfort and recovery was the winner at the final round of the Pitch for the year, with all four presenters receiving support for their innovation.

A place to call home (PDF)
We’ve just opened the state’s first "home away from home” for regional and rural burns patients on the spectacular Yaralla Estate in Concord - and it’s already made one family very happy.

Saying thanks for new lease on life (PDF)
An organ transplant is a life-changing experience in more ways than one.

The best quality services for all (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District prides itself on delivering excellent healthcare for all.

An extra special delivery (PDF)
We have some very special little guests in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital this month.

Making diabetes management a priority (PDF)
Diabetes is one of the top three killers in Australia, along with obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Concord cardiologist takes out top award (PDF)
The fellow’s got talent. Concord interventional cardiologist Jerrett Lau has won the prestigious Fellows’ Case Competition at a world-leading cardiology conference, attended by more than 10,000 clinicians and researchers.

A special visit to say thank you (PDF)
These two gorgeous little people are modern day miracles.

10 years serving the Marrickville community (PDF)
Marrickville Health Centre is celebrating 10 years since it opened its doors at 155 Livingstone Road in Marrickville in October 2006.

Workplace culture one of the best (PDF)
The employees of Sydney Local Health District have rated their workplace one of the best in the public sector.

Shining pink pays off for good cause (PDF)
We’re so grateful to the Lantern Club for raising a very generous $81,700 for our BreastScreen Service during October.

Help for those in need (PDF)
Scott McLennan arrived at Concord’s drug health service four months ago with one wish - to live.

October 2016
Tuberculosis screening at Sydney Dental Hospital (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has screened 27 staff after a dentist at Sydney Dental Hospital tested positive to tuberculosis.

Unsung hero recognised (PDF)
One of the District’s most esteemed geriatricians, Dr John Cullen, has received the annual Pride of Concord Award.

A hug 14 years in the making (PDF)
It was a hug 14 years and 14,000 kilometres in the making. This week, German Ingrid Remke returned to Australia and Concord Hospital's Burns Unit for the first time since almost losing her life in the bombing of Bali's Sari Club in 2002.

Building knockout connections (PDF)
We all know how important it is to look after yourself, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Providing access to vital ear health (PDF)
We could soon know just how many indigenous communities in NSW are going without access to vital ear health services.

Creativity the road to recovery (PDF)
Creativity can play a big role in recovery for mental health patients.

Shining a light on our carers (PDF)
Like many, Joan Watt found herself cast into a carer’s role when her husband was diagnosed with dementia.

A new song from the heart (PDF)
Sometimes, life has a way of showing us that nothing is insurmountable.

Exercise class giving patients chance to shine (PDF)
As you walk down the corridor you can hear the sounds of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 pop hit ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.

RPA doctor given top award (PDF)
For five years Dr Bethan Richards mentored doctors-in-training to help them get through the biggest exams of their careers.

Getting your hands dirty for better health (PDF)
A community garden offering a tranquil and healing space for those with mental health issues is now open at the Haberfield Community Centre.

Wellness expo comes to Canterbury (PDF)
Encouraging better health for our community is at the heart of everything we do.

Australian dentists honoured in MH 17 disaster (PDF)
Forensic dentists Russell Lain and William Saunderson have been given top honours by the Australian Federal Police for their work in sourcing the dental records of passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17, shot down over the Ukraine in 2014.

September 2016
Fifty years under the same roof (PDF)
Our nurses do not just keep people healthy - they also keep them happy and living independently in their own homes.

Putting children at the centre (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District recognised five programs and services for their commitment to the wellbeing and protection of children and young people during National Child Protection Week.

Recognising the signs of stroke (PDF)
Susan de Silva knew she was having a stroke when she fell to the ground and felt half of her face droop.

Professor Scolyer joins history books (PDF)
World-leading melanoma researcher, Professor Richard Scolyer, has won this year’s prestigious RPA Foundation Research Medal and $50,000 prize.

A step in the right direction (PDF)
For the past six years, Otto Stichter has been living with a leg that feels as if weights are strapped to it.

Garden facelift at Croydon Health Centre (PDF)
The courtyards at Croydon Health Centre have been transformed into a place where staff and visitors can enjoy the sunshine and physical activity.

August 2016
Heart surgery equipment recall (PDF)
As a precaution, some hospitals in NSW have replaced a small number of machines used in cardiac surgery following international reports of a rare infection.

Helping junior doctors learn the ropes (PDF)
A hundred of anything is an achievement. But 100 podcasts, aimed at educating junior doctors by medical experts from across Australia, is a milestone.

Honouring Victory in the Pacific Day (PDF)
Seventy-one years ago there was a feeling of relief that washed over Australia – it was the day the Japanese surrendered and World War II was finally over.

Running for positivity and good mental health (PDF)
There's no denying our staff have big hearts. Yesterday, a group from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital's mental health team strapped on their running shoes to raise more than $3000 for young people by taking on the City2Surf.

State award for leading cancer researcher (PDF)
There will be at least 80,000 people out there very happy to hear the news that Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s John Simes has been named outstanding cancer researcher of the year by the NSW Premier.

Going dry for cancer patients (PDF)
For some it is a frosty schooner or glass of wine but, for Dry July this year, Concord Hospital’s Dr Anthony Linton decided to give up his special treat, soft drink.

A donation of the best kind (PDF)
When you receive the ultimate gift, it is something you never forget.

Shining a light on women and oral health (PDF)
Looking after your smile takes a bit more work than regular brushing.

July 2016
New treatments for viral hepatitis (PDF)
Thousands of people stand to be cured of viral hepatitis if they speak to their doctors, according to this year’s World Hepatitis Day campaign.

Celebrating partnerships in NAIDOC Week (PDF)
Moving rhythmically to the sounds of a didgeridoo, the Koormurri Dancers brought this year’s NAIDOC theme – Songlines: The living narrative of our nation - to life at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital celebrations today.

Concord Hospital team takes on Dry July challenge (PDF)
Mocktails are the drink of choice this month for dietitians Cindy Tan and Lynelle Thompson who are part of a 15-strong Concord Hospital team raising money for cancer patients during Dry July.

June 2016
New insights on causes of sudden death in young (PDF)
Genetic testing and new research led by Chris Semsarian has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young people like Nathan Duncan who died suddenly six years ago.

Shining light for Hodgkin’s lymphoma sufferers (PDF)
Five years ago Rosa Good was given the worst Christmas present you could imagine, the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a lymph node cancer that most commonly affects young adults.

Great minds think alike (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s fourth Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium was a roaring success with more than 1000 people attending the event.

Winners take it all at the Pitch (PDF)
The return of the Pitch to the Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium once again proved to be a crowd favourite.

A gift for living (PDF)
Protecting yourself against bowel cancer could be as easy as buying a simple kit.

Researchers awarded millions for cancer research (PDF)
A researcher from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has been awarded $6.5 million by the NSW Government for cancer research.

Update: Lucas Street Childcare Centre and RPA car park (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is pleased to announce that work has started on a new multi-storey staff car park on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus, with construction expected to be completed within 18 months. The new car park will have about 1000 spaces, bringing the number of staff spaces available on the campus to more than 1600.

There is still time to protect against the flu (PDF)
Winter has arrived and with it comes the threat of influenza. More than 90 per cent of staff in community health have been vaccinated since April, with Oral Health and Canterbury Hospital staff also with very high levels of vaccination.

Work starts on new staff car park on RPA campus (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is pleased to announce that work has started on a new multi-storey staff car park on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital campus, with construction expected to be completed within 18 months.

Have heart will travel (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s intensive care specialists are frequent fliers. They regularly jump on a plane to go anywhere from NSW to New Caledonia to save someone’s life.

Ending HIV in NSW (PDF)
One in seven people with HIV in NSW may be unaware they have the virus, risking their own health and that of others.

May 2016
Make Healthy Normal visits Burwood (PDF)
With more than half of NSW adults and almost a quarter of children overweight or obese, the Make Healthy Normal Roadshow is coming to Burwood to encourage people to make simple diet and exercise changes.

Revolutionary technology for Concord Hospital (PDF)
Concord Hospital is now using breakthrough technology to screen for bowel cancer with the arrival of the Full Spectrum Endoscopy (FUSE).

New donation for children at Concord (PDF)
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has made a significant difference to the lives of children in the inner west with the donation of an AirVo2 humidifier to Concord Hospital’s emergency department, thanks to the sponsorship Harbourside Motorcycle Club.

A second chance at life (PDF)
Twenty-three years ago John Bickerstaff was given a second chance at life. At the age of 27, John underwent a FONTAN operation, a procedure that allows people born without complex cardiac deformities to achieve proper circulation.

Nation’s first surgical research centre opens (PDF)
The NSW Minister for Health yesterday opened Australia’s first centre dedicated to world-leading research into surgical techniques at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Celebrating our nurses and midwives (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has paid tribute to its 5,000 strong team of nurses and midwives with a week of events to mark the international day of recognition on May 12.

Midwives helping mothers across the world (PDF)
More than 385,000 women die in childbirth every year in developing countries where there are no hospitals, health clinics or trained midwives.

April 2016
Solar savings for Concord Centre for Mental Health (PDF)
Caring for patients is not all we do. We also care for the environment. This week, we installed a 100KW photo-voltaic solar system on the roof of the Concord Centre for Mental Health to reduce our electricity use.

Australasia’s first sensory suite opens (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is opening Australasia’s first BreastScreen sensory suite this month, aimed at reducing the stress of undergoing a mammogram.

Honouring the ANZAC tradition (PDF)
As a former medical officer in the Army Reserve, Colonel Bob Lusby, AM, comes from a family with a long-standing tradition of serving the nation.

You can help stop the flu (PDF)
Sydney is bracing for another serious influenza season so getting vaccinated early is the best prevention to ensure the safety of patients, staff and their families.

March 2016
Young doctor wins Geoff Walker award (PDF)
Dr Antony Nguyen has been named the most outstanding junior medical officer at Canterbury Hospital for 2015 and presented with the Geoff Walker Memorial Award.

Could it be TB? (PDF)
Globally, 1.5 million people die from tuberculosis each year, a reminder this World TB Day of the threat the disease still poses.

A healthy body starts with the mouth (PDF)
The mouth is the mirror to the body and this World Oral Health Day, staff at Sydney Dental Hospital are encouraging everyone to have a good long look at themselves.

A decade of work on health disparities (PDF)
It’s been 10 years since the Close the Gap campaign set out to improve the life expectancy of Indigenous Australians.

February 2016
Patients and families the winners (PDF)
The Pitch returned for 2016 with four entertaining presentations which captured the audience and the judging panel.

Paying it forward (PDF)
It takes a special type of person to decide they have such fond memories of a hospital, they’ll come back every week to say thanks.

Junior doctor nominated for state honour (PDF)
The NSW Women of the Year finalists have been announced, with Royal Prince Alfred medical registrar May Wong receiving a nomination for Young Woman of the Year.

Great scope for winning idea (PDF)
David Yeo is one step closer to turning a good idea into a commercial venture after winning a $25,000 scholarship from the Office for Health and Medical Research.

January 2016
Three of the District’s best honoured (PDF)
Three of Sydney Local Health District’s leading lights have been named in the annual Australia Day honours list.

Sounds spot on (PDF)
Pre-school children in Concord were among the first to experience Sound Scouts, a new interactive digital game that tests hearing.

New faces in the medical ranks (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has welcomed 99 medical interns, part of a record 983 starting work across NSW.

Record breaking year for transplants (PDF)
Paul Perumal is more excited that most for what this year will hold.

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