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News - 2017

December 2017
World first breakthrough for haemophilia at RPA (PDF)
In a world first, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital researchers are among an international team to have developed a gene therapy for the life-threatening blood disorder, haemophilia.

Hydrotherapy the ticket to mobility for Kerri (PDF)
For Kerri Thorne, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s hydrotherapy pool has been a ticket to mobility.

November 2017
Pitching in for better sleep on the ward (PDF)
Mental health inpatients could soon be wearing these futuristic glasses to improve their sleep patterns and reduce their need for sedative medications.

Helping train the surgeons of the world (PDF)
Providing world-class health care goes beyond our borders. It includes training clinicians around the globe to provide the very best health care to as many people as possible.

NSW Health Care Interpreter Service celebrates 40 years (PDF)
The ground-breaking achievements and contributions of the state’s health care interpreters over the past 40 years was celebrated at a special event at NSW Parliament House.

Canterbury cameras are saving babies like Rableen (PDF)
A life-changing development in paediatric care was launched today at Canterbury Hospital and has already improved the diagnosis and treatment of many critically ill children at the hospital and around NSW.

October 2017
Educator and clinician takes out top prize (PDF)
One of Concord Hospital’s most esteemed doctors has been awarded the coveted Pride of Concord Award for his outstanding contributions to patient care throughout the year.

HIV home testing for peace of mind (PDF)
HIV home testing can offer peace of mind by providing privacy and convenience, according to a new campaign by the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) to support October’s Mental Health month in NSW.

Photography competition focuses on wellbeing (PDF)
A stunning image of a car door mirror projecting a sunset has won first place in the Sydney Local Health District Living Well photography competition as part of Mental Health Month.

Digital transformation rolls on at RPA (PDF)
2017 has been a big year for information technology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and this week we celebrate the successful rollout of eHealth NSW’s electronic medication system.

NSW Health urges 20-50s to vaccinate against measles (PDF)
NSW Health is urging people aged between 20 and 50 years to have the free, safe measles vaccine after the 29th person in the state was diagnosed with the highly infectious disease.

New hope for liver patients (PDF)
Clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Centenary Institute have discovered a cell which plays a vital role in preventing harmful microbes from spreading throughout the body by accessing the liver.

Theatre expansion complements training at RPA (PDF)
Renovations to theatre 14 in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital mean Sydney Local Health District remains at the forefront of robotic surgery. The facelift is the final link between the RPA Surgical & Robotic Training Centre and the Institute of Academic Surgery.

Take your best shot for Mental Health Month (PDF)
Living with a mental illness can be stressful, but for Richard Helich, life beyond the lens is the antidote.

Lantern Club turns PINK for BreastScreen in October (PDF)
Last year, the amazing people at the Lantern Club in Roselands raised $100,000 to help us open our new BreastScreen NSW site in Campsie.

September 2017
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital turns 135 (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has a long, rich tradition of clinical excellence.

Electronic medication goes live at RPA (PDF)
eHealth NSW’s electronic medication management (eMeds) program has reached a critical milestone with its biggest ‘go-live’ to date at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital starting today.

Australia’s first congenital heart disease registry launches (PDF)
We’ve just helped launch Australia’s first congenital heart disease online registry at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital this morning, putting us all a step closer to ensuring people living with congenital heart problems receive the care they need to survive and thrive throughout adulthood.

Sydney Local Health District nurses earn top honours (PDF)
Two Sydney Local Health District nurses have taken out top awards at the fifth annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

A fantastic response to People Matter (PDF)
Once again the employees of Sydney Local Health District have rated their workplace as one of the best in the public sector.

Training on display at RPA during Stroke Week (PDF)
Cutting edge simulation equipment is on display this week in RPA’s foyer for National Stroke Week.

August 2017
Dedicated Dr and researcher takes out the top prize (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital cardiologist Professor Anthony Keech has been awarded RPA Foundation's top prize, the coveted Research Medal for excellence in medical research.

Pushing mental healthcare beyond 2017 (PDF)
New ways to evaluate practice and snapshots of great work being undertaken across Sydney Local Health District’s mental health service were put in the spotlight at the Mental Health Research Symposium held in Concord Hospital earlier this month.

A healthy result for basic physician trainees (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has once again achieved outstanding results in the annual Royal Australian College of Physicians clinical exams with a 97 per cent pass rate that’s well above the state average of 70 per cent.

Forging the future of Community Health (PDF)
NSW Health provides care from 280 community health centres across the state, allowing patients to receive treatment within their own homes or neighbourhoods, and preventing unnecessary hospital visits.

Tackling homelessness in Sydney (PDF)
Did you know that more than 130 people sleep rough across Sydney Local Health District each night, while another 520 stay in boarding houses.

Community garden helps connect consumers (PDF)
A sensory garden in Haberfield is helping mental health consumers connect with others and giving them new skills and employment opportunities.

RPA nurse with heart of gold (PDF)
Every day Mimi Antonios sees patients on life support with no hope of recovery in her job as nursing unit manager in one of Royal Prince Alfred’s four intensive care units.

July 2017
Boomerang baby returns to RPA (PDF)
Erin Smith was in good hands when she entered the world at King George V Memorial Hospital in 1995. As fate would have it, her birth wouldn't be the last time she, her mother Toni and Clinical Midwife Specialist Ann-Maree Whitton were in a room together.

Language definitely matters (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District celebrated language and the Aboriginal culture at the annual NAIDOC Week event at Balmain Hospital.

Farewell to leaders in their field (PDF)
Last month, we bid farewell to two long-serving senior members of staff.

Concession parking now available (PDF)
From July 1, our hospitals will introduce new concession parking rates.

June 2017
Keep an eye out (PDF)
Missing a family wedding, birthday or graduation can be a difficult time for patients unable to leave hospital. Ever heard of a pen which uses special ink to repair eye injuries?

A touch of virtual reality (PDF)
Missing a family wedding, birthday or graduation can be a difficult time for patients unable to leave hospital.

Symposium 2017: a day of ideas and joy (PDF)
The fifth Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium once again set the benchmark in leading health and medical research conferences with thousands gathering across the three day event.

Combatting little fussy eaters (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District has partnered with Ethnic Community Services Cooperative and dietitians to create Fuss Free Mealtimes, a resource to help childhood educators and parents deal with fussy eaters.

A new way home (PDF)
Patients at the melanoma clinic at RPA Hospital now have the option to go home from hospital just days following surgery under a new care model with Sydney District Nursing.

$341 million investment for Concord Hospital (PDF)
Concord Hospital will get Australia’s first comprehensive care centre for Defence Force personnel and their families, additional inpatient capacity, enhanced ambulatory services and a new cancer centre as part of a $341 million upgrade delivered in the 2017-18 NSW Budget.

Medical records go digital at Concord (PDF)
Concord Hospital is the latest in the District to switch on the latest technology for patient records.

Healthcare in the third dimension (PDF)
This year’s Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium will have a touch of virtual reality.

Calling for dry heroes (PDF)
In July, about 11,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer.

Our people matter (PDF)
This month, staff are once again being called on to share their opinions and provide feedback on working in Sydney Local Health District.

May 2017
Using head and heart (PDF)
The ongoing contributions of our staff through the District’s Workplace Giving program has amounted to a recent donation of $100,000 to the Barbara May Foundation.

Flower show comes to Rivendell (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is pleased to announce the inaugural Rivendell Flower Show in the beautiful grounds of Thomas Walker Estate at Concord Hospital on September 23 and 24.

Getting healthy and active (PDF)
With chronic disease now contributing to more than 70 per cent of the disease burden and predicted to account for half of all deaths by 2020 – the time for action on reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Australia is now.

App wins $65,000 in international competition (PDF)
A team of Sydney clinicians has won $65,000 for developing an app which has increased the number of cancer patients enrolling in clinical trials by 60 per cent.

What’s next for symposium 2017? (PDF)
Returning this year, the fifth Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium will move to a new home at Carriageworks and once again showcase the latest in medical and health research to address the growing and changing nature of our community’s health needs.

April 2017
Junior doctor named among peers (PDF)
Dr Jason Boyd has been named the most outstanding junior medical officer at Canterbury Hospital for 2016 and presented with the Geoff Walker Memorial Award.

Don’t let the flu stop you (PDF)
As the cooler weather arrives, staff across the District are preparing for the influenza season.

Robotic training institute opens (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is now home to the southern hemisphere’s only training centre for robotic surgery.

The next step in a digital hospital (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s emergency department is the first in NSW to introduce a system where a patient’s vital signs are automatically recorded at the bedside and downloaded to their electronic medical records.

A lifetime of memories (PDF)
Our volunteers are at the heart of all we do here across Sydney Local Health District, and this month we got a chance to thank our RPA team for its tireless efforts behind the scenes.

RPA Hospital offers peritonectomy cancer surgery (PDF)
This month, the state’s second peritonectomy service opened at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, complementing the service available at St George Hospital in Kogarah.

March 2017
Prevention the key on World Oral Health Day (PDF)
After 30 years as a dental therapist, Elizabeth di Meco knows prevention is key, and loves working with children.

BPT OK program (PDF)
We all know the early years are tough for young doctors. We also know that three junior doctors took their own lives in the past few months.

Honouring our volunteers (PDF)
When Rosalie Saunders retired from the steel industry two decades ago she found herself looking for things to do.

Supporting doctors and patients at the Pitch (PDF)
Returning in 2017, the Pitch once again delivered three successful innovation ideas.

Celebrating inspirational women (PDF)
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by having one of our own take out the highest honours in the state.

Primary health care partnership signed (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District recently signed the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Care Partnership framework agreement.

February 2017
One energy drink dangerous for some, study finds (PDF)
A world-first study has found that having just one to two energy drinks could be life-threatening for some young people with no known history of heart disease.

SLHD part of Fair Day fun again (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District’s Sexual Health Service will join in the fun of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day in Newtown this weekend.

Better habits for healthy weight (PDF)
If the silly season and the summer holidays have gotten the better of your eating habits, Healthy Weight Week is a reminder to take action.

Forest fun for all the family (PDF)
A visit to the emergency department may be a little less stressful for families with the addition of a colourful children’s play area at Concord Hospital.

January 2017
National recognition for medical heroes (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has once again been acknowledged through the work of two esteemed clinicians and researchers in the annual Australia Day honours list.

Warm welcome for new intern doctors (PDF)
For registered nurse Maddy van der Leeden (pictured), the halls of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are already familiar. From this week, she will walk them as a future doctor.

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