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Media Releases - 2012

December 2012
Get active with your kids this festive season (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District is encouraging parents to buy gifts that will help their children get up and be physically active this Christmas.

This Christmas save the ED for emergencies (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District reminds community members to ensure they have enough prescription medication to see them through the holiday season.

A night to celebrate excellence (PDF)
Themed ‘Achieving Excellence in Healthcare for all’ Sydney Local Health District held its second Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 6 December.

ComPacks launched at Canterbury Hospital (PDF)
The Sydney Local Health District has expanded its ComPacks program to Canterbury Hospital.

November 2012
Be aware and ready for the heat (PDF)
With summer’s high temperatures approaching Sydneysiders are encouraged to be sun-smart and aware of the dangers caused by excessive heat.

30 years of HIV/AIDS in Australia – HIV is still in NSW (PDF)
The Sydney Local Health District will support World AIDS Day (1 December 2012) with an information booth and resources to help raise awareness that HIV – the virus that can lead to AIDS – is still very much here after first being identified 30 years ago.

An Australian first - Mesothelioma Guidelines announced (PDF)
To mark Asbestos Awareness Week (25 to 30 November 2012), the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute will announce guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma at an event on Tuesday, November 27.

One register will make it easy for the people of NSW to donate organs (PDF)
The Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA) organ donor registry closed on Monday, November 19 and people in NSW now need to register their intentions at the single national register - the Australian Organ Donation Register (AODR).

Testosterone - a new treatment for the under-nourished elderly? (PDF)
Leading researchers at Concord Repatriation General Hospital are conducting an important clinical trial to identify whether testosterone can be used to treat older people at risk of under-nutrition.

October 2012
Concord Hospital wins major awards (PDF)
Concord Hospital has won two prestigious awards for services which reduce the number of bone fractures suffered by people with osteoporosis and support patients with burns.

Fishy business in children’s ward (PDF)
Face painting and party games will be the order of the day when the children’s ward at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital is transformed into a deep sea playground for United Nations' Universal Children's Day on October 24.

Concord Hospital a finalist in 2012 Premier’s Awards (PDF)
A service at Concord Hospital which reduces the number of bone fractures suffered by people with osteoporosis has been named as a finalist in the 2012 Premier’s Awards for Public Service.

Community kitchen to deliver better health for boarding house residents (PDF)
Residents of unlicensed boarding houses in Sydney’s inner west now have access to a community kitchen that will help address social isolation in the area.

September 2012
Concord Cancer Centre launched (PDF)
Cancer survivors and their families are set to benefit following the official launch of Concord Cancer Centre, at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH).

August 2012
RPA baby unit benefits from RSL generosity (PDF)
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is equipped with another life-saving humidicrib, thanks to the generosity of Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club.

Concord commemorates Victory in the Pacific (PDF)
The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, will join ex-servicemen and women, their families and friends and members of the Armed Forces at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) from 2pm, Wednesday, 15 August; to commemorate Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day.

Oral Health Clinic finalist in national award (PDF)
The Aboriginal Oral Health Clinic of the Sydney Dental Hospital (SDH) has been selected as a finalist in a nation-wide awards program that recognises outstanding contribution to Aboriginal health - The Deadlys.

Community forum for people living with a mental illness (PDF)
People living with a mental illness, their families, friends, carers and health workers are invited to attend a free community forum on the theme of recovery and hope, to be held by Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) on August 17, in Rozelle.

New program offers local Aboriginal families and babies home-based care (PDF)
A new home visiting program offering Aboriginal children and families living in Sydney’s central and inner west vital health and paediatric support was launched today by Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) in Marrickville.

July 2012
Sydney Local Health District clinicians in world-first (PDF)
In a world first, researchers at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord hospitals have found a way to identify the one in three patients at risk of suffering heart damage after undergoing simple procedures to unclog blocked arteries.

One Deadly Step to healthier lives (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) health care staff recently took part in the health screening event One Deadly Step in Redfern, held to tackle the issue of chronic disease in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Healthcare staff undertake Aboriginal cultural training (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) staff across central and inner west Sydney will undergo cultural awareness training to help them understand and respect Aboriginal culture so they can offer improved patient care.

Health centre shows the art of healing (PDF)
For Andrew, a mental health client of Redfern Health Centre, showing his paintings as part of a public art exhibition at the Centre was daunting, however his fears turned out to be unfounded.

New portable state-of-the-art machine offers world class technology to liver patients (PDF)
More people with viral hepatitis living in Sydney’s central and inner west can have their liver disease assessed painlessly at more locations, thanks to the delivery of a new, portable state-of-the-art Fibroscan machine.

Sydney starting families on the path to life-long good health - World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) (PDF)
The joyful bonding of mother and baby, the unmatched health benefits of breast milk, the cost savings – breastfeeding offers it all and more, says a local health expert in support of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7).

World-first trial holds new hope in tackling childhood obesity (PDF)
With childhood obesity continuing to pose a serious public health challenge, a world-first trial conducted by Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and Sydney University could hold the key to dramatically reducing the number of overweight and obese children.

Health District celebrates NAIDOC Week (PDF)
Increased Aboriginal employment opportunities and Aboriginal cultural training for staff were highlighted at Sydney Local Health District’s (SLHD) NAIDOC Week celebrations at Balmain Hospital today.

Research into exercise and Type 1 Diabetes (PDF)
Researchers from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) and the University of Sydney have begun examining how exercise impacts people with Type 1 diabetes and whether or not an e-learning tool could help them lead safe, physically active lives.

June 2012
Respect, Family, Power and Pacific Culture (PDF)
Keeping at-risk Pacific Islander young people out of the juvenile justice system by engaging them in an exploration of their culture and identity is the aim of a pilot program launched by Sydney Local Health District’s Youthblock Youth Health Service.

My life changing exercise (PDF)
Dropping 22 kilograms and six pants sizes was only a dream for Corrado Di Qual, before the 63 year old found his way to the Metabolic Rehabilitation Program at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

May 2012
Mentoring honours for Balmain doctor (PDF)
Balmain Hospital geriatrician Dr Scott Murray has been honoured by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for his work mentoring young clinicians.

Nursing honours lead to advances in virtual reality training (PDF)
Highly specialised computer games would become training aids of the future for frontline health care workers following research by Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) staff.

Palliative Care Week - support for grieving carers (PDF)
Have you been caring for a loved one who died between six months and two years ago? Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) will be conducting a free counsellor-facilitated support group for carers bereaved between six months and two years ago at Concord Repatriation General Hospital from May 30.

Palliative care recognised at RPA (PDF)
Talking with loved ones and health professionals about your needs and wishes for the end of your life may not be easy but it is the best way to ensure your receive the care you want, says a local health expert.

Ready, set go – the race to thank our Nurses (PDF)
Bedmaking races, BBQs and a Black & White Ball will be among celebrations on Friday 11 May, when Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) mark International Nurses Day.

April 2012
Sydney researchers raise hopes for easier and earlier detection of mesothelioma (PDF)
Hopes for easier and earlier diagnosis of mesothelioma, an almost invariably fatal asbestos-related cancer, have risen after researchers led by Dr Glen Reid and Professor Nico van Zandwijk from the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) at Concord Repatriation General Hospital presented ground-breaking findings at an international cancer conference in Geneva.

Canterbury Hospital midwife program proves popular with local mums (PDF)
A new model of care established at Canterbury Hospital just over a year ago that allows expectant mums to team with the same midwife before, during and after the birth of their baby has proved to be an outstanding success.

RPA - celebrating young people (PDF)
Imagine. Create. Inspire. That’s this year’s theme for National Youth Week (NYW) and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital will once again be highlighting the range of health services available to adolescents and young adults as part of the largest celebration of young people in Australia.

Flu vaccine reminder (PDF)
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent flu and its debilitating symptoms and people should head to their GP now for a quick, painless jab, says a local health expert.

Free health and fitness program for Inner West children (PDF)
Mums and dads concerned about the weight of their children are invited to enrol them in a free, fun program that encourages healthier, fitter and happier lifestyles.

Testosterone – a new treatment for the under-nourished elderly? (PDF)
Leading researchers at Concord Repatriation General Hospital will conduct an important clinical trial to identify whether testosterone could be used to treat older people at risk of under-nutrition.

The ABCs of staying on your feet (PDF)
Sydney Local Health District experts are going back to the ABCs for April Falls Day (April 1) to remind people about the importance of keeping older people on their feet.

March 2012
Australian leads search for genetic risk factors for alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis (PDF)
A senior scientist at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital has received a grant of $2.5 million over five years to undertake groundbreaking international research into Alcohol-induced Liver Cirrhosis (ALC).

Inner West support group offers support to carers of people with depression. (PDF)
Inner West residents who love or care for someone experiencing depression are invited to join a free program starting in April that aims to provide them with emotional support and the skills to help them cope.

Caring for our carers (PDF)
It’s not often carers - usually so busy looking after others - can treat themselves to a smorgasbord of handy advice and information offered all in the one place, and all for free.

A cup of tea brings people living with dementia, their family and friends together. (PDF)
A new café has opened in Ashfield for people living with dementia, their families and carers, giving them a chance to meet and offer each other support.

New study looks at immune-boosting effects of exercise in older adults (PDF)
A new study being undertaken at the Centre for STRONG Medicine at Balmain Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Sydney, is aiming to determine whether the effectiveness of influenza vaccinations in older adults can be boosted by a short burst of exercise.

Free advice and support for families and carers of people recently diagnosed with dementia. (PDF)
Carers and family members of people diagnosed with dementia, or any other cognitive impairment, are invited to attend a free information session at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.

RPA celebrates the miracle of life with Easter Bonnet Parade (PDF)
Hundreds of young survivors of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), and their families will once again don their finest clothes and most creative hats to celebrate the Hospital’s annual Easter Bonnet Parade later this month.

New study into brain food for women (PDF)
Good nutrition is critical to maintaining physical health however, researchers from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s (RPA) Metabolism & Obesity Services and the University of Sydney are trying to determine how nutrition influences brain function in young women.

February 2012
Free program for anxious parents (PDF)
Parents experiencing depression and anxiety and who live in the inner west are invited to join a free, six-session parenting program to help them communicate with their children.

RPA’s great pioneer Matrons remembered (PDF)
From its earliest days in 1882, strong women have played a leading role in shaping Royal Prince Alfred Hospital into what it is today.

Being resolute about new year’s resolutions (PDF)
A tradition every new year is to make resolutions and, hopefully, stick to them. With January and the summer holidays behind us, it’s make or break time for many.

New school year offers lesson in healthy eating (PDF)
As thousands of children head into the new school year, the most important lesson they could learn about living a happy and healthy life can be found in their lunchboxes, a local health expert says.

January 2012
New dialysis unit a win for inner west (HTML)
People with advanced kidney disease living in the Concord area will now be able to receive their haemodialysis closer to home, thanks to a new $1.6 million renal dialysis unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, opened by the Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner on 25 January.

Outwit the Grim Reaper by walking faster (PDF)
Older men who walk at a speed of at least 1.36 metres per second (m/s), equivalent to about 5km per hour, are likely to live longer, according to an article written by researchers from Concord Hospital in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.

People who snore needed for ground-breaking study into snoring and heart attacks (PDF)
Up to 1,000 snorers world-wide have signed up but more are needed for a global study investigating the connection between sleep apnoea, blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is part of the major Australian-led global study into the deadly risks associated with snoring, which has just clocked up its 1,000th patient volunteer.

New Go4Fun Number Launched – 1800 780 900 (PDF)
A new 1-800 Number for the Go4Fun program is now available for families to find out more about the free healthy lifestyle program supporting children to become fitter, healthier and happier.

New support group for carers of people with depression (PDF)
Older people living in the Belmore area who love or care for someone experiencing depression are invited to join a new, free program that aims to give them the skills and emotional support they need to cope.

Record number of interns boost hospital services (PDF)
Concord, Balmain, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) and Canterbury Hospitals Networks are this year taking on a record number of approximately 95 interns to start work at NSW public hospitals.

$11 million injection into cancer research (HTML)
Almost $7 million has been granted to two eminent research groups, in the latest injection from the NSW Government’s translational cancer research program, the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, said today.

Hot times ahead (PDF)
Now that summer has finally arrived, Sydneysiders and their out-of-town visitors are flocking to beaches and pools in their thousands.

Young Marrickville woman infected with meningococcal disease (PDF)
A 24 year old woman from Marrickville is the latest victim of meningococcal disease, according to Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) Director of Public Health, Dr Stephen Conaty.

Condition update – Death cap mushrooms (PDF)
Staff at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are continuing to treat one man following his exposure to Death cap mushrooms.

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