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Right now you can double the value of your donation when you help people with cancer, heart disease, dementia and other life threatening medical conditions to receive faster diagnosis and treatment.

donate todayThank you to two wonderful donors, John and Margaret, who have generously agreed to match your gift towards the first PET Scanner at Eastern Health.

This means when you make a donation, they will match your gift with another donation of the same amount, doubling your impact to help people when they are at their most vulnerable.

Whats is a PET Scanner?

The PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scanner is a medical imaging machine that uses substances labelled with a radioactive tracer to show how your tissues and organs are functioning. It provides more detail and can detect some diseases before other imaging tests like CT and MRI.

There is no publicly available PET Scanner within the Eastern Health catchment area. Patients who need one must travel to other areas. Or use a private provider... not everyone can afford that.

Meet Margie

Margie is a wife, mother and grandmother. She is now retired, but there was a time when she was terrified she wouldn’t make it to retirement.

"For 12 weeks, I suffered terrible pain, fatigue, sight problems and headaches. I could not get out of bed for days at a time. But the doctors couldn’t tell what was wrong with me.

"It was a PET scan that finally identified what was wrong with my body. Ultimately, it saved my life," explains Margie.

"I had a condition called giant cell vasculitis. The PET scan showed my aorta (which is the main artery that carries blood away from your heart to the rest of your body), was inflamed. My immune system thought there was some sort of germ in my aorta. But it was fighting something that wasn’t there.

"I only got my diagnosis because I had the PET scan. Because I now know that MRI and CT scans look at the size and shape of your body structures... while PET scans can tell you what is going on inside them."

 

 


Your gift towards a new PET Scanner will save the lives of people like Margie


x2-blue.pngPlease give towards the first life-saving PET Scanner at Eastern Health and help change lives.

Donate today and your gift will be doubled in value by John and Margaret. They have offered to match your gift and gifts from other kind supporters like you, up to the value of $100,000.

Donate now

  • Online (your receipt will be sent immediately)
  • By phone on 03 9895 4608
  • Postage free to Reply Paid 86164 BOX HILL VIC 3128
  • In person at any Eastern Health hospital

EH1 2971Kip, a Staghound cross Kelpie, and her handler, Danielle, visited the cancer ward at Box Hill Hospital recently – brightening the day for staff and patients receiving treatment.

“The joy on everyone’s face when Kip arrived was so moving!” says Daniel Goodman, Nurse Unit Manager.

“It’s a simple thing to have a dog visit, but it was evident that Pet Therapy can significantly reduce people’s stress and improve their wellbeing.”

Kip, who is part of the Delta Therapy Dogs program, will be visiting the cancer ward each fortnight for the foreseeable future.

This is only possible thanks to the amazing generosity of Philip, a patient who made a wonderful donation to the cancer ward to say thank you for the two years of life-saving treatment he received after he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2019.

“I hadn’t realised how beneficial Pet Therapy could be,” explains Philip. “Like many of the staff and patients who met Kip on the first day of the program, I was overcome with emotion. Kip had a powerful impact – his visit brought smiles and tears of joy to the ward.”

As Nurse Daniel explains, “Pet Therapy is a fantastic addition to the care we provide at Eastern Health. We are immensely grateful for Philip’s generous support”.

Visit here to make a donation to support patients receiving cancer treatment at Eastern Health.

 

Congratulations to the 22 researchers who received an Eastern Health Foundation Research & Innovation Grant this year.

More than 150 research grants have been awarded to Eastern Health staff in the last ten years, thanks to the generous philanthropic support of individuals, community groups and businesses.

“Thanks to the commitment of our philanthropic donors, Eastern Health is able to support ongoing research to help discover new treatments and cures to advance healthcare for generations to come,” says Veronica Lyons, Director, Eastern Health Foundation.

Thank you very much to the following supporters and many individual donors and families who make these grants possible:

  • APH Philanthropic Foundation
  • BankVic
  • Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill
  • The Hayward Family
  • The Pam and Alfred Lavey Trust
  • Robert C Bulley OAM Charitable Fund
  • The Sammons Family
  • The Williams Family

“New treatments and discoveries in healthcare are made possible by generous community members,” says Veronica. “We are most grateful for the invaluable support donors provide in advancing research at Eastern Health.”  

Find out how to sponsor an Eastern Health Research & Innovation Grant here or call 03 9895 4608 for a confidential discussion today.  

SOP Race Day 2022The Shades of Pink Diamond Race Day took place recently, marking four years of this special event.

Shades of Pink raise funds to support patients at Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre, part of Maroondah Hospital.

This year’s event raised $38,217!

"Shades of Pink is a community group committed to supporting women with breast cancer and giving back to their local community," explains Veronica Lyons, Director, Eastern Health Foundation.

"We are so grateful to have such wonderful supporters, joining us in our vision to deliver great care, everywhere, every time.

"Thank you to everyone involved!" says Veronica. 

Prof Julie Considine cropCongratulations to Professor Julie Considine and her team on being recently awarded Best Scientific Paper at the International Conference for Emergency Nurses and having their research published in the International Emergency Nursing Journal.

After receiving an Eastern Health Foundation Innovation & Research Grant in 2019, Professor Julie Considine and her team set out to measure the impact on older people who have a long stay in the Emergency Department.

"We focussed on the physical and psychological impact on older people who stayed for more than four hours," explains Professor Considine. “We measured anxiety, comfort and safety levels”.

"We know that older patients are likely to be more seriously ill when they arrive," says Professor Considine. 

"Compared to younger patients, older patients are also more likely to need hospital admission. They often spend more time in the Emergency Department as well.

"This group of patients are commonly impacted by cognitive impairment, delirium, anxiety and depression," she explains, "so we tend to see a higher risk of rapid decline once they arrive at the hospital."

"We wondered if the time they spent in the Emergency Department had an adverse effect on their health, so we applied for an Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant to find out”.

The study, funded entirely by a generous donation from Zouki, concluded that levels of anxiety and comfort in older patients who had an extended stay in the Emergency Department were relatively similar to those who had a shorter stay.

"The good news is that the impact of an extended length of stay appears minimal," says Professor Considine. "There were no strong associations identified between length of stay and comfort during Emergency Department care".

“This research reassures us that the care we are providing in our Emergency Departments at Eastern Health is meeting the needs of older patients who are clinically stable and able to communicate freely. We are now focusing on vulnerable older persons who may have issues with cognition or communication, who are in isolation for infection control, or who are clinically unwell.

“It’s really important that we work out a way to evaluate anxiety and comfort in this group of older persons with complex care needs,” she explains.

Professor Considine and her team would like to thank the philanthropic community of donors who made this, and other research projects, possible.

"Research is over and above our core funding for healthcare," she explains. “Our research would not be possible without our wonderful donors!”

As Veronica Lyons, Director, Eastern Health Foundation further explains, "community generosity means Eastern Health researchers are better able to discover new treatments and improve care."

“Philanthropic individuals, businesses and community groups provide seed funding, ongoing financial support and significant donations so researchers can focus on enhancing patient care,” says Veronica.

“Donors who support research make a difference in the lives of our patients every day, and help improve healthcare for all of us.”

Find out more about the Eastern Health Foundation Research & Innovation Grants program at easternhealthfoundation.org.au

 

A message for Eastern Health Foundation donors and supporters.

2021 RecipientsThank you for your kindness and ongoing support for patients and their loved ones at Eastern Health. 

YOU are a wonderful partner in healthcare for people throughout your community. 

Your doctors, nurses and medical care teams are so grateful for your amazing support over the past few years.

With your help and that of other kind-hearted donors like you, more patients now have access to additional lifesaving medical equipment and innovative programs and services.

You’re helping to provide world-class medical care, right here in your local community.

We are pleased to share with you the achievements and major advancements in patient care, research and medical equipment over the past decade that you have made possible.

Your gifts make a difference in the lives of local people every day,and help improve healthcare in Melbourne’s east and beyond.

Without supporters like you, researchers at Eastern Health wouldn’t be able to discover new treatments and improve care. And staff would not have the opportunity to develop their skills through formal education as provided by donor funded scholarships.

Without you, additional state-of-the-art equipment wouldn’t be available for our medical teams to diagnose, treat, and provide great care to the patients admitted to our hospitals every day.

$28million+ has been generously donated between 2011 and 2021, helping Eastern Health to deliver ‘great care, everywhere, every time’.

This is the result of the extraordinary generosity and foresight of individuals, community groups, trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and bequestors who care deeply about public healthcare.

From 2011-2021, your support has made possible:

 

Staff and students at Lilydale Primary School recently held a festive fundraising day to show their gratitude and support for healthcare workers at Eastern Health.

Zoe and Beatrice cropStudents made a gold coin donation and wore festive clothes, colours, and costumes. In all, they raised $190.

“Given the trying times, we wanted to show our continued support for all that Eastern Health does for us, particularly during COVID”, says Mrs Orlando, JSC Co-ordinator, Lilydale Primary School.

This is the second year the Junior School Council has organised a fundraiser in support of Eastern Health. 

“Thank you to all the students, staff and parents at Lilydale Primary School for your ongoing support and generous donations,” says Veronica Lyons, Director, Eastern Health Foundation. “It’s so inspiring!”

“Support from the community means so much to our frontline teams and makes a difference in the lives of many people when they need it most!” Veronica says.

Pictured: Zoe and Beatrice in their festive outfits, raising funds to support healthcare workers at Eastern Health.

Up to 700 patients a year will get faster, more accurate care thanks to your support for the new echocardiogram.

A message from Associate Professor Jaya Chandrasekhar, Interventional Cardiologist at Box Hill Hospital, who is grateful to everyone who gave to the mid-year cardiac appeal.

 DSC9137Every minute counts when you’re having a major heart attack. Your gift towards a new echocardiogram machine makes a huge difference.

Thank you for your generosity. You are saving lives.

Thank you for providing clearer and more accurate heart ultrasounds. You reduce the risk of bleeding when inserting a tube in the arteries of the wrist or groin for my patients having an angiogram procedure or insertion of stents.

Thank you for faster diagnosis and treatment options. You’re giving patients the best chance of survival, especially in life-threatening cases such as heart-lung bypass, heart surgery and cardiac arrest.

Thank you for training the next generation of cardiologists. Your gift means staff are equipped with the best medical equipment to care for the sickest heart patients.

Thank you for helping to pioneer the best possible cardiac care at your local hospital. Your generosity means patients receive faster treatment and have quicker recovery times.

Thank you for saving lives right here in your community. You’re giving  patients more years of life with their loved ones.

When I was training as a cardiologist I remember being told a shocking fact. According to the Australian Heart Research Institute, 57,000 Australians suffer a heart attack each year. That’s one heart attack every 10 minutes!

Heart attacks can be deadly, which is why it’s critical to act fast to minimise long-term heart damage... and save lives.

When every second counts, anything we can do to speed up diagnosis of the heart problem makes a big difference.

That’s the advantage of having a dedicated echocardiogram machine in the Cardiac Catheter Lab – it’s state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment.

Your contribution to purchasing this vital, lifesaving piece of equipment gives my team crystal clear ultrasound images, helping to diagnose and treat patients faster in life or death situations.

Thank you again for your donation. You’re making it possible to provide faster and more precise cardiac care and treatment.

You’re giving longer lives to those with heart disease.

And you’re saving lives in your local community. Thank you!

A/Prof Jaya Chandrasekhar
Interventional Cardiologist, Eastern Health

“My doctor told me 'had we not caught the tumour, you would have been history'”

Shock diagnosis

KevinMy name is Kevin and I want you to know my story.

It all started with an unusual pimple on my right cheek. I just thought it was a shaving cut. I didn’t take any notice of it until it became annoying. I went to my doctor, and he said, “Look, we’ll just get it checked out.”

So we went to Maroondah Hospital. They checked it and said, “It doesn’t look too good, we’ll do a CT scan.”

The CT took images of my face and upper chest.

Shortly after the scan they called me: ‘Kevin, we’ve discovered something on your right upper chest… It looks sinister.’

What they had found was a tumour in my lung. It was a big shock. I had no symptoms. As you can imagine, my family and I were all very worried.

Catching all the cancer cells

I had various tests but it was the PET scan that picked up everything.

My PET scan showed cancer, not just on my right lung, but also through the lymph nodes in my chest.

Without a PET Scanner at my local public hospital, I was forced to use a private provider. But I know not everyone can afford that. It would be less hassle and stress to have one at Box Hill Hospital.

I had to start chemo and radiotherapy together as part of my cancer treatment. The PET scan results helped my medical team to target all of the active cancer cells, which were not obvious from other scans.

Checking for cancer in future

For now, my cancer is stable. But in future, if we need to check whether it has come back, it’ll be the PET Scanner that will give my doctor the most accurate picture.

It could save my life. It could save your family and friends’ lives. That’s why it’s so important and vital for you to give towards a PET Scanner at Eastern Health.

Thank you for your generosity.

Kevin

Bendigo Bank Community Branches will turn shades of pink on Friday 29 October 2021 for  Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In partnership with local fundraising and advocacy group Shades Of Pink, you can support local women with breast cancer by making a donation at your local Bendigo Bank branch, at shadesofpink.com.au/donate or online

Your gift will go towards lifesaving medical equipment at Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre, located at Maroondah Hospital.

Thank you to Shades Of Pink and the Community Bank branches across Victoria, including Ringwood East, Heathmont and Croydon. 

Be breast cancer aware

How to self-examine:

  • Perform once a month (2–3 days after periods if you have them)
  • Examine breast and armpit with a raised arm
  • Use fingerpads with massage oil or shower gel

What should I look for?

  • Lumps, skins dimpling
  • Changes in skin or texture
  • Nipple deformation, colour change or leaks of any fluid

If you find any change that is unusual for you, please speak to your doctor.