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Eastern Health Foundation recently launched the 'Eastern Health Agility Support Fund', inviting our community to support our doctors, nurses and allied health teams in the face of COVID-19 (coronarvirus).

Many kind supporters have also chosen to include a message of encouragement for our staff. 

Note: Messages will be added here as donors continue to send their good wishes. 

  • Thank you for your compassion and kindness in taking care of those who need you. May you and your families be blessed beyond measure. 
  • Thanks for all your vital work, good on you.
  • Thank you for the fantastic work that you are doing at this difficult time. Please don't forget to look after yourselves.
  • Good luck.
  • Thank you from many of us.
  • Thinking of you, keep smiling!
  • Thanks all round to your team. You're doing a wonderful job looking after us. Stay safe also.
  • Please stay safe and take care of yourselves during this COVID-19 period. Thanks for taking care of everyone.
  • Thank you.
  • Come on all medical Staff! You have worked hard. I am sure you can battle the Corona Crisis!
  • All the best in your efforts to fight this horrible virus.
  • Thank you for your work. We value the work you do.
  • Thank you to all doctors & nurses for the extremely hard work at this difficult time , much appreciated for what you are doing at Box Hill hospital.
  • Admired by all.

 

Please donate to the the 'Eastern Health Agility Support Fund' and add your message of support. 

AnglissDonation2020Around the clock monitoring will soon be available for children in Angliss Hospital’s emergency department, thanks to a donation from Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group.

Two vital signs monitors have been purchased using an $8,700 donation from the group and will be dedicated to paediatric patients.

Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager, Heather Steen said the monitors are a welcome addition to the equipment available.

“We currently have four monitors but these new monitors will remain solely in the paediatric short-stay unit, which is great news for staff, patients and their families.”

Ms Steen said the monitors will be particularly useful for those with respiratory conditions.

“We see a lot of children with respiratory problems, and these units will allow us to measure their oxygen saturations continuously and more accurately. It is very stressful for parents and sick children to be disturbed during the night to have spot checks of their oxygen saturations and heart rates. Having these units will mean we can attach the sensor to the sick children and leave the sensor on all the time while the child is asleep.”

Having dedicated monitors will also lower the risk of delays in monitoring, as staff will not be sharing the use of four monitors between all patients in the emergency department.

“It means our nursing staff won’t need to leave the short stay unit to find the monitor, or wait for it to be available if they are all in use.”

The monitors offer advanced vital signs technology, an easy to use colour touchscreen and are integrated with the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to provide clinicians with immediate access to the information they need.

Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group Chairman, John Waters, was thrilled that the bank was able to assist Angliss Hospital with additional monitors. “We are very pleased to be able to offer to purchase this vital equipment for the Angliss Hospital. As a parent I understand the trepidation that parents feel when their child is in hospital and these additional monitors will help alleviate some of the stress.

"Angliss Hospital services residents in our catchment, we have branches in Upwey, Belgrave and Cockatoo, and this donation is just another way of giving back to our customers,” Mr Waters said.

Pictured: Nurses Helen and Blake were pleased to show patient Harvey, as well as Mike Fleming and Abi Jamieson from Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group, how the monitors work.

Join ‘Team Eastern Health’ and support Women’s and Children’s services at Angliss Hospital

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'Team Eastern Health' are running and walking on 19 April to raise money for women and children services at Angliss Hospital as part of the Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk.

For many years now, Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation has organised the Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk in honour of Constable Angela Rose Taylor who tragically died in 1986 after a car bomb exploded outside the police complex in Russell Street Melbourne.

We need your help!

Your participation in the walk/run and donation to Angliss Hospital will purchase vital equipment and enhance facilities to make them even more welcoming for families and their newborn babies.

The Angliss Hospital project will be dedicated to Victoria Police Officers who have lost their lives serving and protecting our community.

Angela Taylor Memorial Run/Walk

2020 event details
Location: Albert Park Lake – Palms Lawn
Date: Sunday 19 April 2020
Events: 5km Run, 10km run or 5km walk
Run/Walk starts : 8.30am

Entry:
Adult entry: $35
Under 18 entry: $15

Your entry fee includes:
Run/Walk bid with timing chip
Refreshments – sausage sizzle, vegetarian option and bottled water.
Participation certificate and medallions for winners in each category

Fundraise for Angliss Hospital

Eastern Health staff, friends, family and supporters are invited to sign up to Everyday Hero (select 'Join Team') to fundraise directly for Women’s and Children’s services at Angliss Hospital.

Create your fundraising page and send the link to your friends and family, asking them to sponsor your run/walk. 

Donate to 'Team Eastern Health'

Unable to make it on the day? You can donate to 'Team Eastern Health' online or by calling 03 9895 4608.

Questions?

Please contact Eastern Health Foundation on 03 9895 4608 or Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation on 03 9555 8000.

See you there!

Bendigo Bank team members present a cheque to Eye Services Thanks to community support, specialised cataract tests will soon be available for all Eastern Health patients.

"Being an Eye Surgeon is more than medical knowledge and surgical skills," explains Dr David Frazer, Eye Surgeon at Yarra Ranges Health, part of Eastern Health.

"It’s about being there for my patients when their world has become a dark place."

Dr Frazer's dream is to purchase a Corneal analyser, Visual field machine, Automatic Lensmeter and other pieces of critical equipment. Each item will benefit cataract patients at Eastern Health.

With thanks to the local community, Dr Frazer has nearly met his goal.

A delegation from the Northern Cluster of Bendigo Community Bank recently met with Dr Frazer to present a cheque of $8,426 to purchase the Corneal Analyser.

This brings the total raised from the community to nearly $100,000!

"Thanks to support from the local community, I can now order the Visual Field Machine, Corneal Analyser and Automatic Lensmeter! I am excited that they will arrive at Yarra Ranges Health in the next few months!" he says.

Cataracts patients who also have glaucoma or astigmatism will no longer need to have vital eye tests at another facility in the city. They will be able to have their test right here, at Eastern Health.

"This is very happy news for my patients!" says Dr Frazer.

"I feel honoured that our local community has been so supportive. Thank you to the individuals, community groups and business that have brightened the lives of our patients. And a very special thank you to the Northern Cluster of Bendigo Community Bank for their significant support.

"Our supporters are helping to restore my patients’ independence by fixing their cataracts.

"Everyone, including you and I, will develop some level of cataracts as they get older. Having good vision is one of the keys to independence," explains Dr Frazer.

Dr Frazer still has a little way to go to be able to purchase the other items of equipment on his wishlist.

Donations can be made online or by calling 03 9895 4608.

Pictured left to right: Angelina (Yarra Ranges Health), Jason Smith (Eastern Health Foundation), Dr David Frazer (Eye Surgeon), Jade Mainwarring and Stuart Greig (Northern Cluster of Bendigo Community Bank)

With the generous support of philanthropists, Eastern Health Foundation and the Office of Research and Ethics are proud to award Research and Innovation Grants for 2020.

The breadth of research conducted through this program extends across all aspects of healthcare including surgery, aged care, emergency, drug and alcohol, oncology and mental health.

Thank you to the philanthropic individuals, businesses and community groups who provide seed funding, ongoing financial support and significant donations so our researchers can focus on enhancing patient care.

Their generosity means our researchers are better able to understand diseases, discover treatments, and explore medical practices that can have immediate benefits to patients today.

Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant recipients 2020

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  • Ms Lynne Allison from Child Youth Mental Health Service received the William Alfred Gray Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Infancy access project (IAP) – maximising the optimal social and emotional development of at risk infants, toddler and preschoolers through accessible mental health service assessment and intervention”.
  • Mr Peter Brann from Child Youth Mental Health Service received the Pam and Alfred Lavey Research and Innovation Grant for the project “How do young people with serious mental health difficulties perceive Emergency Departments and their mental health treatment?”
  • A/Prof Jillian Broadbear from Spectrum service for personality disorder received the Rotary Club of Box Hill Bruce McKenzie Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Recognising and treating men who experience borderline personality disorder”.
  • Dr Paul Buntine from Emergency Department received the Hoscat Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Management of acute low back pain in hospital Emergency Departments: adherence to evidence-based guidelines”.
  • Dr Peter Chan from Intensive Care services received the Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Contactless monitoring using infrared thermography”.
  • Dr Patrick Carney from Neurosciences received the Irene Mary Sammons Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Optimisation of first seizure management”.
  • Dr Philip Choi from Neurosciences received the Hoscat Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Laboratory testings in patients prescribed a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) presenting with acute stroke – the SODA (Stroke On DOAC) pilot study”.
  • Mrs Stephanie Clarke from Physiotherapy received the Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project “The experience of pain and its relationship to breathlessness in people experiencing an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”.
  • Dr Amy Dennett from Allied Health Clinical Research office received the Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Getting the timing right: prehabilitation to improve outcomes after autologous stem cell transplantation (PIRATE)”.
  • Dr Simon Gibbs from Haematology and Oncology received the Henk De Jong Myeloma Research and Innovation Grant for the project “The SUBLIME Project - Self administration of sUbcutaneous Bortezomib in muLtIple myeloma and AL-aMyloidosis at homE”.
  • A/Prof Judith Hope from Mental Health received the BankVic Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Where did you go? A follow-up study of persons presenting to the Emergency Department with suicidal ideation who do not wait”.
  • Prof Claire Johnson from Aged and Palliative Care received the Box Hill RSL Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Routine symptom monitoring for quality in Residential Aged Care project”.
  • Dr Chantal L'Abbate from Neuroscience received the Greek Orthodox Community of Box Hill Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Does an animated video in addition to standard consent procedure improve participant understanding and satisfaction in acute stroke trials? A pilot study”.
  • Dr Will Lee from Ambulatory Care and Neurology received the Sau Lan Ng Research and Innovation Grant for the project “A multidisciplinary Parkinson’s Disease Strategy Training Program: Measuring the impact on client’s quality of life and carer stress”.
  • Dr Darren Lockie from BreastScreen received the Linda Williams Memorial Oncology Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Use of Contrast Enhanced Mammography in a BreastScreen Assessment Clinic”.
  • Ms Hannah Mitchell from Dietetics received the Wandin Rustic Dinner Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Prevalence of sucrase-isomaltase genetic hypomorphic variants in patients with irritable bowel syndrome in Australia”.
  • Ms Cathy Ngo from Pharmacy received the Irene Mary Sammons Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Exploring barriers to hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and specialist referral for patients under care of Eastern Health's mental health program”.
  • Prof Amanda Nicoll from Gastroenterology received the Gastroenterology Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis of hepatotoxicity”.
  • Dr Denise O'Driscoll from Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine received the Robert Bulley Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Does ethnicity contribute to clinical outcomes and therapeutic responses to treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea?”
  • Prof Shomik Sengupta from Surgery received the Robert Bulley Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Development and validation of a method for detection of circulating tumour DNA in muscle-invasive urothelial cancer of the bladder”.
  • A/Prof Andrew Teh from Cardiology received the Hayward Cardiology Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Smart Wars II: Apple watch versus implantable loop recorder for diagnosing atrial fibrillation after unexplained stroke”.
  • A/Prof Daniel van Langenberg from Gastroenterology received the Eastern Health Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Enhancing quality, and utility of disease assessment modalities in luminal crohn’s disease (EQUAL study)”.
  • Mr Enoch Wong from General Surgery received the David Nowell Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Assessing the role of sarcopaenia and frailty in upper gastrointestinal malignancy: Can we do better?”
  • A/Prof Rachel Wong from Oncology received the APH Philanthropic Foundation Research and Innovation Grant for the project “Pancreatic cancer: understanding routine practice and lifting end results (PURPLE) registry. A prospective pancreatic cancer clinical registry”.
  • The Oncology Unit received the following combined grants for the project “Does routine completion of supportive care screening (SCS) with a tailored action and referral protocol impact on uptake of key supportive care services for patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer?”:
    Lisa Kirwan Lung Cancer Research and Innovation Grant
    Peter Norman Reynolds Research and Innovation Grant
    David Nowell Research and Innovation Grant and
    Sandra Lau Research and Innovation Grant

 

Find out more

Research and Innovation Grants program

Patients requiring continued cardiac and respiratory support now have access to life-saving equipment made possible by the sacrifice of fallen Victoria Police officers.

The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation has funded a new Critical Circulatory Support Service for Box Hill Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit – a first for Melbourne’s eastern region.

This is the largest hospital project in Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation’s 30-year history of funding public hospitals.

Eastern Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Alison Dwyer is extremely appreciative of Blue Ribbon’s contribution, welcoming the addition of the Critical Circulatory Support Service, including ECMO machines and a staff training centre at Box Hill Hospital.

“This vital piece of equipment can be used when other treatments are ineffective, and also allows time for doctors to treat underlying illnesses and gives the patient’s body a chance to heal,” Dr Dwyer said.

The ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) machine or Critical Circulatory Support Service circulates blood through the body using an artificial heart, removing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to blood before it re-enters the body with an artificial lung, to support patients whose own heart or lung is not functioning properly.

Eastern Health will soon install a 20-metre police memorial plaque outside the entrance of Box Hill Hospital’s ICU, where the names of all Victoria Police Officers who have died in the line of duty are displayed, to act as a reminder that the price of the ECMO machine‘s existence extends far beyond the financial cost.

A dedication ceremony was held at Box Hill Town Hall on Thursday 19 September, and was attended by families of fallen Victoria Police officers.

The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation has been supported by the Eastern Football League, Freemasons Victoria Foundation and many other businesses, local groups and individuals to make this donation possible.

Thank you!

Meet Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre is the first person to benefit from the new Critical Circulatory Support Service for Box Hill Hospital.

Pilot research has shown that 3D mammography drastically improves breast cancer detection

 

Eastern Health Foundation supporters have played a vital role in research conducted by Eastern Health’s Maroondah BreastScreen.  

A special thanks to Shades of Pink and other generous donors, including local business, community groups and individuals, for their support of our 3D mammography campaign in 2018.

Donations were used to purchase a new 3D mammogram machine, upgrade existing 2D machines and contribute towards the implementation of the research at Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre.

The research focussed on detection rates of 2D and 3D mammography in a group of 10,000 women.

Eastern Health’s Maroondah BreastScreen ran the pilot trial of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), which showed breast cancer detection increased by almost 50% using 3D, compared to standard 2D mammography.

“We are extremely grateful to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Shades of Pink for their support, this is a fantastic step forward for breast cancer detection and treatment, and would not be possible without their contributions.” says Dr Darren Lockie, Director and Chief Radiologist at Maroondah BreastScreen, part of Eastern Health.

These Australian first findings, published in the Medical Journal of Australia in October 2019, could form the basis of a large scale comparative evaluation of 3D mammography for breast screening in Australia.

Thank you for your support!

Many dedicated and hardworking nurses would like to further their education and advance their skills.

But the average cost of a 12-month part-time postgraduate nursing program is $11,290.

This is beyond what most nurses can afford.

Donors making a special gift of $5,000 or more are invited to establish a Nursing Scholarship at Eastern Health. The scholarship will help a nurse to complete further education.

Your investment will also ensure the best possible care for all patients, now and into the future.

At your discretion, your Nursing Scholarship may be awarded to a nurse working in a specific area of health (ie cancer, intensive care, cardiology, etc) or nominated Eastern Health hospital. 

You can develop the next generation of nursing leaders by making a donation today.

As at September 2019, 12 Scholarships have been generously funded from individuals, businesses and community groups in vested in the development of a capable, responsive, diverse and supported workforce at Eastern Health. 

The Scholarship Program is open to all staff undertaking a program of study in 2020. Applications opened on 23 September and close on 31 November 2019. 

Sheila Longden
Sheila Longden enjoys using her sewing skills and community networks to make a difference for women with breast cancer.

"Following the diagnosis of a family member over ten years ago, I wanted to do my bit to help women with breast cancer in my local community," Sheila explains. 

Sheila has been hand-sewing items, including breast cushions, to help increase comfort for women undergoing treatment, for more than a decade.

In addition to making hand-sewn items, Sheila has engaged her community networks to fundraise for breast cancer services at Eastern Health.

Together with local businesses, friends and family, Sheila has raised over $11,000 to date.  

"Most people know someone who’s had cancer. And even if they don’t, they still want to help people undergoing cancer treatment," says Sheila.

"I have raised thousands of dollars to date and will continue to support patients at Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre."

"People are willing to help – you’ve just got to ask!"