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With coronavirus preparations affecting health services across Australia, our local Chinese community has provided much-needed support to Box Hill Hospital.

We extend our appreciation to the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse (ABAW), who recently partnered with local business and groups to donate $40,000 to the Eastern Health Agility Response Fund for coronavirus equipment at Box Hill Hospital.

Steven Zheng"There were a lot of businesses in Box Hill that were effected in late January", says Mr Steven Zheng, Vice President, ABAW told SBS News during an interview in April, pictured. "We cancelled Chinese New Year and a lot of our local business shut down."

"But despite that, our business and community members rallied together to support the doctors at Box Hill Hospital."

Mr William Ma, Vice President ABAW, is encouraging the local community to continue to come together to help other people.

"We work for the community and we care for our community", Mr Ma says.

Donations to the fund are providing a vital lifesaving service during the coronavirus pandemic as well as providing the community with vital equipment that can be used in other respiratory and cardiac cases well into the future.

"The frontline health staff are the real heroes. They need as much support as possible", says Steven Zheng.

The Asian Business Association of Whitehorse is continuing to encourage the community to give,.welcoming donations to the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse appeal for Box Hill Hospital.

When Eastern Health Foundation reached out to our local community to support our frontline medical teams, we never expected such an overwhelming response from so many people.

Supporters of the Eastern Health Agility Response Fund, launched in March, continue to give our medical heroes an extra dose of appreciation in these challenging COVID-19 times.

“We received so many beautiful words of encouragement – it touched us deeply,” says Jason Smith, Director, Eastern Health Foundation.

ICU, Emergency and COVID-19 wards receive new equipment

Dr John Dyett with medical equipmentDonations raised so far have been immediately assigned to urgent lifesaving equipment, including:

  • Three video laryngoscopes - a device to help doctors insert breathing tubes for patients who require ventilation (Box Hill Hospital and Maroondah Hospital)
  • 16 vital signs monitors - to provide 24/7 monitoring of heart rate and breathing function (Box Hill Hospital)
  • 18 iPads and iPod touches - to facilitate communication between patients who are isolated due to COVID-19 with their friends and family who are restricted from visiting (Intensive Care)
    (as at 1 May 2020)


"At times like this, your support means the world to our doctors, nurses and allied health staff. Thank you!" says Dr John Dyett, Intensive Care Specialist, pictured with equipment funded by Agility Response Fund donors.

The fight isnt over

Additional equipment still urgently needed by our frontline health workers includes:

  • $51,724 for two more video laryngoscopes in our emergency departments – to help doctors insert breathing tubes;

  • $65,400 for two portable transport ventilators – to provide life support for people with critical lung failure;
  • $262,840 for two heart lung bypass machines - for patients with critical heart and / or lung failure, if traditional ventilation with a breathing tube is not enough.
    (as at 1 May 2020)

"I know that many people are under financial, emotional and even physical constraints at this time", says Jason. "But our health workers are facing difficult challenges each day, and every dollar raised helps them know they are not alone."

Every dollar you give will directly support frontline medical staff - there are no administration fees.

"Thank you for giving our medical heroes the equipment and resources they need to continue the fight against coronavirus," says Jason. “We are immensely grateful.’

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. 

  • We all appreciate your dedication and the risks you're taking with your own health. Thank you! ~ Dawn

  • Thanks very much for all the doctors and nurses who are currently at the front line in fighting COVID-19 pandemic ~ Ying

  • Thanks for all your hard work, for your foresight and care ~ Janine

  • Thanks for all your great work in caring for everyone in our community ~ Maryann

  • Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. Stay safe, we need you ~ John

  • You are always been appreciated as our health keepers. At this present time you are the front line heroes for the war against a cruel enemy called COVID19. Stay strong and healthy to get us all on the other side ~ Jim

  • Thank you for the great work you are all doing in the face of an unseen enemy!! ~ Harry

  • I have always admired the work that Doctors, Nurses, all Hospital staff and Medical Clinic staff do; however, at this time their dedication to their roles is amazing. To keep working and helping people during such a stressful time shows how far their dedication reaches ~ Judith

  • Thank you for putting yourselves in harms way to help others, it is gratefully appreciated ~ Frank

  • Please stay safe ~ Lucia

  • You are heroes! Many thanks for your selfless efforts ~ Richard

  • Thank you for your work and please stay safe ~ Pam

  • Thank you for the care Box Hill Hospital has provided for both my son and me ~ Lawrence

  • Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world ~ Xilin

  • Thanks for all the magnificent work you continually do, especially at this most difficult time ~ Peter

  • You are all doing a fantastic job! Dedicated, selfless and brave! ~ Julian

  • A huge THANK YOU to all your staff over the entire hospital for your dedication and assistance you are providing for our community. Please stay safe & healthy for yourselves and your families. The warmest and sincere regards ~ Drew & Joye

  • Thank you for all your sacrifices to help keep us safe and well. We hope and pray that you and your family will be kept safe and well during this time ~ Nestor

  • Thanks for you care, compassion and skills ~ Elizabeth

  • Thank you for the hard work, and hope staff are being looked after ~ Petra

  • Dear Medical staff: as much as our lives are precious to us, yours are too. We pray you stay safe and strong. Your work means always life and is beyond anything else to compare to. Deep thanks and sincere prayers and wishes to you all ~ Ahmad

  • Keep up the good work. Look after number one while looking after everybody else ~ Christina

  • Thank you for being so brave in fighting the fight against Coronavirus. You are an amazing bunch of people with one goal in mind and that is to help and save people. Let's hope that by working together and abiding by the Government and Medical advice, we stay safe ~ Assunta

  • Magnificent dedicated front line work by true heros. Congratulations ~ John

  • Keep up the great work under such trying circumstances ~ Lorraine

  • You are the unsung hero's ~ Audrey

  • Thank you all so very much for all your tireless wprk you have been and are doing. We cannot thank you enough ~ Jennifer

  • Thank you for your dedication and bravery. Please stay safe at work and at home ~ Glenyse

  • Thanks to every health workers! ~ Peng

  • Good job well done ~ Neil

  • Keep up with the good work! ~ Caroline

  • Thank you. I am beyond grateful for your sacrificial care and dedication to caring for your patients. Thanks to all the Doctors, Nurses and other Staff, for your hard work and care in the past, for your labour now in this terrible crisis and for your hope ~ Jackie

  • Thank you for the Doctors, Nurses and all healthcare workers at Eastern Health for your unconditional commitment to look after the patients ~ Namahal

  • Thank you all you wonderful people that have recently treated me, love you all very much ~ Kevin

  • Thank you all for your dedication and compassion. Thank you for your bravery and selflessness during this difficult time. We will win this battle and our lives will be better and stronger ~ Sonia

  • You are treasured, we are so thankful for your care and dedication at all times. Thank you for being on the front line at this worrying time with your typical smiles and confidence ~ Terry

  • Thank you for your courage, dedication and sacrifice for the greater good. This donation is on behalf of my mum, May ~ Barbara

  • Thank you and best wishes for you ~ Jing

  • Thank you for your dedication and commitment to help the many who have contracted coved-19. It is very brave especially when our knowledge of covid has been lacking. We hope you stay well ~ Phil

  • Thank you for your ongoing care to patients. I know this is a very stressful time for both patients and you the doctors and nurses and I send my very best wishes during this hugely challenging Coronovirus pandemic. Stay safe and well ~ Anne

  • Thank you for the amazing work you do to save lives in this coronavirus pandemic! We can't do it without your commitment! ~ Fong

  • We appreciate everything you do for the community, for sick and unwell, keep it up, please! ~ Michael

  • Thank you for all you are doing, especially during this time. My best wishes and full support to you all. Stay safe, happy and healthy ~ Holly

  • Thanks for your dedication we are where we are in this as a result of your dedication ~ Ilse

  • Thank you so much for your dedication and efforts in looking after our health. You are all heroes in our eyes. Wishing you all the best of health ~ Betty

  • We really appreciate all the work you're doing to look after the health of our community ~ Leonard

  • I’ve been attending Box Hill hospital since early January and appreciate very much the care and phone calls I’ve had. Thank you and wishing you all a safe few months ahead ~ Patricia

  • You're all heroes. Well done ~ Jim

  • Brave warriors of the COVID-19 battle! Thank you for your bravery work. Keep fighting! ~ Guan

  • Thank you so much for all of you ! You are our angels ~ Joey

  • Thank you to everyone working in our hospitals during this very difficult environment in which we rely so heavily on you all ~ Judith

  • We are reassured being home in Australia and in particular with the highest calibre of medical/health care this country has to offer.

  • Hats off to all you all! ~ FrankThank you for all your wonderful work and commitment ~ Jevanath 

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  • Thank you ~ Frances 

  • We have the greatest regard to doctors and nurses. In this most difficult times, we would like you to know how much we appreciate what you do. Please look after yourself and please please stay healthy ~ Lin & Bob 

  • Thank you for fight for us, you guys are not soldiers but more than soldiers, you guys save lives no matter who they are! You are the most beautiful people! Take care and we always appreciate you! ~ Pierre Antoine 

  • Dear medical staff, especially those who are at the frontline, Your help and bravery to combat this COVID-19 is very much appreciated. Wish you all well and safe! ~ Susan 

  • Thank you all, keep up the good job and stay safe! ~ George 

  • Keep up the good work! What you are doing cannot be quantified in monetary terms ~ Lai Kuen 

  • You are the bravest! Please take care, stay healthy stay well! ~ Jianmin 

  • Thank you for all that you do for us. Please stay safe and wishing you and your families the very best of health ~ Andrew 

  • Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and other staff that are working so tirelessly to help people through this corona-virus pandemic, your efforts are much appreciated ~ Mary and Richard 

  • Thank you for all your hard work to protect Australians ~ Xin

  • Thank you wonderful people for putting your own safety and comfort on the line in order to serve our community. You are our heroes. We're praying for you. God bless ~ Lynn 

  • Thank you for being there to help us as you have in the past. Wash your hands. Thank you ~ Peter 

  • Thanks a million for all medical personnel.Thank you ~ Baoli and Xiangrong 

  • I have nothing but admiration for our doctors and nurses, especially at this very nasty time. They take care of others at a time when they are put at extra risk, and that risk extends to their families. I have a choice to stay home - they don't have this choice ~ Douglas 

  • This donation is on behalf of Budimir and Violeta who were eternally grateful for the care they have received from the nurses and doctors whilst they were in hospital. Thank you so much! ~ Danijela 

  • You are all doing a marvellous job, be strong and take care of yourselves too ~ Jill 

  • Please keep up the great work that you are all doing to combat this horrible virus. Stay positive that this will be overcome as quickly as possible. Thank you for being there to help both myself and my wife when we were very ill. We will overcome this ~ Constantine 

  • Thank you ~ Sue 

  • During these challenging times, my husband and I want to thank all doctors, nurses and allied health staff for doing the amazing work that they are doing whilst at the same time having to manage their own families ~ Kaye 

  • Good luck, wonderful people ~ Revell

  • We are living in crazy times. Keep up the great work ~ Ralph

  • AMAZING PEOPLE ~ Joanne

  • Thank you ~ Martin & Pat

  • Your safety is always the main thing! ~ Menghan

  • Thank you for your job at this difficult time ~ Fan

  • Keep up the amazing work you are doing on a day-to-day basis, as well as in these challenging times in relation to coronavirus. The few times I have attended Maroondah Hospital, I have been well looked after. I hope my contribution will assist you ~ Eva

  • Thank you and look after yourself! ~ Haining

  • Many thanks for your tireless work for whole community! ~ Lynn

  • Thank You so much for your sterling efforts to keep our community safe ~ Nicholas

  • Thank you! Take care! and stay safe! Thank you so much - you risk your life everyday to help people that are sick ❤️❤️❤️ ~ Aily and Olivia

  • Thank you heroes! ~ Yi

  • Thank you for your compassion and kindness in taking care of those who need you. May you and your families be blessed beyond measure ~ Helen

  • Thanks for all your vital work, Good on you ~ Jeffrey

  • Thank you for the fantastic work that you are doing at this difficult time. Please don't forget to look after yourselves ~ Peter

  • Good luck ~ John

  • Thank you from many of us ~ Des

  • Thinking of you, keep smiling! ~ June

  • Thanks all round to your team. You're doing a wonderful job looking after us. Stay safe also ~ Christopher

  • Please stay safe and take care of yourselves during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for taking care of everyone ~ Liang

  • Thank you ~ Albert

  • All the best in your efforts to fight this horrible virus ~ Rainer

  • Thank you for your work. We value the work you do ~ Julie-Anne

  • 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 ~ Vivienne

  • Admired by all ~ Barrie

  • Keep going guys. Your help and intervention is really appreciated ~ Stuart

  • Thanks for flighting at the frontline, One good turn deserves another! ~ Irene

  • Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment especially during this challenging time. My prayer is that the Lord will protect you and your loved ones and keep you healthy and strengthen you daily! Many blessings to all of you! ~ Anthony

  • Dear Health Care Workers, Thank you for battling for the greater goods in the frontline every day! By your side ~ William

  • Thanks for everything! Take care! ~ Wen

  • Be safe! ~ Min

  • At this very difficult time, we would like to provide our support to you - the ones on the front line to fight with the virus. Please protect yourself and wish all the best to you ~ Jun 

  • Thank you for helping people during this hard time ❤️ ~ Doris 

  • I hope you and hour family all are safe ~ Yue

  • Dear All, thank you for all of your hard work. Thank you for fight the Coronavirus for us. Hope each of you stay safe and healthy! Please take care! Best wishes ~ Zoe

  • Dear front line Doctors, nurses and all the staff: We are very grateful for your courage and sacrifice for protecting us and protecting this beautiful country in the Coronavirus outbreak. We will be with you together to go through this crisis. Please stay safe ~ Xin 

  • You've got a hell of a job at the best of times - even more so now. Hoping that community compliance to restrictions will allow us to keep this under as much control as possible, allowing you to continue as safely as possible serving the community. Thank you ~ John 

  • Thanks for your work! We appreciate you! ~ Xu

  • Dear medical staff at Eastern Health, Thank you all for your bravery, selflessness and care for all the COVID-19 patients! We are in this together as a community. Please yell out when you need support and we will be there! Take care and look out for each other ~ Xiu

  • Thank you for all your hard work! ~ Sehong 

  • Thank you for protecting Australian from Convid19. Wish you all be safe and healthy. Protect yourselves too. Take care ~ Anon

  • Please stay safe! You are all heroes ~ Lisha

  • Thank you very much for Doctor and Nurses hard works for the patients and protect all of us in this dangerous period of COVID-19 ~ Ling

  • Best wish to all frontline doctors and nurses ~ Zhao Rong

  • No words to express the gratitude to the doctors, nurses and all the healthcare staff at this time of need with COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you ~ Godwin 

  • All the best for the frontline doctors and nurses who look after the patients with coronavirus. Please look after yourself and your family at the same time ~ Lynn

  • Thank you everyone for your sacrifices! ~ Kaye

  • What would we do without you. Thank you!!!!!!! ~ John and Antoniette 

  • Thank you so much for your care and dedication. God bless you all ~ Anna

  • There are really no adequate words to express how grateful we feel for your hard work on behalf of the Australian community. We admire your skills and your willingness to put your own health on the line. A very big THANK YOU! ~ Heather 

  • You are the heroes, take care of yourselves ~ Fei

  • Keep up the great work, thank you so much ~ Peter

  • Thank you for everything you do! Stay safe, God bless! ~ Dragana

  • Thank you for everything you are doing. Greatly appreciated! ~ Irene

  • You are Australia’s hero’s working on the frontline, my eternal gratitude for each and everyone of you. :) ~ Kim

  • I have got the greatest admiration for Eastern Health. Keep up the good work and stay safe ~ Guenter

  • Keep up the good work ~ Hua

  • Thank you for risking your health to help others. Hoping that you get access to all the equipment you need to stay safe to return home to your families ~ Jacqueline

  • With our respect and admiration ~ Roy & Ilze

  • All of you are true heroes during this difficult time ~ Ai Wah

  • Thank you for all the work that you do! ~ Albert

  • May all be happy and well. Stay well and be strong ~ Jade

  • Thank you all for everything you do! ~ Matthew

  • Thank you for your time and efforts as you care for patients with COVID-19 and all people who need hospital care ~ Alfred

  • I hope everything goes well for everybody - including all medical staff ~ Kathleen

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

Last updated 22 April 2020

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.