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When you support the PET Scanner project, you give people like David more time to make memories with the people they love.

Because when you know that your life span has been cut shorter, a year is a long time to lose...

Donate for a new PET Scanner today

David with grandchildren1It started when David began having trouble remembering his sermons.

He was a pastor, leading and preaching in churches. He loved reading, studying and preparing his messages. But where he was once able to speak from dot points, he then needed to write out his whole sermon.

He started struggling to find the right words and was forgetting what he had said. At his daughter’s wedding, he fumbled through his father-of-the-bride speech.

Doctors suspected language-based dementia... but it was 11 months before David could get a PET scan at another health service to confirm it.

So for David and his wife, Yvonne, an underlying anxiety hung over them throughout this time: was the diagnosis correct?

“If it hadn't been the right one, then it would have been a year wasted,” says Yvonne. “And when you know that your life span has been cut shorter, a year is a long time to lose...

“If we'd never got the PET scan done... we would always be thinking, ‘I hope we're doing the right thing here.’ It was really important to get that final diagnosis... because we didn't know how fast David would deteriorate.”

It’s likely David will eventually lose his ability to speak. For him, a PET Scanner at Eastern Health would have meant confirmation of his diagnosis months earlier. Speech therapy and medication could have begun earlier.

More importantly, it would have meant more time. More time for him and Yvonne to get their financial affairs organised and their wills in place. More time for Yvonne, as his carer, to learn what to expect as his condition worsens. And more time together with their family.

Yvonne says, “Just getting time with people is really important... It’s a chance to spend more time with our children... and David can get to know his grandchildren before he won't be able to communicate so well with them anymore.”

 

In celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia, all Rotary Clubs in Whitehorse have joined together and partnered with Bendigo Bank Blackburn South Community Bank Branch to support the “Wallet Card Project” at Eastern Health.

 

"This project will assist people in crisis who attend Eastern Health Emergency Departments during a mental health episode who may be disorientated, vulnerable and often feeling they have nowhere to go," says Associate Professor Judy Hope, a Medical Practitioner and Consultant Psychiatrist at Eastern Health.

For those people, navigating the mental health system can be challenging, with some having very limited access to internet or a smartphone, and many lacking financial independence and adequate social support.

As a consequence, after they leave the Emergency Department, some people may not access the community services available that provide support and healing.

As Assoc. Prof Hope explains, our Wallet Card Project is designed to help people experiencing mental health crisis to understand what services are available to them, not just when they come to the Emergency Department, but more importantly, once they've left.

In our three Emergency Departments across the east of Melbourne, being Angliss, Box Hill, and Maroondah Hospital, we see over 7,000 people with mental health issues each year.

In the midst of a personal crisis, of a mental health crisis, it can be really hard to think and to problem solve, and to figure out what to do next.

What is a 'Wallet Card'?

The idea of the Wallet Card is that once people leave us, that they have a tangible resource they can store in their wallet, to find where they need to be. They don't walk out of the Emergency Department feeling alone.

"We'd really like to thank our community for supporting us in this project, and in many other projects that we deliver at Eastern Health. Thank you for helping to improve the health of our community, meet social needs, and make sure that we have a strong healthy community.” says Assoc. Prof Hope.

Bendigo Bank Blackburn South Community Bank Branch and all Whitehorse Rotary Clubs are proud to support Eastern Health in this important community mental health project.

The Rotary Clubs involved are Box Hill, Burwood, Box Hill Central, Nunawading, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills, Forest Hill, Mitcham, the New Gen Rotary Club, and the Rotaract Club of Whitehorse.

Thank you.

Patients Bill and Leonie are tremendously grateful for the kindness and care they have received from staff at Maroondah and Box Hill Hospitals recently.

Chocolate donation 0821To say thank you, Bill and Leonie made a donation in 2020 to enable Maroondah Hospital to purchase two Electrocardiograph (ECG) machines for the Emergency Department.

This generous gift was given after both Bill and Leonie required an ECG following separate trips to Emergency.

"Our team has made great use of the new ECG machines," says Leanne, Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency Department, Maroondah Hospital.

"During the second wave of COVID in 2020, we separated our Emergency Department into COVID and Non COVID (red and green) department.

"We were so grateful for the additional two ECG machines, enabling easy access for our patients and staff to timely completion of ECGs," says Nurse Leanne.

When Leonie was admitted to Maroondah Hospital as a patient again recently, both she and Bill once again appreciated her wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers.

To say thank you again, they donated over 300 boxes of chocolates to Maroondah Hospital Emergency Department and Ward 3 East where Leonie was being cared for.

Bill and Leonie also donated chocolates to thank the Oncology team at Box Hill Hospital a few months ago, after Bill's surgery.

Bill shared how impressed he and Leonie are by everyone’s work ethic and determination.

He hopes their gift of chocolates will support staff wellbeing and serve as a reminder of how appreciated medical staff are.

"Donation and thank you gifts like this are always greatly appreciated," says Alysha, Nurse Unit Manager, Ward 3 East, Maroondah Hospital, pictured with Bill and Nurse Morgan.

"It shows true kindness and selflessness."

Thank you Bill and Leonie.

Mountain Gate Primary School and Shades of Pink recently held a fabulous fundraising day.

Sarah Allan daughter and principal edited 2Students and teachers alike embraced the day by coming dressed in pink or wearing a touch of pink in support of their local community and those fighting breast cancer.

A morning tea was provided for parents who could attend, and this incredible event raised an amazing $1245.85 for the Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre, located at Maroondah Hospital.

The event was organised by Grace (pictured right with Winnie, left, and Mountain Gate Principal Cheryl Sampson, behind).

My mum raises money for the Eastern Health Breast Cancer Centre and I love helping her. This year I am on Junior School Council with my friend Winnie.

"We wanted to help raise money so we helped the Mountain Gate PTFA to have a pink day at school. We dressed in pink, did a colouring competition and a raffle. The parents had a special morning tea.

"We raised lots of money and it was great to have our own event to help people with breast cancer.”

If you or any of your friends and family would like to organise a day or special event to raise funds for Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre or any other Eastern Health location, please email fundraising@easternhealth.org.au

There are so many wonderful ways to get involved and opportunities to catch up and unite for a purpose with loved ones, get in touch now and see how you can help your community.

Thank you to Grace, Winnie, Shades of Pink and Mountain Gate Primary School.

IMG 0683 cropWith the generous support of Blackburn South Community Bank Branch, Ward 9.1 at Box Hill Hospital was able to purchase two additional vital signs monitors during the peak of the COVID-19 challenge in 2020.

“Delivering great patient care is of utmost importance to Eastern Health,” explains Tiarne, Nurse Unit Manager, Ward 9.1 Box Hill Hospital.

“The use of vital signs monitors greatly assists nursing and medical staff in identifying changes in a patient’s condition,” she explains.

This equipment was first used during the peak of the pandemic in Melbourne, when Ward 9.1 was converted to a COVID ward.

“Having additional monitors meant that patients who were isolated were able to have access to their own equipment.
This facilitated was less sharing of equipment amongst potentially infectious patients,” explains Tiarne.

Although the number of COVID cases seen through our organisation has dramatically decreased over the last few months, Ward 9.1 is now predominantly an acute general medicine ward.

“The two vital signs monitors continue to be used to deliver care to our most vulnerable population” explains Tiarne.

Eastern Health, and in particular the staff on 9.1, are incredibly grateful to Bendigo Bank for their generous donation during this very challenging time.

The Eastern Health Foundation office reopens on Monday 4 January.

The office will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 18 December and will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 4 January 2020.

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

We greatly appreciate your suppport this year and wish you a safe, healthy and happy festive season.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

 

Donor support for patients, doctors, nurses and other care teams at Eastern Health in 2020 has been so inspiring!

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Like you, we are looking forward to a (hopefully) COVID-free Christmas and time with loved ones after a very challenging year.

Christmas is often a time of gratitude and reflection. This year, even more so.

That’s why we want to say thank you. We want you to know how much of a difference you have made this year.

Staff at our hospitals all appreciate your kindness, care and cheerleading during such a difficult year.

This year, 5,525 inspiring donors gave to save lives and improve healthcare for thousands of hospital patients.

You have made an amazing contribution to local healthcare in 2020!

You helped…

✓ Purchase lifesaving equipment for our wards

✓ Discover new treatments thanks to medical research

✓ Give nurses the chance to shine with education scholarships

We could not have done this without you.

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We are so touched by your support. It means the world to us, especially this year.

You can read more about how your gift helped this year in the WeThankU newsletter.

It’s one way we can thank you for your amazing support and show how you and other kind donors have saved lives and improved healthcare for patients.

Thank you for supporting us when we needed you the most.

If you have any questions about how your gift is making a difference, you are always welcome to contact Eastern Health Foundation on 03 9895 4608.

Thank you very much for your support in 2020.

Please visit wethanku.org.au to find out more about our WeThankU campaign or make a donation.

Best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas with your loved ones.

 

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Lions Club of Blackburn support medical imaging research with funding for anthropormorphic phantom

Brandon and anthropomorphic phantomAn exciting new research project can now commence in Eastern Health's Medical Imaging department thanks to the arrival of an anthropomorphic phantom kindly funded by the hard working members of the Lions Club of Blackburn.

Anthropomorphic phantoms (pictured being held by Brandon, right) are objects that can be used to simulate the human anatomy.

"They are designed to have similar tissue characteristics to normal biological organisms", explains Paul Kelly, Medical Imaging Tutor, Eastern Health. "We use phantoms to develop different imaging techniques and test x-ray exposure doses".

Anthropomorphic phantoms are invaluable for research as they provide true anatomical detail when x-rayed, but can be subjected to multiple exposures without risk.

"Current standards and practices are based on the premise that any radiation dose, no matter how small, could result in detrimental health effects such as cancer or genetic damage."

As registered users of x-ray (ionising) radiation, Medical Imaging Technologists are mandated to keep the x-ray radiation levels to a minimum using the principles of ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Allowable) whilst maintaining the diagnostic quality.

"The production of the x-ray image is based on the balance between the amount of radiation produced over time, and the degree of penetration required to effectively pass through the tissue and bone", explains Paul.

It is known that an increase in penetration reduces the amounts of radiation required, but has also an effect on the diagnostic quality of the x-ray image.

"With the advent of digital imaging and post processing enhancements, higher penetration values can be achieved requiring less radiation to produce the x-ray image", says Paul.

With thanks to the Lions Club of Blackburn, this research project will follow a 2017 investigation on the theoretical possibility of reducing patient dose for extremity imaging.

"The aim is to establish the lowest possible threshold in radiation exposure that still maintains the diagnostic quality", says Paul.

"We hope that the findings will lead to significant reductions in x-ray radiation exposure for consumers of medical imaging at Eastern Health and beyond.

"In future we hope to be able to extend the research to include all regions of the anatomy", says Paul.

With the generous support of philanthropists, Eastern Health Foundation and the Learning and Teaching directorate are proud to support staff who wish to continue their learning throughout their career.

This programs offers and opportunity for our clinical and non-clinical staff to secure a scholarship prior to commencing a program each year.

Scholarships are generously funded by philanthropic individuals, businesses and community groups invested in the development of a capable, responsive, diverse and supported workforce at Eastern Health.  

The program also has the potential to assist staff who may not have been able to consider undertaking further studies due to financial constraints.

Only with philanthropic support can Scholarships be offered to support further study in an accredited course that will enhance staff capability to perform their current role effectively, safely and efficiently.

The study undertaken could maintain or expand the staff member’s scope of practice or capability in relation to your current position at Eastern Health and may be clinical or non-clinical.

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Eastern Health Foundation would like to extend our appreciation to our philanthropic Scholarship partners for 2021 including:

  • BankVic 
  • 13cabs
  • Androgogic
  • Ego Pharmaceuticals
  • Glyde Metal
  • Victorian Association of Argos Orestikon and Districts
  • VTHINK

Thank you for making these Scholarships possible.

Become a Scholarship partner

Eastern Health Staff Development Scholarships are only made possible through the generosity of individuals, community groups and businesses.

We invite you to join this emerging philanthropic group in supporting your local frontline health workers, both clinical and non-clinical.

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do. Your support will ensure excellent healthcare for the community we serve.

The scholarship program aims to support Eastern Health staff that are committed to their own professional development and understand that by increasing their skills, knowledge and expertise they are able to provide excellence in care that is both evidenced based and responsive.

The Eastern Health Staff Development Scholarship program also provides us an opportunity to recognise and give back to our people. With your help, they will be acknowledged for the essential role that they play as a frontline health worker.

To find out more about the Eastern Health Staff Development Scholarships program, please contact Veronica Lyons, Director, Eastern Health Foundation on 03 9895 4992 or email veronica.lyons@easternhealth.org.au

This is a fantastic opportunity to have a direct impact on health care in your local community.