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Melanoma 2017 Cheque presentation 2AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL West Gippsland and AFL Barwon Football Netball Leagues hosted another successful Melanoma Awareness Round on 5 August 2017, continuing a vital conversation about the risks of melanoma for players and families.

An initiative of Mr Steve Goodie, the annual round has also been fundraising for melanoma research at Eastern Health since 2015, in memory of Steve's wife, Carolyn, who passed away from melanoma cancer at the age of 45.

"I'm proud to say that all monies raised before and during the round will be used to fund a Melanoma Research Grant at Eastern Health," says Steve.

Currently, Eastern Health treats 15,000 cancer patients annually. "Where we had previously predicted a 5% increase in oncology patients annually, we have now had a staggering 32% increase last year alone," explains Prof David Taylor, Director of Research at Eastern Health.

"As one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services, we provide medical care, treatment and wellbeing programs for our oncology patients," says Prof Taylor.

"New research is vital to investigating the best possible methods of care and treatment," he says. 

In 2016, the Carolyn Goodie Memorial Melanoma Research Award was granted to Dr Eliza Hawkes from our Oncology team for her research project “Role of on treatment PET scanning in melanoma patients receiving immunotherapy”.

Working with Dr Hawkes is Andrew Mant, pictured right with Steve Goodie. Andrew is currently completing his PhD with a focus on melanoma.

"A grant made possible from this most recent Melanoma Awareness Round will be awarded in 2018 to a new researcher focussing on melanoma, as part of the Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program," explains Prof Taylor.

Well done to Steve and everyone at AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL West Gippsland and AFL Barwon Football Netball Leagues!

 DSC5875Eastern Health Foundation recently celebrated over 60 years of philanthropy at Box Hill Hospital when around 80 people attended the launch of our storyboards project on 27 July 2017.

Eleven remarkable and heart-warming stories are now on display at the entrance to Building B and the Atrium, showcasing generous individuals, businesses, community and cultural groups who, over the years, have supported Box Hill Hospital.

We invite you to visit the storyboards and see the difference our donors are making for Box Hill Hospital and Eastern Health.

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Congratulations to over 60 Eastern Health staff and supporters who ran or walked in Run Melbourne on 30 July, raising over $13,000 for Eastern Health.

Staff were invited to form their own sub-team and fundraise for a patient-focused project they were passionate about.

Meet some of our Run Melbourne teams

Central East Community Care team!

The 13 staff who ran as the Central East Community Care Team! raised money to purchase ipads / tablets for mental staff to use when working with mental health consumers.

One of their team members, Sarah, ran 8th for her age group and 22nd overall in the 10km event. This was a personal best, knocking 2 minutes off last year's time!  

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This team of ten staff from Maroondah Hospital's operating theatre (pictured) raised money for a new Doppler machine. 

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A number of staff raised money for an Eastern Health Foundation Research Award, to be granted in 2018.

 

Well done to everyone involved!

We are very excited to announce our special guests that will be joining us for Searchlight Dinner!

This year’s dinner will be focusing on mental health research, particularly suicide prevention.

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Former AFL player Wayne Schwass will be our guest speaker for the evening.

Wayne played AFL for 14 years with North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.

Since capturing Australia’s attention as one of the most successful football players in AFL history, Wayne Schwass has gone on to make a name for himself in more ways than one.

He was one of the first footballers to openly speak out about his battle with mental illness and on the night will share an honest and inspiring story about his 14 year struggle with depression.

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One of Australia's most recognisable journalists and media personalities, Tracey Spicer will be joining us at Searchlight Dinner as our MC.

During her 30-year career, Tracey has reported for, and anchored, national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News.

Her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 2.5 million views.

Tracey’s memoir ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare’ was published in April 2017 and is already a best-seller.

Join us at Searchlight Dinner

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Where: Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm until late
Tickets: $230 per person / $2,300 table of 10

Find out more about Searchlight Dinner 2017

 

For further information on Searchlight Dinner, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or searchlightdinner@easternhealth.org.au

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Searchlight Dinner puts the spotlight on research.

This year’s dinner will be focusing on mental health research, particularly suicide prevention.

In Victoria alone, more than 500 deaths every year are caused by suicide – this is over double our road toll.

Suicide is a common cause of death in young people aged 15 to 24, in men aged 35 to 50, and in senior people over 75 years old.

Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people from across all socio-economic levels, ethnicities and genders. The sad reality is that there is no one reason or cause that leads a person to suicide.

Eastern Health is committed to progress research that can identify triggers towards suicide and discover methods to reduce and ultimately prevent suicide.

Help us raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention

Join us on Tuesday 31 October at the Plaza Ballroom, and be part of a magical heart-felt night.

This is a terrific opportunity to rub shoulders and mingle with over 400 leading medical, research and community members, whilst raising funds for a very worthy cause.

So book a seat, buy a table, bid on an auction item, or pledge a financial gift - your support will help benefit people living with mental illness.

Event details

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Where: Plaza Ballroom, Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm until late
Tickets: $230 per person / $2,300 table of 10

Interested in sponsoring Searchlight Dinner and mental health research?

We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the various ways your company can support the Searchlight Dinner. If you would like further information in regards to sponsorship packages, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or searchlightdinner@easternhealth.org.au

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For further information on Searchlight Dinner, please contact Ashlea Trew on 03 9895 4608 or searchlightdinner@easternhealth.org.au

Searchlight Dinner is an annual Eastern Health event focusing on raising both awareness and funds for ground-breaking research through the involvement of key stakeholders, suppliers, community members and the media. We look forward to seeing you at our Searchlight Dinner.

Bonnie with staffThis time last year, Bonnie Ibester was at a fundraising event at her local football club in support of breast cancer. Little did she know that by October 2016, she would have her own breast cancer battle to face.

Since then, Bonnie (pictured second from the left) has used her journey as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Amongst radiation and chemo treatment, Bonnie has helped to organise fundraising events, including 'Show you care, be aware' in support of Eastern Health.

This event, held in April, raised $8,000 for Maroondah Hospital's Day Oncology ward and will be spent on observation equipment.

"This is a wonderful contribution Bonnie has made," explains Anne Gribbin, Director, Eastern Health Foundation (pictured first from the left). "It's Bonnie's way of saying thank you for the care and support she has received."

"Bonnie is an inspired and brave person, and leads from the front. And although she is often unwell, Bonnie is continuing her work and treatment. She wants to be there for her kids,” explains Anne.

To find out more about Bonnie's story and her fundraising efforts, search for 'Bonnie's Battle' on Facebook.

If you would like to support this project, please donate now, mentioning Bonnie's Battle when asked where to direct your gift.

IMG 2646Football and netball clubs in Melbourne’s east are being encouraged to take a stand to support gender equality.

The upcoming Be the Change Forum aims to inspire and create discussions around what actions local sporting clubs can take to create equal and respectful environments for women and men.

This event is proudly supported by Coles Eastern Region, pictured right, who used their participation in Run Melbourne 2016 and other fundraising activities to support this initiative.

To be held on June 7, special guests Collingwood AFLW player Emma Grant and former AFL player Luke Ablett will share their stories and thoughts on what clubs can do for gender equality. 

Eastern Health Executive Director of Clinical Operations Matt Sharp said it was important that individuals and sporting clubs understood the importance of creating respectful and gender equitable environments.

He said it was important the community was united in condemning violence against women, in any form. “Respectful relationships and gender equality between men, women, boys and girls is the key to preventing violence against women. No matter what our differences are – or our gender – it is important for each person to feel respected, valued, safe and appreciated in all of their relationships.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Football League, Phil Murton, said local sporting clubs could play a vital leadership role on this important issue. “With the support of local community and health organisations, an event such as this can help sporting clubs become even more inclusive parts of their local community.”

AFL Yarra Ranges Region General Manager Aaron Bailey encouraged members of local sporting clubs as well as the general community to attend the Be the Change Forum. “It is important we have this conversation in an open and honest manner. Being treated equally and with dignity is something we believe is important for our communities throughout the Yarra Ranges. An event like this is a significant, positive step forward.”

A study by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety indicated that intimate partner violence is the leading cause of illness, injury and death for Victorian women aged 18-44. Almost every week one woman is killed by a current or previous male partner – and new research indicates that this rate is increasing.

The Be the Change Forum is being co-ordinated by Eastern Health, Inspiro, Yarra Ranges Council, AFL Yarra Ranges and the Eastern Football League and will be held on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Karralyka Centre in Ringwood at 6.30pm. For more information about the event, please email: aladdin.jones@easternhealth.org.au

If you, or someone you know needs assistance for family violence or abuse, please contact 1800 RESEPCT (1800 737 732). In an emergency dial triple zero (000).

Some tips are creating a more respectful environment for women in your sporting club:

  • Involve women in all aspects of your club environment, including the committee, coaching and playing
  • Breakdown gender stereotype roles, such as encouraging more men to work in the canteen
  • Consider how you can ensure your facilities are female friendly, e.g. toilets and change rooms

To join Eastern Health's 2017 Run Melbourne team and fundraise for your local Eastern Health hospital, please contact us today on 9895 4608 or sign up online.

If you would like to support this project, please donate now, mentioning 'Be the Change' when asked where to direct your gift.

13CABS present the chequeTaxi company 13CABS recently made a donation to Eastern Health Foundation for the inaugural 13CABS Research Award, part of the annual Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants program. 

13CABS Head of Client Services, Simon Purssey, and Transport Solutions Manager, Paul Allardice, explained that the company is interested in supporting young people.

"Research can play a key role in helping young people reach their potential," explains Simon. "We hope that the 13CABS Research Award will help investigators research and address some of the health challenges facing young people today".

Foundation Director, Anne Gribbin thanked Simon and Paul and said that "having 13CABS as a supporter of our research grants program demonstrates that the wider community understand that research outcomes make a difference to our patients.”

Applications for Eastern Health Foundation Research Grants will be called for in September 2017.

Steve GoodieSteve Goodie wants to raise awareness within the football and netball community of the risks of melanoma.  It's a goal that's very personal to him after his wife, Carolyn, lost her battle in 2015, aged just 45.

Since then, Steve has generously hosted events in support of Eastern Health, where Carolyn received treatment, including a Melanoma Awareness Round with AFL Yarra Ranges Football and Netball League and Gembrook-Cockatoo Football Netball Club in 2016. This event raised over $8,600.

"This year, we've expanded our efforts to include AFL Yarra Ranges, AFL West Gippsland and AFL Barwon Football Netball Leagues", explains Steve. "Each league will host a Melanoma Awareness Round on 5 August 2017."

All monies raised before and during this round will be used to fund a Melanoma Research Grant at Eastern Health.

Currently, Eastern Health treats 15,000 cancer patients annually. Where we had previously predicted a 5% increase in oncology patients annually, we have now had a staggering 32% increase last year alone.

As one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services, we provide medical care, treatment and wellbeing programs for our oncology patients. But new research is vital to investigating the best possible methods of care and treatment.

In 2016, Steve, pictured second from left, presented the Carolyn Goodie Memorial Melanoma Research Award to Prof Phil Parente, pictured third from left, on behalf of Dr Eliza Hawkes from our Oncology team for her research project “Role of on treatment PET scanning in melanoma patients receiving immunotherapy”.

All donations to Steve's campaign in 2017 will be put towards another important project researching melanoma.

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We’d love you to join us!

Run Melbourne will be held on Sunday 30 July 2017. There’s a 5km walk/run, 10km run and half marathon through Melbourne city -something for everyone.

Once you have registered for the event, you can set-up your own fundraising page with Everyday Hero and fundraise for Eastern Health.

100% of your fundraising efforts will directly help our patients – people just like you and your family who require great health care, everywhere, every time.

Sign up

 You can either:

  1. Join the big Eastern Health Team (select the orange 'join team' button) or,
  2. Create your own sub team if you would like to fundraise for a specific Eastern Health hospital or area of health care (select the blue ‘start fundraising’ button below). Ask your friends and colleagues to join your team in support of Eastern Health
  3. Join an existing sub team, (select the 'find a fundrasier' button below)

As a member of any of these teams, you will receive lots of support and encouragement, a fundraising toolkit (including templates) and an Eastern Health cap. We will also have a marquee at the event on 30 July where you can meet other team members and store your bag while you walk or run.

Eastern Health projects to support

We have a number of projects your team can direct your fundraising towards:

  • Hospitals - You can choose to support Angliss Hospital, Box Hill Hospital, Healesville Hospital, Maroondah Hospital or any other Eastern Health site
  • Areas of health care – You can fundraise for cancer, mental health, heart health, preventing family violence or research (for example) – whatever you are passionate about

Contact us

To find out more about Run Melbourne or to get help signing up, please email or call us on 9895 4608 at any time.

We welcome you to join the Eastern Health Run Melbourne team.