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IMG 9389Are smart watches that track heart rates accurate for people who have heart problems?

'Smart technology' is part of daily life. We have smart phones, smart cars and smart refrigerators.

Some of us even use smart watches to track our daily health and fitness activity.

But are smart watches accurate?

Dr Andrew Teh, Jinthin Sajeev and Louise Roberts decided to find out.

As Dr Teh says, “I’m a cardiologist with an interest in electrophysiology. Our research is looking into smart technologies and their potential role in cardiovascular health”.

Advances in research and technology have meant patients have a greater chance of survival. As Louise explains, “in the 1960s, the survival rate was 60%. People never fully recovered as we didn’t know what drugs to give them. Today, the survival rate is 96% because of research and advancements in healthcare”.

The team understand that smart technology is progressing faster than the healthcare system. They often consult with cardiac patients who are tracking their own heart rates at home using smart watches.

"Patients wonder whether the data they are colleting from their smart watch is reliable," explains Dr Teh. "As the watches and other devices have been designed for fitness, this left doctors unable to determine if the data was reliable".

The team is focussing on whether smart devices are accurate, by comparing the results from Apple and Fitbit watches to a medical-grade telemetry unit that records an accurate heart rate.

"Smart devices may help medical teams in the future to understand what happens to a patient once they leave hospital and resume their lives," says Dr Teh.

Find out more about Research Grants that benefit patients at Eastern Health.

Mammog MH cheque presentation 110518 cropThe Knox Club is supporting the purchase of a new 3D mammography machine for the recently opened Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre at Maroondah Hospital.

"A number of Knox Club members have been diagnosed with cancer and are patients at Maroondah Hospital," explains Andrew Jensen, Treasurer, Knox Club.

"We are proud that the fundraising from our annual Charity Golf Day is directly benefitting their treatment as well as helping other women.

"We value supporting the wider community," says Andrew.

"In fact, a number of our members have utilized the scalp cooling service at Maroondah Hopsital that we supported in 2017," he says.

"Our golf day is a very emotional day for everyone. At the end of the day, we ask anyone who’s had cancer to join us on stage,’ Andrew explains.

"It’s great to see everyone sharing that emotion, knowing our fundraising is staying local," says Andrew.

IMG 2620 cropCongratulations to Bronwyn Buckland who recently crossed the finish line on her epic fundraising walk!

Bronwyn walked every day for two weeks, leaving Adelaide on 14 April 2018 and arriving at Box Hill Hospital on 27 April 2018.

Bronwyn has been raising money for cancer patients at Box Hill Hospital to say thank you for all the care her loved one received when they were diagnosed with Leukaemia.

All proceeds from Bronwyn’s campaign will be used facilitate wellbeing programs for cancer patients and their families at Box Hill Hospital.

Learn more about Bronwyn's challenge on Facebook.

Entertainment2018Purchase your 2018 Entertainment Book and support Box Hill Hospital.

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You can purchase your book or digital membership online or at Box Hill Hospital Kiosk (Building B).

The Membership entitles buyers to exclusive offers that are virtually restriction-free, and is valid through to 1 June 2019!

Preview the Melbourne 2018/2019 Entertainment book.

For further information, contact Sandy on 03 9895 3248.

DSC 0016Bronwyn Buckland is walking over 780kms from Adelaide to Melbourne in April 2018 to raise funds for cancer services at Box Hill Hospital to say ‘thank you’. 

When a close family member was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2015, Bronwyn was understandably shocked.

"My family member was in and out of Ward 4.1 (oncology) at Box Hill Hospital for over six months," she explains.  "They were valiant and fought hard to beat it, but being a young person, it was also an emotionally hard time to navigate."

During that time, Bronwyn and her family were grateful for both the medical care received and the wellbeing programs Eastern Health makes available to patients and their loved ones.

"Any cancer battle is a fierce fight, but knowing you also have the added support of programs that assist the patient and their family to better manage their day to day struggles is so reassuring," says Bronwyn.

With her loved one now in remission, Bronwyn would like to fulfil one of her ‘bucket list’ goals of completing an interstate walk as a ‘thank you’ for the care her family received during that difficult time.

"I will walk from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise funds for Box Hill Hospital. I am so grateful that we as a family were given the opportunity of another chance. That’s a gift - one to be shared with other families that are given a cancer diagnosis," she explains.

Bronwyn will walk solo for two weeks, leaving Adelaide on 14 April 2018 and arriving at Box Hill Hospital on 27 April 2018.

All proceeds from Bronwyn’s campaign will be used facilitate wellbeing programs for cancer patients and their families at Box Hill Hospital.

To support Bronwyn, please visit her Walk for Ward Four fundraising page or find her on Facebook.

PeterHitchenerCathLab2Eastern Health Foundation were thrilled to welcome our Patron, Peter Hitchener to tour the cardiac theatres at Box Hill Hospital recently.

Peter met with Dr Jennifer Cooke, Director of Cardiology, as well as other doctors, cath lab staff and researchers (pictured right) to learn more about how we help people who have a heart condition, including patients who have had a heart attack.

"I hope you'll support Eastern Health Foundation in helping to fund cardiac research and equipment," says Peter.

Thank you for your wonderful support, Peter! 

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Eastern Health Foundation is pleased to welcome Mr Jason Smith as our new Director.

Jason joins us after six and a half years with the Burnet Institute, a world-class research organisation working in Australia and internationally.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Jason has over a decade of senior marketing, fundraising and philanthropy experience. He has worked on four continents and speaks fluent French.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Eastern Health’s community of supporters to learn more about their interest in our work and aspirations for the future,” says Jason.

Farewell to Anne Gribbin

Eastern Health recently bid farewell to Anne Gribbin as Director of the Foundation. Over five years, Anne led the Foundation team to support a number of large projects and new initiatives at Eastern Health including:

  • Raising $360,000 to establish the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care, which will allow innovative research into the way we care for people in their final stages of life
  • Raising over $550,000 to support the development and enhancement of cancer services provided at Eastern Health
  • Developing the unique recognition storyboards across Peter James Centre, Angliss Hospital and Box Hill Hospital. These storyboards celebrate philanthropy through the telling of local stories

We wish Anne all the very best.

Searchlight01It was a most magical night on 31 October 2017 with over 320 people filling the Plaza Ballroom for Searchlight Dinner.

This year, our research dinner focussed on Eastern Health’s Zero Suicide program.

Eastern Health Foundation extends our gratitude to sponsors ISS Facility Services and De Bortoli wines.

We were thrilled to welcome Foundation Patron Peter Hitchener, MC Tracey Spicer who kept the audience informed and entertained, guest speaker Wayne Schwass who passionately shared his own story, John Patterson from Freemasons Victoria who recited a stirring rendition of the poem “Rain from Nowhere”, and the GP Band who really got the guests up on their feet!

Thank you to all of our guests who helped raise funds and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

If you would like to learn more about the Zero Suicide program at Eastern Health, please contact Eastern Health Foundation on 03 9895 4608.  

Poster1With a life-long passion for singing, Charles DeLong is thrilled to invite locals to a concert in November to support stroke services at Eastern Health. 

Charles' career has focussed on singing - as a performer and teacher. "Singing has taken me around the world - from my childhood in South Africa to stages in Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Italy and now Australia," he says.   

"I had a stroke in May 2017 and I couldn’t talk at all. I couldn’t utter a word," explains Charles. "I was worried I would never sing again."

Charles was admitted to Box Hill Hospital and later undertook his rehabilitation at Peter James Centre, part of Eastern Health.

 To show his appreciation for the care he received at Eastern Health, Charles is hosting a concert. "Strangely, my singing voice wasn’t destroyed at all, which is fantastic," he says. "I felt I wanted to give something back - to say thank you."

 "Being able to organise this concert now is a blessing in disguise." 

The concert will feature gems and excerpts from grand opera, operettas, musicals and light classics. Charles will be performing works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Bizet.  The performance will include a focus on those who served in war, a tribute to Dame Nellie Melba and highlights from tenors Caruso, Cigli and Pavarotti.

"Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of nostalgia and good singing," says Charles. 


Charles DeLong and Friends
Saturday 4 November 2017
Kilsyth Memorial Hall, 514 Mt Dandenong Rd, Kilsyth VIC 313
Cheese and wine at 3.00pm. Concert begins at 4.00pm

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or by calling Charles on 0426 412 018.

All proceeds from this concert will be donated towards stroke services at Eastern Health.

Watch the feature on Channel 9 News.

IMG 9568cropWhen Lions Club of Heathmont Past President Geoff Secker passed away from cancer in early 2017, his friends and fellow Lions rallied together to say thank you to the Oncology Ward at Box Hill Hospital, part of Eastern Health, where Geoff spent so much time.

"When Geoff was in hospital, he wanted to do something for the Ward that would benefit future patients," explains Geoff's wife and fellow Lion, Anne. "Unfortunately, Geoff ran out of time to see this come to fruition."

"While I was recovering from his passing, the Lions Club of Heathmont initiated the 'Lions Family Spaces' project in Geoff's honour. Our Club then invited fellow Lions Clubs, Australian Lions Foundation and Lions District 201V5 to come together to support oncology patients at Box Hill Hospital," explains Anne.

As Kylene Blay, Nurse Unit Manager, Oncology and Haematology Ward explains, 'this project will utilise the Lions’ donations to fit out and refurbish the communal areas in our Ward."

This project will transform the very clinical Family Meeting Room, as well as the sparse kitchen and outdoor courtyard into inviting family-friendly places for families to meet with each other and medical staff.

“The Family Meeting Room, for example, is a place where families are often told that the prognosis of their loved one isn’t good,” explains Kylene.

“Over coming months we will create inviting and comfortable communal spaces that can be used as an extension to the patient’s allocated room,” she explains.

“It is vitally important for our patients and their families to be able to spend quality time together. Refurbishing these spaces and adding ‘home comforts’, especially when patients are away from home for a long time, will make a huge difference to the experience of our patients and their families,” says Kylene.

As Anne explains, "our vision is to create areas where patients and families can connect, have some much needed 'time out' and foster opportunities to share conversation, a cuppa and valuable family time."

This project would not be possible without the generous support of local Lions Clubs, some members of whom are pictured above.

"Groups of Clubs often come together to fund projects," explains Anne. "However, it is terrific that this time, it is one so close to our hearts," she says.

"I'd like to personally thank the following Lions Clubs, Australian Lions Foundation, Lions District 201V5 itself plus a number of individuals, for their most generous support of this project," says Anne.

Thank you to the following Clubs for their wonderful support: 

  • Lions Club of Alexandra
  • Lions Club of Beaumaris
  • Lions Club of Blackburn North
  • Lions Club of Boroondara Central
  • Lions Club of Boroondara Gardiners Creek
  • Lions Club of Brighton
  • Lions Club of Croydon
  • Lions Club of Donvale
  • Lions Club of Euroa
  • Lions Club of Forest Hill
  • Lions Club of Healesville
  • Lions Club of Heathmont
  • Lions Club of Lilydale
  • Lions Club of Lysterfield Business
  • Lions Club of Marysville and district
  • Lions Club of Merrigum
  • Lions Club of Mooroolbark
  • Lions Club of Nillumbik
  • Lions Club of Nunawading
  • Lions Club of Oakleigh
  • Lions Club of Rowville
  • Lions Club of Sandringham
  • Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn
  • Lions Club of South Vermont
  • Lions Club of Toolamba
  • Lions Club of Vermont
  • Lions Club of Wandong-Wallan
  • Lions Club of Wantirna
  • Lions Club of Warrandyte

"Geoff was always proud of Lions - I know that this would make him even prouder!" says Anne.