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Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care

Eastern Health is committed to ensuring every one of our patients receives great care including during their final stage of life. This commitment drives us to continually explore the very best healthcare outcomes, through research and practice, for every person who uses our services.

As our population ages, demand for palliative and end of life care service is expected to increase by 5% every year.

Recognising this, we have joined forces with Monash University to establish the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care for the first time at Eastern Health.

Named in honour of World War II heroine Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, the Chair will explore models of care, educate healthcare providers and take a lead role in a national conversation about the importance of understanding and planning for end of life care.

It is with great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr Claire Johnson as the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care.

This joint appointment represents an exciting opportunity to enhance the evidence base and improve patient outcomes related to palliative and end of life care.

Dr Johnson is currently the Senior Research fellow and Manager Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit (CaPCREU) in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia. She formally takes the role of Chair from 1st July 2017.

Dr Johnson’s appointment is a result of a growing philanthropic community of individuals, businesses and organisations who have collectively raised over $180,000. This includes the generous support from the Box Hill Returned Services League with a pledge of $50,000. Funds raised from the 2016 Searchlight Dinner along with a wonderful gift of $50,000 from the Macau Business Group means we are half way towards our total goal of $360,000.

Please consider joining this growing community and pledge your support by making a donation today.

Eastern Health is determined that every patient receive great care throughout every stage of their life including end of life, and that every person is empowered to make the best choices for themselves and their loved ones.

If you would like to learn more about the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair, or would like to go on a tour of our palliative care service at Wantirna Health, please contact Eastern Health Foundation on 03 9895 4608 or email fundraising@easternhealth.org.au 

You can also download the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair appeal leaflet which outlines the essential work this Chair will undertake.

Please support the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing and End of Life Care appeal today.

A special thank youBox Hill RSL

Eastern Health recognises and thanks Macau Business Group and Box Hill Returned Services League for their most generous support of the Vivian Bullwinkel Chair.

The generous efforts of Eastern Health donors and volunteers have been celebrated with the latest storyboard unveiled at Angliss Hospital recently.

The storyboard showcases the importance of volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, trusts and foundations in assisting Eastern Health to provide the best care possible for patients.

Eastern Health Foundation Director Anne Gribbin said it was particularly special to celebrate generosity at the Angliss Hospital site.

“The gift of giving is responsible for turning the very first idea to create Angliss Hospital into a reality over 75 years ago,” Ms Gribbin said.

She thanked those who had shared their personal experiences on the storyboard.

“Each person has their own reasons for giving, which are so uplifting and inspiring.”

Box Hill Hospital’s brand new kiosk is now open, marking a significant milestone in its 45 year history.

First opening in September 1969, the kiosk is run by auxiliary members who volunteer their time to serve patients, visitors and staff while raising funds for the hospital.

Box Hill Hospital has received an outstanding donation from the Chinese community, with an event to tantalise the tastebuds raising $149,000 to purchase medical equipment and conduct research.

Alan Lilly, Chief Executive of Eastern Health recently hosted an informal dinner at the RSL Club Box Hill to thank the organisers of the inaugural 2015 International Star Chefs Charity Night. Organised by Mr Ron Lim JP and Sun Tsui Luen, the charity night raised funds for the Eastern Health Foundation by bringing together Australia Michelin Star Chefs from countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.

It’s been 10 years since Mirko Mujica was first diagnosed with aggressive cancer at the age of 28. Since then, he has undergone four operations and gruelling chemotherapy at Box Hill Hospital.

“Every day I was in hospital having chemotherapy treatment, I would look at my fellow cancer patients and think to myself, they are someone’s daughter, someone’s son. I would close my eyes and wish for, at best, a cure and at least for their days to go by just a little quicker,” Mirko said.

St Augustine’s Anglican Kindergarten raised more than $2500 to buy and install a fish tank at Box Hill Hospital’s recently-refurbished paediatric ward. Acting Nurse Unit Manager Corinne Caton said staff were extremely grateful for the kindergarten’s support.

Eastern Health is calling for volunteers as a result of recent program expansions. Opportunities are available in a range of areas within the eastern region.

"Volunteering is an exceptionally rewarding experience, particularly in health as every day will offer something different," Helen Stagg, Eastern Health Foundation’s Volunteer Services Manager said.

The generous efforts of Eastern Health donors and volunteers have been celebrated with a new storyboard unveiled at the Peter James Centre in Burwood East.

The storyboard highlights the important role played by volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, trusts and foundations in assisting Eastern Health to provide the best care possible for its patients and residents.  

A state of the art Intensive Care Unit Emergency Response Training Centre is set to become a reality, thanks to the generous support of the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

The club have provided the hospital with a $75,000 donation, which will play a major part in the establishment of the centre.

The centre will enable ICU staff to practice emergency medical procedures and conduct mock emergency calls in the wards. Equipped with specialised ICU simulation equipment, the centre will allow clinicians the opportunity to train, refresh and update their skills in complex emergency procedures on a regular basis.

Box Hill Hospital Intensive Care Unit Director Dr David Charlesworth was most grateful to the Rotary Club of Balwyn for their support.

Eastern Health volunteer, Estelle Foudoulis is going above and beyond to help support an award-winning program that is increasing patient safety and wellbeing.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Estelle has been volunteering at Peter James Centre in Burwood East for over a year. However this wasn’t enough to satisfy the passionate student, who is now organising a circus-themed charity event to help expand Eastern Health’s falls and wellbeing program.