The Ramsay Way 2017 | 01 11 COMMUNITY NEWS FatNav: Joondalup’s roadmap to good health Joondalup Health Campus dietitians hosted a ‘pit-stop event’ for all staff members recently – who were asked to find out if their body was ‘roadworthy’. During the morning tea, JHC dietitians (AKA ‘pit-stop mechanics’) raised general awareness about healthier lifestyles with a range of activities, displays, resources and giveaways as part of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW). For Ramsay Health Care staff looking to lose a few kilograms there is still plenty of great information to be accessed, including nutrition tips and recipes, at the AHWW website: http://healthyweightweek.com.au/. Saving lives with The Sepsis Project There are approximately 62,800 identified cases of sepsis reported annually in Australia and 3000 deaths occurring as a result of sepsis. This is higher than the national road toll and greater than deaths occurring as a result of colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. In March 2016 the Mildura Base Hospital Emergency Department recognised the need for earlier identification and management of patients presenting with sepsis. The early management of sepsis has shown to decrease mortality, decrease hospital length of stay, decrease the need for an ICU admission and decrease the need for invasive interventions. This need to identify sepsis earlier catalysed an eight month project which examined the early identification of sepsis at triage and the utilisation of a sepsis pathway. The pathway focuses on six key actions to manage sepsis: As a result of the project sepsis was identified at triage more frequently and the implementation of key actions within one hour significantly increased. The project was led by Dr Narendra Duggirala (ED Consultant) and Trudie Ashelford (ED Associate Nurse Unit Manager). Driving home the mental health message New Farm Clinic Brisbane has thrown its support behind Psychs on Bikes – a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and counsellors who ride into rural and remote areas of Australia to spread the work about mental wellbeing, visiting schools, interacting with local medical and mental health professionals and conducting free health checks. This year the cyclists will start their annual motorbike trek from New Farm - embarking on an arduous 3000 km round trip that will include visiting St George, Roma, Emerald and the Sunshine Coast. “Over the last several months we have seen much media coverage on the dearth of services for men’s mental health and the impact suicide and depression is having on men living in rural areas, their families and the Australian community,” said New Farm Clinic CEO Kenneth Craig. “The Clinic has just completed a new development that expanded our mental health services and we are delighted to be part of such a well-respected cause such as Psychs on Bikes, in the first year of our opening of these services.” Brisbane grandmother Janet Hooper was carrying a little extra weight around her middle; feeling full during meals and finding herself needing urgent trips to the loo. Otherwise though, the Brisbane grandmother looked like any other healthy 62-year-old. It wasn’t until she made a visit to the doctor, and underwent a series of tests, that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “I have spent the past four years living with recurrent ovarian cancer. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride,” said Mrs Hooper. “I’ve had the highs of positive results at check-ups … and the crashing lows of accepting I was a cancer patient, nine months of chemotherapy, and having the cancer return.” The businesswoman receives treatment at Greenslopes Private Hospital under the care of Director of Gynaecology A/Prof Russell Land and oncologist Dr Jeffrey Goh. Mrs Hooper decided to host a fundraiser to improve access to holistic care for ovarian cancer patients. Teal Hearts: An evening at Tattersall’s was held on her “cancer-versary” – exactly four years since her diagnosis. She raised approximately $30,000, which will be split between Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (based at Greenslopes Private Hospital). GMRF’s share will go towards the new Cancer Wellness Program at Greenslopes Private Hospital. This program identifies patient needs and provides services including counselling, education, dietary and exercise advice, and support for carers. “I look at other women like me pre-cancer; who look healthy and are carrying a little weight around their middle. I wonder if they are aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and have spoken to their doctor,” said Mrs Hooper. “My cancer-versary” – Teal Hearts hero Joondalup dietitians raised awareness about lifestyle and dietary choices during Australia’s Healthy Weight Week. Psychs on Bikes will leave New Farm Clinic on Saturday 15 April 2017 at 1030am and return on Sunday 23 April 2017 between 1230 and 3pm. 1. Oxygen administration 2. Taking of blood cultures 3. Intravenous antibiotic administration 4. Intravenous fluid administration 5. Lactate measurement 6. Monitoring of urine output Brisbane grandmother Janet Hooper is giving back to the community by helping others on their cancer journey.
The Ramsay Way - April 2017
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