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UPDATE ON YOUR HEALTH SERVICE “Albury Wodonga Health – The Best of Health”

Edition 23 – March 2012

Newsletter Edition 21 – September 2011

Update on your Health Service Featured in this his Edition:  Chairman – Board of Directors  CEO Message  Facility Developments  Clinical Operations  Medical Services  Finance & Corporate Support Counts  News from Quality Unit  Battle Cries  Bulletin Board  Library News  A Bugs Eyeview of Infection Control  Helping Hands  Fund-Tastic News

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A Message from the Chairman - Board of Directors

The Board and I are very pleased to be part of the Planning processes now underway for Albury Wodonga Health. The planning process, driven by the need to place the Regional Integrated Cancer Centre appropriately so as to interface with other future development, is long overdue. The Service Plans have revealed that over the next fifteen years extra 120 be beds will be required to service the population that looks to Albury Wodonga Health for care. Whilst you are all very involved in treating today’s patients, we cannot neglect tomorrow’s patients. On that score, congratulations to all who have been involved in the expanded Dialysis Unit project. The new facility will be ready for business by the end of March. The Dialysis Unit will be able to care for an additional twelve patients – long overdue. All the Best and Thank you for your continuing efforts efforts.

Ulf Ulf Ericson Chairman

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A Message from the Chief Executive Officer As this newsletter is being prepared, we are in the umbra of further industrial action across Victoria as the Nurses campaign for their EBA. We have all been very impressed with the professionalism of the nurses in maintaining patient services during late 2011 whilst advocating their cause – and hopefully this will be a hallmark of the next round. There is widespread sympathy and respect for the skills that nurses o n both campuses display in their work. It is a pity that because of two separate industrial environments, the message gets confused. Hopefully, one day, we will all work under a single industrial jurisdiction. The main current focus of our future remains the development of the service plan for 2012 -2027 and the resultant Master Development Plan (MDP) to achieve it. The Service Plan highlights, that based on future population growth, we will need an additional 120 beds over the next 15 years and significant nt development of services such as Cardiology and of course, oncology. It suggests an increase in Emergency attendances by 50% over that time. The MDP task is to work out how to achieve this growth and where. In the meantime we have progressed the Renal Dialysis expansion on the Wodonga Campus, from 6 to 9 chairs, which will be complete by 31 March 2012, and the enhancement of subacute services with 10 additional beds in rehabilitation and Geriatric Rehabilitation Evaluation with an Albury based Community Rehabilitation Centre. We also welcome the appointments of the following new specialists: Dr Paul Bready – General Physician (Obstetric Medicine) Dr David Rutherford General Physician (Renal) Mr George Gayagay – Orthopaedic Surgeon (staff specialist) Dr Daniel Crompton - Emergency Medicine (Wodonga) Dr Hamid Ahmadi – Emergency Medicine (Wodonga) There are also some pending appointments: Dr Ulrich Orda – Director Emergency (Wodonga) Mr John Rophael – Vascular Surgeon Finally, for the last time, can I ack nowledge Leigh McJames incredibly competent contribution to the first two and a half years of AWH and wish him well as General Manager of the National Blood Authority. We were very fortunate to have him for a brief time in a great career.

Stuart Spring AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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FACILITY DEVELOPMENTS Integrated Cancer Centre Executive User Group meetings have commenced which includes AWH Board representation to review the strategic plan and possible location for the facility. Detailed User Group meetings are planned to commence from the 14 th of May and this will involve the staff who are currently involved in the many aspects of the current cancer services. PET/CT Scanner Part of the planning process has included choosing a location for the funded PET/CT scanner, this pa part of the program is nearing finalisation. It is planned to have the facility and equipment functional by March 2013. Dialysis Unit Project The anticipated date for the relocation of the Dialysis Unit is the 31 st March 2012. This involves the patients dialysing d ialysing at Wangaratta on the weekend and rd commencing the service back at Wodonga on Tuesday the 3 of April. Over the weekend the equipment will be relocated which involves our staff, contractors and our parent Dialysis Unit staff from Melbourne Health. This his project has been very much a joint effort from many staff and in particular the input from Jason Corneliusen from the Engineering Department all of which has been greatly appreciated. Endoscopy and Emergency Department Projects As the Dialysis project comes to a close work has commenced on the planning for the redevelopment of the vacated are for the provision of endoscopies in preference to undertaking these services in the Theatre Complex. Detailed planning has commenced involving various staff members rs and VMO’s who will be working in the proposed facility. At the same time we will be starting planning for works in the Emergency Department Wodonga to address some of the functional limitations of the current area. Evaporative Air conditioning The original riginal unit installed for the Albury Kitchen has been replaced; it has additional capacity and should address the concerns of the staff working in the area.

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Works in the Oncology Unit The Engineering team has been busily working away at creating some more re space for the Oncology Unit which will be completed in the coming week. The staff of the Unit who have been working out of Surgical One have made the two week relocation run smoothly along with the efforts of the staff in Surgical One. The Engineering team has ensured that the works have occurred in a timely fashion and created space that will improve the environment that the patients and staff operate in. Emergency Generator Capabilities Albury Hospital As part of the master developme development nt plan the matter of emergency power will be addressed. This may coincide with the Integrated Cancer project being part of the solution to enable some air conditioning to be provided under emergency power. Wodonga Hospital Funding was provided under tthe he Department of Health Infrastructure funding Round totaling $420k. Work has commenced on detailed scoping of the project with the expectation that the system will be in place prior to next summer. This will also provide for some air conditioning to occur under emergency power. North East Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Work on the fit out of the rental property at Faithfull Street Wangaratta, for the NECAMHS service is anticipated to be completed by the middle of March. This new facility repl aces the modified house the service is currently working out of and also provides a location for the Primary Mental Health team from Wangaratta to relocate to.

Left to right: Michelle Jones OT, Sarah Lyons Psychologist, Sarah Targett RN and Lisa Gundish Manager NECAMHS AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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CLINICAL OPERATIONS The Centre of Excellence - Clinical Operations March 2012 This month has seen more changes and excitement to clinical operations with the opening of the sub acute beds and CRC services at Albury and the ongoing re -structure structure of allied health in response to these service developments. Considerable interest has been een shown in the new positions both internally and externally and it is great to see that people from a wide range of disciplines are seeking employment with us and that AWH is increasingly an employer of choice. I would like to welcome the new team members rs and trust that they are settling into their new roles and departments. The teams include:

CRC staff:: Sarah Roach is the newly appointed CRC Coordinator and joins Sheree Bilney, Murray Hair, Mindy Kirk, Marion Vile, Tiffanie Pumpa and Carmen Baroni in forming the new team. Existing staff who have joined the CRC team at Albury include Maureen Klinberg, Ivy Biacsi, Rochelle Lowe and Tom Langman. The team at Albury compliments the CRC team at Wodonga that has been in place for many years and is led by Katt Habel who undertakes CRC coordination at that campus. The combined CRC service reports directly to Sue Thomas, Director of Allied Health, Ambulatory Services for AWH. Enhanced Subacute positions: Lucie Shanahan is the Patient Flow Manager, Inpatient Sub Acute Services and is works closely with the existing inpatient teams on both campuses to further improve clinical care and patient flows across these specialties. New team members include Nick Cummins, ummins, Stephen McCrohan, Abby Heafield, Tiffanie Pumpa, Jessica Amy and Jeremy Ivone. Inpatient sub acute services are now reporting directly to Karyn O’Loughlin, Director of Allied Health admitted services for AWH. Dr Hong Yu has also commenced as specialist speci alist geriatrician to support this improved service, Hong will now be supporting both the GRE unit and the general medical services across both campuses. The directorate also welcomes three new departments with the re -alignment alignment of services resulting from the departure of Leigh McJames Executive Director of Corporate Services. Joining the senior management team will be Natalie McIntosh from Wodonga Radiology, Matt Kleis, Manager of Support Services and Esther Langenegger Manager of Chronic Pain programs. I will distribute an update organisation chart in the near future so staff are aware of the current arrangements, in the meantime please contact me at any time if you need clarification or have any urgent issues. We now have achieved a designated steering ccommittee ommittee for all but one of the specialty areas with the commencement of the Critical Care and ED committee; a final forum for general medicine is still in the planning phase. Thanks to Michael Taylor who has agreed to chair the new steering committee – it has certainly proven to be a full and productive forum to date. Coming from this steering committee is the AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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progression of the high acuity beds in critical care and an enhancement of the nursing structure for the surgical unit at Albury in response to the sustained surgical demand at this site and the allocation of GREU beds to surgical 1. The executive has also responded to the review of KPI in ED and have commenced planning for a trial in short stay beds for ED at Albury. Please see Michael Enright if you have an interest in this initiative. The new dialysis unit at Wodonga is coming along as planned with the improvements looking very impressive for staff and patients. It is great to see actual capital improvements going ahead and we thank those who have ave contributed to the planning and development of this initiative; in particular Yvonne Waters, Dianne Wicks and Ann Cassidy who have coordinated alternative care at Wangaratta for all patients as the services moves to the new premises. It is expected th that at the unit will be open early April. Also at Wodonga staff and other stakeholders are planning for the development of the new endoscopy unit. This is also going according to plan and it is envisaged that the new space will be functioning early in 2013. Other ther initiatives that continue to progress across the service include:  Successful application for a simulated learning centre in partnership with local tertiary education providers.  Review of education departments across campus with view to progressing to an integrate4d unit during 2012.  Enhanced stroke management across campus.  Progress with the Nurse Practitioner model of care in several departments.  The commencement of a non-medical non medical credentialing committee to enable scope of practice for all clinical staff sta ff to be confirmed in line with APHRA and AWH requirements.  Focus on nutrition and diabetes across campus  Patient flow initiatives across campus  ‘The Perfect List’ project across surgical services (see detailed report from Dennis Baker)  Progressing a cross services MOU for aboriginal services  Further recruitment to dental services in response to funding enhancement for this department.  Progressing to resolution long standing issues with sterilizing units for dental services – this is nearly resolved thanks to the efforts of Kerryn Beer and Dennis Baker and we are anticipating that the service will return from Wodonga CSSD in the near future.  Planning for the replacement of key equipment in theatre/CSSD at Albury. This will see the theatres at Albury closed for a period of time except for trauma and ‘life and limb’ cases and a interim arrangement for a range of elective and emergency procedures to Wodonga  Development of reporting systems and data for activity across all clinical services  Budget build ups Finally I acknowledge the hard work of everyone who contributes to the care of patients/clients and thank each of you for your ongoing efforts to ensure the clinical services provided by AWH are of an exceptionally high calibre. Keep up the great work Catherine O’Connell Executive Director of Clinical Operations AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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MEDICAL SERVICES Electronic Health Record Update The Electronic Health Information System (EHIS) team has taken up residence in the Old Dental Building at the end of Vermont Court in Wodonga. The planned roll out of the project has been discussed at meetings with nearly all clinical department managers across both sites in the last two weeks (access to resul ts end of May, medical record July/August). We have been providing demonstrations of the software to interested departments and will continue to do so across the organisation. Our first order of business is to ensure that our main Patient Information sy stems (iPM and Vital) are sharing information with the new BOSSnet software. This will enable us to create a single AWH patient record which will no longer be site or department specific, and which will be accessible to any individual via web access who ha s been provided user access privileges. The team is also busy registering all the existing forms (over 400) into the BOSSnet database so that they can be scanned effectively and accessible to users. We have also commenced the creating of eForms, which allow w direct entry of information into the system. These forms will mirror in appearance those that are currently in use. Watch this space or check out the fortnightly EHIS newsletter due out next week for more information on this exciting project. For any further information don’t hesitate to contact us: Wendy Sutcliffe 7659, Mick O’Shea 7619 or Leanne Schoen 7471

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Finance and Corporate Support Counts VINAH MDS Project Update (Victorian Integrated Non Admitted Health, Minimum Data Set) The VINAH Acute Outpatients project has been busy working in the background at AWH in preparation for the new financial year. The minimum dataset is the information required by the Department of Health which will inform Activity Based Funding. AWH already provides VINAH data for SACS and other programs run on the Wodonga Campus. The minimum data set requirement is not dissimilar to the requirements that already exist for admitted patients, emergency patients and patients receiving district nursing or rura l allied health team services. It is more than just a “headcount”, it is a complex data set required to understand the patient care pathway. This includes patient demographics, referral, episode (treatment course) and contact (appointment) information. From July 2012 all Non Admitted Acute services will be shadow funded against the new Commonwealth Activity Based Funding, Funding and AWH must capture all activity data to ensure that the activity is funded. Shadow funding means our current level of funding will be maintained for the year, but we will be able to clearly see the differences between the funding methods. As part of the VINAH NAH project the following Non Admitted Acute services have been identified: · · · · · · · · ·

Maternity Non Admitted Services (Booking Visits, Antenatal Classes, Midwife Care Program, Lactation Clinic, Social Work, Type E Clinic, Assessments and Procedures) Pre Admission (Pre Admission Clinic, LUSCS Clinic, Pre Admission Physio) Fracture Clinic Paediatric Clinic Stomal Therapy Oncology Specialist Nurse Chemotherapy Wound Clinic Allied Health Non Admitted Acute activity (Hydrotherapy, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, OT)

A great deal of work has already gone on behind the scenes to set these clinics up in either HMS or Vital. Implementation will be from March thro ugh to June and will affect both clerical and clinical staff in the above areas. A presentation will be held for relevant staff, as well as group and/or one-on-one one training for those who need it. If you have any questions contact Louise louise.coote@awh.org.au or on 02 6051 7660.

Coote,

VINAH

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News from the Quality Unit A Selection of Compliments received over December and January: “Dentist is very good - I felt very comfortable for the 1st visit in forever (I have a major fear of Dentists, but felt comfortable).” “Nurse in Day Ward made my stay very easy.” “The prep staff prior to surgery are exceptional - professional and kind.” “Thanks to ED and ICU staff (Albury).” “Thanks to all HITH TH staff for care of son after return from RCH.” “Attended Medical Imaging in Wodonga and just wanted to comment on how fantastic the staff were. They made an unpleasant procedure a positive experience, which is quite a feat.” “Wishing to thank all staff involved nvolved with care by persistent, dedicated staff.” Accreditation: official confirmation and certificates AWH has now received official notification of successful accreditation with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. We have been awarded 4 years y accreditation up to February 2016. Certificates are being forwarded from the ACHS and will be displayed in main reception areas of the organisation. Once again, congratulations to everyone on this significant achievement. It is an endorsement of the hard work done over the first two and half years of the organisation’s life and of the plans for AWH’s future improvement. The formal report from the surveyors has not yet been received, although we have viewed a draft copy. As expected, there are a numb er of recommendations made for ongoing improvement. Quality Unit will work with relevant managers and staff to progress these recommendations. We are also progressing preparation for our next accreditation survey which will involve the new National Safet Safetyy and Quality Health Service Standards.

The quality unit will be introducing feedback ballot boxes in the very near future across both campuses. These will be associated with the introduction of our new ‘Your Thoughts’ feedback cards which will be located next to the boxes in key areas around Albury & Wodonga Hospitals. Our aim is to invite & capture feedback from our consumers which will be utilised improve our services.

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BLOOD @ AWH News from the Blood Transfusion Committee Welcome to the first edition of Blood @ AWH. After our first meeting for 2012 the Blood Transfusion committee is taking the opportunity to further promote Patient Blood Management via the newsletter.

In this Edition: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Why a Blood Transfusion Committee? What is Patient Blood Management? Policies and procedures under development. Key improvement plan for 2012. A message from the Transfusion trainer – Jane Howell. Did you know?

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The Blood Transfusion Committee – Who? In 2003 the National Blood Authority (NBA) was formed by the Federal government to govern and consolidate the supply and use of blood and blood related products in Australia. As part of the NBA’s action plan, all state health services were directed to implement local hospital transfusion committee’s to govern the practice and appropriate use of blood and blood products. In May 2010 an integrated cross campus Blood Transfusion Committee was formed as part of the AWH integration plan. The Blood Transfusion committee i s responsible for: The promotion and implementation of patient blood management within the health service. Develop and implement policies, procedures, and protocols that are inline and in accordance with state / national and guidelines. To ensure that current policies and procedures reflect up to date, best practice recommendations. Maintain staff education and awareness of current standards, guidelines and practices relating to transfusion transfusion. Develop and maintain processes with our blood bank provider – Dorevitch. Dorevitch To promote safe and appropriate blood transfusion practice . Manage and respond to incidents relating to transfusion practice . Ensure the health service meets the National standard # 7 for accreditation .

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What is Patient blood management? Patient Blood Management, as defined by the National blood authority, is the management and preservation of patients’ own blood to reduce or avoid the need for a blood transfusion. AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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Policies / Procedures / P rotocols: Soon to be released: Access to Blood Products – combined procedure separated into Albury and Wodonga campus sections. Massive Transfusion Procedure – Adults. Blood Products Transfusion Form (version 2).

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A glimpse of key improvements for 2012 : Increase and undertake audits on blood product usage and waste across health service. Review of all policies and procedures related to patient blood management. Further development and implementation of education programs related to blood product use and administration.

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A message from the Transfusion Trainer – Jane Howell: Hi to everyone for 2012. For those of you that I haven’t met, a bit of my background. I have been nursing for 14 years with my nursing career starting in the former Wodonga Regional Health Service as a graduate nurse. From there I moved to Melbourne wher e I completed my Grad dip in ICU nursing. In 2002 I started working in the Critical Care Unit at Albury campus, where I am still employed. Late last year I took on the role as Transfusion Trainer when this position was opened up to cover both campuses, while maintaining my CCU contract. Recently the position has been granted a short-term term increase in hours to three days a week. As of the 27 th of March I will take a short break from CCU to focus on the Transfusion trainer role and development of our Patient Blood Management program. I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend more time on improving our resources and delivering education to compliment our work. If anyone has any queries or concerns feel free to email me at jane.howell@awh.org.au or go through the ward educators for immediate support.

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Did you know? – reference www.transfusion.com.au Compatible ABO Groups for Plasma Transfusions Patient’s ABO blood group Unknown O A B AB

ABO blood group of plasma for transfusion AB (if required urgently) O or A or B or AB A or AB B or AB AB (A if AB unobtainable)

Unit ABO Group O A B AB 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 1 2 2 1

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Note: *1 = primary choice; 2 to 4 = second, third and last choice choice where where supply supply of of ABO identical blood is limited; Individual plasma units of different blood groups must not be pooled.

Plasma compatibility. ompatibility. Plasma components (e.g., fresh frozen plasma , cryoprecipitate or cryodepleted plasma)) for transfusion should be compatible with the ABO group of the recipient, to avoid potential haemolysis caused by donor anti anti-A or anti-B. B. Matching for the Rh (D) type is not necessary. AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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(Messages directly from, or directly affecting, those in the trenches): From Kirsten Henderson (Exercise Physiologist): In Cardiac Rehabilitation, one of our goals is to improve heart fitness. We use boxing to improve muscle strength, endurance and for stress relief. Boxing is a fun and engaging activity to assist with heart health.

baby!!), HDU Wodonga, Theatre Albury, ICU and Surgical Unit Albury and now the HITH service. At each stage of the journey I have experienced professional, respectful and empathetic care – as has my family. Thankfully, I am on the road to rec recovery now, and that is in no small part, due to the kindness and generosity of friends, colleagues and staff of Albury Wodonga Health. Thank you all In appreciation Leanne Wegener

From Jenny Love (Clinical Support Nurse):

Thanks, Kirsten

From Leanne Wegener (Deputy Deputy Director of Nursing Wodonga): Wodonga I would like to take the opportunity afforded by the AWH newsletter to thank the wonderful staff within the organisation for the care shown to myself over the past eight weeks. I have experienced many units – Obstetricss Wodonga (no

The AWH nurses attended a VAC open abdominal and fistula management workshop on February 13 th It was an excellent educational day, staff feedback was extremely positive with lots of new skills learnt. We had hands on practical

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component at the end of the day and as you can see we attempted to dress a complex wound isolating the fistula and sealing with VAC therapy. There were four VAC educational full day th sessions that ran the week of February 6 at both Wodonga and Albury campus with great results.

From Jenny Sutter (Palliative Palliative Care Nurse Specialist): Health Care at Home On achieving long service To - Rhonda (27years), Jenny (10 again), Julie T (20ish) and Julie S (23years), Michelle (who knows), Leanne Wegener (20+) And we can’t forget young Susie (!12 years) and Wendy (since the ice age) Drug calc to work it out = 100 years and score Anytime we have got in a groove There’s been a new plan to help us improve, For years at this hospital, We’ve achieved the impossible, Despite all the changes, restructures and moves. So we’ve all worked here for an age,

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the Allied Health gym. We have two rehab groups of 10 patients each and as each patient uses the treadmill for 8 to 10 minutes during the 60 minute session, patients are always waiting for the treadmill and some miss out all together. The treadmill has been ordered and should arrive in the next ten days. The Cardiac Rehab team is grateful to the Auxiliary for their ongoing support.

From Leigh McJames (Executive Director Corporate Support): Support By the time this note appears in the AWH Newsletter I will be well gone, but I take this opportunity to thank my friends at AWH for their kind words and sentiments on my departure. I rate my appointments appointmen at Albury Wodonga Health, first as Transition Manager then as Executive Director Corporate Support, as career highlights. They provided enormous professional challenge and satisfaction. There is no other organisation I have worked for that has delivered ed so many outcomes in such a short space of time in such a demanding environment. But more importantly I have had the privilege of working in a team unequalled in professionalism and passion for what they do. This in turn made the progress we have made possible.

It’s time to begin a new page.

Finally I offer my personal thanks to my colleagues for their support and friendship. What has been achieved at Albury Wodonga Health would not have been possible without the environment of trust and support they engendered.

From Ivy Biasci (Cardiac Cardiac Rehab Coordinator):

I wish you all the best in the future which I know will continue to get better and better.

Now it’s time for our turn on the stage. Though we feel a bit nervous, That you need to be old for long service,

Cardiac Rehab in Albury The Albury Hospital Auxiliary has generously agreed to purchase a second treadmill for

Regards Leigh

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From Kelly Reilly (Patient Patient Liaison Officer): It's almost footy season again. We are running tipping competitions for AFL and NRL. You can be in 1 or both tipping comps and be the lucky one to walk away with first prize and bragging rights for the year. With 60 participants in AFL last year, yea r, we had prizes for the top 6 with 1st place winning $692 (plus numerous Jackpot wins throughout the season!!). We had a smaller group of 13 in NRL with the top 3 walking away with a prize - 1st place coming away with over $150. Both comps also have prizes es for the bottom 2, each round for picking all the winners and in NRL - a prize for State of Origin. If you are interested in joining - check out the poster, email footy.tipping@awh.org.au or catch up with Belinda linda Corby or myself at Albury Campus or Anna Walker at Wodonga Campus for more information. Tipping is open to anyone - family, friends or pets ::-) not just work colleagues so come and join in the fun.

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From Vivienne Paramore (Health Safety & Wellbeing Consultant): Consultant A very enthusiastic group of people ha ve enrolled in our first Weight Watchers at Work Programme. We are running two groups, one at Albury on Tuesdays and one at Wodonga on Fridays. A lot of weight is being lost, and lots of fun being had by those involved in the programme. Conversations on Pro Points, kilograms and food abound. The cafeterias at both campuses are providing Weight Watcher friendly meals which are a great initiative and we thank them very much.

From Debi Smith-Moore Moore (Executive Assistant DON Albury): Recently Peter Craven, Area Manager from Woolworths presented Sam Peet (NUM Children’s Ward) with a cheque for $2714.30 funds raised through the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal 2011 promotion. This amount was raised from staff and customers of the local Woolworths stores.

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From Stuart McIntosh (Transition Transition Manager Mental Health) Health

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10 February 2012

Announcement

Northeast and Border Mental Health Service Clinical Governance Project Permission has been gained by the Ministers for Health and Mental Health to proceed to the next phase of the proposal to integrate Victorian Public Mental Health Services based at Albu ry Wodonga Health, Beechworth Health Service and Northeast Health Wangaratta. This permission allows for the development of a draft implementation plan for integration and wider consultation on the proposal. Key stakeholders including staff, industrial bodies, clients, carers and other providers of community health services will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal. This feedback will help inform the development of the final implementation plan. The draft of the implementation plan will be provided to the Department of Health, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Mental Health for approval prior to the final integration phase of the project proceeding. Further information on the development develop ment of the draft implementation plan and consultation phase of the project can be obtained by contacting: Mr Stuart McIntosh Transition Manager Mental Health AWH, Mr Michael Nuck Manager NHW Mental Health Service, Mr Peter Collicoat, Executive Director Mental Health AWH or Ms Colleen Sinclair, Program Manager BHS.

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From Jane Morse (Hospital Hospital Senior Nurse of Organ and Tissue Donation Donation)

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Donatelife Week held from 19 19-25 February is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. During this week Donatelife and Albury Wodonga Health encouraged the Albury Wodonga community to discuss their organ donation wishes. This is because here in Australia the family will always bee asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased. Families that have discussed and know each other’s donation wishes are likely to uphold those wishes. A Talk for Life Morning Tea was held at Wodonga Campus. Guest speaker was David Gough whose daughter was a donor 2 years ago at the age of 26 years. He said the decision to give the final consent for donation to go ahead was made a lot easier because he and his wife had had a conversation conver with his daughter about organ donation. David was introduced at morning tea by Cr Ed Foulston from Wodonga Council. Cr Foulston was David Gough at the Talk for Life Morning Tea very pleased to be asked to come along and support organ donation. He was proud that organ donation could be facilitated here at Albury Wodonga Health which supports local resident’s wishes. Cr Foulston met David and some of the Ulysses Motor Cycle Group (who escorted David to Wodonga Campus) and transplant recipients at Wodonga Water Tower prior to morning tea. Local resident, Wodonga Campus Volunteer and Pastoral Care Worker Linda McWaters added her story to The Book of Life. Linda has had bilateral corneal transplants. This has enabled her to remain living independently, drive a car and be a volunteer.

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David Gough and Cr Ed Foulston with transplant recipients and Donatelife staff from Melbourne

The Book of Life has been created by Donatelife for people who have been touched by organ and tissue donation can share their stories. About 50 people attended a delicious morning tea. Inspiring and moving stories were told and everyone who was present was certainly touched by their stories.

Linda da Mc Waters reading her story

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On Saturday 25 The Lake Hume Cycling ChallengeChallenge Ride for Life was held with a record attendance of 287 riders. The event was well supported by Albury Wodonga Health staff and local residents. All riders rode very well and the 134km ride was completed in the fasted time ever, average speed 33km/hr.

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Andrew JonesJones ADON Albury Campus and other Donatelife riders

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Hospital Organ Donation Nurse, Jane Morse at Donatelife tent with free give a ways and information on Organ Donation Albury Mayor Alice Glachan came and supported event. She spoke of the importance of discussing your wishes with loved ones and introduced another local resident Ronwyn Davies who added her story to The Book of Life. Ronwyn received a liver transplant at the age of 50 years. Stuart Spring- CEO attended event to represent Albury Wodonga Health. It is great that Albury Wodonga Health supports and can facilitate organ and tissue donation in this regional area.

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Mayor Alice Glachan at Lake Hume Cycling Classic- Ride for Life

Stuart Spring with Donatelife volunteer Pam

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Donatelife Week was very well supported by Albury Wodonga Health staff. Reception, Clerical, Nursing and volunteer staff wore Donatelife tt-shirts throughout week.

Kellie Jackson Pain Nurse and Jane Hanel CSO - Albury Campus

Pauline Anderson and Haley Butterfield Reception Wodonga Campus AWH Values: Ethical ◊Teamwork ◊Respect ◊Trust ◊Accountability ◊ Compassion ◊Equity ◊Patient and Client Focused

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BULLETIN BOARD

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8 December 2011

Albury Wodonga Health PO Box 156 WODONGA VIC 3689 To Whom It May Concern

Re: Donation to AWCNI The Board, staff and clients of Albury Wodonga Community Network Inc – Betty’s Place would like to sincerely thank you for the very donation of two infant cots. The woman and children who arrive at Betty’s Place often do so without any belongings elongings so donations such as yours allow us to provide some everyday items to make their lives a little easier. Betty’s Place could not undertake the work it does without the support of the community and we again thank you for your donation. We all wi sh you a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Yours sincerely

Lucinda Rhook Chief Executive Officer

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Library News

Training Available Training in a range of clinical information tools and resources is available through our access to CIAP and Clinicians Health Channel. The library can help with suggestions and training sessions as well. See the Education tab on CIAP’s home page or the Help & Training link on CHC’s home page. MIMS training A number of staff members attended the MIMS training sessions in February and gained more understanding of how to use the database for up-to-date up date medicines information. If you missed out, see the Help link on the MIMS home page for FAQs, a short video tutorial and how to guidelines. Mobile Resources Both CIAP and CHC have mobile resources available through their home pages. Between the two sites, AWH staff has access to MIMS Online, BMJ Best Practice, Pra ctice, Dynamed, EBSCO (including Medline, PsychInfo and CINAHL) and Micromedex. You can download the apps to your mobile device, and usually need to register for access. This gives you the flexibility to use the resources when and where you need them, and using the tools you’re comfortable with. If you have any problems or questions, contact CIAP or CHC or speak to Maggie in the library on ext. 4588 or library.albury@awh.org.au New books in the AWH Library - March 2012 If you want to borrow any of the listed books, please visit the library to borrow, or use your account in the library’s catalogue to place a hold on the book (http://gsahs.intersearch.com.au http://gsahs.intersearch.com.au or viaa the intranet link under Health Links), or contact Maggie on ext. 4588 or library.albury@awh.org.au.. Material can be sent via internal mail or post.

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“Albury Wodonga Health – The Best of Health”

Title and author The brain injury workbook / Trevor Powell and Kit Malia. (Albury Speech Therapy) Communication skills for nursing practice / Catherine McCabe and Fiona Timmins. Contexts of nursing / John Daly, Sandra Speedy, Debra Jackson. 2 nd edition Health sociology: an Australian an perspective / David E. Gray Interpreting and reporting clinical trials: a guide to the CONSORT statement and the principles of randomised controlled trials / Anthony Keech, Val Gebski and Rhana Pike Medical leadership: from the dark side to centre stage / Peter Spurgeon, John Clark and Chris Ham The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 19 th edition Patient management problems in psychiatry / Olumuyiwa J. Olumoroti and Akim A. Kassim Promoting health: the primary health care approach / Lyn Talbot & Glenda Verrinder. 3rd edition The psychiatric interview / Daniel J. Carlat. 3rd edition Psychological management of stroke / Nadina B. Lincoln and others Psychology. (Australian and New Zealand edition) / Drew Westen, Lorelle Burton, Robin Kowalski Teaching on the run: teaching tips for clinicians / Fiona R. Lake and Gerard Ryan Understanding nursing research: building an evidence-based based practice / Nancy Burns and Susan K. Grove. 4th edition What I wish I knew about nursing / Allie & Marty Wilson

Date published

Shelf number

2003 (Albury Speech Therapy) 2006

617.4810443 POW

2006

610.730994 CON

2006

362.10994 GRA

2007

610.724 INT

2012

610.68 SPU

2011

616. 075 MER

2005

616.89 OLU

2005

613 TAL

2012 (Practical guides in psychiatry) 2012

616.89075 CAR

2006

150.994 WES

2006

616.0071 LAK

2007

610.73072 BUR

2011

610.73 WIL

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610.730699 MCC

616. 8106 PSY

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“A Bugs Eyeview of Infection Control” INFLUENZA – “Are you at risk?” As part of our commitment to your health and safety and patient welfare, Albury Wodonga Health is offering free influenza vaccinations to all staff. The fact that less than 50% of health care workers are being vaccinated is posing a serious risk to health care workers, their families and those in their care. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommend vaccination for people at risk of life threatening complications from influenza. This group includes anyone with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney problems or anyone whosee immunity has been suppressed through medication. Pregnant women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples and health care workers are also encouraged to be vaccinated annually. An outbreak of influenza can spread very quickly through any workplace, and often at the most inconvenient and busy times. There are many myths circulating about influenza, but the fact is that around 2,500 Australians die each year from influenza -related related complications. If you’re a health care worker and either in an ‘at risk risk’’ group or caring for someone who is, and undecided about immunisation this year, it is especially worth considering these facts about flu: Influenza is not a cold. It is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease that can be spread just by coughing or sneezing 2,500 Australians die each year from influenza related complications Annual influenza is the single most effective measure to protect against influenza 1.2 million people eople aged under 65 years of age are in these at risk groups but less than half are being immunised 10 per cent of all workplace absence due to illness is caused by influenza but only 20-50 50 per cent of these people are immunised each year. Albury Wodonga Health Wodonga Campus wishes to help our staff fight flu this year and will be offering free influenza vaccinations to all staff. Watch the intranet and noticeboards for Influenza vaccination session dates and times! Karen & Sue

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HELPING LPING HANDS From Gareth Jones (President President ABH Auxiliary): Auxiliary Commencing in July 11 for this financial year Albury Base Hospital Auxiliary has purchased $44085.90 worth of equipment for the Albury hospital. The list includes Fax machine for the morgue $279.00 TV for Carers room $515.00 Lounge for waiting area near surgeries $1598.00 WII Fit $138.00 Oncology chairs (Purchased with assistance from Latipsoh and The Good Guys) $18,000.00 Rehabilitation itation equipment (Purchased with assistance from the Commercial Club) $14,993.00 Speech Pathology equipment $1826.00 Nurse Educators equipment $240.90 Cardiac Rehabilitation equipment $2600.00 Rehabilitation ward outdoor setting for patients $898.00 We raise ise money from our meat raffles and stalls and apply for donations from various community organisations. The staffs support is greatly appreciated in all of our fundraising activities. The Auxiliary is also considering a lunch time sausage BBQ to commence soon for Staff. On behalf of the Auxiliary we would appreciate your ongoing support.

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29th ALBURY WODONGA ANTIQUE AND COLLECTABLES FAIR RAFFLE Prize shown below, valued at $1850, a beautiful 9ct Rose Gold Reproduction Curb Link Bracelet with life buoy clasp.

Draw postponed to

9 May 2012

All funds raised go towards equipment for the Special Care Nursery at Albury Wodonga Health.

Tickets only $3.00 Available at the front reception office

Our newest volunteers, Dominic and Diane will be visiting the Wodonga Campus every second Friday.

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FUND FUND-TASTIC NEWS

Make a difference To Your Health Service Please donate

Nathan Ford of Dederang tests out the new Roll-A-Coin Roll Donation Bin in placed in the foyer of the Wodonga Campus, a second donation bin has been placed at the Albury Campus near Cafe Pulse.

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If you support upport this popular show, show when you purchase tickets, tickets nominate Albury Wodonga Health and the proceeds will come to us, how easy. !!!!!

When When-JUNE 7TH, 8TH & 9TH Where-Albury

Entertainment Centre Cost- Tickets are: $32.10 or $27.10 (concession) (conc All tickets sold will go towards Albury/Wodonga Health. Last year this show sold out (Please note when booking to say e.g.: 2x tickets for Wodonga Hospital) Any questions please call Elaine Hill on ext 7617

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