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$234M MURDOCH EXPANSION GETS UNDERWAY St John of God Health Care is investing $234 million in expanding St John of God Hospital Murdoch, Western Australia’s largest ever private health sector investment. The redevelopment will add 165 beds, eight theatres, a 10,000 square metre medical clinic, and cancer centre by 2015, making a significant contribution to meeting the health care needs of Perth’s booming southern population corridor. St John of God Hospital Murdoch Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said the Sisters of St John of God had shown great vision in choosing Murdoch as the hospital’s location over 20 years ago.

largest, most modern and comprehensive health precinct, with 1,305 private and public hospital beds. Building work starts in early 2012, with the additional beds, theatres, medical clinic, and cancer centre progressively coming online from 2013 through to 2015, coinciding with the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital in 2014. RIGHT The shaded buildings indicate the extent of the redevelopment BELOW The new medical clinic is an important part of the hospital’s redevelopment

“From its origins as a 210-bed hospital in 1994, Murdoch has grown every few years to meet community need. This redevelopment plan takes a long-term view to meeting anticipated growth in demand, with three stages of capacity growth over the next decade,” Mr Mott said. In conjunction with the adjacent Fiona Stanley Hospital, a public hospital currently under construction, this redevelopment firmly establishes Murdoch as the state’s






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group update There is the risk for any not-for-profit organisation that it will be perceived as a ‘poor cousin’ to for-profit companies in the same sector. This perception tends to operate alongside a widely-held belief that such organisations are run on the smell of an oily rag, and have little capacity or depth. However, health care is a capital intensive sector which requires continual upgrading and updating of facilities and equipment to reflect enhanced models of care and new technology. This is even more important given increasing community need for health services as our population ages. We therefore, despite our not-for-profit status, place significant focus on personal and professional development of caregivers, and on efficiency and investment, so that we can continue providing the highest quality care to our patients and clients – a paramount objective in fulfilling our Mission. Our recently announced redevelopments at our hospitals in Murdoch (page 1), Burwood (below) and Geelong (Pomegranate April/ May 2011) will, upon completion, bring our capital expenditure on redevelopments to $600 million over a 13-year period. Through good stewardship of our resources, such

investments are possible and, indeed, necessary in order to ensure our Mission flourishes well into the future. Investments of this magnitude are undoubtedly impressive from a ‘business’ perspective, but forefront in our minds through the planning stages is a cognisance that our ultimate goals are to alleviate suffering, provide comfort and hope and contribute to the common good of the community. Even with modern facilities and equipment, these goals – and therefore our Mission – could not be achieved without the people who live our Mission and Values everyday: our caregivers. Long after people have returned home from hospital or ceased their interaction with our services, they may not remember the colours of the walls, modernity of the bathrooms or state of the art equipment. What will remain in their memories will be the words and actions of those who cared for them at their most vulnerable. Our redevelopment projects, which have also included new offices for Accord and Health Choices, a new community home in New Zealand, and various pathology

laboratories, reflect our long-term commitment to our communities and will allow us to deliver quality, innovative care to our patients and clients. Redevelopment and investment will continue to be a key factor in our organisation’s success into the future, particularly given our place in a sector which demands constant evolution. The most poignant and long lasting measure of our success however is how well cared for our patients feel through our caregivers living our Mission in their interactions with our patients and clients each day. So while our investments in infrastructure are exciting and important, and will help ensure the longevity of our corporate success, they must be viewed in the context – and alongside the more human face – of our Mission, which will continue to prosper as it always has; through our people.

Dr Michael Stanford Group Chief Executive Officer

MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT AT BURWOOD St John of God Health Care is investing $14.8m in redeveloping its Burwood Hospital, increasing its ability to provide much needed psychiatric and drug and alcohol services. A key aspect of the redevelopment of the hospital, which operates New South Wales’ only Mother-Baby Perinatal Mental Health Unit, is the construction of a stand alone Parent-Infant Unit. The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramon del Carmen, said the 12-bed unit will enable mothers, babies and partners to stay together. “This dedicated unit will ensure they experience the best possible care in a contemporary and comfortable setting,” he said. St John of God Hospital Burwood, which is currently an 86-bed hospital, provides a


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diverse range of specialised psychiatric programs on an inpatient, day patient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s programs include those for drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety and depression, mood disorders, personality disorders and psychogeriatric and psychotic disorders. The redevelopment, expected to be completed in late 2013, will also see the hospital’s Counselling and Therapy Centre relocated to new premises on Parramatta Road, which will provide modern consulting rooms and therapy areas for day programs,

as well as increased parking. The hospital’s patient rooms will be refurbished, a new gym, Chapel and reception developed, and landscaping of the grounds. “Our redevelopment at Burwood will ensure that people can access the very best mental health services in an environment conducive to healing and wellbeing, as well as ensuring the growth of our contribution into mental health research,” Ramon said. BELOW An artist’s impression of the hospital’s new frontage

OUR HOSPITALS TOP TWO STATES IN MATERNITY CARE New mothers have voted our hospitals at Murdoch and Subiaco as Western Australia’s top hospitals for maternity care, and our Bendigo and Ballarat hospitals in the top three for maternity care in Victoria in a national Medibank Private survey. The Medibank Private Maternity Experience Index evaluated the experiences of over 2,000 patients, who recently gave birth in private hospitals, across key areas of care including staff, support throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, and hospital environment. Seven St John of God Health Care hospitals were involved in the survey, with four receiving Maternity Experience Index (MEI) scores exceeding the national average of 77.0 (out of 100). Ballarat achieved the highest MEI of the group with a score of 85.8, followed by Bendigo on 84.3, Berwick on 83.5, Murdoch on 78.0, Subiaco on 76.1, Geelong on 74.7 and Bunbury on 73.4. St John of God Health Care Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Stanford, said the survey results once again confirmed the high standards of care provided to patients. “It is fitting recognition of the skill and dedication of our team of midwives and support staff, as well as the obstetricians who choose to care for their patients at our

hospitals,” he said. A total 9,013 babies were delivered at St John of God Hospitals over the 2009/10 financial year, at our maternity-equipped hospitals in Ballarat, Bendigo, Berwick, Bunbury, Geelong, Geraldton, Murdoch, Subiaco and Warrnambool. In 2009 – 2010:  St John of God Hospital Subiaco welcomed 3,686 babies  St John of God Hospital Murdoch welcomed 1,847 babies  St John of God Hospital Geelong welcomed 1,012 babies  St John of God Hospital Berwick welcomed 679 babies  St John of God Hospital Bunbury welcomed 562 babies  St John of God Hospital Ballarat welcomed 471 babies

ABOVE Our maternity services have been voted some of the best in the country

 St John of God Hospital Bendigo welcomed 377 babies

SPECIAL CARE FOR GEELONG BUBS The Special Care Nursery at St John of God Hospital Geelong has been officially opened after undergoing a state-of-the-art refurbishment.

ABOVE Geelong’s Director of Nursing, Kate Gillan, left, and Clinical Nurse Specialist, Maree Kelly, practice with the new technology in the Special Care Nursery

The refurbishment included an increase in floor space so parents can be closer to their babies, thereby promoting early bonding, as well as extra room to manoeuvre mobile cots for transport in emergency situations. The Nursery now also boasts Draegar Central Monitoring, which allows

caregivers to monitor cots from a central location and respond quickly. Geelong’s Special Care Nursery cares for over 200 premature and unwell babies each year and is able to care for up to eight little patients at any one time. The Nursery’s patients are premature babies from 32 weeks with a range of conditions resulting from prematurity, including respiratory compromise, low blood sugar and low birth weight.

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St John of God Waipuna’s Adventure Therapy program in New Zealand has received $21,000 as its share of funds raised by Febfast. The monthlong event involved participants abstaining from alcohol throughout February to raise awareness of alcohol misuse, as well as to raise funds for organisations working in research, prevention and service delivery for young people affected by alcohol misuse. In the second year of St John of God Health Care’s support of the event, 147 caregivers participated.

PASTORAL CARE APPOINTMENT St John of God Health Care Pastoral Services Manager, Eleanor Roderick, has been appointed to the Board of Spiritual Care Australia. Spiritual Care Australia is the professional association for practitioners in chaplaincy, pastoral care and spiritual services.

CHA SCHOLARSHIP St John of God Hospital Warrnambool Workforce and Quality Manager, Kim White, is one of two recipients of a Catholic Health Australia scholarship for the 2011 Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture. It is designed to prepare leaders in the Catholic health sector for the distinctive requirements of their role. Kim said: “The Graduate Certificate will help me form a deeper understanding of the theological basis of our mission and Catholic traditions. This in turn will increase my confidence and leadership in supporting the Catholic identity of the hospital – something I believe is critical for our leaders as lay people move into key leadership roles.”

HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT St John of God Hospital Berwick has opened its first High Dependency Unit to meet growing demand for more complex surgical procedures at the hospital. The new unit will provide additional resources for surgical patients with complex medical conditions or those who require electronic monitoring after surgery.


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Nurses and midwives across St John of God Health Care are continually striving for excellence in all facets of their work, and a group-wide project is now formalising the elements of excellence and ensuring they can be promoted and measured. The Nursing and Midwifery Standards of Excellence Framework, currently being trialled at wards within four of our hospitals, contains standards (highlighted at right) that our nurses and midwives believe are integral to maintaining a rewarding working environment. This is an important factor in attracting and retaining nurses and midwives, who – in an industry characterised by workforce shortages – are increasingly attracted towards hospitals supporting and demonstrating professional excellence. The Group Director of Nursing, Kate Birrell, said nurses and midwives also believed that such hospitals provided the best patient care. “Nurses and midwives are a critical link between our Mission and the people we serve, so it is important that a nurse’s practice environment is healthy and engaging,” she said. “There is evidence suggesting that a healthy work environment leads to increased nursing and midwifery satisfaction and thereafter, improved patient outcomes.” Each standard is accompanied by a self-assessment tool containing a range of qualitative criteria, with measures such as caregiver satisfaction, licensing and external accreditation, service on professional committees and boards,

awards and patient satisfaction. The trial will include gathering information about whether the criteria and measures for the proposed standards are appropriate, readily available, and provide the evidence required to support ongoing achievement of the standards.

Proposed Nursing and Midwifery Standards of Excellence 1. Nurse leaders create and sustain an environment where the Mission can be fulfilled 2. A holistic and person-centred culture is generated and nurtured 3. Nurses have a voice and are encouraged to fully participate in decisions affecting their work 4. Human and physical resources are allocated flexibly and creatively, balancing adequacy, sustainability and excellence 5. We aspire to do the right things, right 6. Nurses are partners in care and collaborate for success 7. Individuals and teams are developed through affirmation and participation, actively shaping their own future.

MAKING OUR WORKPLACE SAFER Group-wide initiatives encouraging caregivers to report hazards are already proving successful in reducing injuries, just six months after their introduction in January 2011. The number of Lost-Time Injuries – injuries sustained at work resulting in between one and 10 days off work – decreased by 27% in the first quarter of 2011 when compared to the last quarter of 2010. The number of Serious Lost-Time Injuries – injuries sustained at work resulting in more than 10 days off work – also decreased. Group Manager Occupational Health and Safety, Kym Kaptein, said the decrease in injuries could be attributed in part to a communications campaign emphasising the importance of reporting hazards.

“This ensures we can identify and rectify hazards, thus preventing injuries and making our workplaces safer for everyone.”

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“The number of hazards reported by caregivers has more than doubled this quarter compared to last quarter, even as injuries have decreased,” Kym said. “This ensures we can identify and rectify hazards, thus preventing injuries and making our workplaces safer for everyone.” Manual tasks, particularly those where equipment is used, continue to be the greatest area of risk throughout the organisation, with slips, trips and falls also of concern. Strategies to reduce these incidents and injuries are currently being planned.

ABOVE The World Day for Safety and Health promotion – part of the OH&S communications campaign encouraging caregivers to report hazards

BERWICK WAKES UP TO SLEEP CLINIC St John of God Hospital Berwick is helping tackle an epidemic of poor sleep, introducing the first hospital-based sleep disorder clinic in the region. A staggering 90 per cent of Australians will suffer from a sleep disorder at some stage in their lives, with damaging consequences to physical and mental health.

well known. More recently, however, sleep studies have been shown to assist patients in the ongoing management of mental health illnesses,” Lisa said.

Services at the new clinic, which opened in June, include specialist consultations using the latest diagnostic equipment, in-lab polysomnographic sleep studies, homebased ambulatory sleep studies and a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure clinic.

The service will be of particular benefit to patients with co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type II diabetes and depression, which have a significant correlation with obstructive sleep apnoea.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Norman, said the link between sleep disorders and other disorders was becoming increasingly understood.

“We can assume that obstructive sleep apnoea and some other sleep disorders will become important health concerns for patients, physicians and hospitals given obesity and diabetes prevalence rates continue to rise,” Lisa said.

“Links between sleep disorders and respiratory and cardiac diseases are already

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RECONNECTING WITH CULTURAL IDENTITY experiencing their connection to land, sea and place as they journey. “The program is based on the concept that for your house to be strong, the four supporting pillars – spirituality, mental health, physical health and family – need to be strong,” Mike said. ABOVE Te Tira Horamaka participants connect with their cultural heritage A New Zealand program managed by St John of God Waipuna is gaining international exposure for successfully reconnecting young, at-risk men with their Maori culture and enhancing their leadership potential.

Young People: Making Connections, held in Melbourne.

Te Tira Horomaka – a journey to connection – is one of the programs supported by the Community Action Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) program, which in Christchurch is managed for the New Zealand Ministry of Health by St John of God Waipuna.

Mike said the strength-based resilience program involved participants undertaking 10 weeks of one-day activities followed by a six-day journey across the Banks Peninsula; “a place where their ancestors lived, loved, talked and walked.”

The Director of Mana Facilitation which runs the Te Tira Horomaka program, Wiremu Gray, accompanied by CAYAD Co-ordinator Mike Moss and CAYAD Support Worker Phil Siataga, recently presented the program’s success at the 6th International Conference on Drugs and

The group of young men walk, mountain bike, canoe and kayak as they travel the Peninsula, reconnecting with their cultural identity and heritage through meetings with local iwi-tribes at their marae (meeting places) and listening to elders speak about genealogy and guardianship, as well as

Today, Maori are predominantly urban based and are over represented in statistics such as poor health, drug and alcohol use, crime and imprisonment, and suicide.

The conference presentation created much interest among delegates, many of whom are also working with at risk indigenous young people, and led to requests to present keynote addresses at other conferences.

I feel immensely proud to be Maori and I know that I can do anything now because I am hugely strong spiritually now that I feel Maori. I love the fact that I know I can do anything I want. PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

promoting our people ADAM COLEMAN Adam Coleman has been appointed Director of Nursing at St John of God Hospital Murdoch. Adam has over 20 years health care experience, with roles as Nurse Educator at St George Hospital in Kogarah, NSW, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Intensive Care Unit at Fremantle Hospital and, most recently, Nursing Director Critical Care at Fremantle Hospital. Adam has a Master of Nursing (Honours) and is completing a Master of Business Leadership through Curtin University. DENIS BYRNE Denis Byrne has been appointed Director of Mission at St John of God Hospital Bendigo. 6

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Denis was most recently the Manager of Community Services at Centacare in Bendigo and has also worked at St Luke’s Anglicare in various program manager roles. Denis holds graduate qualifications in Social Work and Public Health. ERROL THOMSON Errol Thomson has been appointed Group Manager Remuneration Services, based at St John of God Health Care’s Osborne Park office. Errol has extensive experience in payroll, including with the Catholic Education Office of WA and the Australian

Catholic Superannuation and Retirement Fund. He holds a Master of Management (Human Resource Management), Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and Bachelor of Economics. VANESSA UNWIN Vanessa Unwin has been appointed Director of Quality and Risk Management at St John of God Hospital Murdoch. Vanessa joined the hospital in 2009 as Deputy Director of Nursing – Surgical Services and has extensive experience in nursing and health management. Vanessa has a Graduate Diploma in Health Management and is completing a Master of International Health Management.

CARDIAC FIRST FOR BENDIGO A Bendigo man, who became the first person in the region to have emergency surgery to insert a cardiac stent while having a heart attack, is on the road to recovery.

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Andrew Smith, 47, of Inglewood, experienced chest pains and was taken by ambulance to St John of God Hospital Bendigo’s Chest Pain Centre where, within 17 minutes of arrival, he was prepped for surgery and taken to the operating theatre. Only two hours elapsed between the onset of Andrew’s chest pain and his surgery, giving him the best chance of minimal or no heart damage. The urgent procedure was performed by local cardiologists Dr Tony Jackson and Dr Harish Aikot working with Dr Georg Leitl. The hospital’s Critical Care Services Manager, Mark Nally, said while stents are now frequently inserted at the hospital, Andrew was the first patient in Bendigo to have surgery during a heart attack. “We have been inserting stents since June last year, but this was the first emergency stent and everything went like clockwork,” Mark said. BELOW Andrew Smith of Inglewood with critical care unit nurses Kayla Thornson, left, Brenda Kinsella and Helen Jones

ABOVE Dr Tony Baker is looking forward to spending more time with granddaughters Ruby, Violet and Zoe in his retirement

St John of God Hospital Subiaco’s head of plastic surgery, Dr Tony Baker, may be taking off his theatre scrubs but he is not entirely leaving St John of God Health Care. After more than three decades at the hospital, Dr Baker performed his final operation in April. In his capacity as a St John of God Health Care Board Member however, he remains involved with the organisation in a significant capacity. In retirement, he will continue to conduct life-changing surgical missions to impoverished countries such as India, the Phillippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Tanzania – voluntary work he undertakes at least once a year. Dr Baker performed the first Latissimus Dorsi flap (a breast reconstruction technique for post-mastectomy patients) in Perth, as well as Western Australia’s first

hand replantation in conjunction with colleague Dr Steven Chan. “A young man in his 20s was brought into us in the middle of the night. He had got his hand caught in a machine and it was completely severed. We were still trainee registrars at the time, but we were able to put it back on and he still has it today,” Dr Baker said. He said the Subiaco hospital had changed a lot in the 34 years he had been working there. “The hospital has gone through a wonderful evolutionary growth… and it is the premier private hospital in the state, if not in Australia,” Dr Baker said. “In Subiaco, we’ve got a hospital that’s delivering robotic surgical services and is superbly equipped, with keyhole surgery done in big numbers. You’ve got to be grateful you’ve got a place like that in the state.”

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EMBRACING SOCIAL MEDIA With terms such as posting, uploading, sharing, liking, and friend requests now forming part of everyday vernacular, St John of God Hospital Subiaco is ensuring caregivers of all ages and backgrounds can experience social media. ABOVE Timorese nurses Esperanca, left, Aghostina, Manuel, Jose and Nina in training in Melbourne

TIMORESE NURSES LEARN VITAL SKILLS IN MELBOURNE St John of God Health Care recently sponsored four East Timorese paediatric nurses to Melbourne for an intensive residential training program at the Royal Children’s Hospital which will significantly develop their own and their colleagues’ skills in Dili. The three-week program saw the nurses immersed in training designed to improve the capacity of paediatric health care services in Dili’s National Hospital. It is part of St John of God Health Care’s extensive commitment to pathology, nursing and community health care in East Timor. The Timorese nurses flew home at Easter to begin implementing their newly honed skills, alongside an existing team of Australian nurses deployed by St John of God Health Care to Dili last year as part of the National Nursing Development Program, operated in partnership with the Timorese Ministry of Health. Skills learned included how to perform a neurological assessment, primary and secondary patient assessment and paediatric resuscitation. St John of God Health Care’s Group Manager International Health, Anthea Ramos, said the nurses were enthusiastic about taking their newfound skills back to Timor.


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“Having local nurses who are able to take an improved skills base back home will drastically help further training of nurses in Dili,” Anthea said. “The role of the Australian nurses working in Timor is not to do the jobs of Timorese nurses but to help them develop their skills, policies and procedures so that they can effectively manage their own hospital services well into the future.” St John of God Health Care’s National Nursing Development Program is unique in that it provides ongoing training to nurses in East Timor through full time permanent nurses based in Dili, rather than through nurses on a fly-in, fly-out basis. St John of God Health Care is also in the process of recruiting new specialised nurses from Australia and New Zealand to double its expat team in Dili.

Classes run by the hospital in the use of the most popular social networking site – known as ‘Facebook 101’ – have even gained an audience from the Sisters of St John of God including Sister Theresa Ann Garry who relished the opportunity to learn more and use Facebook to keep in contact with family and friends in Ireland. A specialised computer hub has been established, which provides caregivers with free access to the internet during work breaks. The hospital is also offering ‘Facebook Master Classes’ for people with some Facebook experience. Subi is, however, not alone in embracing the social media revolution. Our Murdoch hospital’s social media portfolio includes a Facebook page and Twitter account - both opened in early 2010 – as well as, more recently, a Linkedin profile and Flickr and YouTube accounts. The wider organisation is also coming on board, having recently opened a St John of God Health Care Twitter account. Check out our Twitter account at BELOW Sister Theresa Ann Garry enjoys catching up with family and friends on Facebook

INCREASING YOUTH ACCESS TO THE ARTS St John of God Health Care and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have launched an innovative community arts access program in Western Australia.  The program, running throughout 2011, is targeted at young people and families who would not otherwise have access to the arts and includes free tickets, scholarships for acting workshops, and performances in Bunbury and Geraldton where St John of God hospitals are based.  With St John of God Health Care’s support, 600 young people who would otherwise be unable to attend the theatre will see Barking Gecko’s next performance, The Red Tree, with their families during the July school holidays by taking advantage of the free ticketing program.  St John of God Health Care is also funding two scholarships for young people aged 14 to 18 to attend ‘Acting Intensive’ workshops – building

confidence and developing skills and knowledge of the performing arts. Group Public Relations Manager, Fiona Clark, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this program, which echoes our commitment to capacity building in young people and increasing public exposure to the arts, an important factor in overall health and wellbeing.”  Barking Gecko’s General Manager, Katherine Maclean, said access to cultural experiences was important for children’s development, but was not always possible. “The community access program shows that both organisations value the place of young people in our communities and acknowledge the role of children as the future shapers of our world,” she said. Through performance, workshops and development programs, Barking Gecko supports the education, personal development, imagination and creativity of young people. 

“We are delighted to be involved in this program, which echoes our commitment to capacity building in young people and increasing public exposure to the arts, an important factor in overall health and wellbeing.”

GOOD THERAPY FOR FUTURE AT NEPEAN As a significant employer of occupational therapists, St John of God Nepean Rehabilitation Hospital is encouraging the next generation of professionals through its sponsorship of an award for final year students at Monash University. The Participatory Community Practice Award recognises students with the most outstanding results in professional practice placement and is in keeping with St John of God Health Care’s commitment to engage with local communities. Graduates Michael Barnhoorn and Katherine Watt were the 2011 award recipients, pictured here with St John of God Nepean Rehabilitation Hospital Occupational Therapy Manager, Seona Burkett (centre).

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SOLAR SYSTEM LAUNCHED AT MURDOCH Solar panels installed on St John of God Hospital Murdoch’s roof will save money and reduce the hospital’s carbon dioxide emissions by 230 tonnes per year. Additional panels will be installed during the hospital’s redevelopment (page 1). St John of God Hospital Murdoch Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said the panels were an important initiative which would significantly decrease the hospital’s environmental impact. “The hospital currently uses approximately 40,000 litres of water per day for hot water purposes, which is heated by gas-fired steam boilers. Our new solar panels will reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 230 tonnes per year and result in savings of 13% in our annual gas consumption,” Peter said. Peter said the hospital had taken a pro-active and responsible approach to its environmental impact including auditing on energy, water and lighting to identify potential savings and efficiencies.

ABOVE Director Hospital Redevelopment Dean Lavers, left, Chief Engineer John Pereira and Manager Environmental Sustainability, Nerolie Nikolic, inspect the panels “We have invested in new and efficient technologies, such as intelligent chiller controls and modern air-conditioning systems, and in the last 12 months we have reduced energy consumption by 4.7% and water consumption by 14%.”

environmental stewardship by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and reliance on non-renewable resources.

The Murdoch initiatives are consistent with St John of God Health Care’s Five Year Strategic Plan which requires good

ELECTRICITY SAVINGS FOR VICTORIA A recently-completed tender for the supply of electricity to the group’s seven Victorian hospitals, as well as two Victorian pathology sites, is predicted to save $390,000 in electricity costs in the 2011/12 financial year. St John of God Health Care’s involvement in the tender process was as part of the Victorian Hospital Energy Buying Group, a tender pool involving 211 public and private hospitals across Victoria.


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The Buying Group continually achieves good outcomes in relation to energy savings, including a natural gas tender in December 2010 that is on track to achieve savings of around 17% over two years. St John of God Health Care’s Group Environmental Engineer, Dean Farnsworth, said savings like these benefited the whole organisation. “A dollar saved on energy is a dollar available to provide better health care services,” Dean said. A similar energy purchasing and management group is in the pipeline in New South Wales and will include our Burwood and Richmond hospitals.

NEW HORIZONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE St John of God Health Care is opening its doors to more young people, including young Indigenous men, with the opening of two new Horizon Houses in Broome and Warrnambool. Horizon House, part of the group’s Social Outreach and Advocacy services, provides long-term accommodation for young people who would otherwise be at risk of homelessness. Each house has a different focus based on identified need in their respective community. Horizon House Broome is responding to a particular need for long-term stable accommodation options for young Aboriginal men in Broome. The young men are being encouraged to engage in education and employment through an established model of care and support. The Broome Horizon House builds on St John of God Health Care’s considerable experience in Aboriginal health through the Strong Family, Strong Culture service operating across regional Western Australia.

ABOVE The new Horizon House Warrnambool, which provides a transitional home environment Horizon House Warrnambool provides a transitional home environment for up to six young people aged 16 to 22. Those in need of accommodation and support benefit from a program aimed specifically at preparing them for life as independent adults. The new model of care at Warrnambool sees the introduction of transitional care between two buildings, with one building accommodating up to four people in a traditional family environment with live-in carers, and the other supporting up to two young people in a more independent arrangement for more advanced life skills development. St John of God Hospital Warrnambool

Chief Executive Officer, Glyn Palmer, praised the community of South West Victoria for their outstanding support in raising funds for the new service. “The real work has only just begun for Horizon House in Warrnambool but, with the support of our local community, we can definitely create brighter futures for our young people.” The opening of the two new houses , bringing to nine the number of Horizon Houses in operation, is a major step in St John of God Health Care’s strategy to dramatically increase its capacity to support young people in need and to promote mental health among people aged 12 to 25.

ANNUAL REPORT WINS GOLD AT NATIONAL AWARDS St John of God Health Care has received a Gold Award from the Australasian Reporting Awards for its Annual Report 2009-2010. The Gold Award, the highest possible for an annual report, is awarded for reports that: ■■ achieve overall excellence in annual reporting; ■■ provide high-quality coverage of most aspects of the awards’ criteria; ■■ provide full disclosure of key aspects of its core business; ■■ address current legislative and regulatory requirements; and ■■ are a model for other peer reports. St John of God Health Care’s Group Director Marketing and Public Relations, Fiona Athersmith, said the award was

particularly gratifying as, prior to this year, the organisation’s report had consistently received Silver Awards. “We put a lot of thought and work into our annual reports and to finally achieve a Gold Award is important recognition of our commitment to transparency and excellence in reporting,” she said. “Our annual report is an important document for our key stakeholders, both internal and external, and also provides an important record of our organisation for generations to come.” St John of God Health Care received its Gold Award in Melbourne at the 61st

Annual Awards Presentation Dinner in June. The awards are a measure of standards achieved rather than a competition. The Australasian Reporting Awards is an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by volunteer professionals from the business community and professional bodies concerned about the quality of financial and business reporting.

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PINELODGE-PNG PARTNERSHIP St John of God Pinelodge Clinic and the St John of God Brothers working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have forged a partnership to develop expertise in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at the Rohanoka Drug and Alcohol Centre in Weewak.

ABOVE Brother Larry recently completed a threemonth stint at Pinelodge Clinic

The Rohanoka Centre helps young people by providing support and counselling, as well as education to groups in the community including schools, youth groups, prisons and community health centres.

Brothers Larry and Oliver, who work at Rohanoka, are each spending three months on observational placements at Pinelodge in 2011, where they will sit in on group therapy, patient community meetings and care reviews. More Brothers may visit over the coming year. The partnership will enable the Brothers to gain an understanding of best practice in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. They will learn about the management of addictions and dual-diagnosis mental health illnesses. In PNG, there is a strong need for better harm reduction interventions and education programs to raise awareness of substance abuse among young people. Drug and alcohol abuse is a major concern, with the impact of associated mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence and physical health a significant issue. St John of God Pinelodge Clinic Chief Executive Officer, Graham Cadd, said a visit to PNG in November 2010 made it clear there were significant resources and expertise that could be shared with the Brothers working at Rohanoka. “I was struck by the poverty and lack of health care facilities in Weewak, but it is amazing what the Brothers have achieved. Meeting Brother Larry and the young people who use the service gave me a strong desire to use the services and professionals at Pinelodge to help support and develop Rohanoka,” Graham said. “Caregivers at Pinelodge have embraced the Brothers, and with the success of the visits we are hopeful that further observational visits can be arranged.” LEFT The Rohanoka Drug and Alcohol Centre in Weewak, Papua New Guinea

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Pomegranate June/July 2011  

St John of God Health Care's bimonthly newsletter called Pomegranate issue for June/July 2011