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Wellvisions Spring 2012

New midwifery education centre open In this Issue

• Midwifery Education Centre • CAMDH Partnership • Valuable Volunteers • St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals • NAIDOC Week

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton

Well of the Past Did you know that when the Hospital first opened in 1897, there were no sealed roads surrounding it? It took another 14 years before roads leading into the Hospital were properly sealed.

What our patients say about us “I have never, ever been cared for by nurses like I have been here. I’ve been in so many hospitals but your nursing staff beat them all. They really care about their patients and are always willing to help - a big thank you to them all.”

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Contact details Marketing & PR Coordinator Stacey Campbell St John of God Subiaco Hospital 12 Salvado Road, Subiaco WA 6008 PO Box 14, Subiaco WA 6904 St John of God Hospital Subiaco Wellvisions is produced by St John of God Subiaco Hospital – a division of St John of God Health Care.

The past three months have seen a lot of progress towards some exciting new projects for the Hospital, including the opening of the Satellite Midwifery Education Centre, developed in partnership with Notre Dame University following the receipt of a Clinical Training Fund grant from Health Workforce Australia. The interactive training facility, including a simulation Delivery Suite, was officially opened on the 6th September and will greatly enhance the learning experience for student midwives. The long-awaited news that St John of God Health Care has been chosen to partner with the State Government to build and operate the St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals has also been an exciting step forward. A number of our caregivers have been heavily involved in the bid for the Midland Hospitals over the past two years and I thank them for their tireless efforts on this project. Our organisational wide survey EQuIP was held on 13th – 16th August and the Hospital received excellent results, including six recommendations for outstanding achievements. Results like this cannot be achieved without the dedication, effort and commitment by all caregivers who worked tirelessly in the months leading up to the survey. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for contributing to these outstanding results. During such busy times, the opportunity to let your hair down and relax is always well received and this year’s sold out Annual Ball was the perfect chance to do just that. Almost 600 guests attended the “Night with the Stars” Hollywood themed event, with many strutting the red carpet to strike a pose for the paparazzi for some great photos. The dance floor was full from start to finish and the night was a huge success so make sure to keep an eye out for next year’s ball and buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out! I look forward to bringing you more news in the Summer edition of Wellvisions. Warm Regards,

Dr Shane Kelly CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER St John of God Subiaco Hospital

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Marvin surpasses 500 procedures The Hospital’s da Vinci robot, affectionately known as Marvin, surpassed 500 procedures recently and continues to prove that robotic technology is the way of the future.

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The only da Vinci robot in Western Australia, Marvin has been available at the Hospital since 2008. He is most commonly used for the removal of prostate cancer, and provides the patient with benefits such as less post operative pain, less scarring, speedier recovery time, less blood loss and lower chance of infection. Potency and continence recovery also adds to the quality of life post-operatively. The robot offers surgeons the added benefit of a 10x magnified 3D view of the anatomy, which is far superior to both open and laparoscopic surgery. It removes the fine tremor of the surgeon’s hand and allows ‘large’ hand movements to be scaled down to miniature, fully ‘wristed’ instruments allowing for superior dexterity. Seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized, wristed instruments. The surgeons who initiated this innovative technology at the Hospital were trained in the use of the da Vinci robot in America.

The Hospital’s da Vinci robot has also been used to perform a kidney removal, and with further technological advances in the future, the possibilities are endless. Throughout the world, the use of robotic surgery is rapidly growing in areas such as Gynaecology, Urology, Orthopaedics, Colo-rectal surgery and Bariatric surgery, as well as Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracic surgery. Angela Gee, the Hospital’s Director of Perioperative Services, is a passionate supporter of the benefits of robotic surgery. She is confident that this technology will influence how complex procedures can be performed in the future. “It is great to see the Hospital is leading the way in this field for Western Australia. The potential for future developments is very exciting so I am looking forward to working with the surgeons and Device Technology in exploring other specialties so we can provide the best possible care for our patients,” Angela said. A dinner celebrating Marvin’s latest milestone was held on 30th August, and was attended by the many surgeons, anaesthetists and caregivers who have been involved in using the da Vinci robot and caring for the patients post procedure. The Hospital’s CEO, Dr Shane Kelly, also attended and thanked everyone who had embraced the technology and worked hard as a team to ensure its success.

“It was an amazing gift being able to experience working at SJOGSH – I had such a wonderful time over the years”

What inspires us One of the Hospital’s longest serving caregivers, Maria first took up a position in the kitchen in February 1970. At that time the Hospital was run completely by the Sisters of St John of God, and Maria spent her first six years based at St John of God House, cooking breakfast and lunch for the nurses living on-site. Moving over to the original kitchen in the Hospital in 1976, Maria describes a very different system than today, where the kitchen staff would pack the meals up in heaters and each ward would have their own pantries full of supplies, setting up beautiful meal trays with special silverware and cutlery. As the number of patients steadily grew, this system was no longer possible and the biggest change in Maria’s career came when the new kitchen was built in its current location. She was then promoted to supervisor and was involved in setting up the kitchen and supervising the new staff – losing her voice on a few occasions from giving instructions to so many people at one time! A proud grandmother of eight, Maria credits her long history with the Hospital to the fact that she has been given the opportunity to work in a variety of areas, and has found it to be a very flexible

workplace which allowed her to drop off and pick up her children from school. “I loved working in the kitchen because I experienced something new every day, and it was great working with such wonderful colleagues,” Maria said. “I will miss all the people I have worked with over the years and enjoying their friendships every day – I have already stopped by once to visit everyone so it’s going to be hard to stay away!” According to Marcel Willimann, Manager of Food & Conference Services, it is very common for catering staff members to stay with the Hospital for decades and there is at least another ten who have spent the past 20 – 40 years working at the Hospital. “Our staff enjoy working in such a tightknit, supportive environment and it is a credit to the Hospital that caregivers like Maria remain dedicated for so many years,” Marcel said. “Maria was certainly a highly valued member of our catering team and we will miss her dearly but wish her the very best for her retirement.” Maria was farewelled by her fellow caregivers at an afternoon tea on the 9th July and is looking forward to spending her days going on long walks with her husband, catching up with her favourite activities at home like knitting and crochet and travelling to Europe with her daughter.

Photo courtesy of the Community Newspaper Group


Maria Stefanetti, Catering Supervisor, has finally hung up her apron after filling the hungry bellies of patients at the Hospital for an impressive 42 years!

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Delivering a great learning experience for student midwives The official Blessing and opening of the Hospital’s new Satellite Midwifery Education Centre was held on Thursday 6th September. Developed in partnership with Notre Dame University following the receipt of a Clinical Training Fund grant from Health Workforce Australia, the interactive training facility will greatly enhance the learning experience for student midwives. This project provides a dedicated learning environment where the students can actively participate in and observe all facets of midwifery whilst being supported by their university practitioner scholars and clinical midwifery coordinators from the Hospital.

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Located in a large area of the basement of St John of God House, the education centre contains a lecture theatre and simulated birthing unit equipped with its own viewing window and virtual mother with fetus. The Hospital’s CEO, Dr Shane Kelly, said that establishing the education centre enabled the Hospital to share our extensive knowledge of maternity and midwifery services with dedicated educators from the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA). “We look forward to the future interaction between the students, their midwifery mentors and educators at the centre, which will be of great benefit to all involved,” Dr Kelly said. The first cohort of midwifery post graduate students from UNDA started their studies at the Fremantle campus in July, and commenced their training in the dedicated training facility soon after.

At the opening in September, a Blessing was performed by Father Bryan Tiernan before the centre was officially opened by the Chair of Health Workforce Australia, the Hon Mr Jim McGinty. Attendees included members of the executive teams from UNDA and the Hospital, along with the staff and caregivers involved in the project. Funding for the collaborative project between the Hospital and UNDA was made available from Health Workforce Australia (HWA). HWA is an Australian Government initiative established to address the challenges of providing a skilled, flexible and innovative health workforce that meets the needs of the Australian community. This project aims to increase student numbers within the health profession, boosting the numbers of student midwives as they commence the Post Graduate Diploma at UNDA.

This project provides a dedicated learning environment where the students can actively participate in and observe all facets of midwifery whilst being supported by their university practitioner scholars and clinical midwifery coordinators from the Hospital. >


Hon Jim McGinty, Dr Michael Stanford, Professor Selma Alliex, Dr Shane Kelly and Adj Associate Professor Chris Hanna in the simulation birthing suite LEFT < Father Bryan Tiernan blesses the new centre with Adj Associate Professor Chris Hanna

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Caring that little bit more Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health Over the past four years, the Hospital has donated 17 laptops to first year students, as well as a number of diagnostic kits to third year students.

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The Hospital has a long history of working with and helping people within the community, and this includes developing partnerships with organisations such as the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH). This initiative with CAMDH, in partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA), focuses on the provision of resources and equipment as direct student support, as well as financial support for students to attend conferences/workshops. On Monday 13th August, the Hospital’s Social Outreach Coordinator, Josh Nipps, presented the laptops to students Veronica Dolman, Shauna Hill and Mark Sorensen, and diagnostic kits to Vinka Cummins-Burunga, Luke Davies, Jordan Ah Chee and Sophie Doherty. Dr Catherine Engelke graduated from UWA in 2008 and was one of the first CAMDH students to receive a diagnostic kit through the Hospital’s partnership. She is now based at Kununurra District Hospital and specializes in General Practice in Remote and Rural Aboriginal Communities. Dr Engelke is also a doctor for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and regularly travels to remote areas to provide health care to the indigenous communities. Born in Derby and having grown up in Halls Creek, Dr Engelke felt that some of the most inspirational people in the town were the GP’s providing health care, and is now

passionate about providing that health care herself. According to Dr Engelke, receiving a diagnostic kit thanks to the Hospital’s support at the beginning of her fourth year was a very positive experience because she was able to practice using the kit on her family prior to commencing in the clinical area. “When I arrived for the first day of classes the Professor was slightly taken aback that I had my own personal diagnostic kit and even more amazed that I already knew how to use it. He commented that I was the first medical student to arrive with my own kit and from then on would often call out ‘where is the young doctor with the diagnostic kit to look at this patient?’” Dr Engelke said. “I still use that diagnostic kit to this day and take it every where I go. I am forever grateful to St John of God Subiaco Hospital for their support as I would not have been in the financial position to purchase one on my own as a medical student.” The Hospital also introduced an indigenous cadetship program in December 2011, and so far two CAMDH students have signed up to be involved. The three year program enables the students to be immersed in the hospital environment early on in their careers, gaining valuable practical experience. If you would like more information on the Hospital’s Social Outreach and Advocacy program or have a program that you believe could benefit from a partnership with the Hospital, please contact our Social Outreach Coordinator on 9382 6192.

If you’re interested in becoming a Volunteer, visit our website or contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 9382 6192

Valuable Volunteers After spending some time at the Hospital as a patient, Sue Knowles thought she would put some spare time to good use by signing up to become a Volunteer in 2011. Sue currently volunteers in Day of Surgery Admissions (DOSA), and her duties include taking patients from Admissions up to the fourth floor, recording their presence and dropping off their files for the nursing caregivers. Sue also takes the time to care for concerned family members, making the odd cup of tea or coffee for waiting relatives. Spending the last 21 years commuting to and from Canberra as a Senator for Western Australia in Federal Parliament, Sue has thoroughly enjoyed her busy working life. A keen football supporter and sports fanatic, she now enjoys travelling, gardening, catching up with friends and looking after her two gorgeous little great nieces. After one year as a Volunteer at the Hospital, Sue describes her experience as great fun and very busy – her fellow Volunteers are a great bunch and the patients are always open to a laugh and a chat so the time passes in a flash!

PICTURED > Sue Knowles assists Belinda Pike with registering patients in DOSA

When asked to describe her volunteering experience in just three words, Sue simply said “time well spent” and she highly recommends becoming a volunteer to others. “Not only is volunteering a lot of fun, it helps take care of the more routine duties so that caregivers have more time for the important and vital tasks for patients, enhancing the quality of care delivered,” Sue said.

The Hospital currently has 164 Volunteers, who provide a total of 250 hours of valuable service each week.

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Mr Jeffrey Williams,

Director Quality & Risk, has been responsible for the Hospital’s quality and risk programs, including patient safety, licensing and accreditation, infection control and patient satisfaction since 2005. Jeffrey has played a key part in St John of God Health Care’s bid to partner with the State Government to run the St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals, and is leaving Subiaco in October to fill the role of Director of Nursing at Midland. We would like to thank Jeffrey for the many contributions he has made to the Hospital over the past seven years and we wish him well for the new challenges that lay ahead.

Our greatest asset


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Description of your new role at Midland Over the next three years I will be involved in the development of the new hospital through the design and construction phase, along with developing the service and workforce plans for the opening of the new hospitals in 2015. What you are looking forward to most about your new role Having the opportunity to be involved in such a major development project for the organisation, and being part of the team that will welcome another 1000 fulltime caregivers to the St John of God Health Care family. Career highlights/achievements at Subiaco There have been many. For me every day has been enjoyable, particularly working with our managers, caregivers and doctors to develop a range of strategies that will help us provide the best and safest care to our patients. Also the opportunity to see Subiaco recognised for some great achievements such as Press Ganey’s Satisfaction Success Story in 2009 and achieving accreditation with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. What you will miss most about Subiaco I will miss working with the great people here, especially my colleagues in the Safety & Quality Department and my colleagues on DMC.

Proudest moment Being a dad is always going to be number one. Another to include is being part of the Commonwealth Government Medical Team that responded to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, providing assistance in the Maldives. This was a thoroughly rewarding experience, and our team were awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by His Excellency, the Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery in recognition of our service. Experience has taught me To fight the battles you know you are going to win, and the put the others on the back burner and tackle them later. Most admired/inspiring person People who volunteer their time to help the community. I am always inspired by people who give up their own time to help others.

Favourite quote Know it, Model it, Answer for it!

Nutrition News Don’t forget the most important

meal of the day Skipping breakfast is common practice, especially among people short of time or trying to lose weight, however studies show people who eat breakfast have more balanced diets, are less likely to be overweight and have reduced risk of certain diseases. Other benefits of eating breakfast include improved health, mental performance concentration and mood. Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast”. Breakfast helps you top up on the energy stores you have used during the night and gives you the mental and physical energy required for your morning activities at work. If you can’t face eating when you first wake up, try to eat within two hours as it’s better to eat something than nothing. Breakfast should provide around 20-25% of your daily nutritional requirements. Missing breakfast means important nutrients are being left out of your diet, such as calcium, iron, B vitamins and fibre. Going without breakfast may also cause you to snack on less healthy foods later on in the day and you won’t

necessarily catch up nutritionally. A good breakfast, ideally including whole grain breads and cereals, milk and milk products, fruit and 100% fruit juices, will give you an excellent start to the day. We are all under time pressure in the morning but in the time it takes to boil the kettle and make a hot drink, you could have eaten a bowl of wholegrain cereal with milk. Healthy breakfast choices include wholegrain toast or cereal, natural muesli, porridge, low fat milk and yoghurt, 100% fruit juice, fresh/ tinned/dried/frozen fruit, smoothies, boiled eggs and baked beans. Keep pastries, croissants, flavoured milks etc as an occasional treat as they are low in nutritional value and high in calories. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so try this recipe for Bircher muesli to make it extra healthy and tasty! This article was provided by St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s Dietetics Department.

Bircher muesli Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

5 cups rolled oats 1 cup bran 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped 3/4 cup sultanas 1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped 3 1/2 cups milk 300g low-fat vanilla yoghurt 2 tablespoons honey 2 Granny Smith apples, grated berries and extra honey, to serve

Method 1. Combine oats, bran, dates, sultanas, almonds, macadamia nuts, milk, yoghurt and honey in a large bowl. Mix well. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. 2. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving. Stir in apple. Spoon into bowls. Serve topped with berries and honey. Reference:

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Subi Snippets NAIDOC Week NAIDOC week was celebrated at the Hospital on Thursday 5th July with a special ceremony focussing on the national theme: “Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on”. Caregivers, patients and visitors learnt about the history of the original tent embassy and the Reconciliation Action Plan in a speech by St John of God Health Care Mission Leader, Mr Peter Hayes. Entertainment was then provided by the Bartlett Brothers – an indigenous band, who enthralled the crowd with their impressive performance and inspiring messages.

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals After several years of preparation and planning, St John of God Health Care was recently chosen to partner with the State Government to build and operate the St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals. Due to open in late 2015, the Hospitals will have a total of 367 beds, 307 for public patients and 60 for private patients, and will deliver a range of new and expanded services to the community. They will be the first new major hospital facilities in the Midland area for more than 50 years, and will ensure access to high quality health care close to home for the people of Midland and surrounding areas.

EQuIP Survey Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to prepare for the Hospital’s EQUIP Survey for the Australian Council of Health Care Standards, held on the 13th – 16th August. The Surveyors spent four days meeting with caregivers and managers, conducting a thorough assessment of all areas and departments. The Hospital achieved excellent results, including recommendations for an Outstanding Achievement rating in six criteria; Care of the Dying & Deceased, Medication Management, Learning & Development Systems, Research and Ethics, Safety Management (OH&S) and Waste & Environment. Well done to everyone involved for ensuring the Hospital received such great results.

Get on your bikes! The Santos Great Bike for Charity is on again, being held on Sunday 25th November. Our own Horizon House service for homeless young people is one of three charities to benefit from this event and last year more than 70 caregivers from St John of God Health Care, partners and friends took part in this great day out. This year the organisation has pledged to pay registration fees for all caregivers taking part in the 10 km family ride and the first 50 caregivers to register for the timed 53 km and 106 km events. Make sure to get your bike out of the shed, pump up the tyres and join us in supporting Perth’s most iconic cycling event! For registration information email

Annual Ball 2012 The St John of God Subiaco Hospital Annual Ball held on 28th July was a great success and is getting bigger and better every year, proving so popular that this year we set a new sell out record of 600 guests! Attendees enjoyed the fine food and beverages at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and highlights of the night included a mob of paparazzi flashing their cameras as guests strutted down the red carpet and everyone dancing the night away thanks to our band Hi-NRG. Make sure to keep an eye out for next year’s date and mark your diary so you don’t miss out on a fantastic night!

Spring Wellvisions 2012  

Spring edition of the St John of God Subiaco Hospital's quarterly magazine, Wellvisions.