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Wellvisions Summer 2013

Celebrating the inaugural, cutting-edge Cardiothoracic service

In this Issue

• New Cardiac Service • Foundation Day • Funding for ASeTTS • Healthy eating habits for all Australians

On the cover: Mr Jurgen Passage (third from left), Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Dr Shannon Matzelle (seventh from left), Anaesthetist; Mr Chris Merry (back row, fourth right), Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Dr Chris Lokis (back row, third right), Anaesthetist; Matt Sheminant (sixth from left), Perfusionist and St John of God Subiaco Hospital caregivers.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

Well of the Past

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The first St John of God Subiaco Hospital Annual Ball was held on the 10th July 1901 and was organised to raise funds so the Sisters could pay for construction of a new road to the Hospital.

What our patients say about us It was a flawless performance, from admission to discharge. Obviously all of the staff members have been chosen for their excellent skills and they all exude a happy ambience, a “nothing is too much trouble” attitude and a smile that said a warm welcome.

Calvin Coolidge

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It is hard to believe yet another year has passed and Christmas is almost upon us – and what a busy year it has been. One of our biggest achievements this year is the introduction of cardiothoracic surgery, launched at the Hospital on Tuesday 18th October after a long period of planning and preparation. Subiaco is the first division of St John of God Health Care to offer cardiothoracic surgery and it is an important addition to the wide range of clinical services already available at the Hospital. As 2012 draws to a close, it is an opportunity to reflect on the impressive milestones and successes that we have achieved this year. In no particular order, these include: • Our surgical robot ‘Marvin’, the only surgical robot in Western Australia, has now performed more than 500 procedures. • Implemented the Electro Foetal Monitoring Project which enables remote, real time access by obstetricians to the Labour Ward to monitor mother and baby in utero. • Launched the Anaesthesia Research Unit in partnership with the University of Western Australia. • Introduced an Outpatient Pain Clinic to provide ongoing care to patients who have recently had surgery at the Hospital. • Implemented the Deteriorating Patient Observation Chart to improve recognition of deterioration in, and management of, patients. • Opened Horizon House Dianella, a service providing accommodation and support for homeless, young pregnant women during and after the birth of their child. • Launched, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, an on-site satellite midwifery training centre which includes a simulation Delivery Suite. • Achieved excellent results in the EQUIP Survey for the Australian Council of Health Care Standards, including six Outstanding Achievements. • Ongoing commitment to numerous social outreach programs and our Charity of Choice, Passages Resource Centre. • Finally, the various awards and achievements by our caregivers who continue to make us proud every single day. I would like to thank all caregivers for their continued dedication and support during the year. Together we will address key challenges and continue to provide excellent service to our patients in keeping with our Mission and Values. May I take this opportunity to wish you a very safe, happy and prosperous Christmas and New Year. Warm Regards,

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

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Foundation Day Foundation Day, celebrated on the 7th of October each year, is a historic date in the Hospital’s calendar marking the founding of the Sisters of St John of God in 1871 in Wexford, Ireland.


Bernadette Layzelle celebrates 40 years of service with Director of Nursing and Midwifery Adj Associate Professor Chris Hanna

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The ‘Sisters Story’ is our inspiration as we continue to enact and live the passion they showed for those in need. It is a call to follow in their footsteps in contemporary health care today. The Hospital celebrated Foundation Day 2012 with a special Foundation Mass held in the Hospital Chapel. Each caregiver received a delicious cupcake and spent time working with their department on an activity reflecting the theme “Hands of Hope”, focusing on experiences where our hands have been the “hands of hope” to so many who have encountered our care. In the afternoon, the annual Length of Service Ceremony was held in the Chapel. This year 325 caregivers and volunteers were awarded and recognised for their tremendous commitment and effort of service they have provided to the Hospital.

 f special mention are the following O caregivers: For 40 years of service: • Bernadette Layzelle For 35 years of service: • Bernice Toledo • Helen Monaco For 30 years of service: • Clelia Brabazon • Dorothy Chong • Lorna Hill • Doris Manasseh • Patricia Murray • Mary Smith • John Varty • Sandra Willoughby • Edwina Yiakalis Congratulations and thank you to all who received a Length of Service Award for their commitment in serving others at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

What inspires us

Rosalie has been in the nursing profession for over 36 years and has been involved with clinical education for undergraduate students for 23 of those years. Rosalie has played an integral role in coordinating the undergraduate nurse clinical education programs for St John of God Subiaco Hospital for the last 16 years. Each year, Rosalie and her team of clinical facilitators provide training for approximately 800 students from the various educational institutions that the Hospital partners with. “I enjoy the challenges, the development and coaching of the clinical facilitators, as well as the overall opportunity and privilege to interact, educate and support our student nurses in the hope of encouraging them to join our organisation,” Rosalie said. This year, Rosalie has played an important role in supervising students from the Marr Mooditj Training lnc – an Indigenous training college that is part of the Clontarf Aboriginal College. The complexity surrounding literacy levels and the cultural issues of these students requires close care and attention from Rosalie and her team. “We encourage these students to complete their training to increase their employability and literacy skills for when they return home, as well as apply for the Hospital’s EN graduate program,” Rosalie said.

Despite her considerable responsibilities at work, Rosalie still makes time to give back to those in need. Her dedication to humanitarian work is evident in the numerous volunteering roles that she commits to. For the last two years, Rosalie has dedicated her Tuesday evenings to crisis counselling for Lifeline and this year Rosalie has also made time in her busy schedule to assist with the Red Cross Soup Patrol. In December, Rosalie paid her fifth visit to an orphanage in Bali, she took bags of clothes, toys and books for the children. Besides providing the children with their daily necessities, she also assisted with any basic health issues the orphanage may face such as providing basic first aid items, health education. All of this was done within her personal capacity and with the sole purpose of bringing some joy to the children. “I enjoy meeting with the children and have become familiar with some of the older girls and boys. It is humbling and always a privilege to be with them, and also very sad and hard when it’s time to leave”. Rosalie’s capacity to give back to the community doesn’t end there, with her other volunteer work including a stint as a community nurse in the Kimberley Region and as a Medical Volunteer with CanTeen. It would seem that Rosalie’s spirit of selflessness has also extended to her children. In 2006, Rosalie and her two children took a trip to the island of Tana in Vanuatu, where they spent three weeks in three remote villages. Apart from donating basic medical supplies and clothes, they also assisted the villagers with first aid as well as helping them get to the small local hospital. In Rosalie’s words “the whole trip was definitely a life changing event”. With her commitment to supporting student nurses and her altruistic dedication to helping others, Rosalie Nodwell is a true inspiration to us all.

Rosalie at SJOGSH with EN students from the West Coast Institute of Training


Winston Churchill once said “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give,” and this cannot be truer than the life of Rosalie Nodwell, Staff Development Coordinator at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

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Our Cardiac Service Unveiled In October 2012, St John of God Subiaco Hospital officially launched its new Cardiac Service. As the first Division of St John of God Healthcare and the second private Western Australian Hospital to provide this type of surgery, the Hospital is excited to offer a highly-specialised and comprehensive cardiac service to the Western Australian community. Cardiothoracic surgery is a highlyspecialised surgical field and involves surgical treatment of diseases in the thorax, generally involving the heart and lungs. The Hospital commenced planning and preparations to support the development of a new Cardiac Unit more than two years ago. This involved intensive and collaborative planning by Cardiac Surgeons, Cardiologists, Intensivists, Anaesthetists, Perfusionists, nursing and other Hospital caregivers and has resulted in the development of an integrated and multi-disciplinary cardiac service committed to offering patients access to a comprehensive heart and lung medical and surgical treatment facility.

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The Hospital is excited to have two new talented surgeons committed to providing a full range of adult cardiothoracic surgical procedures (excluding heart transplantation) at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Mr Jurgen Passage and Mr Chris Merry are passionate about providing the best possible care to patients and have a keen interest in offering progressive and innovative minimally invasive surgical procedures. Commenting on the commencement of cardiothoracic surgery at the Hospital, Mr Chris Merry said that he is “excited to be a part of a new and dynamic Unit performing cutting edge cardiothoracic surgery. We are aiming to provide a centre of excellence in minimally invasive structural heart valve disease, coronary and aortic surgery and anti arrhythmia surgery. I see this Unit going from strength to strength over the next five years.” To ensure the Hospital’s operating theatres, Intensive Care Unit and Wards were best equipped to support patients requiring heart and lung surgery, a team of our experienced and enthusiastic caregivers participated in training specifically focussed on this specialised surgical service. With the incredible support and assistance from Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals, our team of caregivers had the opportunity to further develop expertise and highly

specialised, extensive skills under the guidance of both Hospitals’ successful cardiothoracic programs. Dr Shane Kelly, Chief Executive Officer at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, has overseen the development of the Cardiac Unit including the lengthy planning processes which provided the foundation for the commencement of this new surgical service. “The addition of cardiothoracic surgery combined with our existing cardiology, anaesthetic and intensive care services allows the Hospital to provide comprehensive heart and lung treatment to those needing access to these specialised services, and we are delighted to now have the opportunity to offer this highly-specialised and multi disciplinary service to the Western Australian community,” says Dr Kelly. “Our nurses and specialist medical practitioners contributed a lot of energy and effort into preparing for this type of service. Their ability to embrace this new service along with their dedication to creating a centre for excellence in patient care has been exceptional.” With the addition of the new Cardiac Unit to its repertoire of services, the Hospital is proud to offer the Western Australian community a comprehensive range of elective surgical specialities.


The Hospital is excited to offer a highly specialised and comprehensive Cardiac Service.

The Cardiac team preparing for surgery

< ABOVE LEFT LtoR; Kim Coverley; GE Sales Account Manager, Dixie Farrell; Clinical Nurse Consultant for Anaesthesia and Donna Stibbard; GE Clinical Leader

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Play group a resounding success The play group focuses on building secure attachments between parents and their children through play and other activities.

The Association for Services to Trauma and Torture Services (ASeTTS) was established in 1992 in response to the increasing number of refugees entering Australia who were subject to significant trauma, including the experience of being tortured. Through the provision of clinical counselling and community services, ASeTTS supports the recovery process for these survivors and helps them to rebuild their lives in Australia. Since the associations inception, it had become increasingly apparent to counsellors at ASeTTS that many clients were having difficulty establishing secure attachments


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with their young children and babies. As a result, in 2009 ASeTTS started a play group which focuses on building secure attachments between parents and their children through play and other activities. The play group has been a resounding success, with 66 parents and children attending the ASeTTS Play Group in the first three months of 2012-2013. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds including Afghanistan, Burma, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, France, Burundi, Cameroon, Mauritius and Brazil. Recognising the importance of the ASeTTS Play Group, St John of God Subiaco Hospital has provided funding for the playgroup since January 2011. According to ASeTTS, this has made a significant difference to the continuity of the group, the range of experiences that ASeTTs can give to the participants and the level of professional input that we can commit to it. Play Group introduces parents to mainstream services for children such as toy libraries, child health centres and other play groups. Play Group also provides recreational opportunities like excursions to the cuddly animal farm in Swan Valley, indoor play centres and art galleries for children’s activities. One Play Group member who is originally from Burundi says (translated from Swahili), “I like play group a lot. Reading books, playing with the children and going on excursions to see places in Perth I have never seen before. Especially I loved swimming at the pool, I have never been before. I loved the excursion out where we ate together and visited a farm.”

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Valuable Volunteers Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting our patients, families and caregivers. In 2012, 175 volunteers provided more than 12,000 hours of invaluable service to St John of God Subiaco Hospital. A very big thank you must go to all of our volunteers for the tireless support and dedication that they provide to the Hospital each and every year. The volunteers at St John of God Subiaco Hospital also contribute to our Social Outreach and Advocacy services through a range of fundraising initiatives. These initiatives have provided financial support to the Hospital’s Charity of

Choice, Passages Resource Centre, and one of our Social Outreach services, Horizon House Dianella. This year, thirteen fundraising stalls were organised by our volunteers including the very popular Christmas stall, which raised an impressive total of just under $2,500. At another favourite stall, held for Daffodil Day, volunteers sold hundreds of vibrant yellow daffodils to raise money for the Cancer Council. We would also like to wish a fond farewell to Joshua Nipps, Social Outreach & Advocacy/Volunteer Coordinator. Joshua has been a very popular caregiver at the Hospital over the past two years and has made an outstanding contribution to the growth of the volunteer program at the Hospital. We wish Joshua well in his future endeavours.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.“ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this Year of Grace we give thanks for the hearts of our volunteers, the grace with which they serve and the generosity of spirit that they give. Suzanne Sherry, Director of Mission

< A group of valuable

volunteers raising funds for Daffodil Day 2012

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Acting Shift Co-ordinator, St John of God Subiaco Hospital

Our greatest asset

Caregivers Brief description of what you do in your role Manage theatres on a daily basis Length of Service 18 years My career highlight is The opportunity to go to Africa with Rafiki Favourite aspect of role Socialising and working with a great team of my people. My favourite meal is Tropical Burger and Chips from Alfred’s Kitchen in Guildford My favourite sport is AFL – “Go Eagles” Most admired/inspiring person Oprah Winfrey The most adventurous thing I have done is Working in Africa

Experience has taught me Be positive and look for the best in people My dream holiday is Canada and Alaska Life advice There are two sides to every story

Favourite quote “Think before you open your mouth to speak”

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Nutrition News

Cathy Lubrano

Nutrition News

Statistics say 63% of Australians are overweight or obese! Recent research performed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that a staggering 63% of Australians are now overweight or obese, ranking Australias population as one of the heaviest of the developed countries. Researchers also found 67% of Australians perform little to no exercise, and the average Australian adult is currently receiving 35% of their daily energy intake from junk food. Another frightening statistic shows that when




Protein & Nuts



it comes to healthy eating habits, only 5.6% of Australians have an adequate daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk of developing a number of medical conditions including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and sleep apnoea. Considering the statistics mentioned we all need to make radical changes to our diets to minimise the risk of developing these conditions. The soon to be released revised Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends the following daily dietary intake for a person aged 19-50 years:




1 medium piece eg apple, banana, orange, pear 2 small pieces eg apricots, kiwi fruit, plums 1 cup diced pieces or canned fruit ½ cup juice Dried fruit eg 4 dried apricot halves, 1½ tablespoons of sultanas




75g or ½ cup cooked vegetables 75g or ½ cup cooked dried beans, peas or lentils 1 cup salad 1 potato 65–100g cooked meat, chicken eg ½ cup lean mince, 2 small chops or 2 slices roast meat ½ cup cooked (dried) beans, lentils, chick peas, split peas or canned beans 80–120g cooked fish fillet 2 small eggs 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts or almonds, ¼ cup sunflower seeds or sesame seeds 250ml (one cup) fresh, long-life or reconstituted dried milk ½ cup evaporated milk 40g (2 slices) cheese 200g (1 small carton) yoghurt 250ml (one cup) custard 1 Slice bread ½ bread roll ½ cup rice ½ cup pasta ½ cup untoasted muesli ¾ cup high fibre breakfast cereal

Physical activity is also an important factor in managing weight and can help in the prevention of long term health conditions. Make the commitment today to make Australia a healthy, fitter and lighter country!

This article was provided by St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s Dietetics Department.

Roast carrot with bean salad and feta Ingredients • 1kg baby carrots • few lemon thyme sprigs (optional) • 2 tbsp olive oil • 175g green beans, topped and halved • 400g can butter or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed • 1 small red onion, halved and finely sliced • 200g pack feta cheese, crumbled • Small bunch of mint

Method 1. Heat oven to 220C/fan, 200C/gas. 2. Put the carrots into a large roasting tin, toss with the lemon thyme (if using) and half the oil, then season well. 3. Roast for 30 mins until golden, turning halfway through cooking. 4. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in boiling water for 2 mins. Drain, cool under cold running water, then drain again. 5. Mix together the green beans, cannellini or butter beans, remaining oil, onion and feta, then season to taste. 6. Toss with the hot carrots, then tear in the mint just before serving. Serves 4 Reference:

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Subi Snippets Bandanna Day Caregivers throughout the Hospital donned brightly coloured bandannas on Friday 26th October in support of National Bandanna Day. Raising money for Canteen, an Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, the fundraiser was organised by the Hospital’s Learning and Development Department (LOD). Regular supporters of Canteen since 2011, groups of graduates were given bandannas to sell in their respective areas and raised an impressive $1,109.00. Thank you to everyone who bought a bandanna and wore it proudly to support a very worthy cause!

Spring clean your mind! This year’s Caregiver Spring Carnival was held during Mental Health Week and was aptly themed “Spring Clean Your Mind”. As well as enjoying live music, lunch, side show alley and show bags, caregivers took part in art therapy sessions and received stress balls and Sudoku cards to keep their minds active and healthy! Held by the Hospital to thank caregivers for their hard work throughout the year, the event was a great success with over 800 caregivers enjoying a refreshing break in the Hospital’s internal courtyard.

Official opening of Horizon House Dianella His Excellency, the Governor of Western Australia, Mr Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, officially opened Horizon House Dianella at a Blessing ceremony on Thursday 20th September. Australia’s first ever accommodation service focused solely on supporting homeless young women to prepare for the birth of their baby and assisting them to find a secure home, Horizon House Dianella has been home to seven women and five babies since first opening its doors in May 2012. Governor McCusker said Horizon House Dianella is a unique and significant service reaching out to young women experiencing disadvantage. “The opening has highlighted the worrying lack of support for pregnant women in Perth who are homeless and often very vulnerable,” Governor McCusker said. Attendees included Mrs McCusker, Sister Isobel Moran, St John of God Health Care Trustee, Dr Michael Stanford, St John of God Health Care Group CEO, Dr Shane Kelly, St John of God Subiaco Hospital CEO and long time supporters of St John of God Health Care, Jack and Eleanor Bendat. The Premier of WA was represented by Mr Michael Sutherland MLA, member for Mount Lawley.

Awards galore for OH&S SJOGSH was a finalist for the Work Safety Award WA 2012 for the criteria of Best Workplace Safety and Health Management System (private sector). Shellee Chapman, Director of Workforce Development was presented with a framed certificate at the Safe Work Australia Breakfast on 19th October. SJOGSH won the 2012 TravelGreen Award in category of ACHIEVE. The Honourable Bill Marmion MLA Minister for Environment presented the Hospital with the award which recognises organisations that are achieving TravelSmart results. Receiving the award reflects the leadership of SJOGSH in reacting with responsibility and foresight to the health and environmental impacts of travel to and from work.

Christmas festivities The festive season is in full swing at the Hospital and our Specialist Medical Practitioners, caregivers and volunteers have been treated to a number of Christmas celebrations held as a thank you for another successful year. Our doctors enjoyed a “Mystique” themed Christmas Soiree and were mesmerised by the wizardry of magician “Mario the (almost) Magnificent” whilst catching up with colleagues to reflect on another busy year. Our volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch feast as thanks for their support throughout 2012, and our Night Duty caregivers were treated to a delicious breakfast. Our re-invented “Carols in the Chapel” proved to be a hit once again with a great turn out from our local community. Finally, the much anticipated hospital Christmas Lunch was held for caregivers in the internal courtyard, complete with a visit from Santa of course! We wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas!

Wellvisions Summer 2013  
Wellvisions Summer 2013  

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Magazine