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Opened The Kids with Cancer Foundation Day Unit

FORMER Wallabies' vice captain David Giffin officially opened the newly refurbished Kids with Cancer Foundation Day Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital on Thursday, 31 August 2006, 16 months after his own son was treated there. The unit caters mainly for children with cancer or rare blood disorders. Previously, the Hospital's Centre for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders treated children in three separate locations ­ the medical day unit, the outpatient clinic and the haematology and oncology ward "To eliminate the duplication of services and ensure continuity of care for patients and their families, Sydney Children's Hospital, with the generous help of the Kids with Cancer Foundation, undertook a $1.4M refurbishment to combine the medical day unit and outpatients clinic," said Prof Glenn Marshall, Director, Centre for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Sydney Children's Hospital. The benefits of a combined unit are: · Reduced patient waiting times. · Greater efficiency in the provision of services. · Higher levels of satisfaction for patients and their families. Having retired from representative rugby, David was preparing to embark on a new career in coaching when his then two-year-old son, Joe, was diagnosed with stage three neuroblastoma, a large tumour growing inside his abdomen. "This was the beginning of what would be five gruelling months of intensive chemotherapy to shrink the tumour to enable doctors to remove it surgically in a painstaking 10 hour operation. We just held onto the hope that the treatment would work," said David's wife Kris. "Because he was a high risk patient, our little boy also had to have a bone marrow transplant. He was so sick that we almost lost him. But Joe's doctor, Prof Marshall, was reassuring and we never gave up." Now, 16 months after the transplant, life is getting back to normal for the Giffin family. "The recent renovation would not have been possible without the incredibly generous donation of $500,000 made by Kids with Cancer Foundation to fund this vital project," said Prof Glenn Marshall, Director, Centre for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Sydney Children's Hospital. Kids with Cancer Foundation is dedicated to fundraising for children with cancer and their families through the sale of tickets for their successful ongoing art unions. Sydney Children's Hospital has a longstanding relationship with Kids with Cancer Foundation and their big-hearted support has enabled the Centre for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders to not only fund the renovation of C2N but also fund numerous specialist staff positions. Sydney Children's Hospital is extremely grateful for their enduring commitment to helping make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

Left to right: Peter Bodman, Executive Director, KWCF, Prof Glenn Marshall, Director CCCBD and SCH patient, James Kosmas

Left to right: David Giffin with his son and Qantas Wallaby captain, George Gregan

This month...

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Editor's notes

IN this month's newsletter we pay tribute to long-time volunteer, Gordon Mortleman. Gordon is an absolute inspiration with his dedication and commitment to Sydney Children's Hospital. Sadly Gordon can no longer continue to commute from Gosford to the hospital as often as he would like but we will no doubt see his smiling face from time to time. We are also featuring this month a number of quiet achievers including Tim Scott, Assistant Engineer, Randwick Campus Maintenance Department who recently received the prestigious Institute of Hospital Engineering - NSW Branch "Engineer of the Year 2006" award. We also highlight the great work our Waverley child and family clinical nurse specialists are doing in the community with their practical parenting workshops.

From the executive

DEAR colleagues ON this occasion I have asked David Loy, Finance and Corporate Services Manager (FCSM), to share with you his perspective on current issues. Best wishes, Les White Executive Director AS I pen this editorial the sun is shining and outside temperatures are rising. Spring is a great time of year! As gorgeous as the weather is, I hope these warm temperatures are not a portent of broader climate changes to come... Recently the hospital received its budget letter from the area health service for 2006/07 and as many of you are aware we have received some substantial enhancements. For general growth we have been given an additional $1.0 million, which will assist greatly in meeting some of the increasing expenditure on drugs, while for Intensive Care Unit we have an additional $855,000, which will go towards enhancing the number of beds in the unit. Other service developments to be funded include staffing commitments in the Children's Centre for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Emergency Department. These enhancements are over and above the various award increases, which have been funded separately. They are very welcome and sorely needed, as our net cost of services result for last financial year was a $1.38 million deficit. This equates to around 1.1 % of our total expenses. This was our first end of year deficit in six years. When one thinks about the rate of growth in the number, range and complexity of services provided by SCH over the last six to seven years, it's no wonder our expenditure has almost doubled during the same period. In the late 1990's we were reporting end of year expenditure of around $70 million. This year our expenditure will come in at around $120 million. This is a phenomenal rate of growth. In the same period our revenues have increased significantly as well, although not at the same rate. Last year our patient fees actually dropped by $0.6 million. Hopefully, with our current strategies, we will reach the target figure of $4.6 million this year for patient fees. Financial assistance provided by the SCH Foundation has also increased markedly during these years, with a total transfer to the hospital in 2005/06 of $8.651 million. This is a great result and many thanks to the Foundation board, staff and volunteers for their wonderful work. In other financial news, the area has recently rolled out a new budget and reporting system called PowerBudget. This is essentially a front end to Oracle Financials, which summarizes down to the cost centre level, all financial activity. It is expected that in the coming months, once the restructured area finance units have settled, all department heads will be trained in the use of PowerBudget. Unfortunately along with growth has come other inevitable pressures on the infrastructure of the hospital, not least our available space to house patients and staff. We have been negotiating with the area and the department for some time now about building a new clinical services building, to be located between SCH and the Royal Hospital for Women on the site of the disabled car park. It is planned that the following services will be accommodated in this building: · Mental health inpatient unit. · Brain injury rehabilitation centre. · Surgical 23-hour-care inpatient ward. · Clinical offices for a range of paediatric subspecialty services. · A family room. This project is the single most important capital development for SCH since the redevelopment of the mid 1990's. It is hoped that we will gain the necessary approvals shortly from the NSW Health Department and Treasury to begin the planning process proper, which in technical language is referred to as an SPP/PDP (Service Procurement Plan/Project Definition Plan). This will be a long process, which will ultimately improve the capacity of these services to function effectively. It will also address many of our space related issues, as most of these services exist now and will simply move out of existing (primarily dysfunctional) accommodation into the new building, freeing up space for more effective use. Unfortunately, in the short term, our options are limited, because there are no further space-related efficiencies to be found within our existing footprint. Other patient care areas in urgent need of refurbishment, audiology and ophthalmology, are being considered as part of a broader planning process on the campus. David Loy Finance & Corporate Services Manager (FCSM)


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Party Day 2006 Update

THIS year's Party Day theme is titled "A Celebration of Our World". As we would like to decorate wards and departments colourfully to depict various cultures or countries, please let me know which culture/country you would like to display. It would be best if we don't have doubleups so that ward decorations can be as diverse as possible. I look forward to hearing of your preferences! Jill Crawford, Diversity Health Coordinator. Telephone: 9382 3343 or email [email protected] 2

Welcome Back to Dr Nathalie Webb

DR Nathalie Webb has recently been appointed as a paediatric urologist at Sydney Children's Hospital(SCH). Nathalie has returned to SCH following subspecialty training interstate and overseas, most recently as Trust Fellow in Urology at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She joins A/Prof Robert Farnsworth providing specialist urological services to patients of SCH and its networks. Nathalie has established a new clinic in the hospital's outpatients department, taking direct referrals of urological problems from GPs, paediatricians and other specialist surgeons. Her particular areas of interest are congenital urinary tract pathology (hydronephrosis and Dr Nathalie Webb vesicoureteric reflux), developmental disorders (exstrophy-epispadias complex and ureteric ectopia) and disorders of external genital development (hypospadias, congenital chordee and ambiguous genitalia). Bookings for new urology patients can be made by telephoning the outpatients department on 9382 1470 or 9382 1485.

Pat on the back

Transitional Nurse Practitioner Excels

"I was very appreciative of how well all the nursing staff worked when it was busy on Saturday (19/8/06), but wanted to especially single out Nerralie in her role as transitional nurse practitioner. With her hard work and excellent histories and examinations we were able to fast track a large number of patients who would have otherwise clogged the waiting room, adding to the frustration of all in the department and considerably slowing our throughput. It made a huge difference and I was very grateful!" Dr Arjun Rao, Paediatric Emergency Fellow

Gordon Mortleman - A Tribute to Volunteering

MANY years ago, unfortunately too many to record accurately, a much younger Gordon Mortleman was well known as one of the hospital's electricians within the maintenance department. He was always a happy chappy who went out of his way supporting frontline staff caring for sick children and their families. No sooner had he "retired" when he rejoined the team as one of our most trustworthy, reliable and enjoyable colleagues, this time as a volunteer - often working seven days a week and certainly well in excess of 40 hours! Whether it was on the weekends as the Starlight Room manager, selling raffle tickets in the foyer or educating celebrity visitors on what we do each day, Gordon demonstrated what being a champion human being is all about. Gordon has been commuting now from the Central Coast for the last couple of years and unfortunately his legs are not what they used to be. Those 5.00am starts to be here for his early morning commitments are now beyond him so we Gordon recently celebrating will be seeing far less of Gordon in the years ahead but we thought it was important to recognise his outstanding contributions over so many years. With a bit of luck he will still be helping Santa at our usual staff Christmas party later in the year. So take the time and go out of your way to say thanks to Gordon for a job well done. He has been an inspiring man who mentored so many of our current volunteer workforce with a theme "no job is too demeaning as long as it helps the nurses, doctors and allied health staff to make their tasks easier". We wish you much joy in the years ahead Gordon; you have been a wonderful friend and an inspiration to us all.

Record Result from the Rainbow Ball!

ON 22 July, the Sydney Kids Committee held the 14th annual Rainbow Ball at Dockside, Darling Harbour. A new venue and a new season for the event helped attract a crowd of more than 400 guests who enjoyed a fantastic night of dining, dancing and fundraising for the Allied Health Department at Sydney Children's Hospital. The room was buzzing from Committee Patron Amanda Keller's opening remarks until the final set of renowned party band Masterpiece. Two of the highlights were the drawing of the major raffle with one lucky guest winning a trip for two to Vietnam courtesy of Royal Brunei Airlines and the unlocking by the fortunate key-holder of the padlocked box containing a $5,500 diamond necklace from Canturi Jewels. The generosity of those attending the ball was inspiring and by the end of the night a record $81,000 had been raised. On behalf of Allied Health and all of the children who benefit from their services, the committee would like to thank everyone who supported the Rainbow Ball including major sponsors Kwik Kopy Bondi Junction, Royal Brunei Airlines 3

Mallesons tour C1N Refurbishment

THE refurbishment of the disabled bathrooms and the upgrade of the sleeping and kitchen facilities for parents and carers on C1N were made possible by law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques' generous donation of $110,000. C1N is named after Bill Wallace, a former partner of the firm who set up a charitable trust in his will called The Bill Wallace Foundation for Children which provided funds to build and purchase new equipment for the ward. To continue to enhance the legacy left by Bill, the $110,000 donation for the much-needed refurbishment was received from Mallesons' partners (past and present) and staff through the firm's "Workplace Giving" program. Frank Zipfinger, Mallesons' Chairman, Jane Farnsworth, National Pro Bono and Community Programs Manager, and Aileen Teo, Law Graduate recently visited C1N to see the new refurbishments. The families they met on C1N expressed their appreciation to Mallesons for their helping make their stay on the ward more comfortable. A huge thanks to Mallesons for their generous support.

raffle for charity on the night. Bill chose SCH as his charity and a cheque of $113 was enclosed as well as a photo of Bill and Nathan taken on the evening. Well done Nathan, and thanks to Bill and Yowie Bay Public School for supporting the Hospital.

July, Dr Steven Leach and Nollaig Shalloo were on hand to accept the cheque on behalf of the SCH IBD Research Group.

`Major Ted' Kangaroo makes $600 on eBay

TED is an inflatable kangaroo that was taken to Iraq and Afghanistan by an Australian serviceman in the name of charity. Ted flew combat missions over the Middle East, met important dignitaries and returned to Australia with rare military medals and much more! Ted and his plethora of souvenirs were sold on eBay for SCH and raised $600. Nick Nicolopoulos, Nollaig Shalloo (IBD Nurse) and Steven Leach (Postdoctoral Researcher) with the recruits from NSW Fire Brigade's 2006 Training Class B at their graduation.

Diary Dates

Coogee Bay Hotel Paediatric Digital Integrated Operating Rooms Opening ­ 17 October THE brand new digital integrated operating rooms will be opened on 17 October by naming sponsor Coogee Bay Hotel. The $650,000 hightech theatres are the operating theatres of the future, fitted with cameras, plasma screens, digital recording software and cutting-edge surgical technology. The theatres are funded over a five-year commitment as part of the Coogee Bay Hotel's pro-active and generous fundraising support of the Sydney Children's Hospital's surgical department. The SCH surgical team is looking forward to showing Coogee Bay Hotel around the exciting refitted operating rooms. The Snowy Ride ­ 11 November THE Snowy Ride is an annual fundraising motorcycle ride in the Alpine region of NSW, raising funds for CCIA and CCCBD, which will be held this year on 11 November. Since 2005 a fellowship position at CCCBD has been cosponsored by the Snowy Ride. The participants ride to checkpoints in neighbouring towns in the region, gathering at the end of the ride in Thredbo for a special presentation and raffle draw. It's a fun weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts! If you are interested in learning more about the Snowy Ride, visit www. Sydney Cove Rotary Regatta - 17 November SYDNEY Harbour will once again provide the idyllic location for the corporate fundraising regatta of the year - the 12th Annual Rotary Charity Regatta. Sydney Cove Rotary Club, a major supporter of the Hospital, organises this fabulous day of yacht racing. This year's regatta will provide opportunities for companies to network, entertain clients and enjoy a wonderful day on Sydney Harbour.

The Australian Legends Dinner

ON Wednesday 26 July, 150 guests attended the Australian Legends Dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant at the Opera House. This very special night raised an amazing $300,000 for CCCBD. David and Kris Giffin, whose son Joe was treated for a neuroblastoma under Prof Glenn Marshall 16 months ago, organised the event, which was hosted by Phil Kearns. A panel of sporting legends - Steve Waugh, John Eales and Pat Rafter entertained guests with stories of their sporting careers. Prof Glenn Marshall also spoke about the work of CCCBD, inspiring guests to dig deep. Thanks to Lachlan Hughes and David and Kris Giffin for their dedication to making the night such a success.

Mallesons receive a big thank you

The Blues Feud it out for Charity

BERT Newton's Family Feud recently held a Mad Monday, where representatives from NSW and QLD state of origin teams played for charity. The Blues chose SCH as their chosen charity and won the game, providing SCH with a fantastic donation of $15,000.

NSW Fire Brigade new recruits raise funds for research at SCH

NEW recruits at the NSW Fire Brigades College recently collected money in Martin Place for the SCH Foundation. Within two hours the recruits raised an amazing $6,812.80. Each new recruit class elects to raise money for a charity of their choosing and this year recruits from Class B chose to support inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research at SCH. The funds raised will be used to assist research activities focusing on bone health and nutrition in children with IBD. Nick Nicolopoulos, an employee of the Fire Service, was instrumental in identifying the SCH as a potential charity following the recent diagnosis of his daughter with Crohn's disease at SCH. At the recent class graduation on 20

Good On You!

THE Foundation recently received a lovely letter from Nora Potter whose son, Nathan participated in a special night at Yowie Bay Public School. He made a presentation about the career of Bill Harrigan who donated a signed copy of his book to 4

Employee of the month

Donation to Sleep Medicine Unit

THE Sleep Medicine Unit recently received a donation of $8,000 from Eton Electric Systems of Mascot to purchase an actigraphy system from the USA. Staff from the company, a leader in electrical control, power distribution, and industrial automation products and services, pooled together their money, which was matched dollar for dollar by their management. This is a new service for the Sleep Medicine Unit. The equipment lets the unit monitor sleep-wake cycles over a long period of time in individuals who are being investigated and treated for a range of sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, and other causes of excessive sleepiness. Using these small watch-like sensors helps the unit better monitor and manage children who have had brain tumour surgery effecting the parts of the brain involved with sleep-wake and "bodyclock" regulation. The Sleep Medicine Unit can now offer the entire range of services to children with respiratory and non-respiratory related sleep disorders.

Hearing Awareness Week: 20 ­ 27 August 2006

THE theme for this year's Hearing Awareness Week was "Frequent Exposure to Loud Noise Damages Your Hearing Forever". The most common single cause of hearing loss in Australia is exposure to loud noise at work. Research shows that 20 percent of people that work eight hours per day, five days per week in an area where noise level exceeds 90dB for a ten-year period can expect to have a significant hearing loss. A growing problem however is the amount of exposure to loud sounds away from work e.g. amplified music in pubs, nightclubs, concerts, home stereos, personal stereos, drums, bands, large sporting events, motorbikes, car racing meetings etc. These sounds can also damage your hearing permanently. How much noise is dangerous? The risk of hearing damage is calculated on the basis of how loud is the noise and for how long is the exposure. The sound does not need to be painful to be damaging to your hearing. If it is so loud that it is painful, you should turn it down immediately.

Tammy Lee

CONGRATULATIONS to Tammy Lee, Adminstration Officer, who is our Employee of the Month for September. Marguerite Cusack, Nurse ManagerWorkforce, Nursing Services nominated Tammy for the award. "Tammy Lee is one in a million. She gives 110% all the time in a very busy and challenging position. Tammy is available for over 450 staff who frequently need her help and support. "Tammy went to a lot of trouble in helping me prepare for International Nurses Day with the music CD. She took work home and spent many hours on this project so that it was 100% on the day. Tammy is just exceptional, in every way." Marguerite said. The Employee of the Month wins dinner at Mamma Theresa's Restaurant, a bouquet of flowers from Clementine's Florist and $100 from Metro Parking.

How long until damage occurs?

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Springboks Score Points!

SYDNEY Children's Hospital recently hosted a visit from a number of players from the South African rugby union team, Springbok players visiting the Springboks. SCH patient, Michael. The players took time out of the their busy training schedule to meet with patients and their families and to sign autographs. The team also generously gave out Springbok t-shirts. After the visit, Annelee Murray, PR Manager for the Springbok team sent a message of thanks to the hospital for allowing members of the Springbok team and their coach Jake White to visit the kids. Annelee said that it was an inspirational visit and one the players were thrilled to do.

Staff from Eton Electric Systems present their check to Dr Arthur Teng

ROMAC Presentation

SYDNEY Children's Hospital, Randwick recently hosted a presentation by ROMAC to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Senator Amanda Vanstone. The past District Governor Ed Chenery presented Senator Vanstone with a plaque signifying ROMAC's appreciation and gratitude for the continued assistance from the minister and the department. During its 18 years of operation ROMAC has enabled life saving or dignity restoring surgery for over 300 children from all over the world. One of the most recent urgent medical treatments was for Timor-Leste baby, Maria Soares, who was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. SCH took full medical responsibility for Maria.

Remember to wear hearing protection when exposed to dangerously loud noise. The best way to avoid permanent hearing problems is to avoid excessive exposure to loud noise.

Qantas Wallabies visit SCH

The Qantas Wallabies visit SCH and meet patient, James 5

Tim Scott - Engineer of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS to Tim Scott, Assistant Engineer, Randwick Campus Maintenance Department who recently received the prestigious Institute of Hospital Engineering NSW Branch "Engineer of the Year 2006" award. George Jepson, General Manager, Northern Network, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS), on behalf of Prof Debora Picone, Chief Executive, SESIAHS nominated Tim for his ability to excel in delivering the best outcomes for the Randwick campus at all times. Not only has Tim been with the organisation for over 17 years, but he was also born at the Royal Hospital for Women and was a patient at Sydney Children's Hospital as well. His association with the three hospitals he now provides services for is indeed longstanding! Tim said it was an honour to receive the award. "I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to work in an engineering field that supports the health system, which is responsible for the health and wellbeing of the community. I am grateful to my work colleagues and campus management for their support," Tim said. At the Wagga Rural UNSW Medical School, Adam and Michael each gave a presentation to a group of about 80 people consisting of local doctors, physiotherapists and medical students. Their talks on physiotherapy in cystic fibrosis and the new treatments in the pipeline, and a panel discussion with the multidisciplinary team were video-conferenced to Griffith and Albury. The education evening was funded by Cystic Fibrosis NSW, which was well received. The following day the team ran a clinic for 10 local children with cystic fibrosis and chronic lung diseases. Local paediatrician, Dr John Preddy, who hosted the evening session and briefed the team prior to the clinic, inspired the outreach clinic.

Sunnyroos Down but Not Out

UNBELIEVABLY SCH's star football team (that's soccer for those of us brought up on a diet of rugby league, AFL and rugby union), the Sunnyroos, were recently defeated 6-3 by the Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) football team. It is on good authority that no yellow or red cards were issued; however, it seems many players from the CHW team were taking dives at every opportunity! A great afternoon was had by all and revenge will be sweet when SCH win the cricket match planned for summer.

The Sunnyroos

The SCH respiratory team

Collaboration with Westmead

Left to right: Andrew Dale, State Manager of Programmed Maintenance Services, Tim Scott, and Cliff Pollock, NSW President , Institute of Hospital Engineering. REGISTERED music therapists (RMT) from Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and The Children's Hospital at Westmead are collaborating on a workshop for the professional development seminar at the 32nd Annual Music Therapy Conference. The conference, to be held at The State Library in Sydney, is being convened by Fiona Lamb, RMT, SCH. The group's presentation will focus on the therapeutic use of music technology in a paediatric hospital setting, utilising music software such as Super Dooper Music Looper, Acid Pro and the Special Access Kit.

Outpatients Department - Toys! Toys! Toys!

AS part of a project to improve customer focus in the Outpatients Department, late last year, parents and carers, clinicians providing services in the department and administrative staff were surveyed about how satisfied they were with the department and any improvements that could be made. One improvement identified was the need to add to or update the toys in the waiting room and the clinic rooms. Parents and carers strongly indicated that appropriate toys and activities helped create a pleasant distraction for their children whilst waiting for their appointment, although some of the toys needed to upgraded and others were missing. Clinicians also indicated that there was a lack of toys for children in the clinic rooms. In response, Susan Harmon, Nurse Unit Manager, Outpatients Department met with Michelle Driver, Manager, Recreation and Play Therapy Department and developed a list of toys that should be purchased. These included animal carousels, `little tikes' police cars, monster mountain table mazes and many others, all of which adhered to occupational health and safety and infection control standards. The toys have been purchased and are already proving to be a real hit with the children.

Inaugural SCH Respiratory Outreach Clinic held at Wagga Wagga

MEMBERS of the Sydney Children's Hospital (SCH) respiratory team were recently invited by paediatricians at Wagga Wagga to run an outreach clinic to help meet the needs of a diverse group of local respiratory patients. Dr Adam Jaffe, Dr Yvonne Belessis, Barbara O'Donovan (respiratory scientist), Rebecca McDonald (CNC), Michael Doumit (physiotherapist), Maggie Aitken (dietitian) and Gemma Harrison (social worker) flew to Wagga to conduct the first of hopefully many regular outreach clinics. 6

RMTs Left to right: Sarifa Miller, Verena Clemenic-Jones, Fiona Lamb (from SCH) and Bonnie Nilsson (CHW)

Scholarship Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Driver, Manager, Recreation and Play Therapy Department, Sharyn Greig, Speech Pathologist, Felicity Spencer, Physiotherapist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Irene Mitchelhill, CNC Endocrinology, the winners of the Douglas and Lola Douglas 2006 Scholarship. The winners will all use their scholarships in different ways. Michelle will embark on Left to right: Felicity Spencer, a study tour in Child Life Studies in the USA and Canada Michelle Driver and Sharyn Greig as well as attending the Annual Child Life Conference in Florida in June 2007. Sharyn will undertake a study tour of specialist cleft palate clinics and speech therapy centres in Singapore and the United Kingdom. She will also attend the 2007 United Kingdom Craniofacial Society Meeting in Dublin. Felicity is to undertake a study tour to investigate applications of physiotherapy in the treatment of eating disorders and mental health conditions. She will visit specialist physiotherapists in Europe and the UK, and attend a course in Body Awareness Therapy. Irene will use her scholarship to complete her Master's Degree in Nursing (Hons.) allowing her to complete a long term project aimed at meeting the needs of patients and their families with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This annual scholarship was established last year with the aim of supporting allied health and nursing clinicians that have worked at Sydney Children's Hospital for a period of two years or more. Applicants need to identify clear objectives and how these new skills/knowledge will enhance the services they offer to children and families. Good luck to everyone from the Douglas and Lola Douglas Review Committee. Phyllis Moran, Virginia Binns, Prof Jackie Crisp Irene Mitchelhill

Focus on Gas Cylinder Storage

· Most gases we use are non-toxic and non-

Child and Family Team

MANY of you may not know of the great work that is being undertaken by SCH's School Health clinical nurse specialists in our Child and Family team. Janet Harris, Gordana Kokanovic and Jeanie Thomas are all involved in developing and presenting practical parenting workshops to the general community. With great enthusiasm and innovation, Janet, Gordana and Jeanie present workshops covering many topical parenting issues such as encouraging positive behaviour in children, encouraging children to learn, setting rules for children to follow, learning how to discipline children and making life easier as a family. The workshops can take many forms including the Triple P program, TIPS, three-day courses or one-off programs. Community support for the parenting courses is overwhelmingly positive as organisations such as the Deli Women and Children's Centre at Eastlakes, the Benevolent Society (Scarba House at Bondi), Holdsworth Community Centre at Woollahra and the Sydney Catholic Education Office (CEO), Daceyville provide venues and refreshments at no charge. Recently, Grainne Norton from the Sydney CEO at Daceyville provided the venue for a very successful half day parenting workshop as well as for five-week group Triple P programs. There have also been a number of schools over the past six years that have wholeheartedly supported the parenting programs by providing venues for the workshops. If you would like more details about any of the parenting workshops telephone Janet on 9369 0427, Gordana on 9369 0437 or Jeanie on 9369 0436. Left to right: Gordana, Jeanie, Janet and Grainne

flammable, but some are asphyxiants, for e.g. liquid nitrogen, or are `oxidising', for e.g. oxygen, i.e. they act as an accelerant in a fire. · The main risk of gas comes from inappropriate storage ­ a cylinder that falls over can become a projectile capable of going through a brick wall. Thus the legal requirement to restrain all cylinders, full and empty, at all times. · Cylinders should be restrained around the cylinder not by the valve. · They must be stored away from heaters, combustibles, flammable liquids, machines that `arc and spark', pedestrian traffic, emergency exits and wet areas. · Storage areas should be well ventilated; level, undercover and located so as to prevent unauthorised access/theft. Rotate stock so oldest cylinders used first. · Managers where gas is used have a legal responsibility to ensure it is safely used/ stored/handled and that staff using/ handling/ storing it are trained pre-use, i.e. as part of local induction. · Proposals to purchase a new type of gas for an area should be reviewed first at by the SCH Purchasing Committee so risks can be assessed and controlled before the gas arrives. · Any significant change in quantities stored should be reported to the OHS Coordinator so the department's chemical register, stored in Security and used in emergencies can be amended. For more information, consult the SCH OHS guidance note ­ safe storage and handling of medical gas cylinders. Sonja Falkiner OHS Coordinator

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What's On!

Free Parenting Workshop

Venue: Bondi Public School Wellington Street, Bondi Date: Thursday, 21 September 2006 Time: 9.30am ­ 11.30am (Childcare is not available) Facilitator: Janet Harris, accredited facilitator for Triple P, Clinical Nurse Specialist, School Health team, SESIAHS. WORKSHOP will cover topics such as: · How to stay calm & positive whilst dealing with tantrums & disobedience. · How to follow up on instructions. · How to set guidelines for your family. · How to have fun as a family. · How to give descriptive praise. To reserve a place please phone Janet on 9369 0427. The first ceremony was filled with much laughter, a few tears and was very well received by all involved. Please telephone Dr Michael Plaister on 9382 1760 or Michelle Honan on 9382 0680 if you want more information.

Movers & Shakers

Patient Friend

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle Honan who has been appointed to the position of Patient Friend. Michelle can be contacted on 9382 0680 or email [email protected]

Sydney Children's Hospital Staff & Volunteer Christmas Party

THE Senior Medical Staff Council invites all staff and volunteers to the annual Sydney Children's Hospital Christmas Party. When: Friday, 8 December 2006 Where: Edmund Blacket Functions Room & Courtyard Time: 4.00pm Please note the date in your diaries. Hope to see you all there

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UNSW

CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Richard Henry who has been appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of NSW (UNSW). Richard was the Head of the School of Paediatrics and then of the School of Women's and Children's Health at Sydney Children's Hospital before moving to the role of Senior Associate Dean in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW.

John Beveridge Oration

Wednesday, 8 November 2006 6.00pm ­ 7.00pm John Beveridge Lecture Theatre, SCH Level 1 With refreshments afterwards. THE Honourable Bob Carr will deliver this year's oration. Invitations will be sent later in the year to all SCH clinical staff (medical, junior and senior, nursing and allied health). The public is also welcome to attend. When: Time: Where:

2007 Course in Paediatrics

THE Course in Paediatrics will be held on 2931 March 2007 at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. This is a preliminary notice for your diary. Details will be listed on http://www.sch. later in the year.

Grand Rounds


Title: "Five cases of neutrophilic dermatoses: Associations with systemic diseases" Speaker: Orli Wargon Co-ordinator: Orli Wargon Chairperson: John Ziegler

Mandatory Skills Training For All Staff For 2006

HELD in the Royal Hospital for Women's Lecture Theatre on the following dates: Thursday, 21 Sept: 10am-12pm or 1.30pm-3pm Thursday, 26 Oct:10am-12pm or 1.30pm-3pm Thursday, 23 Nov: 10am-12pm or 1.30pm-3pm Wednesday, 6 Dec: 10am-12pm or 1.30pm-3pm


Title: "School ­ and internet-based concussion screening: Measuring individual change." Speaker: James Donnelly, Head of Psychology Co-ordinator: Adrienne Epps/Kevin Lowe Chairperson: Andrew Day

SCH Graduation Ceremony

Friday, 1 December 2006 John Beveridge Lecture Theatre, Level 1, SCH A SECOND Graduation Ceremony for 2006 will be held on Friday, 1 December for adolescent patients who have had a long association with SCH due to a chronic illness and who are in or about to enter the transition phase to adult services. When: Where:

Employee Assistance Program

THE Employee Assistance Program provides free, confidential, professional counselling for any personal or work-related concerns. For a free brochure or to make an appointment phone (02) 9382 3681 or (02) 9382 6616.


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Patient services activity comparision

Admissions Discharges Day only cases Hospital Average Length of Stay, days Hospital Average Length of Stay (excl Day Only) Occupancy Non admitted patients May-06 1,268 1,253 549 3.1 days 4.8 days 93.50% 26,578 May-05 1,000 1,022 421 3.1 days 4.8 days 91.70% 22,892


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