Forensic medical expert

EducationDirector of Victorian Paediatric Forensic Medical Service, Dr Anne Smith, spoke to frontline and community staff on the topic of “Paediatric Forensics” recently.

The full house included medical staff, nursing staff, allied health staff and local Ambulance officers.

Midwifery and Paediatric Clinical Educator, Leanne Horn, said it was a “fantastic learning opportunity for CGH staff”.

“It was also a great illustration of how the 8:8:10 Roster is being used for high quality, organisational education,” Leanne said.

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Pool comp winners

 Stretton Park took home the trophy from the Inter-facility Pool Competition, held at McDonald Wing at Maffra Hospital on 18 May.

A fair and fun game was played by all residents from Heyfield’s Laurina Lodge, Stretton Park and McDonald Wing.

Pictured is a Stretton Park resident being coached on how to shoot a pool cue by Laurina Lodge volunteer Toby.

Stretton Park Residents and staff alike enjoyed a training session on Deaf Awareness hosted by VicDeaf’s Helen Woods, held at the facility on 24 May.

In other news, Stretton Park residents and Diversional Therapist Kai Hudson have begun working with CGH Dietician Stacey During to create a healthy cooking group. This activity runs once a fortnight and aims to educate and inform the residents on healthy, simple foods with a particular focus on nutrients of concern for aged care (protein, iron, calcium, fibre etc.)

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National Sorry Day a time to reflect

National Sorry Day was marked across Australia on 26 May and CGH chief executive officer, Dr Frank Evans, said it was a time to reflect on how our health service could make a difference.

“This day gives people the chance to come together and share steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, those Indigenous Australians forcibly removed from their families and communities,” he said.

This year, National Sorry Day was observed at the commencement of National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June.

Frank said National Sorry Day reminded us to pause and reflect on the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

“National Reconciliation Week is dedicated to growing respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

“On behalf of CGH, I would like to acknowledge the custodians of the land on which our health services are located, the Gunai Kurnai people, and show my respect to their elders past and present.

“I encourage you to join me in making a commitment this day, and every Sorry Day, to reflect on the devastation caused by the forcible removals policy and how we can make a difference.

“Our Health Plan describes our commitment to walk beside our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in order to close the gap. It describes our commitment to achieving equality and the social justice value that underpins how we go about providing services for our community, but is more than providing health services, listening to and taking advice from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“It is about how we go about our work and how we relate to each other. It is about taking the time to understand and respect our differences, showing our respect for the people who have cared for the land that we live, work and play on, for thousands of years.”

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Refurbishment for cafe

Central Gippsland Health’s cafeteria at Sale Hospital is currently undergoing a transformation.

The interior refurbishment, which is well underway, will see structural changes and new furniture including booths, benches and wood grain tables with an improved and modern servery. Circular tables will have charging points for electronic devices.

The changes are being made to align the cafeteria with Healthy choices: food and drink guidelines for Victorian public hospitals. A key recommendation of the CGH Health Plan 2012-2022 is that these guidelines be fully implemented as a part of the service’s primary prevention strategy to address cardiovascular disease and obesity.

Chief executive officer Frank Evans said as a health service, it was essential that CGH demonstrated leadership in health promotion and healthy food choices.

The CGH Healthy Eating Working Group is tasked with planning and overseeing the implementation of Healthy Choices. A new function catering menu was introduced last year and a new menu will also be introduced to the new-look cafeteria.

“If we are introducing new healthy product lines, we want to create an environment that better reflects what we are trying to achieve,” Frank said. “That’s why our aim is to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Hotel Services Manager, David Askew, said there would be a four slot Bain-marie, large soup pots, a new sandwich press and a barista area.

A three-metre refrigerated cabinet will contain a variety of toasties and paninis which can be toasted to order fresh.  There will also be a ‘Grab and Go’ fridge with drinks, nori rolls, sandwiches and salad rolls and ready-made meals heated in one of the bank of microwave ovens that will be available.

“Most of the work is being done by our own tradespeople,” David said. “Our engineers have even made the new tables.

“We are trying to complete the work without too much disruption to the cafeteria service and apologise for any inconvenience. But I’m sure our patients, staff and visitors will be impressed with the final result.”

The total cost of the refurbishment is $160,000 which includes a donation of $20,000 from the John Leslie Trust. The work is expected to be completed in early July.

Caption:  Pictured is CGH Hotel Services Manager, David Askew, in the Sale Hospital cafeteria, which is undergoing a major refurbishment.

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Course helps Aymee’s career path

Aymee Schofield of Sale was unemployed when she saw an advertisement for a pre-employment course in the local health sector.

Then 19 years old, she had been thinking about a career in nursing but was unsure so she enrolled in the Kick Start your Career in the Health Sector course run by Noweyung Learn Local in partnership with Central Gippsland Health.

Running four days a week over six weeks, the course includes work experience for one of those days at Sale Hospital.

“I gained first-hand exposure to lots of areas within the hospital such as nursing, administration, food services, personal care and cleaning,” Aymee said. “It helped me decide what I wanted to do.”

 Aymee applied for a CGH and was successful, recently starting work in Human Resources and Payroll.

 “I’ve only been here a week but I’m loving the job.”

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Kick start your career in health

Unemployed people in Gippsland will have the opportunity to enrol in a health training pathway which is expected to lead to local employment opportunities.

Central Gippsland Health (CGH) is partnering with the Heyfield Community Resource Centre (HCRC) to run a six-week pre-employment course that could also lead to further training in the health industry.

The course is called Kick Start your Career in the Health Sector and will run for six weeks, four days per week, starting in Sale on June 25.

Participants, who must be unemployed or under employed job seekers, will also undertake work experience at the Sale Hospital, gaining experience in roles which match their skill set and interests.

HCRC Program Coordinator, Julie Bryer, said there were a range of possible job pathways identified by this course including in the areas of personal care, cleaning services, food assistance, lifestyle coordination and administration.

CGH chief executive Dr Frank Evans said the program “fitted perfectly” with the service’s charter which includes a commitment to assist the socially disadvantaged in the community.

“CGH, like many other health services, is keen to be involved in programs that help address skill shortages across the industry,” he said. “We hope that many of the participants will eventually choose to work in the sector.”

Frank said it was particularly satisfying to see one of last year’s training participants just recently join CGH on a traineeship.

The topics to be covered in this year’s training include: skills related to working in the health industry; employment preparation including mock interviews and resume writing; overcoming barriers to work and making a good first impression; financial and digital literacy skills and developing problem solving skills.

Places in the course are strictly limited.  If people are interested in participating in the program they will be required to attend a brief interview on Monday 18 June at the Sale Hospital.

For more information, contact Julie Bryer on 5148 2100.

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Living with cancer

The Living with Cancer Education Program (LWCEP) is developed to support people diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends.

It is a facilitated group education program that provides information and the opportunity for discussion and group interaction.

The program was run at CGH in April and facilitated by Oncology nurses Loretta Phelan and Denise McMillan who completed the Cancer Council Victoria LWCEP facilitator training. It was well attended by current patients, their family members and friends.

Presenters on the day were Haematologist Dr Amanda Ormerod, Exercise Physiologist Patrick Tainsh, Dietitian Madeline Hinder and Pharmacist Michelle Garner.

A range of topics were discussed including managing medications and the side effects of chemotherapy,  the benefits of exercise after a cancer diagnosis, during and after treatment and  healthy eating plans. Smoothies and hot chocolate were made using Sustagen recipes which everyone got to taste…and they really did taste good!

Dr Ormerod’s talk included an interesting video on blood from blood donation, production and storage of blood products to blood crossmatch and the role of the blood transfusions in cancer management.   

Thank you to the presenters for their enthusiasm and participation in the program making the day such a success. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.

Also thank you to the kitchen for presenting such a delicious spread for morning tea and lunch.

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