First study day for graduates


Fifteen new graduates, recruited as part of the Graduate Nurse & Midwifery Program 2018, enjoyed their first study day together on Wednesday 28 February.

They were – Back row: Sarah Wallace, Grace Lancet, Briony Strickland, Alisha Tainton, Mary Anton, Melinda Cordell, Nicole Egan, Emma Foster, Stephanie Knight. Front row: Tiana Faife, Zoe Day, Gabrielle Smith, Subodha Dodangoda, Abbie Websdale, Jasmine Vernier, Janelle Stewart (Graduate Coordinator).

In the morning, there was the opportunity for them to debrief and share their new and interesting experiences.

Additionally in the morning, CGH Librarian Helen Reid, helped them discover the wealth of research resources available in the CGH library for their Best Practices.

The graduates reflected on their group values which were developed as part of the Orientation Days on 12 and 13 February. The graduates’ values include respect, inclusiveness, listening to each other, speaking up, encouraging each other, respecting others opinions, being patient, introducing themselves, being supportive of one another and being punctual. 

After lunch, they had a two-hour workshop on wound assessment, with CGH Wound Consultant and Stoma Therapist, Annie Payne. To enhance their capability in effective wound management, the graduates learnt how to assess and document different types of wounds, and to touch and feel of all the different products available.

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Redevelopment for Special Care Nursery

Central Gippsland Health is planning to redevelop its Special Care Nursery at an estimated cost of $775,000.
The project will see new amenities in the existing nursery space, located within the Women’s and Children’s Unit at CGH. There will be four new cubicles including an isolation cubicle while three new rooms will be allocated for a feeding room, a mother training room and a formula room.
CGH Chief Operating Officer, Jon Millar, said the service was committed to maintaining its newborn capacity at level three as detailed in the Central Gippsland Health Plan 2012. The plan also encompasses the recommendations of The Gippsland Regional Maternity and Newborn Plan 2015.
“The upgrading of the SCN is a fundamental requirement of the regional plan,” Jon said, “It is also important to provide our community with the best facilities possible.”

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New cancer support group

A new cancer support group is being formed in the Sale area for people in the community with all forms of cancer.

Central Gippsland Health’s Community Liaison Group is supporting the establishment of the new group which will focus on individuals who have or have had cancer.

While there are some specific cancer support groups in the local area, the intention for this support group is that it is open to people who have had any sort of cancer. This will be a first in the area and the Community Liaison Group members believe there is a real need for this in the community.

Those interested are invited to attend the inaugural Cancer Support Group meeting with the hope there will be enough interest to continue the group.

Director Community Services at CGH, Mandy Pusmucans, said there was currently a gap in community support surrounding cancer.

“The aim of this group is to enable a safe, confidential and friendly place where people can give and receive emotional and practical support from others with a lived experience,” Mandy said.

“Once the group has a solid foundation, there is potential to expand this to involve partners, friends and family in the future. Initially, we are taking small steps to gauge interest.

“There is wonderful support for patients with breast cancer but the members of the Community Liaison Group feel that there is a need for this type of support for people with other types of cancer.”

The Community Liaison Group members have been appreciative of the support in getting to this point. This has come from the McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse, Marg Centra as well as the Cancer Council Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.

The inaugural meeting will be held Thursday, 19 April from 2pm to 3.30pm in the Conference Room of the CGH Community Services Building in Palmerston Street with afternoon tea provided.

If you have or have had cancer and are interested in being a part of this Cancer Support Group or would like to know more, contact Mandy Pusmucans at or call 5143 8800 to RSVP.


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Tennis turns pink for CGH

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Junior and senior tennis players from Wellington Gippsland Tennis Association helped fundraise for Central Gippsland Health’s Oncology Department by having a special “Pink Round” on February 24. 

In 2016, the association had a SunSmart round that raised awareness of the importance of sun smart behaviours.

A guest speaker spoke to junior players on the topic, providing free sun care products and skin cancer information. The aim was to ensure junior players could be better informed on the risks of uncontrolled exposure to the sun and hopefully make better sun care choices in future.

This year, the association gave its support to the Oncology Unit with all players asked to make a gold coin donation.

All players were also encouraged to wear pink and specially sourced pink tennis balls were used.

CGH Chief Executive, Frank Evans, thanked the tennis association for its effort and said all funds raised would be put to very good use.


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Clean Up effort!

McDonald Wing residents and local guides clean up a Maffra Park.

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Gone fishin’

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Call for more volunteers

Len Lyndon (pictured) looks forward to his one day a month volunteering at Central Gippsland Health.

 A semi-retired bus driver, Len takes disability clients on a day’s outing … to see a film, go tenpin bowling, shopping or even swimming. The clients decide the activity.

 “We have a great day out,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. The clients love going to different places and the other volunteers are terrific.”

 Once a month, Len collects the CGH bus from Maffra and travels around Wellington Shire picking up between 10 and 15 clients who are part of the CGH Planned Activity Groups program. They head to the Sale campus where they all meet and decide the day’s activity.

 At day’s end, Len drops everyone to their front door – tired but happy.

 CGH Community Services always needs more volunteers, according to Team Leader for Home and Social Support Services, Celia Johnston.

 “We use volunteers in many ways in the Planned Activity Groups,” Celia said. “Our volunteers assist with a range of activities including crafts, gardening groups, serving out meals and morning and afternoon teas as well as being a support to our staff and clients.

 “Once a month, we travel to different areas that are accessible for a day trip and we need volunteers to support our clients and staff.  The day is about enjoyment for our clients but everyone has fun.”

 Celia said all volunteers were given an induction before being “eased gently” into the groups. Locality Officers also teach the volunteers as required.

 “This system works very well and we never ask more from a volunteer than they are able to contribute.

 “To volunteer with CGH, you need a clear police check and a willingness to help others. You can devote as much or as little time as they are willing to contribute.”

Len is one of a few volunteer bus drivers assisting with the disability groups as well as the ‘Out to Lunch’ groups.

 “We ensure our volunteers are an integral part of the day and don’t have any out of pocket expenses,” Celia said. “We reimburse meals as well as any entry tickets they may need to purchase.”

If you would like to volunteer, contact either Celia on 5143 8835 or Community Network and Volunteer Support Officer, Jude Deedman on 5143 8833.

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