Suicide prevention workshop

 A workshop around suicide intervention will be held at CGH on 12 and 13 October.

The two-day ASIST workshop helps participants learn life-saving suicide intervention skills.

Widely used by both professionals and the general public, ASIST is open to everyone 16 years old and over, offering something to every participant no matter how experienced.

During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. More than one million people have taken the workshop and studies have shown the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Sue Martin from Learning Services said the workshop would run from 8.30am to 4.30pm on both days.

Features include:

·         Presentations and guidance from two Living Works registered trainers;

·         A scientifically proven intervention model;

·         Powerful audiovisual learning aids;

·         Group discussions;

·         Skills practice and development;

·         A balance of challenge and safety


Bookings close on Friday 6 October. Go to the Try Booking link:

The cost is $90 for CGHS staff and $275 for all others.

For more information, contact Learning Services on 5143 8511 or email


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Help to quit smoking

CGH is offering all staff a free eight-week QUIT smoking course from October 11.

The course is an initiative that results from the service’s participation in the Healthy Victoria Achievement program.


It will be held in the VMO Room each Tuesday from 3-4pm.

Sue Martin from Learning Services said summer was coming and fresh outdoor air “is so much better than nicotine.

“The course is a small commitment for a longer and healthier life,” Sue added. “We want to do everything possible in assisting our staff who make the decision to quit smoking.”

To book for the QUIT course, go to For more details you can ring Sue Martin on 98516 or Teresa Styrike on 98927, or email Bookings close on October 4.

For more information, contact Learning Services.

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Powerscourt dinner

The historic Powerscourt Homestead is opening its ballroom for a dinner to raise funds for the Stretton Park Fundraising Appeal.

The dinner titled ‘Powerscourt Revisited’ will be held on Saturday 18 November with pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm and dinner at 7.30pm.

Stretton Park Chair, Phill Clifford, thanked Powerscourt owners, Paul and Helen Bourke, for offering hosting the dinner.

“The committee greatly appreciates the support from the Bourke family and Maffra and District businesses and traders for this evening,” Phill said.

“This is a unique opportunity to revisit the ballroom at the historic Powerscourt Homestead and support Maffra’s community owned aged care facility.”

Tickets are $125 per head, which includes dinner, drinks and a lucky ticket.

Dress code is semi-formal with music provided by the John Gibson Trio. An auction will be held during the evening.

Phill urged interested guests to book early to secure your seat. Individual bookings can be made or tables of eight. Payment is required on booking.

Contact Phill on 0447 255 353 for bookings.

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CGH marks Health and Safety Month

October is Health and Safety Month and CGH will mark the event with poster displays, safety talks and free office set-ups.

CGH Back Injury Prevention Coordinator, Joan Kemp, said there were inherent risks associated with health care and social assistance.

“Healthcare and social assistance workers are a key risk group due to the very nature of the work they do on a daily basis,” Joan said. “Although hazards are present in every workplace and are a threat to everyone’s health and safety, workers in the healthcare and social assistance sector are reported as having one of the highest rates of work related injuries and illnesses, predominantly due to the regular people handling.”

Workers may be exposed to a range of hazards that can affect their health and well-being, depending on the services they are to provide, the location of the workplace and the clients being cared for. They work with highly toxic drug and chemical agents, perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks such as lifting patients, and are regularly exposed to workplace stress and violence, putting workers at an alarming risk for illness and injury.

Although it is possible to prevent or reduce worker exposure to these hazards, due to the nature of the work, the workers often sacrifice their own well-being for the sake of their patients.

Joan said healthcare and social assistance workers may work in designated facilities such as healthcare and residential facilities or within people’s homes.

“These variable workplace environments along with the fact that client services staff often work alone, can increase the risk to health and safety. Trends are also indicating that patients are getting older, sicker and heavier which these workers are also getting older.

“These factors are increasing the number of patients who will need lift assistance, raising the risk for workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders caused by the increased demand of hazardous manual tasks. Workers in aged care have a higher than average chance of being seriously injured at work as a result due to hazardous manual tasks or slips, trips and falls.”

Joan said some of the hazards that health care workers faced could be quite serious. These may include:

§  blood borne pathogens

§  biological hazards

§  chemical and drug exposures

§  respiratory hazards

§  ergonomic hazards from lifting and repetitive tasks

§  laser hazards

§  workplace violence

§  hazards associated with laboratories

§  radioactive material and x-ray hazards

§  stress

§  sharps injuries

Joan provided the following statistics between 2000 and 2015 from Work Safe Australia:

§  Body stressing represented more than half (51%) of workers’ compensation claims. Many of these were due to lifting people or moving beds, trolleys and other non-powered medical equipment.

§  Slips, trips and falls accounted for 19% of claims. Most involved stairs or falling over objects in high traffic areas.

§  Mental stress accounted for 8%, with more than half caused by other people.


She urged staff to see their Health and Safety representative for more information.

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Show a little kindness

 Central Gippsland Health will be celebrating a ‘Gathering of Kindness’ on 2 November.

 Staff should keep an eye out for flyers to see the activities organised around their work space.

  ​In 2015, Mary Freer and Dr Catherine Crock of the Hush Foundation created Gathering of Kindness, after identifying the direct correlation between organisational negativity and staff wellbeing and effectiveness. 

 Redesign Project Officer/Undergraduate Coordinator at CGH, Sue Martin, said the Gathering of Kindness aimed to redress this by building, nurturing and instilling a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.

 The GOK 2016 invited 100 participants – actors, healthcare clinicians, artists, musicians and innovators to imagine that kindness, trust and respect were the fundamental components of the healthcare system, and that bullying was unacceptable. Collectively they proposed a better way forward.

 “The overwhelming success of the inaugural GOK has inspired us to expand it in 2017 into multiple venues and to broaden participation,” Sue said.

 “The key theme of GOK 2017 is ‘The Power of Kindness/Continuing the Conversation’. The five-day Gathering will provide participants with the opportunity to share their ideas, their work and their projects.

 “Through this, we aim to better understand how we can improve our healthcare environment for all stakeholders, including staff and consumers.

 “Everyone has a role to play – kindness starts within all of us.”

  If you want more information, go to


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Consumer register call

CGH Community Network and Volunteer Support Officer, Jude Deedman, is putting out a call for more people in the community who are interested in being part of the Consumer Opinion Register.

 Those on the register provide their opinion on topics relating to CGH through a variety of avenues – email, phone, written or face-to-face.

 According to Jude, the register is an important tool in gaining community feedback.

 “CGH will make contact with those people interested in a particular area of the service,” she said. “Involvement could be in a variety of ways such as completing a survey, having a discussion with a staff member, participating in a work group or reviewing information brochures.”

Jude said it was difficult to say how frequent or how much time would be needed as it would depend on the topic.

 “But we would value any amount of time that people are able to spare.”

 Topics could include (but are not limited to) Aboriginal health, aged care services, cancer services, children and young people, dementia, diabetes, disabilities, cultural or gender diversity, heart disease, oral health, mental health, pregnancy, babies and parenting, home care and other areas.

If you know a community member interested, they can contact Jude on 5143 8833 or email her at

 Jude is happy to provide anyone with more information about the initiative.


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Anniversary wrap-up

CGH Librarian Helen Ried has provided a “wrap-up” of the successful Sale Hospital anniversary celebrations.

 “Thank you for Department History posters,” Helen said. “Great contributions with wonderful feedback from patients, visitors and staff.

 “Of particular mention is Medical Imaging initiative of using old radiographs, Finance/Switchboard incorporating the new CGH logo and the roomful of artefacts 1918-2017 from Maternal Child Health and Women’s & Children’s Unit with a Sale Hospital birth record featuring one of its very own NUMs!”

Anniversary tea-towels are still available from the cashier at $8 each or two for $15.

 Ball Photos can still be viewed in the Library and Executive.  Mitchell Johnson is taking orders for images @ $12 each.

 The 150th Anniversary signature project, Oral History recordings can be accessed through intranet and internet.  Further recordings are being undertaken and will be added as completed.

 “Keep an eye on our website next week for the GOH launch soon,” Helen said. “We’ve converted the Open Day presentation format to a Wix site.”



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