New Director of Medical Services


Dr Suhan Baskar is the new Director of Medical Services at Central Gippsland Health.

 Suhan attained her undergraduate medical degree from the University of Otago.

 After working in New Zealand for a few years, she moved to Australia in the early 90s.  She has worked extensively in Australia, starting her initial career as a General Practitioner in rural and metropolitan areas in Western Australia.

 After completing her Fellowship of General Practice, she worked alongside Professor John Murtagh at Monash University in the Department of Community Medicine and General Practice.

 She was Clinical Director of Sydney Adventist Hospital, Hospital in the Home for 12 years.

During this time, her frustration with intra hospital bed block and patient flow concerns developed her interest in Medical Administration. This saw her move into her current role as the Director of Clinical Services at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick in Sydney where she has been for the last four years.

 Suhan is currently pursuing a career as a Medical Administrator through the College of Medical Administration.

Married with three boys aged 19, 16 and seven, the family decided to relocate back to Melbourne after 20 years to be closer to relatives.

Suhan has worked at the Latrobe Regional Hospital as a carrier medical officer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology while her husband worked at Sale Hospital in the same field.

In her spare time, she enjoys sports and is a keen badminton player. Her other interests include landscape and travel photography.

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Lego fundraiser

The Bricks to the World fundraiser raised more than $11,000 for Central Gippsland Health this year.

 The money has been put towards purchasing a portable ultrasound machine for the Dialysis Unit and a wheelchair for Medical Imaging.

 CGH Chief Executive Frank Evans thanked event organiser Brad Spunner and his family for holding the fundraiser in the Maffra Hall.

 “It’s a fantastic effort and much appreciated,” Frank said.

 Frank is pictured below with Brad, Lily and Harri Spunner, Maxine Raine from Medical Imaging and Dialysis Manager Wendy Yarram along with dialysis patient, Judy Cummings.
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Children visit Laurina Lodge

Cowwarr Primary School children put smiles on the faces of residents of Laurina Lodge, playing their recorders and guitars, and singing songs.

The children and the residents then chatted and read books together with the students giving residents handmade Christmas cards and flowers.

The children enjoyed cool refreshments of oranges, cold drinks, a bag of lollies and an icy pole to have at the park on the way home.

The residents were thrilled by the visit, impressed by the “lovely manners” displayed by the children. One resident is now making a scarf for one of the children as she had such a wonderful time talking with him.


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Festivities at Stretton Park

Stretton Park residents have had a busy month with our pictures capturing some of the festivities.

The Christmas Decoration Day at Stretton Park was on 30tNovember. Special thanks to Janet and Rohan Berry for volunteering to help put up decorations.

A special effort went into the table setting for the  Stretton Park Christmas Party on 15 December with residents enjoying the festive celebrations along with family and friends.


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Long service awards

CGH staff were honoured for their long service at the annual Staff Lunch and Awards Ceremony this week.

 They included Susan Marden (Medical Ward) 40 years, Margie Grant (Pharmacy) 30 years, Pam Phillips (Medical Records) 30 years, Wendy Yarram (Dialysis) 30 years, Deb Hogarty (Surgical) 30 years, Colleen Felmingham (Environmental Services) 30 years, Linda Glover (Women & Children’s) 30 years, Nancy Hogan (Pharmacy), Diane Bedggood (Aged Care) 30 years and Kerry Ashlin (Heyfield Hospital) 30 years.


Pictured above are (from left) 30-year recipients with CGH Chief Executive Frank Evans: Colleen Felmingham, Diane Bedggood, Margie Grant, Pam Phillips, Nancy Hogan, Wendy Yarram and Deb Hogarty.

Pictured clockwise from below left are recipients: Margie Grant (Pharmacy) 30 years, Pam Phillips (Medical Records) 30 years, Deb Hogarty (Surgical) 30 years and Colleen Felmingham (Environmental Services) 30 years.



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And the winner is …

Payroll won the 2017 Central Gippsland Health Christmas Decoration Competition.

Maffra Hospital took out second place, followed by the Emergency Department third.

Special mentions went to Medical Ward, Maternal & Child Health, Community Service Room 163, Medical Imaging, Dialysis, Dental and Allied Health.

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful effort which is spreading Christmas cheer through all CGH campuses.

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Eating mangoes has multi-benefits

Mango Fundraiser 2017  (3).jpgMangoes have been on the menu for lots of Central Gippsland Health staff.

 Not only are they a healthy food but by buying them, everyone is helping to raise funds for the Special Care Nursery.

 CGH Health Promotion Worker, Linde Coggan (pictured above), said this is the first year CGH had taken part in the “Mango Fundraiser”.

 “We sold 160 trays and raised $880 for the nursery,” Linde said. “The fundraising was supported by the CGH Health and Wellbeing Group and follows our Healthy Eating policy guidelines around healthy fundraising activities.

 “We are hoping to promote the mango fundraiser as an annual CGH fundraising activity and encourage others to consider healthy fundraising options as a viable option as well.”

 Linde said while the activity was open to all staff, it was supported by outside orders too.

The Mango Fundraiser only use Bowen Special Mangoes which are more formally known as Kensington Pride Mangoes.  They are packed in a single layer tray, with approximately 7kg of Mangoes per tray.  The number of mangoes per tray depends on the size of the fruit, and may vary from 12 large mangoes up to 23 small Mangoes.

As well as having a great taste, mangoes are packed with nutritional goodness – Vitamin C (one Mango contains your recommended daily allowance), Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, antioxidants, Potassium and B Vitamins.  They are low in fat and Cholesterol free.

When you buy mangoes from the Mango Fundraiser, you know the fruit is coming directly from the farm to you.  Your mangoes aren’t being held for long periods in storage or ripening rooms.

Linde said the success of the fundraiser meant it could become an annual event.

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