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									News and information from Queensland Health   volume 14 number 8 September 2009

  health • care • people
page 	                                                                              September 009                                                                           Health	Matters

Emu Fest strengthens traditions                                                                                      directions			Michael	Reid,	Director-General
Indigenous children and elders                                                                                     I look forward to continue work-
harnessed energy from the sun                                                                                      ing with the Queensland Clinical
and their souls as they explored                                                                                   Senate to develop an effective and
traditional culture, sustainable                                                                                   innovative strategic direction for
environments, unity, self-determi-                                                                                 clinical practice in Queensland.
nation, health and well-being at                                                                                        Queensland Health’s response
the recent Emu Fest in South West                                                                                  to the recommendations of the
Queensland.                                                                                                        Queensland Clinical Senate was
    The third annual camp, sup-                                                                                    released in late August.
ported by Queensland Health, was                                                                                        The inaugural meeting of the
held on the Kooma traditional                                                                                      Queensland Clinical Senate was
lands of Murra Murra, 120 kilome-                                                                                  held in Queensland Parliament
tres south-east of Cunnamulla.                                                                                     House on 22 May.
    Key features of the four-day                                                                                        The theme for the meeting was     Michael	Reid
Emu Fest were intergenerational                                                                                    “Connecting Care”, in the context
learning and healthy lifestyles.                                                                                   of the report of the National Health   on a best practice model for clin-
    Emu Fest committee mem-                                                                                        and Hospitals Reform Commission:       ical education and training, and
ber Allison Meek, of Queensland                                                                                    A Healthier Future for all Austra-     focus on building capacity and
Health, said the event aimed                                                                                       lians. The topic was “Educating        improving quality, efficiency and
to foster a healthy competition                                                                                    and Training Our Clinical Work-        effectiveness in providing safe,
among the different tribes and                                                                                     force”.                                competent care for the people of
groups in the Indigenous youth                                                                                          I would like to thank Dr Bill     Queensland.
to strengthen cultural identity and                                                                                Glasson, the Chair, the Senate              A paper is being prepared to
tribal connections.                   Preparing	for	their	emu	dance	at	the	Emu	Fest	corroboree	are,	from	          Executive and all the members of       stimulate discussion and feedback
    “Families and relatives were      left, .Justin ‘Suey’ McKellar, Lance Gaulton, Deon Cavanough and Ben         the Senate for their thorough con-     on the broad functions of ClinEdQ,
invited to come to Emu Fest as        Mitchell.                                                                    sideration of the issues associated    with a view to the council becom-
volunteers to promote intergener-                                                                                  with educating and training our        ing operational by March.
ational learning,” she said.          and their supporters.                 environmental way.                     clinical workforce.                         Recommendations of the Sen-
    “Through continued funding            Six volunteers from Engineers         “The project involves design-           The resulting recommendations     ate’s inaugural meeting and the
from Queensland Health’s Indige-      Without Borders (EWB) encour-         ing and installing an 8kW to 10kW      build upon the directions previ-       Queensland Health responses are
nous Event Support Program, we        aged young people to think about      solar power system and organising      ously recommended by the Minis-        published in detail on the Clinical
ran the event as an alcohol and       energy use through workshops on       certified training opportunities for   terial Taskforce on Clinical Educa-    Practice Improvement Centre web-
drug free environment.                the differences between renew-        Kooma youth,” Linda said.              tion and Training and the Phillips     site:
    “Some of the key health mes-      able and non-renewable energy,            Kargun Fogarty, of the Jagera      KPA Review of Nursing and Mid-         au/cpic/documents/qhresponse_
sages at the camp are that ‘smok-     and how and why to conserve           Jarjum Aboriginal Dance Group,         wifery.                                qcsrec.pdf
ing can cost us our culture’ and      energy.                               taught traditional dance and skills         They will also provide the soon        The Clinical Practice Improve-
‘smoking can cost us the game’            The team helped the young         and spoke on the importance of         to be established Clinical Education   ment Centre was established in
which were displayed on a range       people make their own ‘solar          Murris getting their energy tradi-     and Training Queensland (ClinEdQ)      2005 with the merger of three
of promotional materials.             cookers’, from pizza boxes covered    tionally, especially from fire and     Collaborative Council with a valu-     clinical quality improvement pro-
    “Emu Fest’s promotion of          with foil, to cook patty cakes with   smoke.                                 able resource in determining pri-      grams undertaken under the Qual-
healthy lifestyles and Indige-        the energy from the sun.                  All camp participants took part    orities for clinical education and     ity Improvement and Enhancement
nous culture provides alternatives        Emu Fest committee member         in a smoking ceremony with Dave        training in Queensland.                Program.
to substance misuse and helps         Linda Wharton, of Paroo Shire         Carlisle and Kargun Fogarty, with           ClinEdQ will ensure a coordi-          The key objective of Clinical
develop young people’s social and     Council, said these workshops and     Coco Wharton presenting strong         nated effort across all the health     Practice Improvement Centre is to
personal skills for independent       activities raised awareness of the    cultural messages.                     profession to build capacity, assure   improve patient outcomes in high
and healthy living.”                  Kooma Solar Energy Project.               Kargun Fogarty’s dance work-       quality, and improve the efficiency    impact areas by supporting and
    Kooma elder Uncle Herb                The project, a partnership of     shops skilfully drew the attention     and effectiveness of clinical educa-   working with clinicians.
Wharton opened the camp with          Kooma Traditional Owners Asso-        of the youngsters by telling the       tion and training to meet the future        I would strongly encourage
Kooma Traditional Owners Chair-       ciation and EWB, aims to help         story, leading by example and hav-     healthcare needs of the people of      all staff to keep informed about
person Cheryl Buchanan, wel-          Kooma meet its energy needs at        ing the groups join in the dance to    Queensland.                            the ongoing deliberations of the
coming the 28 young people            Murra Murra and neighbouring          his song story for the emu, kanga-          The collaborative council will    Queensland Clinical Senate and the
from Cunnamulla and Charleville       Bendee Downs in a sustainable         roo and eagle.                         lead innovation and collaboration      Queensland Health responses.

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Health	Matters	                                                                          September 009                                                                                   page  	

$446M master
plan for Cairns
An upgraded master plan to guide             Ms Bligh said the redevelop-
the design and construction of the      ment project would create more
$446 million hospital Cairns Base       than 2100 jobs by the time the
Hospital redevelopment has been         project was completed in 2014.
released by Premier Anna Bligh.              “This will deliver an extra 168
     The master plan follows the        overnight and same day beds by
announcement in December 2008           2014, increasing the hospital’s
of a health service plan identify-      capacity from 368 to 531 overnight
ing health service and infrastruc-      and same day beds,” she said.
ture needs of the Cairns commu-              The master plan replaces the
nity from now until 2021.               draft master plan. Key changes
     The plan identified a need         include:
for expansion of the hospital’s         • location of ambulatory cancer
emergency, intensive care, men-         care services moved to Block E
tal health, surgical, maternity and     site, bringing forward commence-
special care, support services and      ment of radiation oncology service
other services.                         by two years
     “This Master Plan details the      • changes to the building orienta-
‘bricks and mortar’ that will deliver   tion and design
these expanded health services          • changes to the main entrance to
for the people of Cairns,” Premier      address issues raised by council and
Bligh said.                             other stakeholders — entrance to
      The master plan is in addition    Block D will be from Lake Street
to the Queensland Government’s          • expansion to women’s and chil-
$11 million emergency depart-           dren’s services, including provision
ment redevelopment, which is well       for a low-risk birth centre
underway and scheduled for com-         • expansion of medical assess-
pletion in 2010, and the $8.5 mil-      ment and planning unit.
lion upgrade of the medical imag-            The $446 million redevel-
ing department, housing the hos-        opment will provide enhanced
pital’s first magnetic resonance        health services, such as an ambu-
imaging machine which started           latory cancer care centre, includ-

                                                                                Awards encourage healthy living
screening patients in late August.      ing radiation oncology services, a
     Enabling works to deliver the      new multi-storey car park (Block
major redevelopment have begun          E), a new clinical services build-
already, including relocation of        ing (Block D), and refurbishment
diabetes and home dialysis ser-         of existing buildings (Blocks A, B,     The inaugural Healthy Queensland      ment or run projects to improve        munity facilities, and toilet facili-
vices.                                  C and Mental Health).                   Awards aim to encourage change        community health.                      ties at a local gym and pool.
                                                                                and help make Queenslanders                The four winners were picked           Gladstone Regional Coun-
                                                                                Australia’s healthiest people, Dep-   from 336 entries, 191 of which         cil received $600,000 to continue

Peter aided crash team
                                                                                uty Premier and Health Minister       were short-listed for visits by        community engagement efforts
                                                                                Paul Lucas said last month.           the independent panel of judges        and create all ages activity areas
                                                                                     Mr Lucas, in announcing the      from Keep Australia Beautiful          in five communities.
                                                                                state winners, said the awards        Queensland. Professor Tor Hun-              Emmanuel College, Gold Coast,
Professor Peter Ellis, from Nam-        seas cases presented challenges         were designed to recognise and        dloe, chair, Keep Australia Beau-      won the healthiest school section,
bour General Hospital, was one of       with facilities, records, and legal     reward communities, schools and       tiful – Queensland Chair said the      for the Emmanuel Active initia-
the forensic pathologist who went       requirements.                           workplaces across Queensland for      judges’ quest to find the healthiest   tive, which was awarded $400,000
to Port Moresby to help identify            “The facilities in Port Moresby     healthy living programs and ini-      communities, schools and work-         to cover their pool and enable
victims of last month’s Kokoda          were quite good in comparison to        tiatives.                             places had witnessed great results.    sun-safe, year-round swimming
plane crash.                            the standards that I’ve worked in            “It is important to recognise         “We’ve been amazed at the         as part of their physical activity
    Prof Ellis, from the Queensland     before,” he said.                       the great work of all this year’s     fantastic projects around the          incentives program.
Health Forensic and Scientific Ser-         “When we arrived in Port            entrants. They should be rightly      state,” he said.                            The winner of the healthiest
vices, is a member of the Australian    Moresby, we were not familiar with      proud of the actions they are tak-         There was a tie for the winner    workplace award was Jellinbah
forensic specialists in the Disaster    the situation itself and we were        ing to improve the health and         in the healthy communities award       Mining Pty Ltd, which operates in
Victim Identification Team.             fortunate enough to have access         well-being of their local commu-      category, as two entries were con-     the Bowen Basin, for their wellness
    He is one of six experts who        to the facilities of a local funeral    nity,” he said.                       sidered best practice examples of      program offered to all employees
went to Papua New Guinea to set         home. “They provided us with                 The awards, with winners and     community-based healthy living         and their families.
up a temporary morgue and within        quite a good room with power and        highly commended entries shar-        initiatives that engaged the whole          Jellinbah Mining Pty Ltd was
a week had examined and identi-         light and water, facilities you can’t   ing in a $1.6 million prize pool,     community.                             awarded $35,000, with matched
fied the plane crash victims.           always assume will be there.”           are a joint project between the            Texas Visitors Association Inc    funding from Jellinbah and Ford
    Prof Ellis, who was helped              Prof Ellis was involved this year   Queensland Government and Keep        was awarded $200,000 to upgrade        Health, for research on why men
identify victims of the Bali bomb-      in identification of mass graves        Australia Beautiful Queensland.       their healthy food community           engage in health programs and
ings and the 2004 tsunami, said         from World War I in Fromelles,               The prizemoney will be used to   kitchen, construct a further kilo-     how to gain their trust in health
working with the DVI on over-           France.                                 buy healthy infrastructure equip-     metre of walkway between com-          programs.
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Record number treated Outdoor adventures now sun-safe
Queensland’s public hospitals         ries.”                                  Coorparoo children are enjoying
continue to treat a record num-            The report showed more elec-       their kindergarten playground safe
ber of patients, according to the     tive surgery patients were treated      from the harsh effects of the sun,
Quarterly Public Hospitals Perfor-    in 2008-09 than ever before, and        thanks to a Queensland Health’s
mance Report for the June quar-       the total is a 5.7 per cent increase    SUN busters’ grant.
ter released last month by Deputy     on the number treated in 2007-08.           The new and improved shaded
Premier and Minister for Health            A record 125,412 patients          playground facilities at C&K
Paul Lucas.                           received elective surgery in 2008-      Coorparoo Community Kindergar-
    The report showed Queensland’s    09, compared with the 118,698           ten went on show last month at a
performance continued to improve,     patients who received their elec-       family bush bonanza fun day.
with 2008-09 being a record year      tive surgery in 2007-08.                    Chris-Anne Aroney, kindergar-
for emergency department atten-            However in the three months        ten director, said the playground
dances – a 2.7 per cent increase on   from April to June 2009 33,094          redevelopment had given children
2007-08.                              patients received elective surgery,     a fantastic, state-of-the-art space
    During the June quarter 2009,     down slightly by 1.9 per cent on        to get active in safe and healthy
Queensland emergency depart-          the same quarter the previous           surroundings.
ments treated 378,179 patients        year.                                       “Outdoor play is essential to
– a three per cent increase on the         “It is important to note that      children’s development,” she said.
same quarter in 2008.                 Queensland still has shortest elec-         “The specially designed fort,
    Public hospital emergency         tive surgery waiting times in the       new soft-fall and shade cloths in
admissions rose, with 357,986         nation, with a mean wait time           our playgrounds will give the chil-
patients admitted through emer-       of 27 days compared with the            dren attractive, enjoyable and safe
gency departments – up from           national average of 34 days,” Mr        areas to play, explore, discover,
338,598 in June 2008 or a 5.7 per     Lucas said.                             pretend — basically all the things
cent increase.                             “The current total number of       children do.
    “When comparing emergency         ‘long wait’ patients has decreased          “Our new rain water tank will
admissions over the past four         across all categories from the same     help educate children about the
years there has been a 21.9 per       period last year by 19.1 per cent.      importance of water saving, while     Charlotte Singleton and Amelie Harper taking advantage of sunshade at
cent increase in emergency public           “That is an encouraging sign      providing water for play and keep-    C&K Coorparoo Community Kindergarten’s new playgrounds.
hospital admissions – a figure that   that the ‘long wait’ reduction strat-   ing our grounds green.
far outstrips population growth,”     egies Queensland Health has put               “Our playground would not           “Many organisations have a         of $2500 (excluding GST) is cur-
Mr Lucas said.                        in place, particularly Surgery Con-     have been possible without our        sun safe policy, which could mean      rently available across Southern
    “Despite this our emergency       nect, are having a positive effect      parent’s hard work, community         there are measures such as pro-        Queensland.
department waiting time perfor-       in ensuring timely access to elec-      support and the various grants we     vision of shade structures and/or          All funding applications will
mance has improved in all catego-     tive surgery.”                          received.”                            varied breaks to limit the amount      be assessed on merit, with applica-
                                                                                  The centre received grants from   of time children spend in the sun      tions closing on 1 November.

  Fast Track for fitness
                                                                              the Gambling Community Benefit        between 10.00am and 3.00pm.                For more information or a
                                                                              Fund, Department of Education             “These measures, combined          SUNbusters application kit, phone
                                                                              Community Kindergarten Assis-         with regular application of sun        Sherryn Davies (West Moreton)
                                                                              tance Scheme, City Council Com-       screen and the use of suitable hats    3810 1500, Jenette Blake (Bris-
  Fast Track, a ground-breaking       weight problems led to the cre-         munity Grant and the Queensland       which shade the neck, shoulders        bane Southside) 3000 9148, Diane
  Queensland Health initiative        ation of a project team to exam-        Health SUNbusters program.            and ears from the sun, will help       Lamb (Gold Coast) 5509 7222,
  aimed at addressing childhood       ine the problem.                            Aleesa Clough, Brisbane South-    prevent skin cancer later in life.”    Jessica Hobbs (Darling Downs and
  overweight problems, is being           “There are very few options         side Population Health Unit’s Act-        SUNbusters funding of up to        South Burnett) 4631 9888 and
  given a trial run at Dalby Hos-     for parents whose children have         ing Director of Health Promotion,     50 per cent of the total cost of       Elizabeth Handley (South West)
  pital.                              obesity concerns and we want to         said the SUNbusters seeding grants    the structure, or to a maximum         4656 8100.
      The Fast Track team meets       address this anomaly,” he said.         help local communities establish
  with parents of children aged           The Fast Track program was          good sun protective practices.

                                                                                                                    Healthier lifestyle for all
  between three and 10 years          developed by local health pro-              “Providing shade for children
  old for a four-hour group par-      fessionals, including a paediatri-      while they play is an important
  ent session and a three-month       cian, physiotherapist, paediatric       responsibility for early childhood
  booster review.                     dietician and psychologist.             facilities, schools, sporting clubs
      Rumbi Mutsekwa, Dalby               The Gold Coast team was             and community organisations           Laidley residents are being            Thursday,” he said.
  Hospital dietician said the free    successful in receiving private         catering for children,” she said.     encouraged to adopt a healthier            “The exercise programs are
  Fast Track program helped par-      funding to support a research               “Children are more exposed        lifestyle by taking part in “Every-    designed to suit everyone, with a
  ents play a key role in address-    officer position in evaluating          to the sun than many other age        one can do it!” water and gymna-       specialised cardiac program for
  ing children’s health problems.     the project.                            groups. It’s estimated that up to     sium exercise programs being con-      people who have experienced
      “Fast Track encourages the          Positive outcomes have              80 per cent of a person’s lifetime    ducted by the Laidley Community        a cardiac event in the past six
  whole family to be a part of        been obtained and high levels of        exposure to UV is received before     Health Service.                        months.”
  the solution, using a range of      parental satisfaction have been         the age of 18.                             Mark Haslam, Laidley Health           Mark said there were many
  health professionals to tackle      reported.                                   “Frequent sun exposure and        Service physiotherapist, said the      benefits to participating in these
  areas such as nutrition, physical       “We believe the result of this      sunburn in childhood sets the         free exercise programs were suit-      programs.
  activity and behaviour change,”     kind of program is a decreased          stage for high rates of melanoma      able for everyone, including suffer-       “The water program can
  she said.                           need for health assistance down         later in life.                        ers of chronic disease and cardiac     improve movement and circula-
      Dr Doug Shelton, Gold           the track and an improved sense             “Skin cancer could be pre-        disease, with participants referred    tion, balance, fitness and muscle
  Coast community paediatrician,      of well-being for families and          vented if children were adequately    by their general practitioner.         strength,” he said.
  said the increasing number of       the wider community,” Dr Shel-          protected from UV radiation and            “We have a water exercise pro-        “The gym program can increase
  children presenting with over-      ton said.                               encouraged to learn sun smart         gram and a free gym exercise pro-      motivation and decrease pain and
                                                                              behaviours early in their life.       gram available each Monday and         depression.”
Health	Matters	                                                                           September 009                                                                                     page  	

Outreach improving heart health
Increasing numbers of Indigenous             The success of the Indigenous       year program.
Queenslanders living in rural and        cardiac outreach program is due to           “The plan includes a responsi-
remote communities are learn-            the combined medical and com-           ble exit strategy, reducing commu-
ing how to improving their heart         munity development approach that        nity dependency, and four distinct
health, thanks to the Cardiac Out-       embraces ancestral, holistic health     developmental phases (relation-
reach Program being run by Prince        care practices. These fundamental       ship/partnership, disease/ recovery,
Charles Hospital.                        practices encourage community           capacity/resources and self-gover-
     The program, which began in         participation, building of commu-       nance/autonomy).
2007, started in response to alarm-      nity relationships, and community            “Over the next 10 year period
ing rates of cardiac-related mortal-     ownership in service delivery and       we envisage communities’ confi-
ities and chronic diseases affecting     management.                             dence and program autonomy will
Indigenous people.                           Rohan Corpus, program coor-         substantially grow.
     Committed to improving              dinator and author said the pro-             “This nurturing will naturally
access to cardiac speciality care,       gram centred on relationships           help improve the health status
The Prince Charles Hospital initi-       with Indigenous communities by          (narrowing the gap) of Indigenous
ated an innovative and culturally-       employing a self-referral model.        communities that we serve.”
appropriate Indigenous cardiac               “This model is proving highly            Rohan said the results so far
outreach program. The program            successful among the community          spoke for themselves. He said that
is delivered by a team consisting        with a cardiac risk assessment tool     since the program started:
of a cardiac specialist, sonogra-        administered by Indigenous health       • more than 1000 patients had
pher and Indigenous health pro-          care workers,” he said.                 been assessed
fessional.                                   The cardiac risk analysis is cat-   • community attendance rates
     The team provides a variety of      egorised into heart failure, acute      were more than 90 per cent
diagnostic testing, such as echo-        rheumatic fever and coronary            • sites had increased from 11 to 18     William Sowter being given a cardiac assessment by sonographer
cardiography, which uses ultra-          artery disease, with scoring risk       because of community demand             Natalie Kelly at Mornington Island.
sound to examine and measure the         check-list giving health workers        • new diagnoses of cardiac con-
structure and functioning of the         clear guidelines and highlighting a     ditions, including rheumatic heart

                                                                                                                         Nursing skills honed
heart and to diagnose abnormali-         referral order.                         disease, ischaemic heart disease,
ties and disease, and bio-chemistry          “The program’s main emphasis        heart failure, modifiable risk fac-
testing with referral to tertiary care   is to move the focus of the com-        tors
facilities.                              munity from chronic illness to          • successful referral for interven-
     Starting at just 11 sites, the      wellness and primary prevention,”       tions, including stress testing, cor-   Queensland Health nurses will be       ing a systematic triage assess-
program has evolved to 18 sites. To      Rohan said.                             onary angiography, valvuloplasty,       better equipped to manage young        ment, identifying subtle changes
date, the cardiac outreach team has          “The capacity development of        and cardiac surgery.                    patients requiring emergency care      that indicate a worsening condi-
recorded 1200 occasions of service       Indigenous health care workers to            “Even though we provide a          after they hone their skills at a      tion, helpful hints and tricks for
across Queensland, covering dis-         examine, educate and more impor-        quarterly cardiac outreach service      two-day course this month.             paediatric care, cultural consider-
tricts including the Lower Gulf of       tantly monitor communities’ car-        and patient follow-up is robust, the        Registered nurses from across      ations in paediatric care, and pain
Carpentaria and communities such         diac risk factors is progressing.       medication compliance rate is less      the Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay            management and interacting tech-
as Mornington Island, Doomadgee,             “Our framework honours cul-         than desirable,” Rohan said.            Health Service District will take      niques in children.
Normanton and Burketown.                 tural appropriateness to support             “In the short-term, the pro-       part in the emergency nurs-                 “There will also be interac-
     In the Central-West district the    proactive, integrated and holis-        gram has joined hands with local        ing paediatric course, which will      tive skills stations that simulate
team visits small townships, such        tic health care practice that aligns    government and non-government           enhance their ability to assess and    patient situations to help facilitate
as Birdsville, Boulia, Bedourie,         with community priorities, aims         organisation.                           treat children.                        the practical application of these
Windorah, Tambo, Alpha, Blackall         and objectives. For sustainable and          “The partnership is involving          Terri Downer, Fraser Coast         areas,” Terri said.
and larger sites such as Longreach,      positive social change it was nec-      communities in low impact exer-         Health Service Nurse Educator,              “These include paediatric mul-
Barcaldine and Winton.                   essary to develop a plan for a 10-      cise activities.”                       said that while trauma was the         tiple trauma, paediatric resuscita-
                                                                                                                         leading cause of death in chil-        tion, triage priorities and paediat-
                                                                                                                         dren, acute illness was a source of    ric considerations.”
                                                                                                                         unnecessary paediatric death.               Terri said the course was one

Clinical audit standard endorsed                                                                                             “While national attention has
                                                                                                                         focused on the standardisation of
                                                                                                                         trauma care, less effort has been
                                                                                                                                                                of a series being undertaken by
                                                                                                                                                                Fraser Coast staff. Others included
                                                                                                                                                                pre-hospital trauma and life sup-
                                                                                                                         made to standardise emergency          port for doctors, nurses and para-
The Clinical Audit and Review            ties by all Queensland Health clini-        “The development of the             paediatric care,” she said.            medics on October 17 and 18, and
Implementation Standard and              cians,” he said.                        implementation standard was                 “To lessen the morbidity and       the trauma nursing core course on
How to Guide have been endorsed,              “Clinical Audit and Review         undertaken by the Clinical Prac-        mortality, nurses need to be knowl-    November 7 and 8.
the Director-General Michael Reid        Implementation Standard is a qual-      tice Improvement Centre Centre          edgeable in prevention strategies           Last December, 20 registered
announced last month.                    ity improvement process that seeks      for Healthcare Improvement, with        for injury and/or disease as well as   nurses from the Maryborough and
    Mr Reid said the Clinical Audit      to improve clinical practice, and       considerable input from clinical        triage assessment and the appro-       Hervey Bay hospitals participated
and Review Implementation Stan-          patient care and outcomes through       experts and leaders.“                   priate interventions for children      in a maternity emergency care
dard was part of a suite of clini-       a systematic review of care.                For further information on the      requiring emergency care.”             program. This course was repeated
cal     governance      implementa-           “Aspects of the structure, pro-    implementation standard, e-mail             Terri said the Australian Col-     in July 2009 with another 20 staff
tion standards that supported the        cesses, and outcomes of care are        Central-Clinical-Governance-            lege of Emergency Nursing Course       taking part.
Queensland Health Clinical Gov-          selected and systematically evalu- The Clin-        at Hervey Bay Hospital would pro-           The courses allowed them to
ernance Policy and Framework to          ated against explicit criteria.         ical Audit and Review Implemen-         vide participants with increased       develop the necessary knowledge
improve patient safety and quality            “Where indicated, changes          tation Standard and How to Guide        knowledge and skills to deliver        and skills needed to manage unex-
within Queensland Health services.       are implemented at an individual,       is on the Centre for Healthcare         the best possible care to young        pected normal births and mater-
    “The standard describes the          team, or service level with ongoing     improvement site http://www.            patients.                              nity emergencies in the absence of
minimum mandatory requirements           monitoring to confirm improve-             She said the course would          qualified midwifery and obstetric
for clinical audit and review activi-    ment in healthcare delivery.            strategy/clinical_governance.asp.       cover topics such as perform-          professionals.
page 6	                                                                                September 009                                                                        Health	Matters

Four putting bite into good health Sound future ahead for
Four Quilpie children have become
                                   Deadly Ears innovation
instantly recognisable in their town
being featured in a special nutri-
tion poster program to inspire their
South West community to make                                                                                         A new framework building on the      Indigenous Queenslanders.
healthy food choices.                                                                                                state’s highly successful Deadly         “Deadly Ears is the only pro-
     The posters, produced by                                                                                        Ears program to combat ear dis-      gram of its kind in Australia and
Queensland Health’s Food Out-                                                                                        ease in Indigenous communities       one the State Government is very
back project, feature Reece Lander,                                                                                  was endorsed last month by the       proud to support,” he said.
Jydaya Gorringe, Tom Hennessy                                                                                        State Government                         “The framework for the
and Katie Athorn eating fresh car-                                                                                        The Deadly Ears program         future direction of this program
rots, apples and bananas.                                                                                            works with Queensland’s urban,       is an important milestone in our
     Erin Anthony, South West Pop-                                                                                   rural and remote communities to      efforts to close the gap in Indig-
ulation Health Unit public health                                                                                    improve the health and wellbeing     enous health, with the framework
nutritionist, said the children were                                                                                 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait      providing an opportunity to plan
leading the way to inspire their                                                                                     Islander children and young peo-     and develop safe and sustainable
peers, parents, families and oth-                                                                                    ple.                                 ear health services between gov-
ers to include more vegetables and                                                                                        The Deadly Ears, Deadly Kids,   ernment and non-government
fruit into their daily meals and                                                                                     Deadly Communities: 2009 –           agencies.
snacks.                                                                                                              2013 framework outlines a range          “The framework outlines mea-
     The marketing resources will                                                                                    of key goals designed to further     sures to coordinate and prioritise
feature in Quilpie’s two local food                                                                                  reduce rates of ear disease in       future actions.”
stores.                                                                                                              Indigenous Queensland commu-             Mr Lucas said the Deadly Ears
     In conjunction with the three                                                                                   nities.                              program was continuing to make
posters, two brochures will pro-                                                                                          The overall goals of the        significant inroads in addressing
mote the benefits of vegetables                                                                                      framework are:                       middle ear disease in Indigenous
and fruit, and of healthy school                                                                                     • reduce the incidence and           Queensland children.
lunches.                                                                                                             impact of otitis media and con-          He said some Indigenous
     Erin said one brochure pro-                                                                                     ducive hearing loss in Aboriginal    communities in Queensland had
moted the benefits and use of fro-                                                                                   and Torres Strait Islander chil-     rates of chronic middle ear infec-
zen, canned and dried vegetables        Tom Hennessy about to bite on a carrot to promote the daily intake of        dren                                 tions that well exceeded rates
and fruit, in addition to fresh pro-    two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables.                           • improve coordination and inte-     acknowledged by the World
duce, and included a range of rec-                                                                                   gration of culturally appropriate    Health Organisation as an indica-
ipes from breakfast options and         broader Food Outback activi-          of our Quilpie activities.             and evidence-based sustainable       tor of a major public health prob-
snacks to lunch choices and din-        ties occurring in Quilpie this year       “This partnership has a strong     ear health                           lem.
ner.                                    included bi-monthly cooking dem-      focus on schools through nutri-        • integrate ear health ser-              Chronic ear disease had a
     “The recipes have been selected    onstrations and taste testings the    tion awareness sessions and talks      vices into primary and public        profound effect on children and
from the Quilpie Cuisine cookbook,      two supermarkets.                     to encourage children to make          healthcare services/approaches       could result in delays in child-
a compilation of local recipes com-         “The cooking activities help      healthy choices, particularly in the   to Aboriginal and Torres Strait      hood development, lack of par-
piled by Jean Hall and the Quilpie      build people’s knowledge and skills   selection of vegetables and fruit.     Islander child, maternal and fam-    ticipation in schools and poorer
Kindergarten and Limited Hours          in using available vegetables and         “Our message is that it doesn’t    ily health.                          educational outcomes.
Care Inc,” she said.                    fruit from the local food stores,”    matter whether it’s bought, grown,          Paul Lucas, Deputy Premier          Mr Lucas said the State Gov-
     “The other brochure promotes       she said.                             tinned or frozen - aim for two         and Minister for Health, said        ernment had allocated $4.4 mil-
the importance of healthy school            “We’ve also just established a    serves of fruit and five serves of     Deadly Ears was an important         lion over three years for the pro-
lunch boxes and provides a vari-        partnership with Brisbane Markets     vegetables everyday, to fuel your      part of the State Government’s       gram, which had helped repair
ety of food items that can be used      Ltd to use its marketing resources    30 minutes of exercise and stay        commitment to closing the health     damage and restore hearing to
to create a healthy and balanced        and promotional materials as part     strong and healthy.”                   gap between Indigenous and non-      more than 1200 children and
lunch for children at school.                                                                                                                             undertake ear, audiological and
     “They were developed by the                                                                                                                          communication screening of
project’s Quilpie Consultation                                                                                                                            more than 3000 children.

                                          Pastoral care room offers sanctuary
Group which will pilot the cul-                                                                                                                               “A six-week campaign in one
turally appropriate nutritional                                                                                                                           Indigenous community success-
resources over coming months.”                                                                                                                            fully reduced ear health screen-
     The    Quilpie     Consultation                                                                                                                      ing failures from 79 per cent to
Group includes of Indigenous              A sanctuary for relatives of        withdraw to in times of distress           “We are listening friends        51 per cent,” he said.
and       non-Indigenous represen-        patients during times of dis-       or if they need to talk to one         really who can offer reas-               “This the program is the sole
tatives from Queensland Health,           tress is now available at Mary-     of our team, a minister or staff       surance or just be there for         provider in Queensland of accred-
South West Health Communities             borough Hospital with the offi-     member,’’ Rev Allan said.              patients, relatives or staff         ited ear health training, and has
Program, Charleville and Wester           cial opening last month of a            “Having a friend or family         who want to have a quiet chat        educated 250 people from 20
Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait        Pastoral Care Room.                 member seriously ill can be a very     about their situation,’’ Rev         Indigenous communities.”
Islander Corporation for Health               Rev Diana Allan, coordina-      distressing time and often these       Allan said.                              Mr Lucas said that to date
(CWAATSICH) and Quilpie Shire             tor for the hospital’s Pastoral     people need to talk with their             The team includes about          screening of Indigenous children
Council.                                  Care Team, said the room would      chaplain, a member of the pas-         six volunteers who visit the         aged 0-14 years by the Deadly
     The community partnership            be used not only by the Pastoral    toral care team, or hospital staff     hospital on a daily basis. They      Ears program had found 58 per
has been formed to support the            Care Team members and local         about how they are feeling.’’          are members of the commu-            cent failed ear health examina-
Food Outback project to improve           church ministers but by rela-           The Pastoral Care Team is          nity who have been trained           tions.
the availability, affordability and       tives and staff members.            made up of volunteers represent-       in pastoral care and recom-              He said that of far greater
accessibility of vegetables and fruit         “It will be a place of quiet    ing various churches in Marybor-       mended to the team by their          concern was that this figure was
in South West Queensland.                 and solitude where people can       ough.                                  local pastor.                        85 per cent among Indigenous
     Erin said that some of the                                                                                                                           children aged 0-4 years.
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                                                                              Simon million dollar miracle man
                                                                              Simon Wood calls himself the           communication between the dif-
                                                                              million dollar man. After severely     ferent clinical specialties in a hos-
                                                                              injuring himself in a motorbike        pital and health services in the
                                                                              accident earlier this year and         community.”
                                                                              requiring a team of more than 200           Prof Schuetz said the hospi-
                                                                              health professionals to save his       tal’s Trauma Service, which was
                                                                              life, it’s easy to see why.            established in 2007, was the key to
                                                                                   Simon, 42, was riding to work     providing the best care to multi-
                                                                              in February when he came off his       trauma patients.
                                                                              bike at a busy Balmoral intersec-           He said the whole process,
                                                                              tion.                                  from accident to rehabilitation,
                                                                                   His injuries were so extensive    was a pathway with many differ-
                                                                              that a number of specialist teams      ent groups involved.
                                                                              at the Brisbane southside trauma            He said Simon was one patient,
                                                                              referral centre, Princess Alexan-      but there were more than 200 peo-
                                                                              dra Hospital, had to work together     ple working on his case.
                                                                              to treat him.                               He said the Trauma Service
                                                                                   The father of two said all he     was dedicated to patients who
                                                                              can recall is the time and date of     have suffered multiple trauma           Professor Michael Scheutz
                                                                              the accident – the rest is a blur.     injuries — “it’s like the ‘glue’ that
Million dollar man Simon Wood and his wife Michelle.                               “All I can remember is wak-       holds of all the different staff and
                                                                              ing up two weeks later in so much      specialties together”.                  ful he was still here for his wife
                                                                              pain, with a list of 14 major inju-         Prof Schuetz said the hospital     and kids.

Support for researchers                                                       ries including to my head and          had taken important steps toward            “I’m now seeing a physiother-
                                                                              spine,” he said.                       improving trauma management             apist and occupational therapist,
                                                                                   “Fourteen different injuries      in the past couple of years since       and I’m having another operation
                                                                              might seem impressive, but I cer-      the release of Queensland Health’s      on my arm next week,” he said.
The Queensland Health Office               He said the fellowships were       tainly wouldn’t wish it on any-        Trauma Plan.                                In June, he returned to his
of Health and Medical Research         designed to provide salary sup-        body.”                                      The hospital opened the state’s    job as a machinist at Queensland
(OHMR), established to provide         port for clinicians and health pro-         Simon underwent emergency         first Trauma Service and trauma         Newspapers and now works six
a clear direction and support for      fessionals to ‘quarantine’ research    surgery shortly after arriving at      high dependency ward in 2007 to         hours a week.
health and medical researchers in      time, while continuing in their cur-   the hospital from the crash scene.     handle multi-trauma cases as a              And he’s not planning on
Queensland, has celebrated its first   rent position.                              “I then spent two weeks in        progression following treatment         returning to motorbike riding any
12 month’s achievements.                   Applications for the Health        intensive care, and another six        in the intensive care unit.             time soon.
     Dr Maarten Kamp, Acting           Research Fellowships close on 28       weeks in hospital having opera-             The service was successfully           “The bike was written off and
Chief Executive of the Centre for      September.                             tion after operation,” he said.        reducing the burden on ICU, while       I’ve been threatened by my wife
Healthcare Improvement, said the           Dr Kamp said the first recipi-          Simon said he was surprised       providing trauma-specific exper-        never to get on one again,” he
OHMR had been very busy provid-        ents of the Senior Clinical Research   by the number of people it took        tise.                                   said. “The most I’m allowed now
ing information and support for a      Fellowships, Professors Thomas         to not only save his life, but to           Simon said he was just grate-      is a ride-on mower!”
number of issues.                      Marwick, David Paterson and Peter      ensure he kept his quality of life.
     “These include fellowships and    Sly. would share in $8.5 million            “Since the accident, I’ve had

                                                                                                                       Bowen broadband link
funding, research collaborations,      worth of research funding over the     contact with every kind of health
research events, intellectual prop-    next five years.                       worker you can imagine — from
erty, copyright advice, and research       “Their five-year research proj-    ambulance officers to doctors,
ethics and governance,” he said.       ects will encompass respectively       nurses, physios, occupational
     “As part of OHMR’s role in pro-   heart disease, infectious diseases     therapists and now my general            Set high on the hill in Bowen is          Kerry McGovern, Queens-
viding support across the broader      such as methicillin-resistant staph-   practitioner,” he said.                  an innocuous-looking antenna          land Health district chief exec-
Queensland health and medical          ylococcus aureus, and chronic lung          “It’s humbling to know they’re      which linked many rural               utive officer, said Bowen Hos-
research sector, we are providing a    diseases in children such as asthma    all working together towards sav-        and remote towns with wire-           pital’s elevated location and
Queensland-wide road show.             and cystic fibrosis,” he said.         ing your life.                           less broadband from the mid-          otherwise unusable land was
     “The show aims to promote             “Awarding of the fellowships            “I’ve been telling people I’m       dle of last month, thanks to a        selected for the wireless broad-
how OHMR will support research         represents a significant fund-         the million dollar man because           Queensland Health network.            band site to deliver the compet-
and the research community as we       ing boost for Queensland Health’s      of the number of people and cost             Queensland Health’s Clever        itive broadband services in each
begin mapping research links with      research sector.                       involved in my recovery – but you        Networks Innovative Service           of the communities and extend
other Queensland Health facilities         “The fellowships are part of       really can’t put a price on it.”         Delivery project, Cooeenet@           the reach of existing ADSL ser-
and universities.”                     the $25 million Health and Medi-            Professor Michael Schuetz,          qld, has deployed 10 Mbps of          vice areas.
     Dr Kamp said if any facility      cal Research Program for which         Princess      Alexandra     Hospital     wireless broadband access to              “It was the prime site to
wanting a visit from OHMR to dis-      the Office of Health and Medical       Director of Trauma, said multi-          up to 15 north Queensland rural       house the mast and commu-
cuss research issues and learn more    Research is responsible.”              trauma cases like Simon’s often          and remote towns.                     nications equipment to enable
about funding programs and other           Dr Kamp said information about     involve complex injuries requir-             Cooeenet@qld has given            wireless broadband in the
initiative should phone 3405 6121.     of programs of the next round of       ing the expertise of a number of         WIMAX wireless broadband              towns for enhanced community
     He said the Health Research       the Senior Clinical Research Fel-      different specialties.                   access to towns such as Bowen,        access that otherwise would be
Fellowships were open for appli-       lowships, which opens later this            “Simon had injuries to his          Bamaga, Charters Towers, Cler-        without,” she said.
cations and provided an excellent      year, was available on http://www.     head, spine, arms, ribs, lungs,          mont, Cloncurry, Collinsville,            “It won’t mean changes to
opportunity for both early-career      liver and kidneys and arms,” Prof        Cooktown, Dysart, Hughenden,          any Queensland Health services
and experienced health and medi-       back He said anyone wanting to         Schuetz said.                            Ingham, Julia Creek, Norman-          — just improved internet access
cal researchers to apply for up to     learn more about OHMR could visit           “Working with such complex          ton, Richmond, Thursday Island        for these rural and remote
$125,000 and $150,000 a year           the website     and diverse injuries requires a          and Weipa.                            towns.”
respectively in funding.                                 very high level of teamwork and
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Step out to lighten up lifestyle
To count their steps towards good         “Thanks to an Outback and        screen.
health, 24 people from the South      Involved grant, each participant          “This way everyone in the
West Queensland communities of        will receive a pedometer to count    community can get involved,”
Injune, Bymount East and Muck-        their steps each day, plus a water   she said.
adilla are establishing local walk-   bottle to keep them hydrated,” she        Queensland Health ‘Outback
ing groups.                           said.                                and Involved’ grants of up to
    Ranging in age from 25 to             “Walking can be made that bit    $3000 are available to help South
65, they have been motivated by       easier and more enjoyable when       West organisations which are
their recent participation in the     you walk regularly with friends      working to improve health and
Lighten Up healthy lifestyle pro-     and family.                          well-being in local communities.
gram, developed by Queensland             “So we are organising early           Elizabeth Handley, Outback
Health.                               morning, lunch time and late         and Involved committee mem-
    They’re keen to continue their    afternoon walking groups to cater    ber, said applications would be
fitness activities to complement      for working families, shift work-    considered from a wide variety
their new approaches to healthy       ers and people that reside outside   of local groups which have iden-
eating and stress management.         of town.                             tified local health-related issues,
    The walking groups have been          “Parents will be encouraged      developed local solutions, and
made possible by the joint efforts    to join the groups and push their    were keen to make a difference in
of the Maranoa Health Enhance-        children in prams for an extra       their communities.
ment Program, South West Popu-        workout, while young children             “We fund activities which
lation Health Unit and Queensland     will be encouraged to ride their     help establish and enhance com-
Health’s Outback and Involved         trikes and bikes ahead of the        munity partnerships, create sup-
small grants program.                 walkers.”                            portive social environments and
                                                                                                                 Students and parents are involved in the My Home project.
    The Maranoa Health Enhance-           Mchelle said the program pro-    develop the skills and knowledge
                                                                                                                 Pictured discussing the project are Toni Vollmerhause (standing)
ment Program (MHEP) will sup-         moted a buddy system to match        of local people,” she said.
                                                                                                                 with Samantha Dever and her mother Paula.
port local walking coordinators       people with similar level of fit-         “We’re particularly keen to
to organise groups in their local     ness, age or interests and encour-   work with community groups who
    Michelle Black, from MHEP,
said walking was a great moder-
                                      age one another to get involved
                                      and stay active.
                                          She said that for people not
                                                                           have a great idea and the passion
                                                                           to drive it, but have had little
                                                                           experience applying for grants.”
                                                                                                                 Mackay motivated by
ate intensity exercise that “people
of all ages can enjoy everyday,
with the aim to walk 10,000 steps
                                      able to walk far, or if sessions
                                      were cancelled by wet weather,
                                      exercise sessions would be offered
                                                                                For more information, or a
                                                                           2009 application kit, phone Eliza-
                                                                           beth Handley, South West Popula-
                                                                                                                 2008 flood memories
a day”.                               on DVDs and shown on a large         tion Health Unit, 4656 8100.
                                                                                                                 Encouraging people to reflect      will enjoy the experience and
                                                                                                                 on how the 2008 floods             stay connected beyond the
                                                                                                                 affected their lives is the aim    project.”

Breastfeeding vital role highlighted                                                                             of an arts project being con-
                                                                                                                 ducted by two Mackay artist
                                                                                                                 to promote community health
                                                                                                                                                        The community arts project
                                                                                                                                                    aims to promote community
                                                                                                                                                    health and well-being, with
                                                                                                                 and well-being.                    seven local artists engaged to
A special display was a feature of    where in the world, with recent      tion services throughout its pri-          Pam Hutley and Wanda          conduct a series of workshops.
Queensland Health Children Health     examples in Australia being the      mary care program, and has close      Bennett, in collaboration with         The aim of the workshops
Services District’s celebrations      Victorian Bushfires and the H1N1     links to the community with the       Mackay Fibre Arts, are con-        is to bring people together to
held last month for World Breast-     virus influenza outbreak.            Australian Breastfeeding Asso-        ducting workshops in Mackay        reflect on their experiences of
feeding Week, officially marked by        The Community Child Health       ciation and Australian Lactation      using various textile techniques   the 2008 flood, and to acknowl-
more than 120 countries.              Service offers professional lacta-   Consultants Association.              to produce a large scale hang-     edge the incredible community
    The Northern Suburbs Com-                                                                                    ing titled ‘My Home’.              response during and after the
munity Child Health Service had                                                                                       “My Home” is part of a        flood.
a display of posters, information                                                                                community arts project initi-          The health affects of social
and resources at the Pine Rivers                                                                                 ated by Queensland Health’s        connectedness are well known
Community Health Centre.                                                                                         Tropical Population Health         with studies showing the more
    The display highlighted the                                                                                  Services, with support from the    connected people are to their
2009 theme ‘Breastfeeding: A vital                                                                               Department of Communities          community, the less likely they
Emergency, Are you ready?’                                                                                       and Mackay Regional Council.       are to suffer from depression
    Breastfeeding plays a vital                                                                                       The hanging will represent    and other chronic diseases such
role in emergencies worldwide                                                                                    the landscape, lifestyle and       as heart disease and cancer.
and mothers may need additional                                                                                  community spirit of those liv-         The project is being con-
support to continue or re-estab-                                                                                 ing in and around the Walker-      ducted under the banner of
lish breastfeeding during an emer-                                                                               ston area, and those who were      Tropical Population Health Ser-
gency.                                                                                                           affected by the 2008 flood.        vices’ Be Kind To Your Mind
    The World Alliance for Breast-                                                                                    “Participants will use a      campaign promoting the key
feeding Action has found that                                                                                    variety of textile techniques      messages: talk about it. take a
children are the most vulnerable                                                                                 such as felting, spinning, and     break, make contact, kick back,
in emergencies – child mortal-                                                                                   stitching,” Pam said.              work it out, and stress less.
ity can soar from two to 70 times                                                                                     “They will produce individ-       The works created were
higher than average due to diar-                                                                                 ual pieces as well as contribut-   displayed last month and this
rhoea, respiratory illness and mal-   Pictured with the Northern Suburbs Community Child Health Service          ing to the large hanging.          month at various centres in the
nutrition.                            display, are from left, Dee and Parker Stephenson, Sharon and Summer            “We are hoping that they      Mackay area.
    Emergencies can happen any-       Atkins with Colleen Hickey, Child Health nurse.
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                                                                              Supercars speed Ben’s recovery
                                                                              A seriously ill Mount Isa man came     little closer.                             Ben’s mother, Lynette, has
                                                                              a little bit closer to his dream of         “I noticed a Team Vodafone        relocated to Townsville from Mt
                                                                              watching V8 supercars race with a      flag on Ben’s curtain and he told      Isa and spends days and nights by
                                                                              special surprise gift pack organised   me he had been planning to go to       his bedside.
                                                                              by his Townsville Hospital doctor.     the Townsville 400,” Dr Dixit said.        “I am staying with friends in
                                                                                  Benjamin Moonie was a                    “I decided to put in a call to   Townsville to be with Ben,” she
                                                                              healthy, happy 33-year-old, but        Team Vodafone and see what could       said. “His partner, Vicki, spends
                                                                              was struck down with a rare con-       be done.                               a lot of time here. She stays with
                                                                              dition — a fungal inflammation of           “They have sent us merchan-       friends and his dad travels in from
                                                                              the brain — which left him para-       dise signed by the drivers and         Mount Isa to visit.”
                                                                              lysed below the neck for almost        a free mobile phone with a per-            Lynette said they had had tre-
                                                                              two months.                            sonalised message for Ben, from        mendous support from friends dur-
                                                                                  But with the help of his doc-      drivers, Jamie Wincup and Craig        ing the difficult time.
                                                                              tor, infectious diseases specialist    Lowndes.”                                  “The whole church in Mount Isa
Benjamin Moonie and Dr Rashmi Dixit with the gifts from Team                  Dr Rashmi Dixit, Ben will see his           Dr Dixit said Ben and his fam-    is praying for us and our friends in
Vodafone.                                                                     dream to see the V8s race come a       ily were going through a tough         Townsville have just been a fan-
                                                                                                                     time and she wanted to do some-        tastic support,” she said.
                                                                                                                     thing to lift their spirits.

Mum’s thanks to emergency staff                                                                                           “They are going through a dis-
                                                                                                                     tressing time at the moment and
                                                                                                                     there is uncertainty around the
                                                                                                                     timeframe of Ben’s recovery,” Dr
When Kim Engleman found her           Small said.                                 Nurse Anne Doherty, who            Dixit said.
three-year-old son Nicolas strug-         “These doctors, nurses, allied      assisted in treating Nicolas, said          “This was a happy, healthy man    The LeaderFish Conference, des-
gling to breathe she was fright-      health, administration and support      Kim did the right thing in bring-      who has had a freak occurrence.        igned for leaders at every level
ened for his life.                    staff are literally on the front-line   ing Nicolas in straight away for            “He has a loving family and       — from supervisors to chief exec-
     After phoning an after-hours     of our health system and they do a      treatment.                             partner and together with the staff    utive officers — will be held
general practitioner, an ambulance    fantastic job in what can be a dif-         “A child with breathing dif-       at the hospital we are doing every-    at Toowoomba Hospital on 12
was despatched to take Nicolas to     ficult and stressful environment.”      ficulties is very serious and very     thing we can to bring him back to      November.
The Townsville Hospital’s emer-           “But our biggest reward is dis-     frightening for parents,” Anne         full health.”                          Contact: Raymond Johnson, con-
gency department.                     charging our patients home well         said. “Her kind words are very              Ben is in good spirits and        ference convenor, phone 4616
     “It was a scary experience and   again,” he said.                        much appreciated.”                     looking forward to regaining his       6186 or 0408 018 598, e-mail
it happened so quickly,” Kim said.                                                                                   health. “I am hoping to get well       Leader_FISH_Conference@health.
     “Nicolas couldn’t get his                                                                                       before Christmas,” he said.  
breath and was getting more dis-
tressed by the minute. The staff in

                                                                                                                     Trip down memory lane
the emergency department were
fantastic and so understanding. I
was so glad they could help him.”
     Nicolas was diagnosed with
croup, a viral infection in young                                                                                    Taking a trip each week down           about everything from their school
children that causes the throat to                                                                                   memory lane is helping residents       days to fashion, to historical events
swell and restricts the airways.                                                                                     of Eventide Nursing Home in Char-      and old nursery rhymes,” she said.
     Kim said the emergency                                                                                          ters Towers improve their commu-           “I have learnt a lot about our
department staff had been reas-                                                                                      nication and memory skills.            residents over the past four-and-
suring and supportive.                                                                                                   The group is a great example       a-half years.
     “They didn’t make me feel like                                                                                  of Communicate to Participate,               “I feel privileged to listen and
I was wasting their time, they were                                                                                  which is the theme this year of        learn from their stories and how
very reassuring,” she said.                                                                                          last month’s Speech Pathology          the world has changed over the
     “They saw us straight away                                                                                      Awareness Week.                        years.”
and administered steroids to                                                                                             Michelle Downes, a speech              Michelle said the communi-
reduce the swelling and help him                                                                                     pathologist who conducts the Talk      cation group demonstrated to the
breathe.”                                                                                                            Down Memory Lane communica-            residents that their memories were
     Kim said she wanted to pub-                                                                                     tion group, said it was a great way    valuable and that they were still
licly thank the staff at the emer-                                                                                   to keep residents alert.               valued members of the commu-
gency department for their help.                                                                                         “The important thing is to get     nity.
     “I know they do a lot of work                                                                                   the residents talking and com-             She said communication prob-
without reward and it doesn’t take                                                                                   municating through speech,” she        lems could affect people at any
much to say thank you for help-                                                                                      said.                                  age and difficulties in children
ing my son.”                                                                                                             “Difficulties with communica-      were common and diverse.
     Dr Niall Small, emergency                                                                                       tion can have a major impact on            She said communication prob-
department director, said it was                                                                                     people often causing distress and      lems in children could range from
gratifying to see the staff in the                                                                                   social isolation.                      difficulties saying the right speech
ED being praised for their every-                                                                                        “The ability to communicate        sounds to not being able to speak
day work.                                                                                                            helps to connect with people,          in full sentences.
     “The staff in the department                                                                                    build relationships and participate        She said some children might
work extremely hard day-in day-                                                                                      in discussions, decisions, social      have difficulty with stuttering, and
out in a very busy setting and it                                                                                    events and work activities.”           a person could develop problems
is very rewarding for them when       Nicholas Engleman and Dr Aung Oo (Emergency Department) with Kim                   Michelle said the group talked     later in life as the result of stroke
someone says thank you,” Dr           Engleman and nurse Anne Doherty.                                               about a range of things. “We talk      or degenerative disease.
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                                                                                                                          RBWH Cycle Centre

                                     Opening October 2009
                                              Get active, be healthy
                                           The first 350 people who sign up for the 12 month membership will receive a
                                                    welcome pack including a backpack, water bottle and cycling jersey.
                                                   The RBWH Cycle Centre is open to the staff and public and features:
                                                                                       750 secure bike parking spaces
                                                                                      showers and lockers
                                                                                       towel service
                                                                                       bike maintenance service.
                                                                                A partnership project between the
                                                                          Department of Transport and Main Roads
                                                                                          and Queensland Health.

                                                                                                                                         Contact RBWH Cycle Centre on 3636 Bike (2453) or visit:

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                             Get in the active and healthy cycle
                             Work on Royal Brisbane and                                   to and from work and understand the            ern change facilities for people to ride, jog
                             Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Cycle                                health benefits of an active lifestyle,” he    or walk to the centre, then take a bus from
                                                                                          said.                                          the RBWH busway station. Other services
                             Centre is nearing completion with
                                                                                             “It will be a fantastic facility for them   at the centre include secure lockers, sepa-
                             the centre to open in October.                               as well as the thousands of people that        rate showers for men and women, ironing
                                The RBWH Cycle Centre, built in con-                      pass in and out each day.                      facilities and hair dryers.
                             junction with the new RBWH Bus Sta-                             “Commuters will now be able to ride            The centre will be available to all RBWH
                             tion which opened in August, will provide                    to RBWH, park their bike, refresh and          and Herston campus staff, precinct visitors,
                             cyclists, joggers and pedestrians access to a                then jump on a bus to the city or come         local business staff and the public.
                             state-of-the-art end-of-trip facility.                       straight into work at the hospital.               The facility will be accessible for mem-
                                Dr David Alcorn, the hospital’s Acting                       “By offering this service we are help-      bers 24 hours, seven days a week via secure
                             Executive Director said the centre was an                    ing to reduce congestion on the roads,         swipe card access with a range of payment
                             exciting innovation for the public, vol-                     improve the environment and encourage          options available.
                             unteers and the hospital’s community of                      a Get Active, Be Healthy lifestyle.”              For information and membership details
                             staff.                                                          The facility will provide secure storage    visit
                                “Many staff at the Royal cycle or jog                     for 750 bicycles as well as clean, mod-        cycle_centre/ or phone 3636 BIKE (2453).
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                                                                                                                    Until   Jump Rope for Heart
                                                                                                                    0      Heart Foundation
                                                                                                                            Phone: 1300 55 02 82
                                                                                                                    1-0    Dyspraxia Awareness Month

Allied health assistants graduate                                                                                   1-0
                                                                                                                            Australian Dyspraxia Association
                                                                                                                            Phone: (02) 4577 6220
                                                                                                                            Light the Night
                                                                                                                            Leukaemia Foundation
A cohort of  Queensland Health                                                                                            Phone: 1800 620 420
allied health assistants graduated
                                                                                                                    1-     National Asthma Week
recently from the Sunshine Coast
                                                                                                                            Asthma Foundation Australia
Institute of TAFE with a Certificate                                                                                        Phone: 3252 7677
IV in Allied Health Assistance.
     TAFE      Queensland       and                                                                                 1       Gold Bow Day
                                                                                                                            Australian Thyroid Foundation
Queensland Health joined forces to
                                                                                                                            Phone: (02) 9890 6962
develop resources for the course,
which was funded by the Com-                                                                                        -1    Heart Foundation Doorknock Appeal
munity Rehabilitation Workforce                                                                                             Heart Foundation
                                                                                                                            Phone: 1300 550 282
Project, with sponsorship from
the Director of the Allied Health                                                                                   6-1    National Massage Awareness Week
Workforce Advice and Coordina-                                                                                              Endeavour College of National Health
tion Unit.                                                                                                                  Phone: (03)n 9655 9535
     Sean Mackel, physiotherapy                                                                                     6-1    National Child Protection Week
assistant coordinator and gradu-                                                                                            NAPCAN
ate, Royal Brisbane and Women’s                                                                                             Phone: 3846 1888
Hospital, speaking at a celebra-       The gathering at the congratulatory morning tea held for the successful      -1    National Blood Donor Week
tory morning tea, said that one of     allied health assistant certificate graduates.                                       Australian Red Cross
the benefits of having this quali-                                                                                          Phone: 1300 554 419
fication was that it was nationally    force and the importance of hav-      great to receive formal recogni-       -1    Eczema Awareness Week
recognised.                            ing a sound theoretical founda-       tion and helps to improve self-                Eczema Association of Australia
     “This program recognises the      tion,” he said.                       confidence.”                                   Phone: 1300 300 182
vital role that allied health assis-       “This is the first time the 18-        With scholarships provided by     10      World Suicide Prevention Day
tants play in the clinical work-       month course has been run. It’s       the Allied Health Clinical Educa-              United Nations Organisation
                                                                             tion and Training Unit, a second               Phone: (02) 6273 8200
                                                                             even larger group of workers has       14-0 Stroke Awareness Week
                                                                             enrolled in the Certificate IV.              National Stroke Foundation
                                                                                  There are 112 in total from all         Phone: 1800 787 653
                                       services schedule                     over Queensland, ranging from          16      Wednesday Without Words
                                                                             nutrition and dietetics, physiother-           Australasian Aphasia Association
  Queensland Health, through the       Mount Isa and Julia Creek; early      apy, occupational therapy, speech              Phone: 0439 755 052
  BreastScreen Queensland Pro-         October, Richmond; mid Octo-          pathology, community rehabilita-       1      Diabetes Buzz Day
  gram, provides dedicated and         ber, Hughenden; late October,         tion and medical Imaging.                      Diabetes Australia
  accredited breast cancer screen-     Pentland; late October to mid              There are several operational             Phone: 1300 136 588
  ing services through a statewide     December, Charters Towers.            staff not currently working as
                                                                                                                    19      Talk Like A Pirate Day
  network of screening and assess-         Wide Bay: mid October,            allied health assistants under-                Childhood Cancer Support
  ment services.                       Agnes Water and Miriam Vale;          taking training in preparation to              Phone: 3252 4719
  Scheduled services                   late October to late November,        move across into the role.
                                                                                                                    0-6 Headache Awareness Week
      Cairns: early September,         North Burnett.                             This time around, Queensland
                                                                                                                          Brain Foundation
  Dimbulah; mid September, Chill-          The BreastScreen Queens-          Health will be even more involved            Phone: 1300 886 660
  agoe; late September, Kowan-         land Program continues to             in the delivery of the Certifi-
                                                                             cate IV, engaging in a partner-        1- Myositis Awareness Week
  yama, Wujal Wujal.                   maintain extremely high stan-
                                                                                                                          Myositis Association Awareness
      Gold Coast: September,           dards of service and care.            ship with TAFE, with Queensland
                                                                                                                          Phone: (02) 4464 2043
  Beenleigh.                               As age is the biggest risk        Health staff delivering training
      Ipswich: September to early      factor in developing breast can-      and assessing the more clinical        1- World Reflexology Awareness Week
                                                                             units of competency in the vari-             Endeavour College of Natural Health
  October, Goodna.                     cer, the program targets women
                                                                                                                          Phone: (03) 9655 9535
      Mackay: early September,         aged 50-69 years. Women over          ous streams.
  Sarina; mid to late September,       the age of 40 are also eligible to         The unit has funded a group of    6      World Retina Day
  Proserpine; early to late October,   attend.                               90 allied health professionals and             Retina Australia
                                                                                                                            Phone: 1800 999 870
  Cannonvale.                              Women can arrange a free          qualified allied health assistants
      Rockhampton: early Sep-          breastscreen by calling 13 20 50,     to complete their Certificate IV in          World Heart Day
  tember, Barcaldine, Capella.         for the cost of a local call, and     Assessment and Training.                       Heart Foundation
      Sunshine Coast: mid Sep-         will be connected to their near-           This aims to build Queensland             Phone: 1300 362 787
  tember to mid October, Buderim.      est BreastScreen Queensland           Health’s capacity as an organisa-            World Rabies Day
      Toowoomba: early to late         Service. Individual and group         tion, both to support allied health            United Nations Organisation
  September, Gatton; late Septem-      bookings are also available.          assistants undertaking formal                  Phone: (02) 6273 8200
  ber to December, Warwick.            Contact: Cancer Screening Ser-        training, and engage more effec-
      Townsville: early September,     vices on 3328 9476.                   tively in partnerships with regis-               Updated on-line version on 	
                                                                             tered training organisations.                           (under Health Information/Events)

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