5 6 Autumn 2007 St. Vincent’s at Silver Top Taxi Foundation news 3 Focus on medical and clinical research The Famous Spiegeltent service donation 5 St. Vincent’s at The Famous Spiegeltent 6 Calling Generation X 2007 Formula 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix Friends and supporters of St. Vincent’s Byron Trevascus, Manager of the Sister Ms Teresa Saldias and Mr Kevin Gange joined the Foundation at The Famous Francesca Healy Cottage, gave a moving from Silver Top Taxi Service visited Spiegeltent, in the forecourt of presentation about the important work St. Vincent’s Foundation to personally The Victorian Arts Centre, one warm of The Cottage providing health care and give their donation of $500.00 to evening in December to listen to support for people who are homeless. support the work of Caritas Christi the exciting musical talents of some Hospice and Muscular Dystrophy. news The atmosphere of the evening was of Melbourne’s best live acoustic acts They were particularly interested one of celebration and support and and show support for our services to hear about the valuable work St. Vincent’s would like to thank all the to marginalised and disadvantaged of these areas at St. Vincent’s and people who came together to attend members of our community. were pleased to be able to contribute this unique event and raise much- to their ongoing work. Guests were greeted to complimentary needed funds to support the Mission Brown Brothers sparkling wine on arrival of St. Vincent’s. while they soaked up the atmosphere of We would also like to extend a heart felt the most famous exotic touring cabaret thanks to The Famous Spiegeltent for Official newsletter of: venue in the world. the opportunity to host an event in such St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Stiletto Sisters, a dynamic trio, were first a venue. A special thankyou also to St. George’s Health Service up to entertain the audience with their Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier and Prague House gypsy melodies and three part harmonies Stiletto Sisters for donating their time Caritas Christi Hospice of European and Latin American origin. and talents. We would also like to thank A very befitting act in the setting of this The Victorian Arts Centre, Adelphi Hotel www.svhm.org.au 1920’s Belgian “Tent of Mirrors”. and Kingston Hotel for donating raffle prizes and Aesop Fitzroy for the door Vimala Beaucasin from St. George’s and Jessica Kitch from St. Vincent’s Professor David Castle and Roberta Honigman Deborah Conway played the next set prize and gift bags. accompanied by Willie Zygier. Together they performed a stunning collection of acoustic songs from their latest album This year St. Vincent’s was chosen as the Professor David Castle, Chair of Psychiatry For further information regarding “Summertown” as well as some of their official charity of the 2007 Formula 1™ and Roberta Honigman from Mental the Body Image Disorders Service, well known older hits. ING Australian Grand Prix, with all Health service’s recorded an informative please contact 9288 4751. proceeds directed to the Body Image interview “trackside” at the Grand Prix For further information concerning Disorders Service. This is a service discussing body image disorders and upcoming fundraising events at to assist sufferers from body image what the body image service will provide St. Vincent’s contact Cath Nicholson disorders, with treatment, care, clinical as well as the education of broader at St. Vincent’s Foundation on 9288 3973. research, and education to the broader community groups – especially in community – especially in schools. schools. As the official charity we were the In keeping with the spirit of recipients of all monies raised at the St. Vincent’s, 80 enthusiastic, positive, Charity Auction at the Grand Prix Ball, “rev head” volunteers turned up adorned and from merchandise sold during the in scrubs with St. Vincent’s logos and 4 day racing event. toured the Albert Park Circuit selling radios to the people at the race. They did The charity ball was a huge success. a marvellous job, and with the tally from We were exceptionally excited to have the Charity Auction and the Merchandise Dr Phil send a video tape from the US combined, over $215,000 has been raised. in support of the Body Image Disorders Service which was played prior to the A big thankyou to all those who assisted Charity Auction and was a great way with the event. to get things started. Stiletto Sisters Deborah Conway Ms Teresa Saldias (left) and Mr Kevin Gange (right) with Susan Wardle Donation coupon Calling Generation X. Time to write a Will! To make a donation, please complete the details on this coupon and forward to St. Vincent’s Foundation, Locked bag 41, Fitzroy DC, Victoria 3065 or fax 03 9288 3364. Also, please note that all donations over $2 are tax deductible. YES, I would like to donate to research at St.Vincent’s YES, I would like to direct my gift to While I may still be young at 35, and Why St. Vincent’s and not another In the meantime, I have also decided to YES, I can help. Please find my gift of $ cheque / money order (made payable to St. Vincent’s Foundation) building on my meagre estate (which by charity? Well like most people we only share a recent new pay increase and have OR the time I retire at 60 or so will be worth come into contact with hospitals or started with a $100 per month donation. 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I am about to undergo another round Mr Mrs Dr Ms Miss I know from personal experience that of screening, I’m ever hopeful that I’ll too many people, especially in their receive the all clear again. Surname Given Name twenties and thirties don’t think of a Will So I would urge you to please consider or even consider donating any of their Address whether your hard earned money would potential estate to a charity. To me it be better left to help those in greater is just another form of insurance to make Suburb Postcode need. It is a very easy process. St. Vincent’s sure that my hard earned money goes provided an information brochure and exactly where I want… eventually. Phone Number Email even a list of solicitors, who are I’m not planning to have kids and accredited specialists from the Law my nieces and nephews will be well Please include information on: Institute. 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Donations can also be made online at www.svhm.org.au Continuing the Mission of the Sisters of Charity St. Vincent’s news Autumn 2007 2 3 4 In Brief From the lab to the bedside – Treating the body’s largest organ – skin Reports Available research in action Recently St. Vincent’s released its 2006 Annual Report, Research Report A St. Vincent’s haematologist says Victorians with skin disorders are Working with scientists from the and Quality of Care Report. he loves “jumping the barrier”, working the beneficiaries of world-best care University of Melbourne, the Royal as a cutting edge medical researcher in and research results. Children’s Hospital and the Australian You can read them all online at the the lab while still caring for his patients. Genome Research Centre, the team has address below: The energetic overseer of the It is, he says, the perfect balance. helped discover new genes involved in a Department of Dermatology, Professor http://www.svhm.org.au/infoabout/ number of skin diseases. Associate Professor Harshal Nandurkar Rod Sinclair, believes 30 per cent of publications/publications.htm believes his daily balancing act is the scientific publications on Joining an international push to develop If you would like to order a copy, please call crucial as the benefits of taking dermatology generated by Australian the potential of stem cell therapy, St. Vincent’s Foundation on 9288 3365. complex research findings to patients researchers come from St. Vincent’s. Prof Sinclair is working on the use of become obvious. adult stem cells to produce chemicals or The department is rich in results and Cultural Awareness hormones to treat disease. Prof Sinclair His research revolves around blood academic culture. It is also home to is specifically interested in the unique St. Vincent’s has been awarded a State clotting and the scientific community’s the renowned Professor Robin Marks properties of hair follicle stem cells that Government grant to promote cultural growing understanding of its who is the President of the International make them suitable for cell therapy. awareness within the hospital community. connection to inflammation. League of Dermatological Societies, These cells are readily available, can The grant was presented to St. Vincent’s reporting to the World Health So what does it mean for our hearts be adapted to produce a broad range by Health Minister Bronwyn Pike and Organisation. and the body’s other blood vessels? of chemicals including insulin, Minister Assisting on Multicultural Affairs From the Prof Sinclair, the Director of dopamine, thyroxine, oestrogen and Daniel Andrews. Ms Pike spoke on the “When there is a blood vessel injury, Dermatology, treats patients, teaches erythropoietin. It is hoped that when importance of being connected to your local we see not only thrombosis occurring Chief Executive Associate Professor Harshal Nandurkar, Professor Rod Sinclair, and directs research. His department implanted into the skin they will community as part of a healthy lifestyle. but also inflammatory cells. It is Director of Haematology Department of Dermatology is one of only two in Australia – the continue to function and produce important to deal with them both Officer other is in Sydney – and is recognised specific doses of the desired treatment. Australia Day Awards at the same time.” as a leader in the treatment of psoriasis, Congratulations to two members of the His research is attracting significant cutaneous lymphoma and hair loss. The drug is being tested in mice, St. Vincent’s Campus who were recognised attention as his team has designed though human trials are still some way The team has recently pioneered Our patients also play a vital role in in the 2007 Australia Day Awards. a new drug with the capacity to help It is with great pleasure that helping us teach the young doctors of the people with thrombotic disorders, off. The CSIRO has been subcontracted non-surgical treatments for skin –Ms Margaret Goding – Director of Health to make large quantities of the cancer including photodynamic I welcome you to St. Vincent’s future, to trial new treatments and to Services Demand and Mental Health was including heart disease, which often compound so exhaustive studies on therapy and topical immunotherapy. allow us to analyse data which, in turn, co-exist with inflammation. Autumn newsletter. helps fine-tune our research findings. honoured with a Public Service Medal on mice can continue. The epidemiology of common skin Australia Day for outstanding public service According to Assoc Prof Nandurkar, conditions and the nature of common This month our focus is on medical Assoc Prof Nandurkar is a valued In the past 18 months St. Vincent’s has in the provision of public mental health the team has developed a bifunctional hair disorders also demand attention. and clinical research which is a key area member of the St. Vincent’s research undertaken a number of major projects to the Victorian community. molecule which has been modified for St. Vincent’s. community, as an academic head to enhance our capacity to provide to stop inflammatory cells gathering –Ms Sue Alberti - Chair of St. Vincent’s of the Haematology Department. Too often when people think of world class patient care, education on injured blood vessels. “In a drug Institute Foundation was honoured with “My aim is to continue the department’s research, they think only of small groups and research. form, it can be injected and will an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) excellent tradition of high quality of people locked away in laboratories act as an anti-thrombotic as well as As we progress into 2007, the Board for her services to the community and research.” with white coats spending years peering an anti-inflammatory.” of Directors is focusing one of our most medical research. Sue has made a down microscopes and labelling ambitious and exiting projects. tremendous contribution to the Institute. samples. While that certainly does happen, research is a much more We are looking to develop a major Healthcare Awards dynamic activity than that. research precinct with the construction a large dedicated facility that would In the latest Victorian Public Healthcare Here at St. Vincent’s there are hundreds Diagnosing without Mending broken hearts – with passion and catheters enable collaborative work to be Awards St. Vincent’s received three highly of people actively involved in research. undertaken by all the research commended acknowledgements. They are doctors, nurses, surgeons, the guesswork: it’s crystal clear organisations on the campus, and indeed anaesthetists, allied health workers, Category 1: Excellence in care and from other campuses. scientists, technicians… in fact just about service delivery any area of healthcare you can think of. It is, as I said, an ambitious project, Awarded to ALERT, our Assessment, Liaison but the rewards are too great for us not St. Vincent’s is a world leader in research and Early Referral Team. to go ahead. Coronary stents and other smart devices He is internationally renowned as in many areas including diabetes, cancer, Delving inside the body – without ALERT is a multidisciplinary team that – some with teeth – allow free flowing a principal researcher in early trials gastroenterology, xenotransplantation Research is at the very heart of the one cut - is all in a day’s work for coordinates care for people with complex arteries for Associate Professor Rob of systemic hypothermia, a study (the transplantation of animal organs Mission and values of the Sisters Dr Kim Taubman. needs who will often be confronting Whitbourn’s patients. that discovered the power of cooling into humans), epilepsy and cardiology. of Charity. Diseases such as diabetes underlying issues of poverty and St. Vincent’s Medical Imaging is a fast- a person to protect heart muscle In many of these projects we work closely are becoming endemic in our society Assoc Prof Whitbourn is a passionate homelessness, psychiatric illness and drug paced, dynamic working environment. during and after heart attacks. His use with the top researchers and clinicians and it is often the poor and the cardiologist who builds clinical research and alcohol misuse. Looking inside a patient’s body to reveal of an endovascular device to induce from the University of Melbourne. marginalised who are most vulnerable into his daily practice – with the its secrets is what it’s all about. hypothermia in awake patients and due to their lifestyle and options. Category 10: Innovation in workforce design fundamental aim to improve the lives We are involved in many joint venture during a heart attack were world-firsts Radiologists and nuclear medicine of Victorians with heart disease. He is research projects with individuals and If we can provide ways to prevent This was awarded to STAR, our Support Team with spectacular results. specialists like Dr Kim Taubman work St. Vincent’s Director of Coronary Care organisations such as Professor Graeme and treat such diseases we can change Action Response. together to offer emergency, in-patient and the Cardiovascular Research Centre. More recently, eight of his patients were Clark of bionic ear fame – who is now the lives of millions of people. STAR is a peer support program of and out-patient imaging. the first in the world to receive tiny new working with us on a similar device for The cardiac catheter laboratory is his Please read and enjoy this newsletter. a multidisciplinary and occupational staff stents to open very small blood vessels. those with epilepsy. Dr Taubman is a passionate advocate second home where he combines his team, trained to help manage critical of nuclear medicine and enjoys fascination for surgery and the use of One of the most exciting recent studies Here at St. Vincent’s, we are in a incidents and stress across the organisation. being able to delve inside organs new devices for people with coronary involves a new tool to open occluded wonderful position to take research from The program was developed nine years ago to analyse how they work. “No two artery disease. His efforts translate into vessels. Known as a lumend device, the lab bench to our education programs and now involves 80 program members who patients are ever the same and life-saving care. this blunt micro-dissection catheter has and to the bedside, where our patients provide support for staff members you have to really think about every tiny chomping jaws. The jaws create directly benefit. experiencing traumatic events. It is not unknown for him to jump scan, the question being asked, and a pathway through the blocked artery. on a plane to attend a conference We are very serious when it comes to Minister’s Award for outstanding the particular problems and needs Another stent being trialled is covered in in Rome for the weekend or to race from providing the best care for our patients. staff achievement of each patient,” says Dr Taubman. Dr Kim Taubman, Nuclear Medicine Physician a drug which dissolves at the site to stop Japan to Singapore and back home to his Our success has been documented plaque developing on the vessel wall. This was awarded to Dr Eugenie Tuck, Typically, patients visit the nuclear young family. with our hospital regularly topping Director of Clinical Services, Correctional medicine doctors for investigations Dr Taubman has long been interested “Probably the best thing about nuclear “I am constantly juggling 20 balls in the the State Government’s patient Health Service, St. Vincent’s. of bones to check for cancer metastases, in the analysis of clots in pulmonary medicine and other imaging is that air but it’s worth it. St. Vincent’s has really satisfaction surveys. lungs for clots, hearts and thyroids emboli, looking inside lung clots rather we help clinicians make the right embraced this trial work over the last Dr Tuck was acknowledged for her for disease. than simply studying the effect on blood diagnoses so they can provide the best few years. It’s very satisfying,” Assoc Prof exceptional work in correctional health, flow around them. treatment for their patients. Frequently, Whitbourn says. where she provides not only a high standard Dr Taubman and her colleagues are we take the guesswork out of patient of care to her correctional service patients contributing to the potential of imaging In another study, Dr Taubman is trying care. I particularly like it when other but also makes a substantial contribution as a range of new technologies to “see” overactive parathyroid glands. doctors come down to the department to transforming the way in which encourages a rapid expansion of “Parathyroid glands, when overactive, so we can work out difficult problems correctional health services are delivered scientific discoveries. cause calcium to be retained. Nicole Feely as a team.” across Victoria. People can become quite ill with renal Chief Executive Officer “Nuclear Imaging has been around stones and sore bones.” for 30 years or so and much of the original research needs to be By giving patients a drug, Dipyridamole, Associate Professor Rob Whitbourn, revalidated with the new technology as it is hoped a radiotracer will penetrate Director of Coronary Care and well as exploring new ideas.” and be retained by cells, leading the Cardiovascular Research Centre the team to the abnormal parathyroid glands so they can be removed easily by surgeons.
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