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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            	 Autumn	2007
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                                                                                                                                                             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.

                                                      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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 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
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                                                                                                                                                             to St. Vincent’s.                                   close to us needs them.                          my caffeine addiction or buying
                                                                              Expiry Date                                                                                                                                                                         a monthly Metcard. I am so happy to
                                                                                                                                                             Morbid to be thinking about a Will at               My association with St. Vincent’s started
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  provide this so that they can continue
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their great work.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 living with cardiomyopathy. While
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I am about to undergo another round
  Mr      Mrs       Dr   Ms      Miss
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                                                                                                                                                             or even consider donating any of their
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                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      number of skin diseases.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Associate Professor Harshal Nandurkar                                                                                                Rod Sinclair, believes 30 per cent of
                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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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