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Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Koff receives her award.

Innovation makes life easier for patients

A local health district program that makes life less stressful for patients with tricky veins has been so effective hospitals in the US, UK and Canada have adopted it. South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) chief executive Amanda Larkin said the extended dwell peripheral catheter program was a great example of staff responding to… Read more »

prostate cancer specialist nurse Diana Ngo

Men, don’t be shy, says prostate cancer specialist nurse

South Western Sydney Local Health District’s first prostate cancer specialist nurse Diana Ngo encourages conversation about issues men may feel uncomfortable discussing. Things like incontinence, urination and erectile dysfunction. As part of her specialist role, Ms Ngo applies a practical and down-to-earth attitude in helping men through their diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment of prostate cancer… Read more »

Dr Matthew Malone

Hospital clinic’s vital role in fight against scourge of diabetes

A multidisciplinary clinic at Liverpool Hospital is ensuring patients at high risk of losing a lower limb to diabetes or other health problems can keep on top of their symptoms. The hospital’s High Risk Foot Service is staffed by specialist clinicians from multiple areas of medicine, nursing and allied health. Together they help patients reduce… Read more »

Exercise can save lives

Exercise is the best medicine for cancer patients

Cancer patients from the Macarthur region have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight cancer – the benefits of exercise. Patients are experiencing better health and wellbeing and improving their chances of survival thanks to two exercise programs offered through the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital. The ENRICHing Survivorship and the Active… Read more »

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Telehealth virtual home visits on the way

Telehealth virtual home visits are about to become reality. This innovative service – which will be provided by registered charity Karitane – will allow child and family health nurses to provide consultations via a live web link to families across NSW without the need to leave their homes. These consultations are designed to support the… Read more »

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Local smokers wanted for new quit study

One of the stumbling blocks to quitting smoking is the high cost of nicotine replacement drugs. A local university research team has now set out to find cheaper alternatives. And because smoking rates in Macarthur and Liverpool  are much higher than the national average it has focused on smokers of South West Sydney. Australia’s Health… Read more »

Mr Peter Ford, a biomedical engineer

Battle of the Mentors at health showcase

The next generation of research stars will take part in a Battle of the Mentors event as part of the 13th annual Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase this week. South Western Sydney Local Health District and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research are presenting the showcase on June 6 and 7 featuring south… Read more »

health experts are calling on local smokers to give cigarettes the flick.

Any day is a good day to give up smoking

Make World No Tobacco Day, May 31, the day you finally give cigarettes the flick. Health experts from South Western Sydney Local Health District say tobacco smoking is a leading cause of preventable disease and death in Australia, including coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers. Mandy Williams, the District’s director of health promotion, said… Read more »

medical students Courtney Smith and Kaitlyn Hockey.

Medical students will help shape new look Campbelltown Hospital

Two Western Sydney University medical students will help shape Campbelltown Hospital’s future after winning health business leadership scholarships. As the scholarship recipients, second year students Courtney Smith and Kaitlyn Hockey will contribute to the planning of the hospital’s $632 million stage two redevelopment. Under the terms of the scholarship, they will attend regular planning meetings… Read more »

New research offers hope for people with impaired vision caused by cataracts.

WSU research offers hope to people with impaired vision

A team of researchers from Western Sydney University are on track to significantly improve the lives of children and adults with cataracts thanks to their development of a world-first process able to generate light-focusing lenses from stem cells. This discovery – recently published in Development and led by Dr Michael O’Connor from the School of… Read more »

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