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Media Releases - 2016
A roaring toy drive spreads cheer (PDF)
This Christmas will be a little bit brighter for children at Liverpool Hospital thanks to a surprise visit from NRL Wests Tigers players.
Keep it simple for a stress free Christmas (PDF)
Local health experts are encouraging people to keep it simple this holiday season to ensure a stress-free and healthy Christmas.
Birthing space provides comfort (PDF)
A special space has been created at Campbelltown Hospital to help Aboriginal mothers feel more comfortable and relaxed when giving birth.
Painting the town REaD (PDF)
In a fast paced world, one program is encouraging parents to take the time to read and interact with their children to help boost their literacy skills.
Christmas is a time for festive fitness (PDF)
The Christmas break is just around the corner and while that provides an opportunity to catch up on all your favourite TV shows and see your family, it can also lead to deviated diets and abandoned fitness regimes.
Raise your cups for mental health (PDF)
Much of the conversation about mental health focuses on mental illness. But the winner and finalists in South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Paint Your Path art competition showed onlookers that there’s a lot more to mental wellbeing than living without mental illness.
Surgery restores confidence and freedom (PDF)
There was no specific cause of Dianne Hummel’s daily battle with faecal incontinence. Becoming more and more confined to the limits of her bathroom, Mrs Hummel finally found a solution in Sacral Nerve Stimulation surgery at Bankstown Hospital.
Snapshot helpful to better our health (PDF)
The results are in - life expectancy and immunisation rates are up and smoking rates are down, however less of us are eating enough vegetables and more adults are experiencing high levels of psychological distress.
A donation not to be sneezed at (PDF)
When it comes to emergency medicine, speed is just as important as accuracy.
Get going on the road to better health (PDF)
Are you looking to Get Healthy but not sure where to start? A free personal telephone health coaching service, Get Healthy, was launched at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital for patients and the community.
Hear No Evil trial uses music to help curb hallucinations (PDF)
A trial using wireless music therapy is helping acute mental health consumers at Liverpool Hospital and has lead to a decrease in the amount of medication prescribed.
Dedication acknowledged at awards (PDF)
Two distinguished award ceremonies have acknowledged the work of Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital staff with the Director of Pharmacy, Lucy Nair receiving the ‘Anthea Kerr Award for Individual Excellence’ at the NSW Premier’s Awards for Public Service.
New services for people with Diabetes (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is leading the fight against diabetes by rolling out new services and staff across the region to support more than 55,000 people affected by the disease in south western Sydney.
Innovation acknowledged at awards (PDF)
Seed Tracker, an innovative technique to improve the accuracy of radiation therapy for patients undergoing prostate cancer treatment at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, has received the prestigious Bob Leece Transforming Health Award at the NSW Health Awards.
Art on display at Cancer Wellness centre exhibition (PDF)
A patient art exhibition at the Liverpool Wellness Centre combined art and respite by exploring a range of diverse watercolour artworks created by cancer patients in art therapist Laurel Peel’s workshops.
A celebration of miracles (PDF)
Staff at Liverpool Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will get together for Miracle Babies Foundation’s Thank U NICU Day on Tuesday, 8 November.
Patients of Bankstown dentist advised of health risk (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is advising patients who have undergone invasive dental procedures carried out by Dr Chao Bao Dinh at his Bankstown dental surgeries to consider seeing their GP for testing for blood-borne viruses.
International medical breakthroughs to be showcased in Sydney’s South West (PDF)
Cutting edge medical technology revolutionising health care around the world - and being developed in our own backyard - will be placed in the spotlight at the annual Health Beyond Research and Innovation Showcase at the Liverpool Catholic Club on October 18 and 19.
Corneal graft is a reassuring sight (PDF)
Before undergoing eye surgery, life without sight was a harsh reality for Australian born rapper
Learn and grow during Mental Health Month (PDF)
With continual demands on our time and increasing commitments in life, we often neglect our mental health and wellbeing but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Breaking the chain of infection (PDF)
Do you want to help break the chain of infection? That’s this year’s theme for International Infection Prevention Week. So mark your calendars for 16 to 22 October 2016 and get involved.
An ‘incredibowl’ fundraiser (PDF)
Jim Wardle and his ‘unbelievabowl’ friends from the Austral Bowling Club have helped generate more than $3500 towards Liverpool Hospital’s Brain Tumour Education and Support Group.
Unlocking the power of innovation (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital is the largest and second oldest hospital in the state and innovation has been a part of the hospital’s great history. This was highlighted at the 2016 NSW Health Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery Awards.
Caring for carers (PDF)
This Multicultural Health Week, we’re shining the spotlight on those who spend a lifetime putting others first.
Every child deserves a childhood (PDF)
Child wellbeing and protection is a high priority for South Western Sydney Local Health District and forms a crucial part of what our staff do every day.
Forum sheds light on climate change (PDF)
Miller will be a melting pot of information about innovation and climate science at the upcoming Climate Change Forum organised by Community STaR and SWSLHD.
The art of mental health (PDF)
Paint your Path is a colourful art competition in south western Sydney that’s paving the way for mental health consumers and their loved ones to share their artistic journey Australia wide.
Luke’s dream to revamp gym comes alive (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital will mark Brain Injury Awareness Week (15 – 21 August 2016) with the unveiling of new equipment, purchased following Luke Stojanovic’s inspirational fundraising efforts last year.
A story from the heart (PDF)
Norman Tuimaseve went from being overweight and working 17 hour days to living a completely changed lifestyle motivating cardiac patients in Liverpool Hospital while working to keep himself alive.
Discovering the Strengths for Recovery (PDF)
Boosting the self-esteem of people living with a mental illness will be at the core of a new ‘Strengths Model’ being launched in Sydney on Monday 8th of August from 8.30am.
GP Unit on the move (PDF)
The General Practice Unit Clinic at Fairfield Hospital has relocated to new rooms at the Prairiewood Community Health Centre – opposite the Hospital’s main entrance.
Going beyond ‘breast is best’ (PDF)
"Breast is best" is a familiar slogan to most of us, but it doesn't capture how beneficial breastfeeding can be.
Live Hep-free (PDF)
With more than 17,000 people living with Hepatitis B and C in south western Sydney, health experts are encouraging people to get tested and treated this World Hepatitis Day (Thursday 28 July 2016).
Keeping your hair during Chemo treatment (PDF)
When most people think of cancer and chemotherapy, they also think of hair loss.
Get help to manage chronic pain this National Pain Week (PDF)
People living with chronic pain are reminded to seek help this National Pain Week (25 - 31 July, 2016).
A new road to recovery (PDF)
People in Macarthur recovering from stroke will benefit from technology including iPads, apps and DVDs on their journey to recovery, following a donation from the Camden Stroke Recovery Club.
Planning for brighter futures (PDF)
Helping young people grow to their full potential is the vision at the core of an ambitious new health plan for children, young people and families in south western Sydney.
Busting myths during DonateLife Week (PDF)
Sorting the facts from the fiction about organ and tissue donation is vital to ensuring families consent to organ donation, and people continue to receive life-saving transplants.
Quit the smokes on World No Tobacco Day! (PDF)
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and it is a perfect time for smokers to make a quit attempt!
Healthy babies promotes call for more HIV testing (PDF)
Supporting mums with HIV to give birth to healthy, HIV-free babies is just one of the success stories worth celebrating this HIV Testing Week (1-7 June).
Road map to good health (PDF)
A new, innovative online system is connecting health care providers and acute care services to support patients in south western Sydney to navigate the health system.
The power of poo in modern medicine (PDF)
A ground breaking study has shown that faeces transplantation (faecal microbiota transplantation /FMT) could play a role in diminishing the uncomfortable symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and could even become a more permanent cure for the condition.
Emergency medicine conference draws doctors from across the state (PDF)
Strengthening their position as a leader in training and education, Campbelltown Hospital has brought together doctors from across the state for an Emergency Medicine Teaching Symposium.
Early access is key to living well with chronic illness (PDF)
National Palliative Care Week this year focuses on Living Well with Chronic Illness, and aims to let people know that early access to palliative care can help people have a better quality of life.
Wingecarribee Wellbeing Forum - tell us what you really think (PDF)
Our Local Health District wants to hear from you about mental health and wellbeing in our community.
Treat your kidneys’ right this Kidney Health Week (PDF)
The role of our kidneys is often underrated when we think about our health according to South Western Sydney Local Health District Director of Renal Services Dr Tim Spicer.
Taking the awkward out of talking about problem gambling (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is helping people take the awkward out of talking about problem gambling during Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) 23-27 May 2016.
Renal Supportive Care Service (PDF)
South western Sydney residents will benefit from a fantastic new service designed to support and cater to the needs of people living with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD).
A hair-raising donation. (PDF)
The John Richard Kuhlmann Foundation has donated $15,000 worth of wigs toward supporting cancer patients who have lost their hair during treatment.
Pregnancy app designed for local mums (PDF)
Knowing what to expect when you’re expecting a baby can be difficult. Mothers are flooded with information about what they need to do, where they need to go and who they need to see.
Symbols of pain become beautiful artworks (PDF)
Cancer survivors are now finding meaning in their radiation masks after treatment thanks to an art program at Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centres.
New collaboration to boost mental health (PDF)
A new Wellbeing Collaboration will bring together organisations across south western Sydney working towards the common goal of a physically and mentally healthier community.
Call an ambulance at first sign of stroke (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District is joining the National Stroke Foundation in calling for south western Sydney residents to call an ambulance FAST at the first signs of stroke.
30 Years of heart health (PDF)
Hearts are racing with excitement in the Cardiac Assessment Unit at Bowral & District Hospital as they gear up for their 30th birthday celebration next week which will include a cake, fun heart quiz and afternoon tea for staff.
Over 50 women in Campbelltown have breast cancer, but don’t know it (PDF)
Newly released figures from BreastScreen NSW show that if all the unscreened women aged 50 to 74 in the Campbelltown area each have their regular mammogram, we would find 50 women alone who currently have breast cancer, but don’t know it.
Bankstown Hospital staff to commemorate ANZAC Day (PDF)
Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a service at the Hospital in conjunction with Bankstown RSL.
Fairfield Hospital to commemorate ANZAC Day (PDF)
Fairfield Hospital will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a service and two special guest speakers, Paul Ryant from Fairfield RSL and Cecil Boland, a 90 year old patient who is also a World War II veteran.
Community to honour ANZAC Day at Liverpool Hospital (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital will commemorate ANZAC Day this year with a service and special guest speaker, Liverpool Hospital trauma surgeon, Dr John Crozier who is also a Lieutenant Colonel with the Parachute Surgical Team of the Army Reserve. Dr Crozier’s grandfather was also deployed with the Australian Light Horse during WWI.
Close the Gap- 10 years on (PDF)
Liverpool Hospital will mark the 10 year anniversary of Close the Gap day with the launch of the District wide Close the Gap Report Card at a celebration event next week.
Young people fight Hepatitis C (PDF)
Space aliens and superheroes have been recruited as part of a new interactive campaign promoting hepatitis C prevention to young people.
Take a sneak peek into Liverpool Hospital and its museum (PDF)
Have you ever wanted to see what goes on in a hospital? Or would you like to go behind the scenes for a sneak peek at how our doctors and nurses are trained?
CPR training comes to life in Arabic (PDF)
Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can help save a life, often that of a family member or friend. However, for those whose first language is not English, it can be more difficult to access and understand the information and find training courses available.
Ringing in the end of treatment (PDF)
Cancer survivors finishing radiation therapy will now be able to mark the end of their treatment by ringing an official bell which has been installed in the Cancer Therapy Centre at Liverpool Hospital.
April falls day is no joke (PDF)
While you may be on your guard against April Fools pranks this Friday, don’t forget it’s also April Falls Day – an opportunity to learn about a serious and often overlooked health issue for many older Australians – falls.
Celebrating south west Sydney’s seniors (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District will celebrate the valuable contributions of older people during this year’s NSW Seniors Festival.
Community partnership boasts healthy benefits for all (PDF)
When a local Vietnamese community group recently partnered up with Fairfield Hospital to strengthen ties within the community, no one imagined the pairing would result in a whopping $82,000 donation to the Hospital.
New reconciliation garden helps close the gap (PDF)
Campbelltown Hospital will mark the 10 year anniversary of Close the Gap Day with a community celebration including the opening of a new Aboriginal reconciliation garden, smoking ceremony and indigenous bush tucker morning tea this Friday 18 March.
It’s all about balance at Easter (PDF)
While enjoying a chocolate Easter egg or two is part of the fun of the holiday, oral health experts are reminding parents to consider balance this Easter, by setting limits on sugary treats and taking advantage of free children's oral health clinics.
Happy 50th birthday Bankstown Hospital School (PDF)
The paediatric ward at Bankstown Hospital is gearing up for a big birthday bash as the Hospital School marks 50 years of providing education to sick kids in hospital. Celebrations will include balloons, cake and entertainment for the children at a golden jubilee party next week.
Community-based palliative care service rolled out in Wingecarribee (PDF)
Residents of Wingecarribee will benefit from a significant service enhancement with the introduction of the highly tailored palliative care program PEACH, for people with a terminal illness who wish to die at home.
Volunteers thanked for going the extra mile (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Palliative Care volunteers have gone above and beyond their roles of providing support to patients at their end of life by raising over $16,000 to purchase special beds for patients who wish to die at home.
Scholarship helps to kick-start studies (PDF)
Former Bowral High School student Mitchell Brummell can ease into his university studies with less of a financial burden thanks to a $4000 scholarship.
Be prepared to beat the heat (PDF)
The heat is on in south west Sydney this week, and with temperatures set to soar, local health experts are urging people to stay safe by keeping cool.
The greatest wealth is health (PDF)
South Western Sydney Local Health District has delivered its report card on the health of people in south western Sydney.
Go4Fun start to the school year (PDF)
Start the school year with a healthy dose of fun and fitness, by enrolling your children in the 2016 Go4Fun program.
Avoid the lunch time blues by giving kids a healthier lunchbox option (PDF)
Packing nutritious but exciting lunches for school is a challenge for most parents, so just imagine how tough it is for children who expect a host of delectable delights in their lunchbox.
Time to immunise (PDF)
As a new school year approaches, parents are reminded to make sure their children are fully immunised before beginning primary school.
New e-cigarette laws to protect children (PDF)
The NSW Government has recently introduced new laws to protect children from any potential harms associated with e-cigarettes.
Prostate Cancer breakthrough at Liverpool Hospital (PDF)
Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre is leading the way with a new trial of radiation therapy for prostate cancer that negates the need for invasive surgery and delivers a quicker, more targeted form of radiation therapy treatment.
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions on track (PDF)
For many people, being active and eating healthy are common New Year's resolutions. Whatever the case, it is still early in 2016 and there’s plenty of time to achieve your goals.