activities and a fun time. Many of them live alone and don't see anyone else in between their visits here. We're doing chair-based yoga and Zumba, ukelele sessions, drives and outings. They'll often tell us 'we've had a great day' as they're going out the door. That's what we're here for - we're here for them. Their mind is active, they're socialising and building confidence."
<a href="https://socialbeats.info/hashtags/TheHeartofBarwonHealth" title="TheHeartofBarwonHealth celeb posts" class="hash">#TheHeartofBarwonHealth</a> <br /> <br /> Jan Hutchinson, Belmont Day Program Acting Team Leader - "We have clients coming in for socialising, activities and a fun time. Many of them live alone and don't see anyone else in between their visits here. We're doing chair-based yoga and Zumba, ukelele sessions, drives and outings. They'll often tell us 'we've had a great day' as they're going out the door. That's what we're here for - we're here for them. Their mind is active, they're socialising and building confidence."
Have you had your flu vaccination? We've had 50 cases of influenza in Geelong this winter, with several patients admitted to the intensive care unit. There have been 436 reported cases in the Barwon South West region this year — more than double compared to the same period last year.
Our Emergency Department (ED) is very busy, with a full waiting room. Since the most seriously injured and sick people are always seen first, people with less urgent conditions may face long wait times to see a doctor. If your condition is not an emergency, please consider visiting a GP. A list of GPs in our region can be viewed here: https://www.docgeelong.com/doctors/geelong.
#TheHeartofBarwonHealth Jan Hutchinson, Belmont Day Program Acting Team Leader - "We have clients coming in for socialising, activities and a fun time. Many of them live alone and don't see anyone else in between their visits here. We're doing chair-based yoga and Zumba, ukelele sessions, drives and outings. They'll often tell us 'we've had a great day' as they're going out the door. That's what we're here for - we're here for them. Their mind is active, they're socialising and building confidence."
Our Emergency Department (ED) is busy. At 4.20pm we had 16 patients waiting to be seen. The most seriously injured and sick people are always seen first. People with less urgent conditions may face long wait times to see a doctor. If your condition is not an emergency, please consider visiting a GP. A list of GPs in our region can be viewed here: https://www.docgeelong.com/doctors/geelong.
Today is Dying to Know Day (D2KDay) - an annual day of action dedicated to promoting conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement. With the number of Australians aged at least 65 set to double by 2050, it will become increasingly important for people to openly plan and discuss their end of life wishes with family and loved ones. Last week, Barwon Health held a Death Over Dinner-style luncheon, hosted by ICU director Neil Orford. We encourage other groups to run similar events around this campaign to encourage conversations and curiosity, build death literacy and help grow the capacity of individuals and community groups to take action toward end of life planning. #D2KDay
This is more groundbreaking research from the The Barwon Infant Study-BIS, a major birth cohort study conducted by our Child Health Research Unit (CHRU) in collaboration with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and Deakin University.
Do you want to reduce smoking and alcohol-related harm in your workplace? • Come along to a free forum hosted by the Health Promotion Unit on Tuesday 22 August. Hear from industry experts WorkSafe, Quit and the Alcohol & Drug Foundation. • Create an action plan to help your workplace go smoke-free and promote responsible alcohol use at and away from work. Click the link below for full details:
Here is a ‘to-do’ list for Dental Health Week, which runs until August 13. - Take care of your teeth. - Avoid sugary drinks. - Wear a mouth guard in sports, and never have a sugary drink (like sports drinks) before applying your guard. - Clean and floss your teeth regularly and thoroughly. - Visit a dentist. To see if you are eligible for a free service, follow this link: http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/community-dental-service - Help others to care for their teeth. - Talk about the damaging effect of sports drinks, juice and soft drinks, on teeth. - Support sports clubs to encourage water instead of sugary drinks. Our health promotion unit has helped more than a third of Geelong schools become ‘H2Only schools’ (sweet-drink-free). Encourage your local school to participate. Follow this link for more information: http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/healthy-communities/children-s-health
DonateLife Week ends today - it's time to think about becoming an organ donor! Click the link to read about Belmont resident Ebony Holmes's touching story, and register to become a donor at www.donatelife.gov.au
We're out at Skilled Stadium tonight encouraging Cats supporters to join the Australian organ donor register, as part of DonateLife Week. Come and find us to become a donor and potentially save eight lives! To register as a donor, visit www.donatelife.gov.au
Barwon Health recently welcomed another 32 first year undergraduate nursing students from Deakin University into the Applied Learning in General Nursing (ALiGN) fellowship program. The program sees the students co-located between Deakin University (Waterfront) and Barwon Health. For the next two and a half years of their studies the students will attend the seminar and simulation component of some clinical subjects at Barwon Health in the Health Education and Research Building. The students will also undertake all their clinical placements in one of Barwon Health’s many clinical settings.
Barwon Health Community Nursing is the largest non-metropolitan based service in Victoria. It is a government funded program which provides home nursing services. Community Nursing consists of three integrated teams based at Barwon Health’s Newcomb, Belmont and Corio Community Health Centres. The nursing care delivered involves numerous speciality areas and extends through to the families and carers. Watch the video to find out what it’s like being a Community Health Nurse at Barwon Health
#TheHeartofBarwonHealth Tina Millington, Barwon Health cook - "In 1996, I emigrated from the UK with two young children and wrote to Barwon Health asking for casual work. I started as a cook at the hospital and was filling in for different shifts and then came on full-time. We're all qualified as chefs working as cooks, rotating between sweets, main courses, preparation, and occupational health and safety. The meals for patients are cooked and go to University Hospital, Geelong, McKellar Centre, a couple of day centres here and down the coast. We incorporate 72 different diets in our basic menu. People always say hospital food is bad, but the patients eating it are ill. We try to make it as enjoyable and tasty as we can."
Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) - a vibrant global movement to promote and support breastfeeding by anyone, anywhere and at any time. Breastfeeding really does take a village and Barwon Health is here for you. To protect, promote and support breastfeeding, we have a Breastfeeding Committee which ensures the level of breastfeeding support for families remains high and is safeguarded in the transition of new mums from hospital into the community. Chaired by the Women’s and Children’s Service Co-Director, committee members include staff from birth suite, postnatal, antenatal and special care nursery; lactation consultants, a dietitian, a speech pathologist, paediatric nurses, midwife educators and administrators. Community representation on the committee is fundamental and so a maternal child health nurse, St John of God Hospital midwife, representative from the Australian Breastfeeding Association and a consumer representative all hold membership. For more information about breastfeeding, please visit our website www.barwonhealth.org.au/maternity-services Pictured: New mum Grace with her son Bobby, born on 14 July at University Hospital Geelong, and members of Barwon Health’s Breastfeeding Committee. #WBW2017
Did you know that since 2013 we have tripled the healthy food options in our cafeteria? Barwon Health is committed to the health of our community, so we are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice on our sites. Contact us at [email protected] for more information. Read more at http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/healthy-communities/healthy-eating
Research Week – an ethics debate. How are your debating skills? As part of research week we will also be holding a public debate. The debate is slightly light-hearted but will also raise issues that are controversial and will highlight the current research on the chosen topic. The topics are still being discussed but one possible topic is whether consumers “know too much”. It’s a brilliant way of touching on deeply held assumptions amongst health care providers about informed consumers. We are looking for two consumers who may be interested in being on the a panel to help present a consumer perspective! We are still open to suggestions about topics for the debate. Please email your ideas to [email protected] and use 'research week ethics debate' in your subject line or phone (03) 4215 8922.
We wish Lorraine Kucharski the best as she leaves Barwon Health after an amazing 38 years with the organisation. Starting as a "tea lady" in 1979, Lorraine became a supervisor and spent recent years launching the Barwon Health Food Service, based at McKellar Centre.
Congratulations to one of our interns, Jessie-Anne Kenworthy, who just won the Bart 'N' Print Health and Wellbeing Award at the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards! Jessie-Anne volunteered for several months in a Ugandan health centre, with no electricity or running water, assisting with childbirth, vaccinations and setting up a HIV clinic.
Jacinta, Sharelle and Tabitha from our Workforce Talent Acquisition team are hosting a booth at the Geelong Jobs Fair today from 10am to 4pm. Drop by for a chat and find out what career opportunities we can offer you. The Australian Government Department of Employment, in partnership with the Victorian State Government, invites all job seekers and retrenched workers to come along to the event hosted at the Geelong Arena. The fair will provide people looking for a job with access to real and current employment opportunities.
#TheHeartofBarwonHealth Stephanie Bruce, personalised health care clinician - "We monitor patients in their home through an app that sends us their blood sugar, respiratory levels and other health indicators. We get alerts on our end so we can check on them and they can eventually learn to recognise their symptoms early. The pilot program was started to see if it would help with frequent presenters to hospital, so we would know when their health was deteriorating. It's empowering them to take better care of themselves. This program sees people taking control of their own health and engaged with what's happening to them."
“I came to Barwon Health thinking ‘yeah surgery would be cool’ but after these past couple of days my motivation to pursue medicine and surgery has increased significantly. I think that when you get and insight into what everything is about it really makes you realise that it is a really rewarding career path and it is worth the many years of study.” - Year 10 student and aspiring surgeon Rachel's take on her first few days of our Careers in Health work experience program. Read the full story at: https://t.co/NKmk3SyBN6
World Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day is on Thursday, 27 July and Barwon Health is hosting a free morning tea and information session at 10am in the Supportive Care Centre at University Hospital Geelong, where people can chat with Barwon Health volunteer and former patient Glenda Ford and radiation oncologist Dr Maitham Mathlum. Read more about Glenda's inspiring story here: http://bit.ly/2v1W5KY
Barwon Health has an exciting part-time opportunity for an innovative and passionate Workforce Talent Systems Officer to join the team in a position located at University Hospital Geelong. Applications close 3 August. For job details, click here: http://bit.ly/2eJpFOF #WorkingatBarwonHealth
Barwon Health is partnering with Newcomb Secondary College to be part of the P-Tech (Pathways in Technology) program which is one of the first of its kind in Australia. Students participating in the P-Tech program undertake their usual study at school as well as undertake a STEM certificate level qualification and have the invaluable opportunity to experience the world of work in their chosen area. Barwon Health currently hosts five year 10 students who are undertaking a certificate II in Lab Skills. The students come once a fortnight to the GCEID Lab where they get practical hands on experience and can see how what they learn in the classroom relates to the real life world of work in the Lab. The students also have Barwon Health mentors who provide support, encouragement, and serve as role models who are able to guide and share their own insight and experience from the field in which the students have an interest and are studying. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2uOdp5T
💘The Wedding Auction ends 6pm tonight - bidding currently at $9,000! 💘 Seventeen of Geelong’s leading wedding suppliers have donated their services, time and talents to create a once in a lifetime offer for a lucky couple valued at over $30,000! On offer is a wedding ceremony at Mt Duneed Estate for a couple and 50 guests.This all inclusive wedding package offers the choice of two dates: Friday, 10 November 2017 or Friday, 13 April 2018. All proceeds donated to Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre. What's included: • Peter Rowland Catering - Reception • Mount Duneed Estate - Wedding venue and beverages • Nicole Penning Celebrant • Sara Taylor Photography • Robertson’s Farmgate - Flowers for bridal party and venue • Pearls & Roses Bridal - Gown • Cocoa Pantry - Wedding cake and wedding favours favours • Songbirds - Band for ceremony (duo) • The Beautiful People - Band for reception (3-piece band) • Natalie Heffernan – pre-wedding fitness training • stantonross creative - Invitation • Blondie Hair + Cosmetica - Bridal hair and makeup • Eddy Elias Menswear - Groom suit • Leafy Co. Design – Greenery wall installation • Duffs Jewellers – Wedding rings • RACV Torquay Resort - Minimoon For more details and to bid visit: https://www.32auctions.com/theweddingauction
The University Hospital Geelong Emergency Department (ED) is busy. The most seriously injured and sick people are always seen first. People with less urgent conditions may face long wait times to see a doctor. If your condition is not an emergency, please consider visiting a GP. A list of GPs in our region can be viewed here: www.docgeelong.com/doctors/geelong. If you or a family member are seriously ill, call 000 or attend a local ED.
Today, Jacinta and Tabitha from our Talent Acquisition team are at the SpotJobs Melbourne Career Expo. This expo encompasses all career opportunities for employment and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors. Visitors can discover their future careers from a vast array of career advice, employment opportunities, university and training placements, skills industry and government initiatives. Whether it's a short-term job or finding your new career, the SpotJobs Career Expo will provide the answers. Come and visit the Barwon Health booth if you're in Melbourne today or over the weekend.