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
If you are a breastfeeding mother, here are some tips to keep in mind: - Breastfeeding is one of the most important gifts you can give your baby and colostrum, milk produced during the early days of breastfeeding, is his/her first vaccine. - Remember that babies often cry because they want to be held close to your body and not because they are hungry. They like the warmth and smell of their mothers’ bodies and the sound of their voices. So hold your baby close to you and don’t feed him/ her every time they cry! - Everyone loves to give advice to new mothers but not all advice is helpful. The most important thing is to trust yourself and your ability to provide your #baby with the right amount of milk. - You do not need a special diet to produce milk. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water. - Giving your baby a bottle of formula breaks the supply and demand chain so continue #breastfeeding.
Are you a new mother? Take note of the ABCs of breastfeeding: - #Awareness: Breastfeed your baby whenever you pick up on any of the early hunger cues: sucking noises, rooting around on the chest, opening and closing of the mouth. - #Bonding: A newborn baby may feed for around 10 to 20 minutes on each breast. - #Comfort: Make sure your baby is latched on correctly and you are sitting comfortably while #breastfeeding.
As part of the AUB Faculty of Medicine 150th celebrations, we will be taking you on a journey back in history to meet the honorable Medical Deans who have contributed to the making of our present Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center since 1920 and to date. #AUBFM150 #AUBMC
Employees: Apply to become a member of the EAG! The Employee Advisory Group (EAG) is a forum for employees to voluntarily voice workplace concerns, suggest improvements and collaborate with management and leadership to improve the work environment. The group also sponsors activities for education, professional development, fitness and fun. http://hubs.ly/H08gqfT0
Dr. Nagi El Saghir, Director of the Breast Center of Excellence at NKBCI at the American University of Beirut (AUB), member of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Global Oncology task force, Global Oncology Grants Committee, Past-Chair of ASCO International Affairs Committee, Member of ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) Global Policy Committee, chaired and lectured at the Meet the Professor Session “Perspectives on Oncology Careers in Global Health” at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago on June 4, 2017. Full story here: http://bit.ly/ASCOelsaghir
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.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding, especially for the first six months of life, provides all the vitamins and nutrients a newborn baby needs. Always remember that breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illnesses. #breastfeed your baby for a healthier life. #WorldBreastfeedingWeek #WBW2017
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."
#Cold #foods may cause congestion of the respiratory mucosa, a protective layer that covers the respiratory lining and acts as a defense mechanism against infections. When this layer shrinks, it becomes easier for #viruses and #bacteria to attack your respiratory system and cause #infections leading to a sore throat.
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
The first week of August marks World Breastfeeding Awareness Week. During this week, AUBMC takes the chance to encourage women to breastfeed and stresses on the necessity of claiming each women's and baby’s right to breastfeed. Follow us throughout the week for tips about the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. #WorldBreastfeedingWeek #WBW2017