Calvary Mater Newcastle

Looking for the perfect match

The gift of blood can mean so much to so many. For Jennifer Boulton, it is a person’s decision to go one step further and become a bone marrow donor that can be a truly life changing choice and one she encourages people to make. In March 2018, 56 year-old

Learning all over the world

This month, as part of our celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Sarah Moberley, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Palliative Care. What led you to this area of nursing? I packed myself, my text books and naive enthusiasm off to Uganda within a year

Calvary Mater Newcastle: Dry July 2020

Thank you for being part of Dry July 2020 Now that Dry July 2020 is complete, we wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to those who took part and supported us! With all of the unpredictability and change that 2020 has delivered, we’re so grateful that so many people chose

Delivering the best outcomes

This month, as part of Calvary Mater Newcastle’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Catherine Johnson, Cancer Care Coordinator. What is your position and what ward/area do you work in? Four days per week I am the Gastrointestinal Cancer Care Coordinator and one day

Pursuing her passion

This month, as part of our celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Ellie Gabrysiak Registered Nurse, Alcohol and Drug Clinical Services. What led you toward nursing as a career? I have always had some fascination with the medical industry. I went straight from high

New research office opens

Calvary Mater Newcastle has opened a new research office to further support our growing team of existing and emerging researchers. Melissa Gavenlock (pictured left) has joined the team as the new Research Governance Officer, and Kirsty Sanderson is continuing in her research support role. The new office is one of

Career and passion come together

This month, as part of our celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Milly Sneesby, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care. What is a nurse practitioner? A nurse practitioner is an experienced registered nurse who provides an advanced level of healthcare in a clinical role. The role

It might help someone else

“It won’t help me but it might help someone else.” That’s the view of brain cancer patient Casey Miller who has made the courageous decision to donate her brain to the Hunter Brain Cancer Biobank for medical research. The Brain Cancer Biobank, which is supported by the Mark Hughes Foundation,

A healing gift from life’s journey

Painting has proved more than Les Ahoy’s gift. It has been one of the best medicines in his battle against prostate cancer, a healing and an escape from the rigours of recent chemotherapy. It has also helped bring reconciliation, for himself and for a broader community. The end result is

Providing care and compassion

This month, as part of Calvary Mater Newcastle’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Louise Walpole, Clinical Nurse Specialist. What is your position and what area do you work in? I am a clinical nurse specialist in the Emergency Department (ED). I have worked

People and problem solving

As part of Calvary Mater Newcastle’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we meet Carolyn Barwik, New Grad, Perioperative Services. What does it mean to be a new grad? Being a new grad is somewhat equal parts exciting and nerve wracking. After three long years studying,

Finding her niche

As part of Calvary Mater Newcastle’s celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we play Hard Quiz with Sandra McKendry, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Surgery, Melanoma Unit. What does it mean to be a Clinical Nurse Consultant? A Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) is an advanced practice registered nurse

Living on the edge

During a hectic weekend in late March, the Radiation Oncology department took possession of their new multi-million dollar Varian TrueBeam Edge linear accelerator. The TrueBeam Edge is a replacement for the old C-series accelerator in the Zeus bunker. Michael Barnes, Department of Radiation Oncology Senior Medical Physics Specialist, said, “The

Upskilling medical students to make a difference

Calvary Mater Newcastle has started a three-month trial of a new model to upskill our senior medical students and give them the ongoing training, support and experience they need to contribute to care during this pandemic period and meet their requirements for graduation. The Embedded Senior Medical Student pilot program

It’s time to take your skin seriously

‘Game On Mole’ is a call to action for everyone to be aware of changes to their skin, especially moles. As part of the Melanoma Foundation campaign, the team in Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Melanoma Unit are dedicated to educating everyone on the importance of sun protection and early detection. Cheryl

Vale Angela Worthington

Coronary Care staff and the wider Calvary Mater Newcastle family have mourned the death of trailblazing heart specialist Angela Worthington. Hundreds of family members, friends, colleagues and patients gathered at her funeral service earlier this month to celebrate an extraordinary woman whose life was cut tragically short by Motor Neurone

An exceptional teacher

At a February Whole of Hospital Grand Rounds the Calvary Mater Newcastle Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards winner was announced, with congratulations going to Dr Susan Miles, Staff Specialist Department of General Medicine, taking out the accolade. Associate Professor Tim Walker, Clinical Dean, Calvary Mater Newcastle, said, “Susan is a

Sit back and relax

Patients visiting Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Day Treatment Centre for chemotherapy are now able to receive their treatment in relative comfort thanks to the generosity of our Auxiliary. Six new chemotherapy chairs, complete with multimedia outlets, were purchased for the Day Treatment Centre from funding received by the Wests Group as

Nursing patients to better health

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Each month Calvary Mater Newcastle will be celebrating and acknowledging the wonderful work they do day in, day out. This month we celebrate Kyra Antcliff, Registered Nurse. Here is a snapshot of why Kyra chose nursing as her profession and

Farewell Jim

Conjoint Professor Jim Denham might have ‘retired’ as a Senior Staff Specialist in Radiation Oncology at Calvary Mater Newcastle but he is a long way from retiring from his passionate interest in prostate cancer research and its potential to provide help and hope for those affected. Much of his time

National Perioperative Nurses Week

Calvary is proud to celebrate National Perioperative Nurses Week this week 6-12 October, in recognition of the valuable role our perioperative nurses play in delivering quality care. Perioperative nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery or interventional procedure and perform a range of specialised roles including, but not

Hospital Auxiliary raise over $326,000

Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary again provide significant donation Members of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary ‘Cancer Carers’ once again proved their ongoing commitment and loyalty to fundraising for Calvary Mater Newcastle by presenting a cheque to the hospital totaling $326,276.13 at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 1 August. With

Report calls for more home-based palliative care

A new report commissioned by Catholic Health Australia (CHA) calls for the provision of more home-based palliative care services to relieve pressure on hospitals and save valuable health system dollars. CHA, the peak body for Catholic health and aged care service providers in Australia, launched the report today at Calvary

Collaborating for a cure

Local charity Hope4Cure Foundation and public hospital Calvary Mater Newcastle have joined forces to support women and their families experiencing ovarian and gynaecological cancer in the Hunter region. Following a $40,000 donation from Hope4Cure Foundation, Calvary Mater Newcastle launched a special research grant for its researchers to help bolster research

Event – Research at Calvary Mater Newcastle

Members of the Hunter and Newcastle community are invited to attend a Calvary Mater Newcastle Research Information Session being held at the hospital on Friday 2 November, aiming to bring further awareness regarding the types of research carried out at the Mater. This FREE community event open to all will

Glad Dent celebrates her 100th birthday

As part of celebrations for Glad Dent’s 100th birthday, the dedicated Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary ‘Cancer Carers’ member was surrounded by Auxiliary friends at a morning tea held at the hospital. The Elermore Vale resident born 14 August 1918, is a proud mother of five, grandmother to 11 and great-grandmother

New international research partnership forged

Medical physics research set to benefit from collaboration The University of Newcastle and Calvary Mater Newcastle welcomed nine delegates from the prestigious Princess Chulabhorn Royal Academy, Thailand, in celebration of a medical physics research memorandum of understanding (MOU) being signed by the Princess Chulabhorn Royal Academy and the University of

Hospital Auxiliary raise over $327,000

Members of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary ‘Cancer Carers’ once again proved their ongoing commitment and loyalty to fundraising for Calvary Mater Newcastle by presenting a cheque to the hospital totaling $327,162.43 at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2 August. With 26 members ranging in age from 57 to

Cathy Tate recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Twenty-four people from the Hunter, Newcastle and Port Stephens area have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List including Cathy Tate, Chairperson of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Community Advisory Council. Cathy has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of

Proudly supported by Dry July

Thanks to 2017 Dry July funding, the Occupational Therapy Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle was able to purchase a large range of assistive aids for the hospital’s Oncology Equipment Loan Pool. The Oncology Equipment Loan Pool is a comprehensive service that is provided free of charge to any Calvary Mater

Putting breast cancer patients at the heart of treatment

Breast cancer patients will soon receive more precise and potentially life-saving radiation therapy thanks to a unique program being developed at Calvary Mater Newcastle. Associate Professor Joerg Lehmann, Principal Medical Physics Specialist at Calvary Mater Newcastle and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle, received a $405,000 prestigious National

Harnessing the power of computers to improve prostate cancer detection

The Department of Radiation Oncology/Medical Physics at Calvary Mater Newcastle has developed a machine learning approach for the identification of prostate cancer from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This newly developed artificial intelligence system is able to identify more than 100 features within the MRI images that can differentiate cancer from

Study sets the stage for new preventative measures

An underlying mechanism linking obesity with the development of endometrial/uterine cancer has for the first time been demonstrated. Current statistics show that 57% of women who develop uterine cancer are obese, yet it hasn’t been clear how or why fat cells drive this particular cancer more than other tumour types.

A warm gesture

When you think about how physically weak patients may get, and how they may struggle to keep warm, then you would appreciate how satisfying it would be for a patient to have the comfort of a warm blanket or towel during their stay in hospital. Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Hospice recently

I am woman

As the focus of Multicultural Health Week 2017 was ‘Women’s Health’ here at Calvary Mater Newcastle we decided to celebrate with women from our local culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Members of our CALD Working Party (Cultural Safety Audit) were very excited by the prospect as they themselves represent a

Marriage, Same Sex Relationships and Calvary

With a sense of unease and discomfort, Calvary noted several media articles over the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 which claim that the “Catholic church” is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. We reassure staff and

Historic photo of hospital fundraising ladies
Celebrating 90 years of the Mater Auxiliary

From humble beginnings to becoming the major fundraising arm of Calvary Mater Newcastle, the Mater Auxiliary has much to celebrate this August as it reaches its ninetieth year of operation. On 24 August 1927 the Mater Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed with Mrs J.W. Greaves taking up the helm as President.