Calvary Launceston hospitals go green

Nurse Stephanie Robinson looked at the bags of discarded sterilisation wraps collected after a day of surgery in the operating theatres at Calvary St Luke’s Hospital and pondered how it could be kept out of landfill. At the other end of the state, Mat Usher from remanufacturing start-up GreenMed was

Perioperative Nurses Week 2023

For Perioperative Nurses Week, we’re recognising and celebrating the role of our perioperative nurses, their teams and the importance of the work they do in our patient experience, before, during and after surgery. Whilst they work alongside other incredible hospital staff, a perioperative nurse is the last person a patient

Commonly Asked Questions | Cleft Lip and Palate

WITH CALVARY NORTH ADELAIDE HOSPITAL’S DR BEN GRAVE   Between the 8th and 14th of November, Craniofacial Australia and other associated Australian charities are raising awareness of cleft lip and palate treatment. Calvary North Adelaide Hospital’s Dr Ben Grave is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who answers some commonly asked

UK nurse enables new care model at CAH ED

Calvary Adelaide’s emergency department (ED) and its patients are set to benefit from the arrival of English nurse practitioner recruit Lomax Ocean. Last year, Calvary held an international recruitment expo in England and while visiting family in Spain Lomax secured a virtual interview. He’s glad he did. “I’ve been here

Commonly Asked Questions | Dementia

WITH CALVARY’S DR MARY ANN KULH   The 2023 theme for Dementia Action Week is Act Now for a Dementia-Friendly Future. It’s a sentiment close to the heart for Calvary Health Care Geriatrician and General Physician, Dr Mary Ann Kulh, who is a firm believer in the power of a

Dr Rachel Hughes, Prof Peter Ravenscroft, Dr Pam Harrison OAM and Mark Jeffrey at Calvary Mater Newcastle's celebration of 40 years providing palliative care services.
Celebrating 40 years of palliative care

Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Palliative Care Service has marked a significant milestone this month, celebrating 40 years of caring for patients from the Hunter, Lower Mid North Coast and New England regions. As the largest specialist palliative care provider in the region Mark Jeffrey, General Manager at Calvary Mater Newcastle, commended

Lending a helping hand for Tonga

In recent years, the small island of Vava’u, Tonga, has suffered devastating destruction. From cyclones in 2014 and 2018, to a volcanic eruption, subsequent tsunami and ash fall in 2022, the people of Vava’u were in need of a helping hand. Answering the calls for assistance was Rotary Australia, including

‘Giving fund’ benefits haematology patients

Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Director of Haematology, Dr Sam Yuen, and Senior Hospital Scientist, Conjoint Associate Professor Lisa Lincz, recently accepted a generous donation from Tomago Aluminium totalling $14,000. On the day, Tomago Aluminium employee and Mater haematology patient Trevor, was on-site with his daughters for the official cheque handover. As

Using respectful care to disarm aggression

Knowing how to manage aggression is important in any profession – particularly in the health care setting. That’s where Calvary Mater Newcastle’s emergency medicine staff specialist, Dr Michael Downes, and emergency department registered nurse, David Fitzgerald, come in. The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) recently held their winter symposium

Made with Love – Murrum

For Lori Parish, Medirest Human Resources Manager and proud Bundjalung woman, having experienced the tragic loss of her daughter and in later years her grandson due to stillbirth, the motivation to help people in similar situations was high. “After the loss of my grandson, I started volunteering with an organisation

Doing it for our Elders

From Monday 3 July, Calvary Mater Newcastle staff donned their commemorative pins with pride, to mark National NAIDOC Week. Each year, celebrations take place across the country to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year at the Mater was no different, with

NAIDOC Week at Calvary Mater Newcastle

At Calvary Mater Newcastle, NAIDOC Week celebrations kicked off on Monday morning, with Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, Margaret Whitson, leading staff and friends of the Mater in the celebration march from Civic Park to the Foreshore. Braving the rain, proud Worimi man, Leigh Ridgeway, led staff in an Acknowledgement of

Training our paramedics

In the spirit of helping a friend, Calvary Mater Newcastle recently hosted local paramedic, Juliet Stark, for training to become an intensive care paramedic. As part of the specialist program, paramedics are required to complete a five week block of training which incorporates two weeks in operating theatres; one week

An open letter from Calvary

This Sunday marks the end of an era for Calvary. We have been a trusted healthcare provider for public patients in the ACT for 44 years, providing care from birth to end of life, and everything in between. Since Calvary Public Hospital Bruce opened its doors in 1979, we have

Commonly Asked Questions | Prostate Cancer

Everyday 66 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the nation’s most commonly diagnosed cancer, according to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).   The five-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer has improved from 58% in 1982 to 95% today, thanks to significant advances in research and treatment.

Calvary continues to put staff at the centre of ACT transition

Calvary is disappointed by the ACT Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the application challenging the validity of the Health Infrastructure Enabling Act 2023. Calvary National Chief Executive, Martin Bowles, said the decision to mount a legal challenge against the proposed compulsory acquisition of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce was taken in

Care without judgement at Calvary

Opinion Editorial by Martin Bowles, Calvary National CEO   Calvary unequivocally supports the position that access to healthcare is a basic human right and we care equally for anyone using our services regardless of religion, race, gender, cultural background, political views, or economic and social status. This is a position

Musical therapy brings joy for Flora McDonald residents

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen Residents from our Memory Support Unit at Calvary Flora McDonald, Cowandilla, are enjoying weekly music therapy sessions as part of a 10-week trial program run by a registered music therapist from Creative Therapy Adelaide. The program and an instrument kit has

Celebrating our past

On Thursday 2 February as part of the hospital’s Centenary celebrations, Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Heritage Committee and members of the hospital’s Executive, celebrated the completion of its Heritage Corridor Display. Over a period of years the Heritage Committee has been methodically, steadily and meticulously sorting through past photos of the

Calvary Kogorah patients and families benefit from palliative care refurbishments

Patients, families and carers are benefiting from a $1.79m refurbishment to palliative care facilities at Calvary Health Care Kogarah, a specialist palliative care and rehabilitation hospital within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and servicing St George and Sutherland Shire. This project was in part supported by a $305,000

Blue Plaque commemorates Sisters’ lasting legacy

A special Blue Plaque commemorating the lasting legacy and stewardship of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary in Wagga Wagga has been officially unveiled at Calvary Riverina Hospital. The Heritage NSW Blue Plaque recognises the Sisters, who established a hospital in 1926 at Wagga Wagga’s Foxborough Hall. It

The heart of the Mater

Let’s hear it for Calvary Mater Newcastle’s 2022 Mary Potter Award winner, David Millington, Support Services Supervisor. When David was announced as the winner at the 2022 Celebration of Service, held on Thursday 17 November, a massive applause echoed throughout the Mater Lecture Theatre and many an eye was dabbed

A time to Grieve

The Grieve project is celebrating 10 years. What began as a writing and live reading activity for members of the Hunter Writers Centre has now become a national writing competition which attracts hundreds of entries every year. Entries are called for in August, Grief Awareness month, and in November awards