Life Support Blog

Catch up with Season 1 Miracle Hospital

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22 Jan 2018

St Vincent’s Hospital is world renowned for its ground breaking medical research and cutting edge surgeries. From heart and lung transplants to robotic surgery and bionics, St Vincent’s has also become the last hope for many patients facing debilitating or life threatening conditions.

Filed under: Hospital

A new way to treat chronic pain

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4 Dec 2017

A new way to beat chronic pain will be trialled at St Vincent's, using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology.

Filed under: Hospital

Surgical alternative for at-risk stroke patients

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30 Nov 2017

Dr Brendan Gunalingam from St Vincent's demonstrates how a surgical alternative to blood-thinning medication can help patients at risk of stroke.

Filed under: Hospital | Heart-and-Lung

The machine keeping heart attack patients alive

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28 Nov 2017

He was only 38 years old, but for a man who suffered a cardiac arrest and died on a city footpath, luck was on his side.

Filed under: Hospital | Heart-and-Lung

Early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer

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22 Nov 2017

Early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer

Filed under: Hospital | Cancer

Breaking the hospital-homeless cycle

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14 Nov 2017

Breaking the hospital-homeless cycle

Filed under: Hospital | Mental-Health

Cutting opioid prescriptions given to patients on discharge

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8 Nov 2017

When the pharmacy at St Vincent's Hospital alerted pain specialist Dr Jennifer Stevens to the "steep" year-on-year increases in the amount of opioid-based painkillers being prescribed to patients on discharge, she knew something had to change.

Filed under: Hospital

Latrell Mitchell speaks about Aboriginal heart health

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20 Oct 2017

Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell shares why he became an ambassador for Aboriginal heart health.

Filed under: Heart-and-Lung

Reconciliation Week 2017

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1 Jun 2017

Cameron French, Manager of Tierney House - St Vincent's Hospital's Homeless Health accommodation service, shares his reflections on Reconciliation, during a powerful address at the 2017 Darlinghurst Campus Reconciliation Week event.

Filed under: Staff

Improving Mental Health Services

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24 Mar 2017

St Vincent's has launched the Centre for Family-Based Mental Health Care, in partnership with the University of Sydney. The Centre is focussed on addressing the need for a recovery-orientated approach to mental health care with a stronger focus on young people, early intervention, and involving families and carers.

Filed under: Mental-Health

For Richer or Poorer

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18 Jan 2017

More than two years ago, Associate Professor Moore, Professor Ma and the transplant team embarked on a journey to bring stem cell transplant technology to Sri Lanka; making this life-saving procedure accessible to all Sri Lankans, no matter what their means. The expertise, training and support they brought to Sri Lanka has proven invaluable. But Professor Ma and his team also found the experience of being exposed to different perspectives, environments and cultures transformative. Here Professor ...

Filed under: Hospital | Staff

Read the latest edition of St Vincent's Voice

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9 Jan 2017

Read the latest edition of St Vincent's Voice, packed with great stories of what's been happening around the hospital, including our latest awards, new clinical trials and interviews with our staff.

Filed under: Hospital

Pancreatic cancer screening at St Vincent's

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15 Dec 2016

Pancreatic cancer has one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer, with just 6.8 per cent of sufferers living five years past their diagnosis. But a novel new program at St Vincent's, a first for Australia, is screening asymptomatic people with a high risk of developing pancreatic cancer in an effort to catch and treat the disease early.

Filed under: Cancer | Clinical-Trials

Saving lives at St Vincent's

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30 Nov 2016

Roger James was clinically dead for 31 minutes. Thanks to new life-saving technology, currently on trial at St Vincent's and RPA, he's now fighting fit and counting his blessings.

Filed under: Hospital | Heart-and-Lung

Keeping you safe in hospital

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21 Nov 2016

Our goal is to provide our patients with the safest possible care. Health care in Australia is among the best and safest in the world, but there are still risks when spending time in hospital. They include the risk of infection, a fall or a pressure injury (bedsore). Find out how we keep you safe during your hospital stay.

Filed under: Hospital

Qi therapy for palliative care patients

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16 Nov 2016

Since late February, Huguette Burns and Nathalie Cathan from the Qi Centre in Crows Nest have been volunteering their time and skills to deliver Qi Therapy to palliative care inpatients at Sacred Heart Health Service.

Filed under: Palliative-Care

Discovering the benefits of medicinal cannabis

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9 Nov 2016

At St Vincent's, Director of Palliative Care, A/Prof Richard Chye is starting a clinical trial with terminally ill cancer patients to discover how medicinal cannabis can help with pain and appetite.

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

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21 Oct 2016

Cardiac rehabilitation, also known as cardiac rehab, is an exercise and education program that supports you while you’re recovering from a heart procedure or problem. This service has been proven to keep patients alive and out of hospital - and it’s a very important step on your road to recovery.

Filed under: Heart-and-Lung

Nutrition and Recovery from Surgery

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10 Oct 2016

After surgery your body needs plenty of support to heal and recover. This can include resting, medications and physiotherapy, but what you may not know is how important nutrition is in your recovery process, in particular for wound healing.

Filed under: Nutrition

St Vincent's wins six Excellence Awards

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21 Sep 2016

At the 2016 St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) Innovation and Excellence Awards held late last week in Brisbane, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney took out 6 out of 10 awards at the event, including the prestigious Chairman’s Award.

Filed under: Staff

Preparing for a stay in hospital

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14 Sep 2016

If your doctor has booked you in for a procedure at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney you may be wondering what happens next and when. Below is an outline of what you can expect.

Filed under: Hospital

Travelling safely with diabetes medications

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1 Sep 2016

If you are travelling overseas and take medicines, particularly insulin, you will need to organise them well in advance and take extra care while you’re away. The following recommendations and resources can avoid unexpected delays and ensure a stress free trip.

Filed under: Diabetes

How to beat high cholesterol

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17 Aug 2016

High blood cholesterol affects one in three Australians and is considered a significant risk factor for heart disease. Did you know that there are many things you can ADD to your diet to help lower your cholesterol, including several types of healthy fats.

Filed under: Nutrition

Protect yourself from heart disease

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9 Aug 2016

Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia, claiming a staggering 54 Australians each day or one Australian every 27 minutes. There are measures you can take to help prevent heart disease from affecting you, but unfortunately there are also some risk factors you can’t change.

Filed under: Heart-and-Lung

Why I became a nurse

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4 Aug 2016

Men make up a small minority of nurses in Australia, but St Vincent's emergency department nurse Ethan Watters couldn't imagine doing anything else. Find out why chose nursing as his profession and what it means to him.

Filed under: Staff

Visiting a loved one in Intensive Care

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20 Jul 2016

It can be difficult to visit a loved on in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital. It usually means they are seriously unwell, and emotions can be running high. Here are answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about coming into ICU.

Filed under: Hospital

Can an app help people with anxiety?

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13 Jul 2016

It may sound strange, but an innovative new app is helping patients deal with anxiety and depression.

Filed under: Mental-Health

Work experience with the Communications team

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7 Jul 2016

Year 10 student Elli recently completed three days of work experience at St Vincent’s with the Media and Communications team. Here’s her personal account of what it was like.

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Everything you need to know about heart health

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27 Jun 2016

Always at the forefront of cardiac knowledge and innovation, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney has launched a new website portal for patients, families and carers touched by the single biggest killer of Australian men and women - heart disease.

Filed under: Heart-and-Lung

15 signs you may have diabetes

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20 Jun 2016

There are a number of signs and symptoms that may be experienced by people with diabetes. If you have any of the below symptoms contact your GP. Early diagnosis, treatment and good control of diabetes can reduce the chances of developing serious diabetes complications.

Filed under: Diabetes

How exercise can help cancer patients

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15 Jun 2016

1 in 2 Australians will develop cancer by the age of 85. Odds are you've been touched by it or someone close to you has. There have been many studies conducted in the last 15years relating to exercise and cancer. These studies have shown that exercise is not only safe to do during and after cancer treatment, but can also help you improve your survivorship and reduce recurrence rates.

Filed under: Cancer | Exercise

85 questions to ask your doctor

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9 Jun 2016

Here are 85 questions to ask your doctor or health care team to find out more about your health problem. The answers to them will help you to understand what your condition is, why you have it, what you need to do to get better and how to look after yourself.

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A day in the life of St Vincent's social workers

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27 May 2016

It’s never a dull day in the life of a social worker. Here, we explain a day in the life of St Vincent’s social workers, who are always dedicatedly providing care and assistance for our patients, their families and their carers.

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What I know about hip hop dance

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25 May 2016

Dr Sylvia Gjerde is an Intern in St Vincent's very busy Emergency Department. It's a role that keeps her on her toes, never knowing what patients and situations may come her way. But Sylvia's fast-paced job doesn't slow her down outside of work, with her passions extending all the way from excellent patient care - straight to the dance floor!

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National Palliative Care Week

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19 May 2016

“Everyone will die once, so we have to get it right the first time” - Dr Richard Chye. In honour of National Palliative Care Week (22-28 May 2016), A/Prof Richard Chye, Director of Sacred Heart Health Service, talks about end-of-life care and dying at home.

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Emergency medicine in Botswana

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17 May 2016

St Vincent’s Addiction Medicine Specialist, Dr Craig Rodgers, has spent some time sharing his expertise with Emergency Medicine registrars in Gaborone, Botswana.

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What is exercise oncology?

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22 Apr 2016

Introducing a new player in the fight against cancer: exercise! Anna-Louise Moule explains how exercise physiologists work with those going through cancer treatment.

Filed under: Cancer | Exercise

Visiting loved ones in hospital

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22 Apr 2016

It can be difficult to visit your loved one in hospital, but you can have a positive influence on their recovery. We encourage contact from family and friends during visiting hours. Remember these tips for your next visit, which will help the patient and hospital staff.

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Five things you should eat more of

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15 Apr 2016

As dieticians, rather than focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, we like to encourage people to eat more of the good stuff. So if you’re planning a bit of a lifestyle shake up, try focusing on the things you should be eating more of.

Filed under: Nutrition

10 reasons you should become an organ donor

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15 Apr 2016

Have you decided about organ and tissue donation? Here are our top 10 reasons why you should become an organ donor. Have the chat with your family and friends today, so they're aware of your wishes.

Filed under: Organ-Donation

What is sleep hygiene and why do I need it?

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15 Apr 2016

We all know that getting a good nights sleep is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s what you should do to ensure you get optimal health benefits from your sleep.

Filed under: Sleep