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celebrates 25 years
Australian rock icon Daryl
Braithwaite will headline
the Flinders Medical
Saturday 8 November at the
Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Since first being held in 1989,
the ball has raised $2.3 million
for equipment, research,
programs and other resources
at Flinders Medical Centre
and the Flinders Centre for
Innovation in Cancer.
For bookings or more
information call the Flinders
Medical Centre Foundation
on 8204 5216 or purchase
your tickets online at
BY SARAH KOLAR
Global Positioning Satellite
and step-activity monitor
devices are being used in
a ground breaking study
aimed at tracking the
movements of lower-limb
amputees to see if they have
into the community following
The Repatriation General Hospital
study, which is being undertaken
by Rehabilitation and Aged
Care researchers, is assessing
the community activity and
participation of 47 patients, who
have been fitted with prosthesis in
the past six months.
Researcher Dr Chris Barr, who has
undertaken the study with PhD
student Brenton Hordacre, said
Helping amputees stay in step with their community
only a small number of patients
between 26 and 62 percent -
achieved outdoor mobility following
amputation, limiting their ability for
“There are many reasons why people
limit their outdoor activities, and
this has a huge knock-on effect for
aspects such as health and social
inclusion,” Dr Barr said.
“For clinicians and researchers,
assessment of community activity and
participation following rehabilitation
is a key marker of successful
“Prosthetic mobility has been
associated with quality of life, greater
involvement in social activities and day-
to-day living, as well as participation in
employment and recreation.”
Dr Barr said the GPS device and step-
activity monitor (SAM) were strapped
onto the patients’ prosthetic legs and
worn for seven consecutive days.
“The SAM uses accelerometers to
recognise when a step is taken and
logs a count of the number of steps
taken, while the data from the GPS
device can be put into software that
uses Google maps, so we could
categorise locations,” he said.
“A step counter alone will tell us how
active someone is, but we don’t know
if they limit this to their home and
other safe locations. A GPS device tells
us where people go, but not if they
are active in these locations.
“This study measures both of these
outcomes, and links the two, giving
us an objective measure of activity
He said the next stage of the research
would measure the data collected
by the devices against information
collected in a clinical setting such as
gait and falls history.
“There are a lot of measures, such
as time walking tests that are used
clinically to predict community activity
and involvement in different patient
“These tend to rely on comparisons
with activity diaries and self-reporting
from the participants to assess their
relationship with community activity.
“The clinical tests are usually done in
a safe, flat, indoor environment and
may not be representative of real life
“In patient groups who are at
a higher risk of falling, such as
amputees, we are unsure if what
they demonstrate they are able to
do in the clinic translates to real life
activities, so we wanted to have an
objective measure of activity in the
Researchers are planning to trial this
technology with other groups where
social isolation is a risk, including
older people who have been referred
to the Repat’s Falls Clinic.
Are you suffering from
too many toilet stops?
Adults who suffer from overactive
bladder (OAB) could be eligible
to participate in a new trial at the
Repatriation General Hospital, which
is investigating treatment options for
The study will examine the
combination of two drugs prescribed
for OAB to see if, when taken
together, they provide more relief
than when taken on their own.
If you experience the frequent and
strong urge to urinate, followed by
sudden or uncontrolled leakage, and
are aged over 18, you may be eligible
The study lasts 14 weeks and includes
at least six appointments with the
study doctor, study-related care and
monitoring, as well as study medication/
placebo. No costs are involved.
To find out more, contact the
Repat’s Urology Clinical Trials
Unit on 8275 1996 or email louise.
firstname.lastname@example.org or cathy.
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network trials
Flu Clinical Trial
If you are experiencing fever,
cough, tiredness, a stuffy nose, sore
throat and headaches, you may
have the flu.
Flinders Medical Centre is
conducting a clinical trial to study
the safety and effectiveness of an
investigational medication - with
and without Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) -
in treating uncomplicated influenza.
If you are between the ages of 18
and 65, have a fever of at least 38
degrees, and are experiencing flu
symptoms, this trial may be suitable
for you. You must be seen within 48
hours of the onset of symptoms.
All trial procedures will be done at
no cost and participants will be paid
for time and travel.
For more information, please
call Catherine Weaver
on 8204 5511.
Do you have Type 2
Were you diagnosed with Type 2
Diabetes Mellitus more than a year
ago? Have you been injecting insulin
for at least the past six months with
a stable dose for the past three
If you have answered yes to both
of these questions and are aged
18 or over, you may be eligible to
participate in a clinical trial testing
an investigational drug, which
combines two drugs that are
currently marketed in Australia.
Your diabetes will be closely
followed by a specialist at the
Repatriation General Hospital.
For more information, please
call Lily or Pam
on 8275 1094.
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