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BY TRACEY HUTTON
A new ultrasound machine donated
to the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)
Hepatology and Liver Transplant
Unit by the FMC Volunteer Service is
improving quality of life for patients
as they battle liver disease.
The new machine, valued at $33,000, assists
the hepatology team to insert drains safely for
patients with difficult to drain abdominal fluid,
which is a symptom of end-stage liver disease.
Associate Professor Alan Wigg, who heads the
unit, said the machine would improve the hospital
experience for patients as well as free up space
for other patients.
He said between five and nine patients would use
the ultrasound machine each week.
“Many of our patients need to come in once
or twice a fortnight to FMC to get fluid drained
so this is going to make a huge difference,”
Associate Professor Wigg said.
“A Clinical Practice Improvement project has
brought us to a point where patients only need
to stay the day, but due to the complexity of
many of the patients ultrasound marking is often
required, which can delay the insertion of the
drain by many hours – resulting in longer stays.
“The ultrasound machine will be used to help
guide paracentesis drain insertion (needle to drain
fluid in the abdomen) and in the future could
guide our hepatologists for liver biopsy, and a
number of other procedures.”
Chronic Liver Disease Nurse Rachel Wundke said
she, and her colleague Rosemary McCormick,
were very grateful for the volunteer’s donation.
“Our patients needing this procedure are in FMC
often and it’s our aim that they stay in hospital for
the shortest time possible so they can get home
to their families,” Rachel said.
President of the FMC Volunteer Service Sylvia
Wolverson said the volunteers were proud they
could fund this important piece of equipment.
“The ultrasound machine is going to make a
positive difference to patients and also to staff
and that is what inspires our hard working
volunteers to do what they do,” Sylvia said.
BY TRACEY HUTTON
Monthly Nunga Lunches are
providing food for thought for the
local Aboriginal community and the
Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network (SALHN) – and improving
health outcomes along the way.
“The lunches – which host up to 30 guests
each month – aid in looking after the
social, emotional and physical well-being
of Aboriginal community members, while
also providing an opportunity to network
and connect with the wider Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander community, ” explained
Nola Whyman, Manager of SALHN
Aboriginal Health Services.
Well Person Checks for children and adults,
immunisations and health education and
promotion activities are also offered at the
“The Nunga Lunches program gives
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
a chance to not only have a greater
understanding of what is happening across
SALHN but an opportunity to be able to
provide feedback about their services – and
access them,” Nola said.
Nunga lunches provide
food for thought
The Nunga Lunches
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders a chance to not only
have a greater understanding of
what is happening across SALHN
but an opportunity to be able to
provide feedback about their
services – and access them.
“It is really important that our community is
aware of what is going on and to have a say
in how services are implemented.”
Nola said another benefit of the lunches was
the chance for health care workers to reach
people who may be otherwise difficult to
reach using mainstream methods.
The Aboriginal Well Health Checks:
> Involve a holistic team of Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal health professionals who
provide comprehensive physical, social
and wellbeing health assessments, health
information, and access to recall and
referral services for Aboriginal populations
in rural, remote and metropolitan locations.
> Assist with earlier detection and
management of disease and illness and
ensure that immunisations are current.
The Volunteer Service for the Flinders
Medical Centre kindly prepares the food for
the Nunga Lunches.
The Nunga lunches are held the second
Thursday of every month at the Aboriginal
Family Clinic and the Christie Downs
If you would like to attend the Nunga
Lunches please contact SALHN Aboriginal
Health Services on (08) 8179 5942. If
transport is required please contact Darren
Hincks on (08) 8179 5953.
12 / JUNE 2016 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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