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people to join the
Mental health service
recognised in statewide award
BY JACQUIE VAN SANTEN
A Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network program for people with
Borderline Personality Disorder has been
recognised with a statewide award.
Shirley Hunter, who leads the program, received
a Premier’s Recognition of Outstanding Service
Award for her work with the Dialectical Behaviour
Therapy (DBT) program.
Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental
illness marked by unstable moods, behavior and
relationships. DBT – a specific type of cognitive-
behavioural psychotherapy – has been shown to
be the most effective therapy for the disorder.
“We started with one DBT program in 2005 at
Adaire Clinic at Noarlunga, and today we run five
different DBT programs,” said Shirley, the DBT
Coordinator at Adaire Clinic.
Shirley said Borderline Personality Disorder was a
challenging mental illness to treat.
“An estimated 69-80 per cent of clients in this
group self-harm, and 8-10 per cent are at high risk
of suicide, so they are high users of emergency
departments, hospitals and community mental
health services," she said.
Shirley said Adaire offered a range of DBT
programs, including two adult groups, a youth
group for clients aged 16 to 24, and ‘Family
Connections’ – a 12-week evidenced based
carers group to teach family and loved
ones how not to make things worse.
“We also run a monthly graduation
group for any clients who have been
through our programs and wish to
Shirely said an analysis of the
data in 2013 which compared
bed days a year prior to
commencing the DBT program
and bed days during the
program showed a potential
reduction of 1,496 bed days
at a corresponding cost of
more than $2.1 million.
Hunter consults with
a client at the Adaire
Health Centre in
‘What are you waiting for? Join the Australian Organ Donor Register online
BY FRAN GALLARDO
The southern metropolitan area has
rallied together to raise awareness of
organ and tissue donation for the annual
DonateLife Week (31 July to 7 August
This year’s message is simple – ‘What are you
waiting for? Join the Australian Organ Donor
Register online today’. The campaign highlights
the convenience of electronic registration to
become an organ and tissue donor.
More than 1,500 Australians are waiting for a life-
saving transplant at any one time but only one
in three Australian adults are on the Australian
Organ Donor Register, despite the majority
(81 per cent) viewing registration of donation
decisions as important.
Should the situation arise, families take comfort in
knowing that they are upholding their loved one’s
registered donation decision.
Anaesthetic Nurse Emma Vick, from the Flinders
Medical Centre (FMC) Liver Transplant Unit, says
electronic registration will make people’s wishes
clear about being an organ and tissue donor.
Emma has been a member of the South
Australian Liver Transplant Team for the past six
years and recently acquired the clinical portfolio of
Anaesthesia for Liver Transplantation. She is also
undertaking further training and development in
cell-saving for improved trauma and transplant
She is taking her passion about liver
transplantation to Kuala Lumpur as part of the
Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists/College
of Anaesthesiologists Annual Scientific Congress
at the end of August.
“My presentation in Malaysia will focus on the peri-
operative phase of the liver transplant process at
Flinders and the pivotal role played by anaesthetic
nurses in ensuring that patients are best placed to
successfully receive donor organs,” she says.
“From what I’ve seen and experienced working in
this unit, it’s just so important that people have
the conversation with their loved ones about
their wishes to be an organ donor and use the
recourses available to them, like the electronic
The Liver Transplant Unit at Flinders Medical
Centre was established in 1992 and has
performed more than 345 transplants.
For more information about the electronic
registration, please visit donatelife.gov.au
“The data also showed a significant reduction
in symptoms of depression and anxiety and a
significant increase in self-esteem. Self-harm rates
were also significantly reduced,” she said.
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