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Repatriation General Hospital
Consumer members of the Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network (SALHN) Partnering with Consumers Advisory
Group – Jo Hoiles, Chris Lemmer and myself, recently met
with SALHN Chief Operating Officer David Morris, Darren
Renshaw and Ellie Bevan-Davies, to discuss ways consumers
can participate and contribute to Transforming Health changes
to outpatient services at the Repatriation General Hospital.
on the SA Health internet: http://
> Provide Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure public
The Partnering with Consumers
Advisory Group is committed
to ensuring SALHN generates
targeted consumer engagement
activities that address the key
service changes that are expected
in the coming months. These will
be promoted to consumers via the
SALHN Consumer Register email
list, Southern Health News, SA
Health websites and hard copies of
resources and feedback forms in
outpatient waiting areas.
If you have questions or feedback
for the Partnering With Consumers
Advisory Group, please email
Consumers will be given the
opportunity to provide feedback
on consumer publications and
resources being developed by
the Outpatient Working Group.
We suggested some of the key
information to consumers and the
community should include:
> how to provide feedback
> how to become involved
> publications for consumers
should be tailored to patient
groups with different needs
> publications to staff should be
> publications for Veterans should
highlight links to SA Health’s
Veteran’s Health Care Framework,
RGH Veteran’s Service Guarantee
and Department of Veteran’s
Affairs Gold Card entitlements
> Open Days to be held for
consumers and the community at
> Provide update to Outpatient
Service listings currently available
BY JANE TREMBATH
Maggie Wittchen was among the first patients to be treated
to a relaxing massage thanks to an expanded oncology
massage service at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC).
Recently admitted to hospital for five days of continuous
chemotherapy treatment for Lymphoma, Maggie said massage
provided extra comfort to her and other cancer patients.
“Massage is a lovely idea – it’s definitely soothing and helps me to
relax,” Maggie said.
In a state-first, patients admitted to FMC’s cancer ward (Ward 5G)
are able to receive hand, foot, neck and body massages from an
oncology qualified remedial massage therapist to help ease some of
the symptoms associated with their disease.
Oncology Massage Therapist Andrea Cornish visits the ward twice
a week to provide massage for patients who are unwell or receiving
“This very light touch therapy can really improve the quality of life for
people with a history of cancer,” Andrea said.
“Research has shown that gentle massage may help to alleviate
some of the symptoms of chemotherapy treatment, including pain,
nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue and neuropathy - sometimes by
up to 60 per cent.
“There’s also evidence that it can help with shortness of breath,
memory problems and disturbed sleep.”
The oncology massage service has been provided to patients receiving
chemotherapy in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Infusion
Suite since 2014, but this is the first time massage is available at a
The expansion of this service has been made possible thanks
to Flinders Foundation and a $32,000 grant from the Dry July
Foundation – a campaign which encourages people to give up
alcohol for the month of July and raise funds for cancer patients and
their families and carers.
Cancer Ward Clinical Services Coordinator Avis Glenn said the
massage service would greatly improve patients’ wellbeing:
“We often have patients here for days, sometimes weeks, so massage
not only helps with alleviating some pain but also provides a good
distraction and someone else to talk to,” she said.
“It’s also really valuable that Andrea can now visit our patients in their
beds for massage, without them having to venture far.”
If you would you like to help support research, treatment and care at
Flinders, contact Flinders Foundation at www.flindersfoundation.org.
au or call (08) 8204 5216.
Soothing hands ease
David Morris, Chief Operating Officer
SALHN and Co-Chair Partnering with
Consumers Advisory Group (Right), talking
to Chris Lemmer, Veteran Representative
and Jo Hoiles, Consumer Surveyor
SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS / MARCH 2017 / 9
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