Home' Southern Health News : June 2017 Contents Rebecca Badcock has been appointed
Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery with
the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Rebecca will bring valuable experience to the
position having worked in various roles and
departments across SA Health and abroad for
more than 15 years. Previously Rebecca held
the positions of Director of Nursing Noarlunga
Hospital and Nursing Director Surgery and
Perioperative Medicine and more recently
has been the lead for SALHN’s patient flow
Rebecca will be a valuable member of SALHN’s
Executive Team, and will be responsible
for professional leadership and strategic
management of Nursing and Midwifery across
the Network. She will also represent SALHN
Nursing and Midwifery interests across a broad
range of organisation including but not limited
to the Department for Health and Ageing,
Local Health Networks and professional and
Dr Liberty Gallus has taken up the
position of Head of Unit for the Paediatric
Department, Flinders Medical Centre
(FMC). She replaces Dr Brian Coppin, who
stepped down from the role in July after
many years of outstanding contribution and
Liberty is a senior Staff Specialist Paediatrician
who has been working as a Consultant at
FMC for the past 13 years. She is highly
regarded and brings a wealth of knowledge
and experience to the position.
Liberty has been the current Director of the
FMC Child Development Unit for more than
five years, encompassing leadership and
oversight of the Child Assessment Team and
the Neonatal Long Term Follow-up program.
She is particularly skilled in the care of
children with complex developmental issues
along with vulnerable infants, children and
their families. She is also a senior lecturer at
Flinders University and is a strong advocate
for teaching and research.
BY WISHA SMITH
Peanut allergies affect as many as
three per cent of Australian infants
and only 20 per cent of them will
outgrow their allergy.
Thankfully, a collaborative study between
Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre
(FMC) researchers is working on a way to treat
peanut allergies in children from the comfort
of their own homes.
“All other studies rely on hospitals to supervise
treatments, because of the risks involved,”
Dr Billy Tao said.
“We are focused on finding the safest way to
desensitise children with peanut allergies inside
their own homes with minimal supervision
from doctors, and by doing so keep them out
of hospitals,” he said.
Vicki Moss, an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in
Orthopaedics and a SALHN Sarcoma Nurse Practitioner
candidate has been awarded a 2017-18 South
Australian Premier's Nursing and Midwifery Overseas
The Nurse Practitioner Candidate role involves
coordination of patient care across a multi-disciplinary
team, patient education and counselling and case
managing individuals with a diagnosis of Bone Tumour
at SALHN. Vicki is the primary contact person for all
the Bone Tumour patients and is passionate about
building a professional relationship with the patient to
support them throughout their treatment journey.
Vicki intends to visit centres of excellence in
orthopaedics in the United Kingdom. The study tour
will enable her to gather information, knowledge
and principles on current treatment practices,
management and support services available for
people with bone tumours and sarcomas. Vicki’s role
is integral to the ongoing development of the current
multi-professional model which is due to expand
services to the whole of the South Australian and
Northern Territory population.
New study helps treat peanut allergies from the comfort of home
Desensitisation or immunotherapy is a
method that gradually increases the tolerance
level of allergic people to an allergen.
This study aims to desensitise children with
peanut allergies in three steps over 52 weeks
through oral immunotherapy – meaning
participants are given specially boiled peanuts
to eat first, before progressing to roasted
peanuts by the end of the trial.
By boiling peanuts for an extended period of
time rather than roasting them, the proteins
that trigger allergic reactions are reduced. The
boiled peanuts are then tested to ensure they
contain the correct low amount of allergens.
“We want to make desensitisation easier and
safer,” Dr Tao said.
As part of Step 1, selected participants will
be given peanuts that have been boiled for
12 hours over a period of 12 weeks. Step 2
involves consuming peanuts that have been
boiled for two hours over 20 weeks while
at Step 3, participants consume increasing doses of
roasted peanuts over twenty weeks.
The team comprises researchers from Flinders
Proteomics Facility and the Department of Paediatrics
with support from the Biomedical Engineering Unit.
According to Dr Tim Chataway, head of the Flinders
Proteomics Facility, the study would not have been
possible without the collaborative culture that exists
between FMC and Flinders University.
“Flinders Medical Centre has a “can do” attitude that
has persisted over the past forty years.
“This research would not have been possible without
the facilities that we have here under one roof,” he
The study has been funded by the Channel 7
Children’s Research Foundation.
Are you interested in being involved in this
14 / JUNE 2017 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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