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Julie Tonkin has been appointed to the Director
of Nursing role at Repatriation General Hospital
She joins the Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)
where she was the Nursing Director of Surgery.
Julie established the Acute Pain Service at QEH
14 years ago and she has extensive experience in
prehabilitation and early rehabilitation pathways.
Julie has received glowing reports about the Repat
and its reputation for providing high quality care
and is looking forward to connecting with the
At just 28, Luke -- a specialist pharmacist in
Flinders Medical Centre's Division of Women and
Children -- has won a swathe of awards, been
published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed
journals, is a seasoned conference presenter and
is recognised as an emerging leader in the field of
medication use during pregnancy and lactation.
Luke is excited about his research direction --
describing the area of medicine management in
pregnancy and beyond as "constantly evolving".
Luke's interest in women's and children's health
began during his pharmacy internship at the
Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide.
"It's such a fascinating area because there is little
in the way of research to guide clinical care,"
he explained. "And because new medicines are
constantly being introduced, and women are
leaving childbirth until later in life -- meaning they
often present with existing conditions requiring
medication, such as hypertension or diabetes
-- it is a constantly evolving field with new
opportunities every day."
The challenge for clinicians, he says, is to not
only manage pre-existing conditions in pregnant
women, but also to optimise the management
of medicines so that complications in pregnancy
Luke a leader in our understanding
of perinatal pharmacy practice
BY JACQUIE VAN SANTEN
Dr Luke Grzeskowiak's age belies his impressive contribution to the growing
understanding of perinatal pharmacy practice.
"For example, a growing number of women
are on anti-depressant medication when they
become pregnant, so we need to look at
optimising their medication use during pregnancy
and the bigger picture of depression during
Luke's research has seen him awarded four times
in 2013. He was named winner of the South
Australian Science Excellence Award in recognition
of his PHD thesis and excellence in the area of
health and medical sciences; received a New
Investigator Award from the Perinatal Society of
Australia and New Zealand; was presented the
University of South Australia School of Pharmacy
and Medical Sciences Postgraduate Award; and
was granted the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of
Australia Hospira Young Pharmacist Award.
The latter award saw Luke recently undertake
an international preceptorship to the USA and
Canada on 'Optimising medication use during
pregnancy and lactation'.
"It was a great opportunity. The preceptorship
enabled me to develop a well-rounded
perspective of local and international challenges
faced in the provision of clinical pharmacy
services within the area of perinatal health
and identify opportunities for future service
improvements within Australian settings."
Flinders Medical Centre's Dr
Luke Grzeskowiak's research
has seen him awarded four
times in 2013.
Long-time Chief Executive Officer of the Flinders
Medical Centre Foundation Deborah Heithersay
is leaving the Foundation to take up the position
of Director of Advancement with the University of
Deborah joined the Foundation 13 years ago
and has been involved in a number of large scale
fundraising campaigns, which have gone on to
benefit the many patients and visitors who come
to FMC each year.
"It has been a wonderful 13 years with some
many wonderful memories including the
renovation of Ward 5G, the Henley Properties
Home of Hope campaigns for the neonatal unit,
the conversion of the paediatric ward, millions of
dollars raised for research and equipment, and
of course the pinnacle of my career being the
extraordinary journey that was development of
the $30 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in
Cancer," she said.
"I have learnt that tenacity, passion and a true
belief that a community can come together to
move mountains is really the cornerstone of
Deborah will commence her new position on
20 January 2014, with her final day at the
foundation on 20 December.
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