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A new $500,000 world-class
neurosurgical microscope at Flinders
Medical Centre (FMC) will lead to more
precise removal of brain tumours and
improved surgical rates.
The state-of-the-art microscope was donated by
David Gunn through the Muriel Gunn Medical
Research Trust Fund. David's wife Muriel died
"The microscope has fantastic optics and superb
balancing which means surgeons will be able
to be more precise when operating within the
brain," Dr Vrodos said.
"It helps improve accuracy when removing a
tumour and impacted tissue or nerves by injecting
a dye which makes it easier to see the exact limits
"The machine also has the capacity for 'on-table'
angiography. This highlights blood vessels during
surgery to ensure they are preserved, avoiding
strokes, which can sometimes be a risk with these
types of procedures.
"Having equipment which allows us to identify
and manage potential risks earlier will help us to
provide the best possible care and will improve
our patient's recovery."
The FMC Neurosurgery Department performs 400
cases per year.
Huge donation benefits high tech brain surgery
The new Statewide Eating
Disorder Service (SEDS) has
welcomed its first clients
through the doors this month,
providing greater access to
eating disorders assessment,
treatment and support across
SEDS has been developed following
extensive consultation with key
public and private stakeholders
and will be provided under the
governance of the Southern
Adelaide Local Health Network.
The service, which will receive an
additional $1.2 million in State
Government funding each year,
comprises a multidisciplinary team of
specialist eating disorder clinicians,
a comprehensive day program and
outpatient therapy at 2A Jetty Rd
Brighton. The SEDS Day program will
accept referrals for people aged 15
Statewide Eating Disorder Service welcomes first clients
• The mortality rate for suicide for
people with an eating disorder is the
highest of any psychiatric illness.
SEDS Head of Unit Dr Randall Long
said the academic partnership with
Flinders University -- and ongoing
research evaluation -- was "intrinsic"
to continuous quality improvement
for the service.
"This service will build on and
enhance the existing eating disorder
services provided across South
Australia," Dr Long said.
"Other service providers will be able
to access advice, support and training
from the multidisciplinary specialist
eating disorders team through
a variety of pathways including
teleconferencing, workshops and
More information about the
service and information for
referrers is available at
and over who meet the admission
This will complement existing
medical, outpatient and specialised
inpatient eating disorder care
based at Flinders Medical Centre,
inpatient services at the Women's
and Children's Hospital and Child
and Adolescent Mental Health
Service (CAMHS). SEDS also aims to
identify and offer support to private
practitioners and other services
working with clients with eating
disorders. This support can include
access to specialist advice, education
and other resources.
SEDS Team Manager Emma
Altman said the launch of this
important statewide service marked
a significant milestone for eating
disorder services in South Australia.
"We have developed a model of
service delivery that will ensure
clients and carers have faster access
to expert assessment and treatment
planning and a greater choice of
treatment options based on sound
evidence," she said.
The need for this statewide service
is evident with the prevalence of
eating disorders doubling in the past
decade. Figures show:
• Approximately one in five
Australian girls, and many boys, try
to lose weight through dangerous
• Eating disorders are estimated to
affect approximately 9 per cent of
• One in 10 people with Anorexia
Nervosa (AN) do not live more
than 10 years after the initial onset
of the illness. Presentation of AN
often occurs between the ages of
13 and 18
• Treating eating disorders is complex
and difficult, only 50 per cent of
sufferers recover completely
Neurosurgery Fellow Dr Stephen Metcalfe and Registrar Dr
Stephen Byrne operate on a patient at Flinders Medical Centre
using the new microscope.
unexpectedly of brain cancer in 1980 and the
trust was set up in her memory.
The new microscope will be used for brain and
spinal surgery and other blood vessel and vascular
FMC Director of Neurosurgery, Dr Nick Vrodos,
said the new machine will assist surgeons to
ensure patients continue to receive the best
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