Recognised speaker from Boston Children’s Hospital – Elaine C. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N. Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice delivers a talk entitled “On Being Present, Not Perfect”. She draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.
6th National Bioethics Conference
17th-19th September 2014
Werribee Rotary Club -Equipment Donation
Improving equipment access and comfort for children & families
The Werribee Rotary Club continues to raise funds for Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care( VPPCP), in support of children with palliative needs and thier families.
The club conducts an annual fund raising walk trekking up to 200 kilometers across rural Victoria. In October 2013 the walk commenced in Bonnie Doon with participating members and friends walking the old rail trail through towns such as Mansfield, Merton and Alexandra. Team members from VPPCP joined the walkers on the middle weekend and at Werribee at the conclusion of the walk
Dropping in to RCH on the way back to Werribee the walkers were delighted to view the new wheelchairs purchased from fundraising efforts.
Recent acquisitions to VPPCP equipment pool include 7 new lightweight Karma wheelchairs – designed for comfort, easy manouverability, ease of acess into vehilces and homes and with adaptability options including elevated leg rests and head rests.
Other items purchased include frequently requested bathing aids and pressure care overlays.
Demand for specialised equipment at VPPCP remains high and its exciting to see many items able to be readily distributed to the children and families in need.
VPPCP is indebted to the generosity of the Werribee Rotary Club and the support of Victorians. In excess of $50,000 was raised during the 2013 walk.
31st July -1st August 2014
Bayview Eden- Melbourne
- RCH Psychology Seminar – Childhood Trauma
This year’s RCH Psychology Seminar, “Working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and loss”, is on Friday August 29th. Discounted registration available for RCH/MCRI staff. For speaker/program details, and to register, go to: www.rch.org.au/psychology
VPPCP recently launched a new DVD in partnership with RCH Foundation and the Rotary Club of Werribee. We hope this DVD will help increase community’s awareness of palliative care.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the families and RCH Educational Resource Centre for making this possible.
DVD is available for viewing on Home Page Website
In partnership with Centre for Palliative Care we are very excited to offer for all health professionals (medical, nursing & allied health) a postgraduate training course through the University of Melbourne.
Modules will include;
• Evidence Based Palliative Care
• Illnesses encountered in Paediatric Palliative Care
• Symptom Management in Paediatric Palliative Care
• Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects
Please note that there is the opportunity to complete some of the components of the accredited course as non-accredited short courses.(one off study days)
Please see brochure links below for further details.
Congratulations to the RCH Educational Resource Centre on its recent award from the Health Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA) in the USA. Special thanks to Rob Grant who spent numerous hours producing this wonderful DVD.
The palliative care DVD is available viewing on our home page.
This week we would like to take the opportunity to thank a wonderful volunteer organisation – Heartfelt. Heartfelt is dedicated to giving families the gift of cherished photographic memories. A volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia. Participating photographers come to the home or hospital at a time convenient and provide a complimentary individual or family photography session. After this session all families receive a full set prints (approx 20) along with a disc of images for no charge.
To learn more about this amazing service please visit Heartfelt website
AktiviTEAM – a group comprising physicians and business people from Germany recently rode into RCH to complete a 10 day 1,200km Sydney to Melbourne Cyling Tour. The team was joined by RCH colleagues for the last 80km leg of the ride from the Mornington Peninsula where they treated to a traditional Melbourne welcome -experiencing all four seasons in one day – even in one hour!
AktiviTEAM is passionate and dedicated to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer. More than $1 million is raised annually for childhood cancer around the world.
The Australian ride was a first for the German team who raised $20,000.00, generously donated to the RCH Foundation. These funds will go towards purchase of supportive equipment to improve quality of life and greatly assisting children with life limiting conditions to be as comfortable possible.
Professor Paul Monagle, Acting Director of the RCH Cancer Centre, and Dr Jenny Hynson Consultant Pediatrician, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program officially congratulated and thanked the riders, accepting the donation on behalf of families caring for terminally ill children.