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Welcome
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Message from the Manager:

Welcome to our Spring e-newsletter.  This will be the last newsletter that I will be involved with as manager of the Lunghealth Promotion Centre at The Alfred.  As I mentioned in the last newsletter I am retiring early next year after more than 22 years here at the Centre.  It has been a wonderful career and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

 

I thank you all for your support, participation and encouragement over the years.  The end point has always been to help participants of our programs to be the best they can be, so they can help their patients best manage their lung conditions.  I have worked with some amazing colleagues who attend and present in our programs.  I think we are so lucky to have the Lung Health Promotion Centre and I envisage that it will be vitally important for many years to come.

 

I will miss the contact with you all but hope to be able to continue with some lecturing in the future.  My last official program will be the Victorian Respiratory Network Update Day on 24 November where I will also give a potted history of the Centre.  I do hope to see many of you there.

 

Best wishes and au revoir

Adrienne

 
Vitamin D in Asthma & Allergy
Thursday, 26 June 2014 06:54

Vitamin D is well known to play an important part in the maintenance of strong health bones through the improved absorption of calcium, also the immune system and allergy, the nervous system, heart and kidney health.  There are currently numerous studies being undertaken in these areas.  Professor Katie Allen from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute gave a recent presentation regarding The HealthNuts study.  This Melbourne study of more than 5000 one year old infants showed those with vitamin D insufficiency were three times more likely to have a food allergy compared to those with adequate levels and they were also 11 times more likely to have peanut allergy. This association was found only in children of parents born in Australia.  Could vitamin D supplementation help to stem the tide of allergies in kids?  You can hear Katie speak on this topic at the Victorian Respiratory Network Day on 24 November at The Alfred.

 

Read more http://www.mcri.edu.au/media/214593/low_vitamin_d_linked_to_food_allergies.pdf

 
Introducing Victoria's First Chronic Respiratory Disease Nurse Practitioner - Toni Hall
Thursday, 26 June 2014 06:47

Toni Hall works in the Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) at Bendigo Health.  Her scope of practice includes the comprehensive, holistic assessment and management of patients with chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma, pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis and bronchiectasis.  She receives referrals from respiratory consultants, HMO's, allied health and nursing staff.

 

Her role includes assessment and review of patients discharged form hospital with short term oxygen therapy and assessment for long term home oxygen therapy eligibility, CPAP management in the community and formulation of action and care plans.

 

She works autonomously within her scope of practice and in collaboration with the patient's general practitioner, respiratory physician and allied health team member to improve the patient's health outcomes.

 

This is a unique position and one that provides a great deal of autonomy for Toni as well as excellent care for her respiratory patients.  Toni is speaking on this topic at the Victorian Respiratory Network PDD that we are conducting on Monday 24 November. 

 

If you are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner and you would like further information you are welcome to contact Toni at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Guess Who Is Retiring???
Thursday, 26 June 2014 06:36

After 22 years involved with and managing the Lung Health Promotion Centre, I am retiring early in 2015.

 

What a wonderful career this has been and how priviliged I have been to be able to develop and grow the Centre from the very start to now.  I have been inspired, challenged and supported by the many wonderful colleagues who have attended and contributed to our courses over all these years.  The Centre was named the Lung Health Promotion Centre deliberately as it reflected the background I came from and the holistic approach we have taken in all our courses and programs.  I think that this has been part of the secret of the Centre's longevity along with passionate and informed speakers.

 

The Centre has been self funded for the entire time and has made a significant contribution to the education of health professionals in lung disease management all over Australia. 

 

During this time we have also had financial support from industry who have supported and believed in our programs.  Without their financial contribution we would not have been able to continue.

 

If you are interested in the Centre manager position and would like to find out more about the role, I would be happy to talk to you about it.  It is a very special job and will need someone with passion and commitment to the respiratory field, who will be able to take the Centre to its next stage.

 

On a personal note, I have loved being able to help so many colleagues to be able to grow and develop their respiratory skills.  It has been a challenging, fun and such a rewarding career.  I thank you all for your support, participation and encouragement over the years.  The end point has always been to help participants of our programs to be the best they can be, so they can help their patients best manage their lung conditions.  I have worked with some amazing colleagues who attend and present in our programs.  I think we are so lucky to have the Lung Health Promotion Centre and I envisage that it will be vitally important for many years to come.

 

There is still a good 6 months before I leave so I hope to see many of you before then.

 

Best wishes

Adrienne

(03) 9076 2382

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