SLHN February 2013 - Sydney Local Health District

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SLHN February 2013 - Sydney Local Health District

Know your NGOs: The Gender CentreHigh volume short stay surgeryLast year, Canterbury Hospital was successful inbeing funded for a high volume short stay surgicalmodel of care. The model of care will be housedin a dedicated unit, which is currently being builtat the hospital.The high volume short stay unit is for patientsthat have planned surgery requiring a hospitalstay of up to 72 hours. This includes day only orextended day surgery (23-hour surgery).The new unit will provide a host of benefits forpatients including, better access to plannedsurgery, decreased waiting times, a greaterunderstanding of their hospital stay and how long itwill be. It will also improve the way elective surgeryis run at Canterbury Hospital by concentratingsuitable types of surgery in the one unit.Providing care and support at the darkest of times… the Gender Centre’s senior case manager, ElizabethCeissman, and outreach worker Michelle Wood.When everything seems to bespiralling out of control, whenfaced with overwhelming healthconditions that lead to depression,it helps to know places like theGender Centre exist to lend ahelping hand.Through dedicated case work and outreachstaff, the Gender Centre supports transgenderpeople navigate an array of complex issues tobring about positive change in their lives.The Centre is faced with a range of healthconcerns from mental health to long termphysical problems that are at times a resultof long term homelessness and roughsleeping. HIV and AIDS related conditionsare also encountered, which pose significantchallenges to the person with the illness, theirfamily and friends.A client of the centre who has HIV was recentlydiagnosed with peripheral neuropathy – acondition that damages the nerves that carryinformation to and from the brain. This hasmeant she has to change a lot about herlife and her care needs as the damage isspreading rapidly. The case work team hashelped the patient navigate issues and regainindependence, such as finding suitableaccommodation and supporting a friend tobecome her full time carer. The case workersalso encouraged the client to seek counsellingthrough the Centre, which is helping heraddress depression brought on by the changein her condition.The Manager of the Gender Centre, PhinnBorg, said the client’s willingness to engage inher case plan and use services indicated thatthe Centre was meeting her very unique andcomplex needs.“We provide a holistic service to ensurecontinuity in care and case plans. Thismeans clients do not need to re-tell theirstory to multiple services to achieve desiredoutcomes,” Mr Borg said.The Gender Centre is one of 30 nongovernmentorganisations that benefit fromfunding under the Sydney Local Health DistrictNGO Program. The funding allows the casework team and the counselling programto provide invaluable early interventioninitiatives and help clients take proactivesteps to maintain their wellbeing, dignity andindependence.To have your NGO featured, please emailsydneymedia@sswahs.nsw.gov.auThe Gender Centre is located at7 Bent Street, Petersham NSWOpening hours9:00am to 12:00pmand 1:00pm to 5:30pmMonday to FridayContact: (02) 9569 2366reception@gendercentre.org.auFor more information,please visit the websitehttp://www.gendercentre.org.auNon-government organisation forumSydney Local Health District is home to the largestgroup of non-government organisations out of anydistrict in NSW and later this month, the Districtwill hold its inaugural NGO forum.SLHD contributes over $16 million to 30 NGOs,which provide wide ranging services that assistthose affected by numerous different healthconcerns including, dementia, mental healthissues, drug and alcohol dependence and HIV andAIDS related illnesses.For more information or for details on the event,please contact Lyn Bearlin on 9395 2181 orlyn.bearlin@sswahs.nsw.gov.auWorkplace giving programInterested?Sydney Local Health District continues to seea rise in the number of staff signed up to theworkplace giving program, with a total of 2,608staff (over 22 per cent) now part of the program.Through workplace giving, staff make a taxdeductible donation of $1 a week to support theBarbara May Foundation. Help make a lifechangingdifference, join workplace giving today:http://intranet.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/SSWAHS/WGP/default.htmlIt only takes a dollar a week to make a big difference –John O’Grady, Ann Kelly and Dr Andrew Browning.HealthMatters7

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