Supporting our staff on R U OK Day.
Notice, Ask, Listen, Encourage Action and Check-in because a conversation can change a life.
More resources at https://www.ruok.org.au/
Grass pollen season brings a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever. It also brings the chance of epidemic thunderstorm asthma.
Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm with strong winds, causing a large number of people to develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events don't happen every year but when they do, they happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through December.
Data from thunderstorm asthma epidemics suggest that the risk of asthma triggered by the particular thunderstorm is highest in adults who are sensitised to grass pollen and have seasonal allergic rhinitis (with or without known asthma). The worst outcomes are seen in people with poorly controlled asthma.
It is important for those with asthma or hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) to see their doctor or pharmacist to review their current medication, update their asthma action plan/hay fever treatment plan and learn asthma first aid.
The Victorian government has launched the 2019 public health campaign to ensure that all Victorians, and in particular people with asthma and/or hay fever, are as prepared as they can be should another epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occur. Community information is available on the Better Health Channel at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstormasthma
The Department of Health and Human Services’ thunderstorm asthma campaign resources including posters and a brochure, are available in 15 languages and can be downloaded from the Health.Vic website campaign toolkit at www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/environmental-health/climate-weather-and-public-health/thunderstorm-asthma/toolkit. Alternatively they can be ordered at no cost using the link to the online order form on the toolkit page.
For further information, visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/environmental-health/climate-weather-and-public-health/thunderstorm-asthma
Additional resources are available for the general community, including sports and recreation groups, schools and workplaces from Asthma Australia. The Australian Asthma Handbook and a dedicated information paper on thunderstorm asthma is available from the National Asthma Council website. In addition, the RACGP, ACRRM, APNA and Pharmacy Guild have relevant educational materials available on each of their websites.
The epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecast will be issued throughout the grass pollen season from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. You can access the forecast via the VicEmergency website or app, the Health.Vic website or the Melbourne Pollen website or app.
The forecasting system is a tool that gives an indication of the risk of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event. A high-risk forecast does not mean an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event is certain to occur, rather it should be considered seriously and those at risk and their families should be prepared.
Similarly, the forecast may sometimes underestimate the risk. Given this, people should be prepared for a heightened risk of thunderstorm asthma throughout the grass pollen season and not rely solely upon the forecast. The forecast should not replace appropriate prevention and good asthma and hay fever management, which is the best way to protect yourself from thunderstorm asthma.
On Wednesday 17 August 2016 the hospital was treated with a special visit from Samuel, Luke, Feny, Sienna, Aljoud, Abigail and Alannah - Grade 6 students from Ivanhoe Grammar (Mernda Campus), together with their two delightful teachers Natalie Simpson and Nancy Ventrice.
The amazing artwork shown in these photos is the result of many hours of hard work by the primary school students at Ivanhoe Grammar (Mernda Campus).
The fabulous tree, will be proudly on display at Caladenia Nursing Home, where it will help residents and their families celebrate the official opening of the Maggie Beer Garden which was undertaken only last week. The students were given a tour of the Maggie Beer Garden during their visit and were pleased that this would be the home for the beautiful tree.
The other beautiful and colourful works will be displayed in both Dianella Hostel and our new Hospital Wing.
We are simply blown away by the fantastic effort of students and the dedication it has taken to complete these works. We also want to thank the students teachers, Nancy & Natalie too for all their hard work too. The results are simly breathtaking. The feedback we have already received from everyone at the hospital is that the art is stunning and everyone wants them to adorn their walls!
In addition to the artwork, young Samuel, on behalf of his fellow students, presented our Director of Finance and Administration Colin Clark with a cheque for $850!! This money was raised as a result of their Book Fair earlier in the year.
The hospital is very privileged and honoured to be the beneficiary of such outstanding work and we offer our heartfelt thanks to Ivanhoe Grammar School (Mernda Campus).
All the pictures from the day can be viewed on our Facebook page.
On Thursday 11 August 2016 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Caladenia Nursing Home. The date was also a special occasion as we celebrated the official opening of the Maggie Beer Garden after receiving a $10,000 grant from the Maggie Beer Foundation.
Our CEO Sue Race was MC and Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, MP was our official representative for the day. Our Board President, Julia McGill also spoke on behaf of the Hospital Board.
Many thanks to Steph Busch who attended on behalf of the Maggie Beer Foundation and together with Rob Mitchell, CEO Sue Race and Caladenia Activities Coordinator, Tracey Hooke, opened the beautiful Maggie Beer Garden.
Thanks also to our guest dignatories, including Mayor, Cr Sue Marstaeller and Deputy Mayor, Cr Des Callaghan and Member for Eurora, Steph Ryan.
Special thanks to the Kilmore Primary School students who were our Choir for the day.
Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who helped to build this beautiful garden and particular thanks to Tracey Hooke who did so much work not only with the garden, but also organising the day. Thanks also to Carmel Robinson, Aged Care Supervisor for her work both on the day and leading up to it.
Special thanks also to our wonderful major sponsors for the day:
Maggie Beer Foundation
Thanks also to our wonderful community who attended (over 100 people!!) and helped us celebrate the day.
For all the photos from the day - check out our Facebook page:
The Kilmore & District Hospital is very sad to learn that one of our most loved and valued volunteers, Lorraine Marie, has passed away.
Lorraine was actively involved in many aspects of volunteering at our hospital over the last 20 years. Lorraine was president of the Hospital Auxiliary and served tirelessly on that committee for many years. She was also a regular volunteer at Caladenia, being involved with the Meals Assist Program with our residents; she also delivered flowers to patients at the hospital and supported many other hospital initiatives. Lorraine also worked at the Hospital Opp Shop for many years. She was always known as a caring person who found the time to visit unwell or struggling people within the community - caring that generally goes unrecognised other than from those receiving it.
Lorraine was a very unassuming, humble, yet committed volunteer. She willingly contributed wherever it was requested or needed and whilst often seen volunteering at events and activities throughout her week she was also known to be quietly working on projects at home making items to donate to someone in need or to raise money for the hospital. Only last week, Lorraine was involved with the Hospital Auxiliary in organising a Fashion Parade in Kilmore for the hospital.
Lorraine will be very much missed by us all at Kilmore Hospital and I know that our staff and volunteers who have worked with and come to know Lorraine personally over the years will feel this loss very deeply.
Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Lorraine’s family and to her many friends throughout the community.
Sue Race, Chief Executive Officer
The Kilmore & District Hospital
27 April 2016