Joondalup’s Stroke Service wins Stroke Foundation competition
Staff from the Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) Stroke Service were named as the winners of the Stroke Foundation’s competition during Stroke Week 2019
for their enthusiasm in raising awareness and injecting fun into the week.
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The team dressed as superheroes, donning
their capes and costumes, and ran blood
pressure checks for the general public.
Some 80 per cent of strokes are preventable
– and high blood pressure is known to be
one of the major triggers.
WA State Manager of the Stroke Foundation
Jonine Collins praised the efforts JHC staff
“The team really got into the spirit of things
and you all looked amazing,” she said. “We
do appreciate that it is a big effort on top
of all the work you are doing in a very busy
The theme of Stroke Week 2019 was, ‘Be a
F.A.S.T Hero’ with the acronym providing an
easy way to remember the most commons
signs of stroke and a play on words with time
being of crucial importance to the outcome
of a person suffering stroke.
How do you know if someone is having a
stroke? Think F.A.S.T.:
Face – check their face, has their mouth
Arms – can they lift both arms?
Speech – is their speech slurred? Do they
Time – is critical. If you see any of these
signs call 000 straight away.
Beleura Private Hospital
celebrates 50 years
of caring for the
Beleura Private Hospital has celebrated 50 years
of caring for patients on the Mornington Peninsula,
holding a lunch for current and former staff on 23
When Beleura Private opened as a 25-bed medical hospital in
1969, the world had just witnessed the first moon landing by
Apollo 11 and the symbolic birth date of the internet.
Registered nurse Irene Richardson was instrumental in the
establishment of the facility and operated the hospital with
help from only a few staff.
Beleura Private Hospital underwent its first re-development in
the late 70s, with the construction of two operating theatres
and the arrival of an extra 35 beds.
Current Director of Clinical Services, Margaret Baker, said:
“The first expansion brought about the introduction of surgical
services; subsequently orthopaedics became really important
– and it is our major specialty still to this day.”
Mrs Baker has been working at the hospital for three decades,
joining the team as a nurse after moving from England and
immediately she felt at home.
“We gave the sort of care that I always wanted to give to
patients, and I love the way people work together here and
the ability we have to develop personal relationships with
patients,” she said.
Over its 50 year history, the hospital has expanded to offer a
wide range of services including medical, surgical, oncology,
mental health and rehabilitation.
450 staff now work at the hospital, which has grown to include
157 beds. Construction will soon start on a new purpose-built
facility for people with alcohol addiction and mental health
disorders, adding an extra 18 beds. A further expansion
project will see the addition of 30 new rehabilitation beds,
consulting suites and an outpatient gym.
“I feel very proud that we have been here for 50 years. People
say there is a friendly feeling and patients appreciate the way
the staff work together to look after them,” Mrs Baker said.
Ramsay sponsors ‘Empowering Women’ award
As an employer of approximately 25,000 women in Australia, Ramsay Health Care is proud to have sponsored
the ‘Empowering Women’ award at the 2019 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards in Canberra.
These awards recognise some of the outstanding people
and organisations who help new migrants to settle and
feel included. This year’s event at Parliament House was
attended by the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and
many other dignitaries.
A group of delegates from Ramsay were invited to attend the
function as part of the company’s work with the Migrant and
Refugee Women’s Health Partnership. This partnership aims
to improve the health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee
women and communities in Australia.
Chief Operating Officer Kate Munnings presented the award,
sharing Ramsay’s philosophy of people caring for people
and speaking about the health care provided to more than
1 million diverse people each year.
“As the granddaughter of a woman who was a refugee to
this country, who probably didn’t have the opportunity to
have the voice that I have had, so empowering women is
personally very important to me,” Ms Munnings said.
Ms Munnings was pleased to present the Empowering
Women award to Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Service,
which provides a range of holistic services to women from all
walks of life and cultural backgrounds.
David Simpson, Leah Gabolinsky, Kate Munnings, Greg Hall
and Bernadette Eather