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the achievements of
World War II veteran
Hollywood Private Hospital recently recognised the achievements of World
War II veteran, champion runner and former employee, John Gilmour.
Mr Gilmour, who worked at Hollywood from 1946 to 1979 as a gardener, was welcomed to
the hospital for a morning tea hosted by Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, and
attended by members of the Executive, administrative and clinical teams.
Commenting on the event, Mr Mott said, “It was very special to spend this time with John
at Hollywood and hear many fascinating stories about his war service, the hospital and his
sporting career. John is one of Australia’s living legends and an inspiration to us all.”
Born in Scotland in May 1919, Mr Gilmour migrated to the south west of Western Australia with
his family in 1923, and became one of the best long distance runners in the State.
His running career was interrupted when he joined the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion which
arrived in Singapore in January 1942 and within days was engaged in the battle for Singapore
Island. During his time in Changi Prison, Mr Gilmour suffered permanent damage in both eyes
due to severe lack of essential vitamins.
In 1946, despite partial blindness and having been home for less than 12 months, he won the
West Australian 10 Mile Road Racing Championship, one of many wins in his distinguished
athletic career. In 1978, Mr Gilmour was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to sport.
Mr Gilmour presented Mr Mott with a copy of his book, ‘All in My Stride’, and a collection of
photos for Hollywood’s archives.
Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Road Clinic
Malcolm Hopwood has received Honorary
Membership of the World Psychiatric
Association at the WPA World Congress in
The WPA is an association of national
psychiatric societies aimed to increase
knowledge and skills necessary for work
in the field of mental health and the care
for the mentally ill. Its member societies
are presently 138, spanning 118 different
countries and representing more than
One of Greenslopes Private Hospital’s
urologists has notched up an impressive
milestone in robotic surgery.
A/Prof Peter Heathcote has performed
1,000 robotic prostatectomies since the
first da Vinci robot arrived at the hospital in
Since then, Greenslopes Private Hospital
has continued to grow the service, including
investing in a second da Vinci robot in
2016, to become one of the busiest sites in
A/Prof Heathcote said he could not have
achieved the milestone without the backing
of a great team including theatre nurses,
anaesthetists, continence nurses, senior
urology trainees, prostate cancer nurse, and
staff on the ward.
WIN ALLIED HEALTH AWARD
Hollywood Private Hospital Neurological Physiotherapist, Claire Tucak, and Hollywood
Respiratory Physiotherapist, Leah Epton, were winners in the 2017 Rotary Allied Health
Team Excellence Awards.
Claire and Leah received the Teaching, Training and/or Research Award for the Neurology
and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Clinical Enhancement programs they designed and
introduced to Hollywood in 2015.
The six month employee programs help to improve the knowledge and skills of Hollywood
physiotherapists in the areas of cardiorespiratory and neurology with the aim of further
enhancing patient outcomes.
Hollywood Director of Clinical Services, Karen Gullick, said “We’re incredibly proud of
Claire and Leah for this outstanding achievement.”
“These highly successful programs are a result of their hard work and ongoing
commitment to the pursuit of excellence, and are helping to further enhance
COMMUNITY DONATES $20,000
TO MILDURA BASE HOSPITAL
The Mildura Fruit Company, Wakefield Transport Group & Nangiloc Colignan Farms held
their annual Charity Golf Day on 16th November 2017 & funds raised were donated to
a number of local organisations. MBH received a total of $20,000 to purchase 2 new
trauma patient trolleys for the Emergency Department! This is the second year they
have donated to the hospital.
L to R: Perry Hill (Mildura Fruit Company), Glenn Collihole (Wakefield Transport), Julia Morgan CEO
Mildura Base Hospital, Lisa Caminiti (Nangiloc Colignan Farms), Ferdi Bergamin (Mildura Fruit
L to R: Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott,
John Gilmour, & Hollywood Manager Capital Projects,
L to R: Hollywood
Tucak, & Hollywood