Call for compulsory First Aid courses in Victorian...
In this great article featured in the Herald Sun, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld calls for compulsory first aid training for all Victorian school children. First aid training encompasses not only CPR, but a range of emergency care including choking, bleeding, burns and poison. By providing compulsory training as part of school syllabus for young students, hundreds of lives could be saved or...
India's Polio Breakthrough
This month marks one year since the last new case of polio in India, in a breakthrough in health for a country once characterised as polio endemic, with the highest rates of infection in the world. Numbers of reported cases of polio have been steadily falling since the 1980’s with the wide spread introduction of the polio vaccine. In 1985 150,000 children were diagnosed with...
Incredible cure for toddler's seizures
For four year old Roy Barake and his family, each day was a difficult struggle. Roy, suffering a severe form of epilepsy called infantile spasms, regularly experienced multiple seizures, sometimes up to 80 in a single day. But now, thanks to the Neurology team at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Roy has been completely cured. In an extraordinary operation, surgeons removed a huge section of...
Professor Mike South, Director of General...
Melbourne Leader: How did the move into the new site go?
Prof Mike South: It went extremely well. It started at 7.30am and all the patients were moved over by 3pm. There were about 150 patients a lot of them were very sick and attached to a bit of equipment, so they were quite precarious to move. A lot of patients were carried over by their parents.
ML: Tell us about the new hospital.
Prof MS: I've been involved in planning the hospital for the past eight years. It's very different from the old hospital (next door on Flemington Rd) there is more light and all the patient rooms have got views to the outside. The big difference is most of the patients get their own room; in the old hospital we had four or six patients sharing a room. With their families there as well it was often very crowded and noisy.
ML: How is the mood at the new hospital?
Prof MS: There is a huge buzz right around the hospital at the moment. The families that have moved in to the new site are excited and enjoying the peace and quiet of their own room.
ML: How long have you worked at the RCH?
Prof MS: I came from the UK for training at the hospital in 1988, but I liked the hospital and Melbourne so much that I stayed.
ML: How has medicine changed in the time you've been based at the RCH?
Prof MS: There have been lots of changes in technology and treatment, but a key one is that we didn't used to think about families of patients much. Now we look after them so they can help us to better look after their child.
Article originally appeared in the Melbourne Leader, 12 Dec 2011.