Cancer Centre celebrates two years
It is now two years since the commencement of oncology and radiotherapy services within The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC). The centre was officially opened on 19 July 2013 by the former Premier and State and Federal Health Ministers.
Ballarat Health Services Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rowe, indicated that since commencement, the service has developed in terms of new treatment options, clinical trials access, supportive care services, and wellness programs.
He further stated that “one of the most pleasing aspects of the BRICC is that no longer do patients and their families have to travel to Melbourne for treatment and incur the disruption and associated costs.
“Partnerships have been developed with other health services in the Grampians Region and particularly with St John of God Ballarat Hospital. A number of the SJGBH based oncologists also have appointments at BHS allowing continuity of care and professional collaboration.”
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Research Ethics Committee vacancies available
Community members with an interest in healthcare research and ethics are invited to apply for vacant positions on the Ballarat Health Services (BHS) and St John of God Ballarat Hospital (SJGBH) Human Research Ethics Committee.
The committee is a sub-committee of the BHS Board and SJGBH Divisional Management Committee, and considers applications for research within Ballarat and the wider community.
Secretary of the BHS and SJGBH Human Research Ethics Committee, Susan Shea, said a number of vacancies currently exist.
“We are currently going through an exciting period for research within BHS and the region, as we are reviewing our strategic plan and building new partnerships.
“I encourage all interested community members to lodge a written Expression of Interest to join our diverse and interesting committee,” Dr Shea said.
Each new member will be buddied with an experienced member and provided with orientation.
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Knitted hearts highlight importance of organ donation
Ballarat Health Services’ (BHS) staff, residents, patients and friends have been busy knitting and crocheting hundreds of little magenta hearts to help spread the organ and tissue donation message.
More than 30 individuals and a few craft groups around Ballarat have been creating the hearts, which will be displayed as part of DonateLife Week celebrations between Sunday 2 August and Sunday 9 August.
So far, more than 300 hearts have been created.
The hearts will be hung along the first floor corridor between the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) and the Base Hospital during the week. The Ballarat Library will also incorporate the hearts into their DonateLife week display.
The hearts will symbolise the Victorian Organ Donors from 2014 - 117 Victorians saved the lives of 352 people last year.
Volunteers will be available within BHS to provide people with organ and tissue donation information throughout the week.
Nurse Donation Specialist, Jo Forteath, ...
Base Hospital access
To access all wards and clinics, you can enter the hospital via:
The Mair Street car park entrance (adjacent to Radiology) and take the purple lifts or
The Sturt Street entrance, take the blue lift to level one and follow the red line to the purple lifts to wards and clinics
Patient drop off zones are available in the Mair Street carpark and outside the Sturt Street entry.
For access to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, Pharmacy, Dialysis and Ballarat Consulting Suites, use the Sturt Street entrance.
Entry to the Emergency Department is from Mair Street.
Car parking is available in the Mair Street multi-storey car park
Disabled parking is available on the ground level of the Mair Street carpark and near the Sturt Steet hospital and Mental Health Services entrances
Limited free and metered parking is available in surrounding streets