Young patients may soon be able to skip the x-ray queue and instead opt for an ultrasound when presenting to a Sunshine Coast emergency department this year.
Fractures are one of the most common reasons a child will
visit an emergency department on the Coast, but with the help of a Wishlist
research grant worth almost $20,000, patients may receive a quicker path to
Emergency Specialists at
Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) Paediatric Emergency Doctor Michelle
Davison and Dr Ruaraidh McRitchie (pictured)
will be studying the use of a specialised ultrasound to diagnose wrist
fractures in those aged between five and 15, which will be the first trial to
demonstrate an x-ray is not required for that type of fracture.
“We are investigating whether or not we can reduce the
number of x-rays we do on children who present with injuries to their arms in
particular,” Dr Davison said.
“Children who have an injury to their arm often have a
different type of break to an adult patient. That’s because the bones are more
bendy so they tend to bend rather than break – often called a buckle facture.
“We can often see a small bend in the bone on an ultrasound
scan, rather than having to send them for an x-ray. This will speed up their
treatment but it will also reduce radiation for kids.”
The study will be undertaken at Sunshine Coast hospitals,
Gympie Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and
Queensland Children’s Hospital.
After one and four weeks, a research nurse then follows up
with patients to ask about pain management and any complications.
“This is to make sure that in our process of avoiding that
x-ray we haven’t in fact missed something that we should have picked up.”
Dr Ruaraidh McRitchie said medical staff in the SCUH Emergency
Department currently treat between five and 10 buckle fractures a week.
“If this study shows that this is a safe and effective way
of identifying children with buckle fractures then we will stop doing x-rays in
those kids that we can just see a buckle fracture and manage them in that way,”
Dr McRitchie said.
Wishlist and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health
Service’s Study, Education, Research Trust fund (SERTF) funded $360,000 worth
of medical research in 2019.
With the festive season underway it’s easy to get lost in the list of things to get through before a well- deserved break.
But just for a moment I invite you to reflect on some of the things that your support of the Coast’s local hospital foundation has helped us achieve this past year.
With the help of our dedicated team of volunteers we’ve provided more than 836 nights of home-away-from-home care at Reed House – for families as far away as Rockhampton and western Queensland.
We’ve worked with Ausmar Homes and their contractors and suppliers to build another home for families who need to be closer to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). The House the Coast Built is almost complete and will be open for families by March next year.
We celebrated the power of a truly exceptional community when 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids again surpassed all expectations in raising $500,644 for local paediatric needs – in just one month!
We’ve spent $747,353 on extra medical equipment and therapy services, the education of local health staff and local research projects that make a real difference in our local hospitals and Health Centres.
We’ve committed another $768,779 to projects yet to roll out across our Health Service including a Rehabilitation Garden and Paediatric Emergency Room at Gympie Hospital, and a sensory distraction room for dementia patients at Nambour Hospital’s Acute Restorative Care Unit (ARC).
We’ve received countless letters from grateful families whose sick little ones have laughed for the first time in a long while at the antics of a Clown Doctor, or whose loved one found a moment of joy in a memory evoked by a visit from Tracie Wicks, our Music Therapist at the Dove Palliative Care Unit at Caloundra Hospital.
We’ve helped thousands of local doctors, nurses, administrative and allied health workers provide exceptional care to local families (including mine) at a time when they’re at their most vulnerable.
On that note I’d like to say that I couldn’t be more grateful for the care my family received from our Health Service this year. From the care we received from clinicians, nursing and administrative staff, to the help of the dedicated volunteers who helped us every step of the way – we feel so lucky to live where we do. Ironically, my family relied on similar equipment to that which had initially been provided by Wishlist many years ago through our “Give Us a Buck for an EBUS” campaign, used the gym equipment donated by Wishlist to the Exercise Physiology gym in the Adem Crosby Centre, and received a beautiful handmade quilt donated by Sunshine Coast Linus that is treasured to this day.
We’re so grateful to you, our generous supporters, because all of this is only possible because individuals like you choose to support your local hospital foundation.
We hope you take great pride in what you’ve done for countless families, and individuals this year through your support of Wishlist.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may the year ahead be one of good health and happiness for you all.
What a year 2019 was, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Sunshine Coast community.
Wishlist kicked some serious goals this year, including building a home away from home for families with loved ones receiving treatment at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. We are excited to announce The House The Coast Built, with thanks to Ausmar Homes and their dedicated tradies, is expected to open to its first guests in March 2020.
Through 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids we were also able to purchase inter-hospital transport equipment for critically ill children, worth $130,000, and continue children’s yoga, music therapy and the popular Clown Doctors program. Another highlight was raising a staggering $214,743 at the Wishlist Spring Carnival for Sepsis research. This sold-out event was attended by more than 800 of the Coast’s biggest hearts and personalities. A further $360,000 was invested into medical research projects to be undertaken right here on the Coast so our local health teams can deliver world-class care.
We have reached so many milestones this year and we are already working to bring more services to Sunshine Coast patients and families than ever before. To do this, we are running a fundraising raffle with your chance to WIN a luxury trip-for-two to Nusa Lembongan or an adventure-packed stay in Queenstown, thanks to Wild Spirit Adventures.
We’ll also be lacing up our joggers on March 22 for the annual Wishlist Fun Run at Lake Kawana. Make sure you register here to be in the draw to win an early bird prize. It’s a great morning out for the whole family!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers, Wishlist donors and business supporters for a fantastic year and to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Make sure you hope over to our website wishlist.org.au fo our latest Daisy Chain newsletter and upcoming events.
I’ll also leave you with this festive photo our furry friend, Norman the Delta Therapy Dog (above), who likes to moonlight as Rudolph at this time year. (He does have a smile under there, we promise!) Norman has been busy visiting sick patients in the Children’s Ward and he even lends a floppy ear to long-stay patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability,
accounting for 133,000 bed days in Queensland Health in 2016/17. Many stroke
survivors are still experiencing disabilities after returning home with 29%
continuing rehabilitation in the community.
first three months after a stroke is a crucial time for brain repair processes,
however, a recent study found stroke survivors received alarmingly low levels
of community rehabilitation in Queensland.
from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), Physiotherapist Dr Ingrid
Rosbergen, said that patients on average only received four hours of community rehabilitation
in the critical three-month window.
lot of that is due to limited access in certain geographical areas or people
have difficulties actually getting to the rehabilitation centres.
who have had a stroke have driving restrictions for a certain amount of time, and
it’s a big strain on the caregivers,” she said.
can limit functional recovery, as clients need to practice activities to get
the brain changes to support recovery.
telerehabilitation delivered at home via the internet, could be the solution to
these limiting factors. Instead of meeting with patients face to face,
therapists can deliver rehabilitation virtually through the patient’s smartphone,
tablet or computer anywhere, anytime.
Rosbergen said research shows about 80% of people now have the required
will deliver the exercises through that platform. While I see you, I will
explain to you how to do it and we will give you exercises to continue to do
able to provide that ability at home in the hope that we can increase the
intensity. Because four hours overall is very little. You can’t expect recovery
or brain changes if you have that little support,” she said.
funding will allow Dr Rosbergen and a team of rehabilitation therapists and
researchers to compare home-delivered telerehabilitation with face to face centre-based
community rehabilitation, to see if it improves the time stroke survivors spend
being physically active, and subsequent recovery outcomes.
Rosbergen said the study will work with occupational therapists,
physiotherapists and allied health assistants.
“We want to know, when we deliver
telerehabilitation through computers or tablets to the people at home, are we
just as effective? Are we more effective? Sometimes people are more inclined to
do more when they’re at home, than when they go to a rehab centre.
“The plan is to have thirty people
in each section. Thirty in the telerehabilitation arm and thirty in the
community centre arm. There is already a fair bit of evidence that
telerehabilitation works, but we’re really trying to look at it from a physical
“Research is really needed to get
these innovations established, to prove the concept and to get clinicians to
accept the concept and make practice changes so our stroke patients get the
best care. That’s why Wishlist is doing such a great job.”
Eleven other projects have been
given the green light as part of a $363,352 commitment to local research—a
collaboration between Wishlist and the Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health
Service’s Study, Education, Research Trust fund (SERTF).
Other projects include research
into the effectiveness of mindfulness-based group interventions for mental
health concerns in expectant mothers, continued investment into antimicrobial resistance
due to antibiotic over-subscription, a study of emergency department
presentations and treatment of falls among the elderly.
has directed more than $1.5 million towards local research projects to support
the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.
As part of its mission, Wishlist recognises the need to support and encourage research activityhat contributes to improved healthcare outcomes for the Sunshine Coast and wider communityand adds to the body of research knowledge.
BreastScreen Sunshine Coast and Wishlist are on a mission to
increase the number of local ladies getting regular checks, by creating a much
more pleasant environment at the Nambour BreastScreen clinic.
In a Queensland
first, Sunshine Coast women will soon have access to state-of-the-art Lighting
and Sensory Distraction Suites for their regular and follow-up breast screens.
The innovative approach is set to significantly improve what has historically
been an uncomfortable experience.
It is hoped that the therapeutic suites will lift the
Sunshine Coast’s breast screening rates in women aged 50-75 from 56% to meet
the national accreditation standard of 70%.
Improving participation in regular breast screens will also help
to reduce rates of illness and death as a result of Breast Cancer.
Research by the University of Wollongong for Queensland
Health in 2015, found pain, discomfort, self-consciousness and embarrassment
are major barriers to women getting regular breast cancer screenings.
BreastScreen Sunshine Coast’s Kelly Hart said it can be an
“Women who attend the Nambour Assessment clinic know that
there is a chance that either themselves or one of the other women at the
clinic will be told they have breast cancer.
“As a result, many women who attend the clinics experience
high levels of stress,” she said.
Kelly said the Lighting
and Sensory Distraction Suites will be a huge benefit to women on the Sunshine
Coast and will greatly reduce anxiety and perceived pain for those undergoing
screening mammography and mammography guided biopsies.
“Sensory distraction is a commonly used and endorsed
strategy for controlling or reducing the perception of pain, which in turn can
reduce the amount of stress experienced by women.
“It is expected that the sensory suite virtual window and
skylight installations will assist in distracting women from the procedures
they undergo as part of the assessment clinic and thereby improve their
experience,” said Kelly.
The screening and assessment suits will include indigenous
artwork, aromatherapy, mood lighting, a wall wrap and a virtual window and
skylight which will contain images of some of the relaxing and beautiful
environments on the Coast.
Women attending the clinic will be able to choose which
music and landscape they’d like during their assessment.
Buderim Foundation has partnered with Wishlist to help make
this important project become a reality, by donating $4,000. The remainder of
the $21,000 needed for the suites will be funded by Wishlist with proceeds for
the foundation’s annual Melbourne Cup Event at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club,
thanks to Spire Law.
Music has the power to soothe the soul.
It’s a therapy that’s used in all areas of the health service to distract, reduce
stress and create a sense of familiarity in an otherwise clinical environment.
Determined to spread the joy of
music far and wide, Wishlist has helped to fund music therapy for palliative
care patients at Dove Cottage, a piano for the people at the Sunshine Coast
University Hospital (SCUH) and most recently, music equipment for mental health
units across the Coast.
Mp3 players, headphones and music vouchers have been purchased to provide valuable music therapy funding for Adolescent, Adult and Acute Mental Health Units at SCUH and Nambour Hospitals as part of the ‘Music Soothes the Soul’ project.
The project allows patients to
bring a little piece of home with them to hospital, by listening to their own
In wards with constant noise from
the opening and closing of doors and the beeping of access cards, music serves
as a form of distraction and entertainment for the clients.
According to staff in the Acute
Mental Health Unit at SCUH, the power of music is evident in the way it can minimise
the impact of auditory hallucinations and decrease boredom and frustration,
therefore, creating a more peaceful environment.
Not only can it improve a client’s
experience within a ward, it can also help them resume their personal life
quicker – with the distraction and entertainment proven to decrease stress and,
in turn, improve recovery rates.
Used as a calming resource, the
music can also reduce the need for sedating medications, which can have significant
With Queensland Mental Health Week upon
us, there has never been a better time to highlight the profound benefits of musical
Staff in the Acute Mental Health Unit
said the headphones have been extremely well received among patients. Patients particularly
appreciated the headphones’ ability block out background noise as well provide
a welcomed distraction with music.
Patients with their own music on
hand have enjoyed having the familiarity of their favourite tunes.
In 2018, Wishlist, thanks to the Honda Foundation grants program also provided $1483 in funding for a therapeutic drumming program in Mental Health Units at SCUH and Nambour Hospital.
Wishlist Spring Carnival was spectacularly successful, having raised $214,743
for local research projects.
Not only was it a record fundraising success but we also played host to our largest audience yet, with 800 guests joining us for lunch and the legendary ‘after party’ at Novotel Twin Waters.
To say I’m proud of this community is an understatement. I lay claim to being part of the most generous community in the world, and I spruik about it at every given opportunity. I’m also part of an incredible team and on days like the Wishlist Spring Carnival I simply burst at the impressive caliber of individuals that make up Team Wishlist.
This includes the outstanding organising committee of the
event, who each year give their time so generously to making it happen – Wendy
Faithful of Walter Iezzi Property Group, Craig McPherson of Pacific Jaguar Land
Rover, Kelly Phelps of Travis Schultz Law, Kerri Walsh of Poole Group, Phillipa
Harcourt of EyeOnIt, April Ford of April Ford Agency, Paul Nogueira of Worrells
Accountants, Cassy Small of Hot91, Steve Hirst of the Sunshine Coast Daily and
Andrew Duff of Sports & Spinal.
Chairman Dan Sowden of Ray White Maroochydore leads this incredible team
that, together, produce more than 120 auction items and raffle prizes, and
undoubtedly the Coast’s feature event on the charity calendar every year.
Thanks to each of you, and sponsors Iezzi Property Group,
Pacific Jaguar and Land Rover, Poole Group, EyeOnIt, April Ford, the Daily,
Hot91, Seven Local News and Travis Schultz Law.
Our next fundraising event is the Wishlist Melbourne Cup Day lunch at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, thanks to Spire Law. A few tickets remain if you’re yet to make plans for the Melbourne Cup, so give us a call if you’d like to know more. A big thanks to BDO and Telstra T-Shop for their support with this high-caliber event.
Now to the impact of your generous support of the Coast’s
local hospital foundation.
Thanks to the recent Woolworths Wall Token
appeal we’re about to place an order for 300 backpacks for children taken into
Child Protection, often in the middle of the night with nothing to their
name. The backpacks will include
pyjamas, a toothbrush and comb, teddy bears/books relevant to the age and sex
of the child, and hopefully provide a little comfort during a stressful time of
fear and uncertainty.
The Buderim Foundation donated $4,000
towards our project to provide sensory distraction suites at BreastScreen at
Nambour Hospital. Our partners Sunshine
Toyota and the Sunshine Coast Daily play a vital part in this community and
their support of the Buderim Foundation further helped our work this month.
During Mental Health Week this week we ordered MP3 players and resources for the Adolescent Mental Health unit at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. We also supported a staff member in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service attending a state-wide mental health initiative aimed at ensuring young people and their families have access to quality mental health extended treatment options and rehabilitation services close to home.
We also recently
agreed to fund more communication resources for patients with disabilities or
English as their second language, a music room for our Music Therapist at Dove
Palliative Care, memory boxes for children who have lost a parent or sibling,
new televisions for the Renal Unit at Gympie Hospital and some sensory
modulation equipment for eating disorder patients at the Maroochydore Health
a $10,000 blanket warmer for Ward 5D at SCUH, and a $15,000 accessory for
breast biopsies at Medical Imaging at SCUH on our wish list. This means we’re working to find the funds
for this equipment as quickly as possible.
continued support we will find those dollars a little more quickly.
Our research grant recipients are all thrilled at the opportunity to explore their field of expertise a little further, and perhaps even influence a that field of expertise across the globe.
An interesting side note to the Wishlist Spring Carnival is
that, through the bravery and sheer grace of our guest speaker Sarah Coureas
and her gorgeous son Finn Smith, our 800 guests left a lot more informed about
the warning signs and danger of Sepsis.
We’re also producing a video that will be rolled out to
clinicians across our Health Service, of interviews with families who have been
impacted by Sepsis. The clear message
from all is to follow your instincts and ask the question of your doctor –
could this be Sepsis?
The House the Coast Built will be welcoming families by
Christmas and we couldn’t be more grateful to Ausmar Homes and their team of
contractors and suppliers. Thanks to
everyone, but those most recently onsite include Dulux, Gecko Painting Services
and Preferred Plasterers.
We farewelled our Events and Marketing Coordinator, Ashlea
Heisner last month and wish her the very best in her new role at
Stockland. We warmly welcomed Jackie
Bryan, Rebecca Croft and Emily Wilkinson to the team.
There’s a lot coming up including the announcement of a
major project that will benefit this community and beyond for many years to
come, so stay tuned for more later this month.
The past few months have been filled with moments that
remind me why I’m so passionate about the work of Wishlist after almost
Our team climbed Mt Coolum in honour of young Maddy Jones,
who lost her life to Sepsis at the age of 18.
Maddy’s dad Damian is a keen ambassador for the fight against Sepsis and
started the Maddy Jones Foundation in her memory. Our team tribute to Maddy was important to us
Lastly, I visited my friend Bill, whom I met nine years ago
when he visited the Wishlist “donger” at the back of Nambour Hospital to give a
donation in memory of his beloved wife.
Bill lives a happily frugal existence so he’s able to donate $1,000 to
Wishlist every year in her memory.
Visiting Bill is always a special experience.
Both Damian and Bill are beautiful reminders to me of enduring love and how we’re each able to impact the world around us despite anything life throws at us.
Thanks for doing your bit, through your support of Wishlist.
A flourishing sensory garden and
sitting area in the Older Person’s Mental Health Unit (OPMHU) at the Sunshine
Coast University Hospital (SCUH) has created a much-needed space for patients
and families to find peace and fresh air in an otherwise clinical environment.
Catering specifically to the needs
of older persons aged 65 and over, the Older Person’s Mental Health Unit has
the complex task of treating mental illness in patients with physical fragility
and the need for increased emotional support requirements of their families. Determined
to leap these hurdles, staff in the Unit had the innovative idea to introduce an
accessible sensory garden to their therapy program.
The garden (pictured) was funded in
2018 by the Queensland Community Foundation via Wishlist, with help from Bunnings,
to help make a difficult time a little more pleasant by encouraging relaxation,
mindfulness as well as offering a potential alternative to medications for patients.
The result is a tranquil and
relaxing outdoor environment which focuses on sensory stimulation and making
the Older Person’s Mental Health Unit a more welcoming place.
Clinical Nurse in the Unit Sarah
Challenger said that the garden has been a great success and, with Mental
Health Week upon us, a timely reminder of the therapeutic benefits of taking
time to get outdoors.
“Having a therapeutic space like the
garden and courtyard is so important to patients, visitors and staff as it’s an
area where everyone can come together as equals to enjoy some time out of the
“A lot of the patients enjoy having
a cuppa in the garden area or walking around touching and smelling the
different plants and herbs we are growing.
“We have held patient birthdays,
BBQ lunches and celebrations in the garden,” said Ms Challenger.
Sarah also said the space is a popular
topic of conversation among patients, staff and families.
“Patients have commented that the
garden ‘doesn’t feel like I’m in hospital when I’m sitting in the garden’ or ‘every
other time I’ve been in hospital there’s never been a space like this for
patients- I love it!’”.
The sensory garden forms part of
Wishlist’s commitment to supporting mental health projects on the Sunshine
Coast. The local hospital foundation has also funded equipment for Adult, Adolescent
and Acute Mental Health Units including the provision of musical instruments,
Mp3 players and headphones to foster a calming environment for patients.
Queensland Mental Health Week (October
5-13) is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what all of us can do to look after our
mental health and reach out to those who
This year’s theme is Take time–for
mental health. Take time is about
the simple yet proven things everyone can do to boost mental wellbeing.
Wishlist and the Sunshine Coast
Hospital and Health Service’s Study, Education, Research Trust fund (SERTF) are
on a mission to reduce the number of children that lose their lives to sepsis by
funding vital research into the deadly condition.
The Sunshine Coast Community knows
the story of little Finn Smith—the 13-month-old boy who lost his hands and feet
in 2013 to Meningococcal Septicaemia. Or, as it’s more commonly known, Sepsis.
Finn was one of the lucky ones. Sepsis is one of the most
common causes of death among Australian children.
On September 13, World Sepsis Day,
Finn’s Mum Sarah Coureas spoke to a room of 800 people at Wishlist’s Spring
Carnival to raise awareness and money for Sepsis research on the Sunshine Coast.
The event raised a staggering $214,743 – a fundraising record for the
Coast’s Hospital Foundation.
Since the event, Wishlist and SERTF
have announced their commitment to direct close to $90,000 to important sepsis
research. The funding will allow the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s (SCUH)
Paediatric Intensive Care Specialist Dr Paula Lister to conduct two
sepsis-related projects that will change the way the common disease is
diagnosed and treated.
Executive Director of Medical Services for the Sunshine
Coast Hospital and Health Service, Prof. Deborah Bailey, said Wishlist’s contribution
to local research was enormous.
“Wishlist is funding $360,000 worth of research now on the
Sunshine Coast across a range of initiatives. But all of them are to improve
quality outcomes and a lot of it is to do with Sepsis.
“This research is
about early resuscitation using high end medication to save babies and children
“Sepsis has been with us forever. But we’re getting smarter
and we’re introducing new medication and new therapies all the time. So, we’re
always learning and improving and getting better results,” said Prof. Bailey.
The vital research will benefit families on the Coast and potentially
much further afield.
“What we expect is that we will have a protocol that can be
rolled out to hospitals across Australia, New Zealand and the world, that will
improve the outcomes of the sickest patients.
“Our research funding and our research profile wouldn’t
exist without the funding that we get through Wishlist and the Hospital’s fund,
which Wishlist also supports.”
Eleven other projects have been given the green light as part of a
$363,352 commitment to local research.
Other projects include research
into the effectiveness of mindfulness-based group interventions for mental
health concerns in expectant mothers, continued investment into antimicrobial
resistance due to antibiotic over-subscription, a study of emergency department
presentations and treatment of falls among the elderly.
Wishlist has directed more than $1.5 million
towards local research projects to support the Sunshine Coast Hospital and
As part of its mission, Wishlist recognises the need to support and encourage research activity that contributes to improved healthcare outcomes for the Sunshine Coast and wider community and adds to the body of research knowledge.