Researcher’s care for patient outcomes recognised

Dr Gail Ross-Adjie, Nurse Researcher from St John of God Murdoch Hospital, has been selected as a finalist in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards for her outstanding contribution to research in health care.

“I am honoured to have my work recognised and I feel that we have made great strides in helping to deliver optimal care to our patients,” Dr Ross-Adjie says.

Dr Ross-Adjie’s early research work at Murdoch was the catalyst for the appointment of a Chair of Nursing Research and subsequent creation of the hospital’s Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, established in 2012 in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.

“Since that time we have continued to work across both the public and private health sectors, collaborating with colleagues from other health disciplines both nationally and internationally,” Dr Ross-Adjie said.

“We believe that working this way maximises the benefits we can derive from our research and improves outcomes for both our patients and their families.”

The Centre is currently working on studies to better understand how older people can recover safely from their surgery without falls; profile the maternity health care needs of fly–in-fly-out families; explore staff and patient understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of hospital care; assist in improving the rates of breastfeeding duration and create of a series of informative videos to help cancer patients live well during and after treatment.

Dr Ross-Adjie’s PhD work involved the testing of a nursing bowel management protocol in patients who had knee or hip replacement surgery. Gail’s work in this area has profoundly impacted current bowel management across public and private sectors and the Murdoch Bowel Protocol© is now used both nationally and internationally to ensure patients return to normal bowel activity soon after surgery.

Due to the reduction in hospital length of stay after these procedures, the protocol is being revised with two different treatment regimens being compared to assess their effectiveness.

Dr Ross-Adjie was the inaugural recipient of the Reginald ‘Babe’ Norman PhD scholarship in 2010 and in 2016, she received further funds to enable further research into patient falls. She was responsible for St John of God Murdoch Hospital becoming the first WA hospital to gain endorsement as an evidence based organisation from the Joanna Briggs Institute and the first WA hospital to gain three year endorsement.

Director of Nursing Dani Meinema said Dr Ross-Adjie’s passion for improving outcomes for patients and their families has made her a great candidate for this award.

“Dr Ross-Adjie has worked tirelessly to put nurse-led research at the forefront of the hospital,” Ms Meinema says.

“She is also well-known as a mentor to nurses and midwives interested in research, supporting their ideas to enable good quality research in areas of need.”

WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards winners will be announced on 6 May 2017.

Making a difference to our community


Our valued volunteers provide a vital link between the hospital and the community. They give their time, expertise, skills and experience to help us provide our patients with the best possible care. We asked them why they give their precious time to our hospital?

I am a volunteer caregiver on St Francis Ward. I choose to volunteer at this hospital as after 30 years in the workforce, the enjoyment from caring for patients is very satisfying.

– Shirley

I am a volunteer caregiver on Bridget Clancy Ward assisting our patients. I have chosen to volunteer at Murdoch after retiring from a high pressure career. My mother was a long term patient at this hospital and I was able to observe the role of a volunteer. Volunteering is extremely fulfilling in that you are able to help  others in their time of need. My volunteering role is meaningful to me and adds value to my life.

– Noelle

We are volunteer caregivers and provide our services as Reiki Therapists. It gives us the opportunity to help people who pass through the doors of the hospice, whether patient, caregiver or family. It allows us to offer our Reiki for stress reduction and relaxation. We have become two of the many volunteers who can make a difference in someone’s life by offering a small portion of our time and skills.

– Gill and Tony





Becoming a volunteer caregiver on St Elizabeth’s ward has been a very rewarding experience as I value the positive influence and added worth volunteering has in a person’s life. It is heart-warming to witness a patient’s day being made a little brighter through a cup of tea or coffee and with each interaction between a patient, their family, caregiver and volunteer caregiver being precious and meaningful.

Volunteering has not only enriched my life but has also allowed me to recognise the importance of contributing to the community.

– Zoe



I am a volunteer caregiver in the Cancer Centre and I choose to volunteer at Murdoch Hospital after I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago but I am in remission.

I am no longer in paid work so I wanted to give something back and what better way than helping to bring a smile to the face of people you come into contact with. It is so rewarding that I am able to help others and so fulfilling in many ways.

– Sandy





We appreciate our volunteer caregivers and all they do for our patients.

The volunteers are indispensable to us. In the chaos of a busy ward, it means the world to the patients to have a friendly volunteer who has the time to do those little things to make their stay more pleasant. They are the helping hand to assist patients that makes a world of difference.

– Irene, Nurse Unit Manager, St Francis ward

Our volunteers take our level of hospitality up another notch, smiling, caring and engaging.

– Marie, Nurse Unit Manager, Cancer Centre




Doctor lauded for drive and commitment to patient care

CEO John Fogarty and this year's Doctor of the Year, Dr David Borshoff.

CEO John Fogarty and this year’s Doctor of the Year, Dr David Borshoff.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Doctor of the Year was awarded to Director of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Dr David Borshoff, for his dedication to the patients at the hospital, his team and the smooth running of his department.

Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty said Dr Borshoff had contributed to a great deal to the hospital since taking on his directorial role in January last year.

“In this short time, his passion for providing the highest standard of care to our patients has become evident in the work he undertakes here,” Mr Fogarty said.

“He is a man with great energy and Murdoch hospital has been the beneficiary of this drive to make things happen with the very best outcomes.”

Dr Borshoff has had a huge impact on improving the operating of the anaesthetic department and his natural leadership qualities have been very successful in empowering and developing staff at the hospital. Those close to him say he makes Murdoch a great place to work.

“Driven, caring, generous of his time and a wonderful leader, we are very lucky to have Dr Borshoff working at our hospital and to have someone who is so committed to making St John of God Murdoch Hospital the very best it can be,” Mr Fogarty said.

Dr Borshoff, who has been accredited at the hospital since 1998, was delighted to receive the award which was given to him at the annual Christmas party held in late November at a marquee by the lake at the hospital.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital doctors celebrate Christmas

Murdoch hospital celebrates Bond-style

St John of God Murdoch Hospital partied in James Bond-style at its Annual Gala Ball at the Crown Perth in September.

The evening was hosted by Dean Clairs from Mix 94.5 and featured a 007-themed room, a martini bar, an Aston Martin on display and some Bond styled entertainment.

Staff, doctors, sponsors and special guests, bejeweled and dressed elegantly in sleek gowns and tuxedos danced the night away to the tunes of the Amplifiers and enjoyed the more relaxing vibe of soloist Danni Stefanetti in the Recovery Room.

A raffle and silent auction raised money for the hospital’s new Charity of the Year, Compassionate Friends WA, which supports parents with grief following the death of a child. The charity also supports grandparents and siblings.

Celebrating St John of God Health Care’s art collection and programs

Patrons, artists, curators and St John of God Health Care caregivers enjoyed an evening at the Western Australian Maritime Museum to celebrate the organisation’s impressive art collection and program and to thank the donors for their contribution to its success.


Sandy finds strength to support others

sandySt John of God Murdoch Hospital volunteer caregiver and cancer survivor Sandy Sampson is on a mission to dispel the myth that lung cancer is only a smoker’s disease.

Since recovering from her own battle with cancer, Sandy has raised over $82,000 for lung cancer research and support over the past three years. She says anyone can get lung cancer, even those who have never smoked.

“Everyone with cancer, no matter which cancer it is, should have access to the necessary care and support,” Ms Sampson says.

“My continued survival is mainly due to early detection, successful surgery and the follow up care I received from cancer nurses and my family.”

Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011, when it was found she had carcinoid tumours in her chest and right lung. Surgery resulted in the loss of her right lung and she has had to learn how to breathe using only one lung.

“After overcoming the initial shock of the diagnosis, the trauma of surgery and recovery, I have been able to dedicate my time to raising funds for people who find themselves on similar journeys,” Ms Sampson says.

Sandy recently attended a reception at Admiralty House in Sydney, hosted by the Governor General Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove in support of the Lung Foundation Network Australia.

Her dedication to the cause was acknowledged in early April when the Lung Foundation Australia recognised her fundraising efforts with a Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony in Perth.

Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital Helen Jackson says Sandy makes an amazing contribution to St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Cancer Centre, providing tea, sandwiches and comfort to patients.

“Sandy knows what the patients are going through, and knows when they feel like chatting, as well as when to listen,” Ms Jackson says.

“She is committed to raising awareness about cancers that don’t get publicity and getting patients the support they deserve.”

For more information about the Cancer Centre, please contact:
Tel: (08) 9428 8551
Fax: (08) 9428 8799

Volunteers celebrate with good cheer

148: Wendy Johnson, CEO John Fogarty and Frances Ann Lange.

148: Wendy Johnson, CEO John Fogarty and Frances Ann Lange.

Volunteers at St John of God Murdoch Hospital came together to celebrate the festive season and a year of dedication to the patients and their families, visitors and staff at the hospital.

Many of the volunteers were awarded for their years of service on the night and two volunteers were recognised for their commitment of 20 years to the hospital.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty thanked the volunteers for their continued support and for being an integral part of providing the community with care that upholds the Mission and Values of St John of God Health Care.

“We appreciate that you generously donate your time, skills and experience and in so doing, help us meet the needs of our patients and their families,” Mr Fogarty said.

Doctor recognised for expertise and kindness

david cookeOver 200 doctors, dignitaries and hospital staff came together to recognize the work of the 2015 Doctor of the Year Award recipient, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr David Cooke, and to celebrate a successful year at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The hospital’s annual doctor’s Christmas party was held in a marquee by the lake on the hospital grounds.

At the event, Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty said Dr Cooke was a talented surgeon who was known for his excellent bedside manner.

“Both patients and colleagues speak highly of Dr Cooke – he is dedicated to his patients, his profession and our hospital,” said Mr Fogarty.

“Patients often speak of his warmth, kindness and expertise.”

Dr Cooke’s scope of practice includes General Surgical Procedures, including Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic colectomy, Laparoscopic Splenectomy and Upper and Lower GI Endoscopy.

He gained his qualifications in the UK and has worked in various hospitals in the UK and Australia, including St Bartholomew’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London and Maryborough Base Hospital in Queensland. In the 1990s, he immersed himself in the experience of War Surgery for the Red Cross in Kenya/Southern Sudan and Rwanda.

Dr Cooke was delighted to receive the award, saying that he enjoyed his work and that working at the hospital felt like working with family.

2015 was a very positive year for the Murdoch hospital, welcoming many new doctors and hospital staff and receiving excellent results in its National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) accreditation in August.

The hospital also embarked on the second phase of its redevelopment project in 2015, which includes the construction of a new chapel and the refurbishment of the foyer, reception area and wards.

Doctor’s commitment to mentoring wins award

Congratulations to Endocrinologist and Geriatrician Dr Ricky Arenson who has been named the 2015 Western Australian Clinical Educator of the Year.image022

Nominated by fellow doctors, Dr Arenson received the award as recognition for his significant contribution to the teaching and mentoring of junior doctors.

Dr Arenson said he thoroughly enjoys being a part of the medical student journey, from an undergraduate, through to completion of their postgraduate studies.

“I strongly believe that all doctors should maintain a healthy work-life balance,” Dr Arenson said.

“This should be fostered in the workplace, teaching junior doctors the importance of their physical and emotional welfare.”

The recipient of Clinical Educator of the Year Award is a person who goes above and beyond bedside teaching expectations. Mentoring 35-60 students per year, Dr Arenson is a strong advocate for junior doctors work conditions and has developed an innovative training course to support medical students through their training and exams.