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Incredible community support helps local lung disease patients

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Thanks to the generous support of the West Moreton community, an incredible $65,695 has been raised to help local lung disease patients.

These funds, raised as part of IHF’s 2024 Winter Appeal, will be used to purchase a highly specialised ultrasound machine for the Respiratory Department at Ipswich Hospital.

Lung disease knows no boundaries. More than 7,000 appointments are offered each year at Ipswich Hospital’s Respiratory Department for lung conditions and diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lower and upper respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, interstitial lung disease, occupational lung disease, sleep-related disorders and more.

Additionally, on average, 137 people a year are diagnosed with lung cancer in West Moreton, with forecasting predicting that this number will increase to more than 250 new cases a year by 2025.

A complication of lung cancer or other respiratory diseases can be fluid in the lungs. The new ultrasound machine will assist clinicians in identifying this fluid, while providing pinpoint visibility for biopsies and the insertion of drainage tubes.

Having a dedicated ultrasound machine will also enable the Respiratory Department team to perform bedside ultrasounds, reducing the need to transfer patients to other parts of the hospital.

To everyone who donated, your wonderful support goes beyond providing equipment.  You are helping to improve safety, flexibility, efficiency and patient-centric care – improving outcomes for when it matters most.

Thank you.
Scott Young, CEO.

Respiratory Department team at Ipswich Hospital

Stanbroke employees’ generous donation brings the gift of healthcare closer to home for Gatton locals

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Thanks to the incredible generosity of the employees at Stanbroke, Gatton Hospital is boosting its healthcare services.

Employees from the century-old beef producers at Stanbroke have donated an incredible $100,000 to advance care and facilities at Gatton Hospital.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation is managing the funds and facilitating the procurement of a range of specialty equipment and resources to expand health services at Gatton Hospital, meaning less people need to travel outside the region for care.

The new resources will benefit patients undergoing physical and occupational therapy, infusion therapy, and bariatric and geriatric care.

Director of Nursing at Gatton Hospital, Terry Kowald said the donation had funded specialised bariatric care equipment including a new wheelchair, pressure socks, shower and commode chairs, and bedside tables and chairs.

Other new equipment includes a steam cleaner, bed and floor sensors to alert staff if a patient gets out of bed and may require support, fitness and physical rehabilitation equipment, patient transfer equipment, and wheeled walkers.

The hospital has also received a delivery of day medical infusion chairs. The new chairs are designed to give greater comfort to patients undergoing infusion therapy, while helping to protect staff from back injuries when applying dressings or removing oncology pumps.

“This is really positive news for Gatton Hospital,’ Mr Kowald said.

“Traditionally, many patients requiring infusion therapy had to travel long distances to receive the care they need, but now, thanks to the generosity of Stanbroke employee’s, these patients will be able to get the care they need, without the added stress, time and cost of travel.”

Patients require infusion therapy for a variety of reasons, including chemotherapy, blood transfusions, iron, and intravenous antibiotics, with each treatment session taking between two and seven hours.

Mr Kowald said funding would also mean more people could return to Gatton Hospital, closer to home, to continue their recovery and rehabilitation following surgery or other treatments at larger hospitals.

“We’ve now got the tools and resources to provide more patient rehabilitation services locally,” Mr Kowald said.

“We have quite a variety of patients, including geriatric and bariatric patients, and this means we can now offer them a wider range of therapies closer to home.”

James Friis, Stanbroke Plant Manager at Stanbroke, said the employees make regular voluntary donations to help a variety of local community and healthcare organisations.

“We’ve got a fund at Stanbroke where all of our workforce can donate $1 of their wages per week,” Mr Friis said.

“We’ve had this going for many years now and we donate to local groups that we think need a bit of a lift.”

Following meetings with the hospital, which Mr Friis described as very positive, the company decided to donate $100,000 to help with the purchase of resources that would benefit the wider Gatton community.

“We have an awesome bunch of people working at the Stanbroke who are always thinking of the local community. We’ve helped Blue Nurses, Rural Fire Service, Hospice and other community groups around the area and the hospital was one that is very close to our hearts.

“Our hospitals, doctors, and nurses, and really all medical staff, need more support, and we should be funneling more into this area. Everybody gets sick at some stage in their life and needs medical care, and I’m just immensely proud of the team at Stanbroke for what they’re doing for this community.”

Special thanks to the generous employees at

New tech helping reduce stress for families thanks to Courier Mail Children’s Fund

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Diagnosing jaundice in newborn babies is now faster and less stressful for babies, families, and midwives across the West Moreton region, thanks to the addition of four new Bilistick testing machines at Ipswich Hospital’s Special Care Nursery. 

The Bilistick technology, which is used to test newborn babies for jaundice, provides instant results, enabling faster medical intervention and nursing care for infants impacted by jaundice, and resulting in babies being discharged back to their families more quickly after treatment. 

The four new machines were purchased thanks to a $24,000 grant won by Ipswich Hospital Foundation from the Courier Mail Children’s Fund. 

Nurse Unit Manager Kathryn Howard, and Manager, Midwife, Antenatal and MGP Julie Eaton said their team are now utilising this new equipment, and it’s reducing stress and waiting times for tiny patients and their families. 

Prior to the introduction of the Bilistick systems, midwives had to return to the hospital to have newborn’s blood tested by Pathology in cases of possible jaundice. With the new Bilistick machines, midwives will be able to perform the test right in the patient’s home and then advise the family immediately if the baby requires special hospital care. 

With each midwife visiting an average of between four and five patients each day, it means that between 700-800 babies can now be tested in the comfort of their homes. 

As well as reducing stress and waiting times, the Bilistick System, which costs around $9 per test, will provide a significant saving compared to more traditional blood tests (at a cost of around $13 per test), with an average of 1,000 tests being conducted each year. 

According to Julie Eaton, the system is simple to use, and staff can be trained quickly in-house by the Clinical Midwife.  

The new Bilistick Systems are now in use for home visits, in the Special Care Nursery and in the special care ward.


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Impact Funding: IHF helping change how care is delivered.

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Community donors have backed innovative clinicians at West Moreton Health to launch tech advances and services to give more people access to quality care.

Ten projects, including a game-changing new technology used in breast cancer surgery and the introduction of cutting-edge cardiac equipment used during the placements of stents, will change the way care is delivered in West Moreton.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) Chief Executive Officer Scott Young said the projects had been funded through its new Impact Funding grants program, which aimed to improve health outcomes and patient experiences through community involvement.

“It’s thanks to the incredible support and generosity of this community that Ipswich Hospital Foundation can support West Moreton Health teams to pursue some incredible new projects dedicated to improving health outcomes, right across the region,” Mr Young said.

Mr Young said the Impact Funding grants program had been funded by supporters and generous donors from its annual tax and Christmas appeals and funds raised at events such as Go Pink, Park2Park, and the IHF 25th gala anniversary dinner.

“We’re extremely grateful to the community and excited to continue our work to bring better healthcare closer to home.”

Cardiac Cath Lab doctors with Ipswich Hospital Foundation CEO Scott Young.
Dr Yohan Chacko and Dr Johanne Neill from the Cardiac Cath Lab with Ipswich Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Scott Young. 

West Moreton Health Chief Executive Hannah Bloch said the funding would provide the local community with access to latest technologies and new equipment, research into conditions that affect patients with severe mental illnesses, and programs to inform and support the local community.

“Tech advances and equipment delivered through the IHF Impact Funding will give more people in the community access to the best possible healthcare they need, and sooner,” Ms Bloch said.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ipswich Hospital Foundation and would like to thank the many donors from across the region for the important role they play helping the West Moreton Health population achieve the best possible health.

“IHF is also supporting our staff to improve their clinical capabilities by accessing latest technologies and pursing innovation.”

What is Impact Funding?

Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s Impact Funding is a quarterly funding program, allowing West Moreton Health employees and departments an opportunity to apply for funding for innovative medical equipment, enhancing patient and support persons’ care, health promotion and research and innovation.

Funding aligns with West Moreton population key health priorities including:

  • Care closer to home
  • First Nation’s health equity
  • Chronic disease
  • Mental health
  • Patient and support persons’ experience

Ipswich Hospital Foundation’s Impact Funding will deliver the following programs:

  • Ipswich Hospital will be the first public hospital in Queensland to offer the SCOUT wire-free breast localisation technology, an innovative piece of equipment that will eliminate the need for existing hookwire procedures, and significantly reduce stress and discomfort for breast cancer patients.
  • cutting-edge technology that enables doctors to see detailed images of the inside of blood vessels, allowing them to visualise the exact location and size of blockages and precisely guide the placement of stents to restore blood flow to the heart.
  • new equipment to improve the lives of patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) as the result of a chronic condition.
  • new adaptive aids for patients with upper limb impairment to improve their independence.
  • a new screening device to enhance diagnosis and wound treatment by the Wound Care Nurse Team
  • an education and awareness program on kidney health for Samoan Australians
  • creating a more welcoming waiting area for rehabilitation patients.
  • additional training innovations for X-ray operators
  • funding to support Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day in 2024

In addition to these 10 key projects, IHF and WMH are delighted to announce Speech Pathology and Audiology Director Dr Katrina Dunn is the recipient of IHF’s grant for mental health research.

The $30,000 grant is made possible by funds raised at IHF’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner held in 2023.

The grant will allow Dr Dunn and her team to study dysphagia presentation and management in adult patients who experience significant mental health impacts.

The next round of Impact Funding is now open. Visit the Impact Funding Portal  

Applications close 19 April 2024.