30 November 2018
Achievement, growing demand and an ongoing commitment to research were among the key themes at the Austin Health Annual Meeting held at Austin Hospital in Heidelberg this week.
Austin Health CEO, Sue Shilbury, said the dedication of staff ensured 2017/18 was another year where patients and families were cared for with enthusiasm, respect and compassion.
"We work in an environment where the needs of our community are rapidly changing as the population continues to grow along with demand for services," Ms Shilbury said.
"We saw a 26% increase in the number emergency surgeries performed in 2017/18 with more than one fifth of all 29 722 surgery procedures performed being emergency surgeries.
"On top of this we also completed a record number of elective surgeries with 12 893 elective procedures performed and demand for emergency services continued to increase with 87 566 patients coming to our Emergency Department for treatment.
"One of the highlights for 2017/18 was the opening of our $15 million Short Stay Unit, with the 24 bed, state-of-the-art unit helping improve patient flow, outcomes and experiences for patients requiring emergency care.
"Among other highlights for the year was the Renal Transplantation team performing the 1000th kidney transplant performed at Austin Health - a significant milestone.
"We continued to build on our outstanding history of research with 294 new clinical trials approved during the year focussing on the diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer dementia and diabetes that impact on patients in our community.
"The reputation of Austin Health and our staff continued to be enhanced with world renowned epilepsy expert Professor Samuel Berkovic receiving one of medicine's highest honours when he was named as an international member of the National Academy of Medicine, and Professor Ingrid Scheffer joining the likes of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein in being elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of London," she said.
Ms Shilbury said Austin Health continues to evolve to best meet the needs of the community.
"We have recently launched an ambitious five-year strategic plan to help us prepare for the challenges and opportunities we face and to ultimately help us deliver better care for patients and their families," she said.
"I look forward to working with our talented staff to continue to provide world class healthcare and research here in Heidelberg and at the other campuses of Austin Health," Ms Shilbury said.
Austin Health is one of Australia's major health services. Austin Health is based in Melbourne's north-east and includes three campuses: Austin Hospital in Heidelberg, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Ivanhoe and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. It also provides a range of statewide services that are accessed by patients across Melbourne and in regional Victoria.