As we enter the new decade, we are excited to share our achievements from the last two years in the 2018-19 Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Annual Review.
From our Chairman of the Board Doug Snedden and Chief Executive
Officer Eileen Hannagan:
“This report covers a period that included two important
milestones for our organisation: November 2018 marked five years since the
facility opened to patients, and June 2019 was 10 years since Chris O’Brien AO
So, it is fitting that this period itself ushered in a new
beginning – one in which we moved from consolidation to emergence as a
constructive contributor to cancer care, benefiting the community.
We have become a hub of innovation and discovery, both
through structured research and as a by-product of the complexity of the work
done by our clinicians.
We are now one of the biggest cancer clinical trials centre
in NSW. Our researchers have contributed to practice-changing research in
The hospital has reached full operating capacity. Volume and
complexity increased in most services.
Data from Cancer Institute NSW showed our patients have
better outcomes in crucial moments. These include higher survival and lower
mortality rates after surgery for breast, ovarian and head and neck cancers.
We believe this is emerging evidence of the value of the comprehensive
cancer centre model in Australia. Our integrated, holistic, patient-centred
model of care is focussed on improving patient outcomes. But it is also about bringing
a human touch to cancer care.
Our patient experience outcomes are very positive, with
Cancer Institute data and Net Promoter Scores showing high rates of approval.
Unequivocally, all of these achievements are attributable to
the professionalism and dedication of our people. Attracting and retaining an
outstanding workforce is a consequential focus, as well as creating an
environment where patient-centred care can flourish. We’re pleased to report
that a survey examining culture showed staff engagement is high.
We cannot emphasise enough that Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a
collaborative and community based organisation. Our relationships with Royal Prince Alfred
Hospital, the University of Sydney, Sydney Local Health District and NSW
Ministry of Health are our pillars. The State and Federal Health Ministers have
also been a tremendous support over the past year.
Besides our partnership organisations and staff, our
thriving community is made up of collaborating colleagues (both in clinical
work and research), invaluable and generous donors, volunteers, patients and
families along with their representatives and advocates, and our local
neighbourhoods. It truly is a ‘critical mass of people with a unity of
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new patron,
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC Governor of NSW, as she
joins this community also.
There are more important milestones on the horizon. In the
second half of 2019 we underwent an external accreditation process under new
patient-focussed quality measures. The results will be reported in full in the
next annual review but suffice to say that assessors deemed Chris O’Brien
Lifehouse a leader in patient-centred care.
We put patients and families at the centre of everything we do. That is why this annual review is told primarily through their eyes and voices. We are grateful to them for allowing us to tell their stories.”