Generosity in the face of global pandemic – Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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In a tumultuous start to the year, Lifehouse made the news for our response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the incredible generosity of our community. Read about it here.

  • A/Prof Natalka Suchowerska and Prof Jonathan Clark AM feature in Mirage News and the UNSW Newsroom for their collaboration on research to prevent hospital-acquired infections. This research received the prestigious Marshall and Warren Ideas Grant Award in March.
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse’s GP Assistance program featured in the NSW Rural Doctors Network weekly newsletter. The program is dedicated to assisting general practitioners with new patient consults, and offers rapid access for urgent appointments.
  • Our coronavirus concierge featured in the Daily Telegraph and on 9 News Sydney, as we put in place strict measures to keep cancer patients and their families safe during the pandemic. These measures included restricting the number of visitors allowed in the hospital and moving all non-essential appointments to Telehealth.
  • Members of the community have shown incredible generosity during this difficult time. 2SER reported on the volunteers who sewed colourful scrubs for our staff to wear amid a worldwide shortage of PPE. The Australian and The Guardian shared the story of the individuals, universities, hair salons, gin distilleries and chemists who together donated hundreds of litres hand sanitiser, and ingredients to make many litres more.
  • Anaesthetist Murray Stokan was nominated by registered nurse Philomena Furlong as an unsung hero on ABC Focus with Cassie McCullagh on Wednesday 8 April.
  • Women like Laura Milone of Braving BRCA are left in uncertainty as non-urgent elective surgeries are cancelled, writes Laura had been due to have her breast reconstructive surgery at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in April.
  • Research led by Dr Angela Hong into radiation therapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma featured on science journalism platform EurekAlert! and News Medical.
  • New patient referrals at cancer centres like Lifehouse have fallen by up to 30%, prompting fears that people with cancer are going undiagnosed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sydney Morning Herald urges people to get checked if they notice something amiss, as early diagnosis can be critical in ensuring survival.
  • Newcastle mum Lisa Greissl shares her cancer story with 9Honey. Lisa was treated at Lifehouse for a rare malignant tumour on her spine. After making a full recovery, she decided to start the charity BigHugBox, which raises money for cancer research.
  • Realwire and SIOS report on our utilisation of cloud storage to maintain efficient and secure access to health information software and data.
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is also one of the first hospitals to deploy a new tablet-based system to better manage hospitalised patients during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, write Small Caps and The Market Herald.
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