ODYSSEY Outcomes trial.

ODYSSEY Outcomes trial. Evaluation of Cardiovascular Outcomes After an Acute Coronary Syndrome During Treatment With Alirocumab. Mildura Cardiology took part in this trial of a new cholesterol-lowering agent in people with coronary artery disease who had failed to reach target levels with maximally tolerated doses of currently available medications. The trial ran from October 2012 until January 2018. It was an international, multicentre study with a total of 18,600 patients randomised. Australia enrolled 216 patients from approximately 20 sites. Mildura Cardiology enrolled 16 patients, and Leanne Morgan accepted a certificate of appreciation at a presentation in Brisbane, for our contribution to this important study as a high recruiter. Our thanks go to our 16 patients who gave up their time to help with the study.

Medical student – Edward Saxby

Edward Saxby is a final year medical student from Monash University, Melbourne who is on an elective rotation to Mildura Cardiology.   After multiple gap years, working part time and travelling, Ed will graduate and commence work as an intern with Monash Health in 2019.   Ed is interested in critical care, and to date has enjoyed rotations in intensive care and anaesthetics.   Ed is enjoying his time in Mildura, with good food, good company and a welcoming and interesting placement at Mildura Cardiology. He may be back to rotate through Mildura as an intern (10 weeks at Mildura Base) in 2019

Dr Naomi Whyler

Dr Naomi Whyler is our current Cardiology Registrar.Originally from Wales she took the long route to Mildura via Scotland and New Zealand. Her interests include exploring the river by kayak and paddle board, baking, drinking coffee and trying to learn the rules of Aussie football (we haven’t seen much baking).

Naomi is having a 'wonderful time' in Cardiology as part of her training in General Medicine, she is intending to specialise in General Medicine & Infectious Diseases.

Naomi is a bit of a prankster and enjoys confusing the staff at Mildura Cardiology by labeling various items in Welsh, then watching them try to pronounce it!

Naomi said 'after a year and a half in Mildura, the thing I'll remember most when husband and I move to Melbourne for the next stage of training will be the friendliness and generosity of everyone here - we have felt welcomed from the start and privileged to be a part of this community'.

Trainer saves collapsed footballers life

The following article was printed in the Sunraysia Daily 17.4.18   Trainer saves collapsed footballers life:   A DEFIBRILLATOR and the quick thinking of a senior trainer were credited with saving the life of a country footballer on Saturday. Kerang’s Patrick Featonby is in a stable condition after suffering a heart attack during a Central Murray league reserves clash against Balranald. He collapsed during the first quarter and was able to be revived with the defibrillator before the ambulance arrived. He was then transported by road to Mildura and then flown to The Alfred hospital. "We were very thankful both to ours and their senior trainer - without their quick action and the defibrillator, which was key to his survival - we would be having a different conversation this morning." Kerang president Rob Fisher said yesterday. "They worked on him for about 15 minutes and were able to revive him with the defibrillator before the ambulance arrived." Defibrillators have been provided at most country football grounds, including throughout Sunraysia. The footballer would see a cardiologist today but was in 'good spirits", Fisher said. The reserves match was abandoned and, after discussions between the two coaches, the senior game was also abandoned on Saturday.

Defibrillator Donations

Heart starter a life saver.

By Caitlyn Morgan - compliments of Sunraysia Daily 14.3.18

This week Mallee Accommodation and Support Program (MASP) became the 38th recipient of a defibrillator from

Mildura Cardiology.

It 's been a decade since Mildura Cardiology first donated a defibrillator to a community group and in that time two lives

have been saved.

Mildura Cardiology cardiologist Dr Alan Soward said Mildura Cardiology had provided many organisations with

defibrillators, including all Sunraysia Football and Netball League and Millewa Football League clubs.

"There have been tragic deaths in the sporting community with young people dying unexpectedly, so we thought if we

can donate these to the sports clubs, it would make a big difference to the community" Dr Soward said.

"These devices can save lives. If a person has a cardiac arrest they can restore normal heart rhythm".

"There is also the opportunity to find out what the heart problem is that led to the cardiac arrest, this information can

prevent it from happening again".

Dr Soward said the devices were fairly simple to use and no training was required, but with each device donated the

staff at Mildura Cardiology had provided instruction. "It all started off by wanting to do something for the community

and defibrillators were only just starting to appear in public locations" Dr Soward said.

"After we donated them to the sporting clubs it was well received, we expanded the donations to other sporting clubs,

schools and not-for-profit organisations".

"We know that two of the donated defibrillators have been used and were successful both times".

It was while completing first aid staff training that the need for a defibrillator was raised at MASP.

"We are a large organisation, with multiple campuses, many clients and 111 staff" MASP chief executive Gary

Simpson said.

"The defibrillator will help us respond to any critical emergencies".

"If you only use it once, then it was worth having one and it gives us peace of mind".

"At this stage we will be placing the defibrillator in the day activity centre but will look to purchase one or two more in

the future" he said.

"Any organisation with more than 100 staff should consider investing in one".

Practice manager at Mildura Cardiology Raelene Johns said it was important for those with defibrillators to regularly

check the use-by dates of the pads and batteries.      

Dr Melissa FitZerald

 Our latest Cardiology Registrar is Dr Melissa Fitzgerald. She grew up in West Gippsland and now lives in Melbourne.  She studied Medicine at Melbourne University and is now a doctor at The Alfred Hospital where she is currently a 1st year Royal Australasian College of Physicians Advanced Trainee in Acute and General Medicine.  Interests include travelling, paddle boarding the Murray River, and eating/drinking with family and friends.  She loves dogs, and enjoys swimming, shopping and spending Tom’s money, reading, Pilates and music.  She has enjoyed her time at Mildura Cardiology so far and says “it provides excellent learning opportunities in cardiology, particularly with ECG’s and Echo’s. There is a broad base of medicine with interesting diagnoses and lovely patients.” She added under duress “the Staff are amazingly welcoming and inclusive like you have your own little family here“.  Things that have impressed her about Mildura include the wineries, Fossey's Gin Distillery, the people, the weather and the Murray River.    

Cardiac & Respiratory Centre

  We have entered into an arrangement with Mildura Private Hospital, to lease some rooms in what was formally Geraldton Wing. This has allowed all our echocardiography services to be moved from Mildura Cardiology to the new rooms in Mildura Private Hospital. Yellow painting on the driveway outside the main entrance to Mildura Cardiology guides the way to the new echocardiography area. We also have a reception and waiting room area and to date this has all been functioning very smoothly, allowed us to create some more consulting space in the Mildura Cardiology building.  

Dr Kaushali Britto

Kaushali is our current Cardiology Registrar on three month rotation from The Alfred. She was born in Sri Lanka, speaks Sinhalese and has been living in Melbourne for the past four years. Her intended areas of specialisation are Gastroenterology and General Medicine, and in promoting health awareness and health literacy in socioeconomically underdeveloped nations. Ultimately she would like to focus her medical interest on inflammatory bowel disease. Her interests include exploring the multicultural cuisines Melbourne has to offer, theatre, travel and playing the violin. .

Medical Student – Eve Malsem

Eve Malsem is our current fifth year medical student with Monash School of Rural Health. She is working with us for six weeks undertaking a Cardiology elective. Eve was previously in Mildura for 12 months when she was a third year student. Eve was born in Wangaratta. Her interests include running, travelling, singing and reading fantasy novels. She lived in Germany for six months as an exchange student whilst completing year 10 and speaks fluent German. Eve is enjoying her rotation at Mildura Cardiology and her long term goal is to work in a rural area, possibly in north-eastern Victoria, but we would be delighted if she was to come back to Mildura!

Dr. Chandran Gunasekaran

Our new Cardiology Registrar for the next 6 months is Dr. Chandran Gunasekaran. Chandran is a 2nd year Advanced Trainee in Acute and General Medicine. He is also undertaking dual training with the College of Intensive Care Medicine. Having first discovered his interest in acute medicine as a Medical Registrar in another country hospital, he enjoys the challenges of managing acute and chronic medical issues in the rural setting. He believes the knowledge and skills acquired during his Mildura Cardiology rotation will be useful in his future career as a General Physician and Intensivist. Chandran has a keen interest in Cosmology and Astronomy. He enjoys walking, cycling, eating, reading and movies.