Providing care during challenging times
It's a pleasure to be in touch with our supporters, with the Covid-19 crisis looking to be in hand, and the prospect of getting back to our patients. We haven’t been entirely inactive.
Jose, a Timorese man temporarily resident in Australia, had very severe mitral valve disease which without surgery would have been lethal. Denied access to the Australian system, his prospects were bleak. We were able to support his surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital. The result, by Micheal O’Keefe and his team, was an outstandingly successful mitral valve repair and excellent long term prospects.
We’ve been most anxious about our patients in Timor-Leste awaiting procedures, and given in country clinics are off the agenda, established a virtual clinic with the assistance of Maluk Timor (doing in person checks and scans). Four of our cardiology team assessed and offered advice, medication adjustments etc remotely. So successful was it that we propose to add the service to our long term repertoire.
Two of the clinical team have been awarded internal acknowledgment of their remarkable contributions. Ari Horton, the inaugural Dr Dan Murphy Award (Dan would be delighted), and Virag Kushwaha the Respect, Compassion and Integrity Award. In both cases, people we’re proud to have on the team.
Finally, a farewell to our inaugural board chair, Ingrid Svendsen. We are where we are today as a consequence of her vision, energy, and application. The whole clinical team, and more importantly our patients, are in her debt.
Dr Noel Bayley
Honorary Medical Advisor