Returning home safely

Case Management Coordinator Lesley Brinkhuis at St John of God Murdoch Hospital says it is vital that patients, together with their families and friends, have everything in place when they discharge from hospital. “Going home is often very stressful for patients, especially when they’ve been in hospital for a long time or have had life…

Measuring bone health

Osteoporosis often goes undiagnosed until patients have had their first fracture and once this occurs, there is about a 50 per cent chance they will have another fracture. There are now scans that can give your specialist a clear picture of the health of your bones. “Technology has enabled us to come a long way in diagnosing and assessing bone health,” says…

Helping people stay on their feet

Researchers have embarked on a new study to discover whether patients are falling at home after surgery and how to further improve their care after they leave hospital. The study, a collaboration between St John of God Murdoch Hospital and the University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Physiotherapy among others, aims to provide valuable information about the incidence of falls and quality…

Staying on your feet

Ever fallen over your cat or dog? An extension cord or a rug? Having a fall can have a major impact on your life, but there are many things you can do to lessen your risk of falling at home. Murdoch Hospital Falls Prevention Coordinator Sarah-Jayne Powell says identifying your risk of falling is imperative to staying on your feet.…