Blog for Health Professionals
We were saddened to hear of the passing of a great man today.
Nelson Mandela has fought so much for so many and endured more than most. He is known around the world and will be missed by many people of every race and creed.
RIP Nelson, you have inspired many and have left a legacy for us all.
As you know typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is a disaster of huge proportions affecting so many lives.
Here at AUSSTAT/KiwisSTAT we have a member of staff whose family has been affected although thankfully, all of them are now safe.
Both the staff and the company are getting involved as we can to help with the disaster appeal and the recovery through World Vision and Unicef. Our hearts and thoughts are with all the people of the Philippines as they grapple with the huge task ahead.
Cup day is here!
Today is New Zealand’s turn to have the eyes of the world on The New Zealand Trotting Cup. As part of Cup and Show week, the trotting cup is a highlight. Like Melbourne Cup day, there is fashion along with the racing and about 20,000 cantabrians take the day off to attend one of the most keenly anticipated days of the year.
First run in 1904, this years trotting cup is aiming to break records. Driver Ricky May is after his seventh win, driving Terror to Love, who is after his third win – only the third horse to accomplish that feat.
Life is not all about work, so if you are having a little side bet, office sweepstake or going to enjoy the fashion and a good day out, enjoy and may lady luck be with you!
World Vision Update
Earlier this week, Vivien Godfrey, our Marketing Coordinator, attended a World Vision Breakfast Meeting. Please read on for her update on what World Vision is up to…..
I had the privilege to spend the morning with a passionate group of people who are all doing their bit to help those in need, both internationally and in our own backyard.
Whilst the Syrian Refugee Crisis seems a very daunting and a never ending struggle, World Vision, and the many other aid groups around the world are making a difference, particularly to the children.
Our Red Cross guest speaker spoke particularly about Lebanon (she spent some time there working for World Vision) and the Refugee camps that have sprung up, none of which are meant to be permanent camps. Refugees (many of whom were middle class Syrian workers) are not permitted under Lebanon law to work and have no way to support themselves or their families. Everything must be paid for including water and their tent space; so far, most of them have used what savings they may have had but this has now run out.
Education is one of the programs that World Vision is involved with; simply sending a refugee child to a Lebanon school is not as easy as it sounds. The first of many issues is in Syria the children are taught in Arabic with a very different curriculum to the Lebanon schools that teach in English and French. Child friendly spaces is another program, where the children can put the stress, trauma and fear aside for just a little while, have some fun, laugh for a moment and get some education along the way.
If you would like to know more and/or help with this crisis then please have a look at the World Vision website for more detailed information.
In our own back yard
Many of you will not be aware that World Vision does in fact contribute to crisis in our own back yard. They have not set up the “sponsor a child” programme here but they do assist in other ways. World Vision gives their experience and expertise to the many aid agencies within New Zealand and were hands on with the Christchurch Earthquake, making sure that everything they have learnt internationally was available to those that needed it here in New Zealand. Many of their staff also volunteer with other aid agencies, so not do they assist on a professional level but they give on a personal level as well.
Kiwis STAT has been a proud supporter of World Vision for many years, Miriam Martin, Company Director, is currently in Tanzania with World Vision, looking at some of the Micro Finance ventures that are being set up. Please follow her travels on our facebook page www.facebook.com/kiwisstat
If you would like to see some of our other community projects then please go to our website and take a look at how our staff and clients are making a difference.
Kiwis STAT launches New Look!
Kiwis STAT is pleased to announce the launch of our website which has been given a nice new facelift
With 2014 being our 15th birthday year, we thought now was a great time to freshen our look and to incorporate some of the things that you have asked for and get ready for the year ahead. We are continuing to develop new and innovative ways in which we can engage with you, maintain our professionalism and integrity whilst delivering the best possible service and value to you, our clients (and this is only the beginning).
Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are now part of our everyday lives and KiwisSTAT is on board with this trend. You can engage with us on facebook, www.facebook.com/KiwisSTAT, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/kiwisstat or connect with us on our Kiwis STAT Linkedin pages (and doing so can be worth your while).
With a passion for bringing health together as a driving force for us, our team are committed to adding value in a rapidly changing marketplace and the digital age whilst keeping in touch with you on a ‘human’ level. We have evolved and grown over time with many of you, and those that are new to what we have to offer, we looking forward to sharing the journey with you too, growing together and enriching all our lives.
Please take some time to check out our new site, give us some feedback and tell us what you value most and together we can all move positively forward.
Daylight savings marks a significant psychological marker in the year as winter is now officially over and the evenings are getting longer.
There is plenty to do in the garden to keep me entertained. I think I’m a subclinical pyromaniac as I couldn’t wait for clean-air restrictions to lift in Canterbury and be able to light the pile of sticks and branches in our paddock (see the photo attached). It’s just so much fun watching the big flames and the pile of sticks burn down into a little pile of ash. Our four cattle seemed to enjoy the heat as well and at one point I thought we might be having a big feed of steak later in the day.
Although I jest about being a pyromaniac it was still a good fun afternoon, a great feeling of accomplishment and even more importantly, a big tick on that to-do list. It reminds me how important it is even if it really is work, to have a bit of fun.
Our locums learn that even working in a new location with a different group of people can be a way of adding a bit of change and fun into your life. Locums often find that different locations have different common presentations which give you new challenges to think about. A good example of this is some locum work I did in Griffith, NSW where almost every trauma story in the Emergency Department ended in a chicken! …squashed finger feeding chickens, crashed the truck transporting chicken feed, tripped over at the chicken farm….By the end of the week, myself and the other locum had difficulty not laughing every time a new trauma came in.
And talking of funny, if you want to have a regular dose of medical laughs, like “The Kiwi Locum doctor” on Facebook. My sister and I are having a great time finding new and interesting medical jokes purely for your entertainment.
Made a referral yet?
Have you referred anyone yet?
You have from now until the end of November to get your entries in the draw to win the iPhone5c. Simply “Refer a Friend” here, enter the promo code “iPhone” and you will be in the draw.
Remember, you do not have to be registered with us, nor do you have to be a Doctor or a Nurse to refer someone. The added bonus (on top of a new phone that is) of referring someone is if the person works with us for 7 days within 12 months of you referring them, you get $350 cash!
iPhone 5c giveaway
No doubt many of you may have heard of Apples big announcement of the iPhone 5c with the latest software, durable personality plus exterior and more to hit the shelves in the coming weeks.
Apple calls it unashamedly plastic, incorporating all of the great stuff of the iPhone 5 in a durable shell! Whats not to like? Depending on which camp your reviewer sits in (i.e. They love or loath Apple) the reviews range from nice to exemplary but almost without exception no one would be saying no to a free one!
It is with this in mind that we thought you might like to get in on the action and get a FREE one!
All you have to do is refer your doctor and nurse friends here in the next month using the promo code iPhone and each person referred gives you an entry into the draw. What makes this even better is that should anyone you refer end up registering and working with us within the next 12 months you also get $350 cash – how is that for a nice wee cheery on the top.
So get your thinking cap on and fill in the short form with their details and yours and either like us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter or if you are a doctor or nurse yourself register with us and we will let you know if you are the lucky recipient of the new iPhone5c!
Innovate or Stagnate
On my way to work I drive past an organisation in Christchurch called SCIRT or the “Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team” who are responsible for rebuilding the horizontal infrastructure (sewerage, water, stormwater, and other infrastructure) in Christchurch. This is an alliance between government, council and private companies. They do things differently at SCIRT, this starts right from parking their car facing outwards through to their innovative organisational structure and the way the teams work together. In the work spaces there is an amazing sense of purpose, teamwork and busy-ness. There are 1700 km (30%) of wastewater pipes alone that need to be repaired or replaced so they are up for a massive job to get it all done before their goal of 2016.
On reflection, it’s easy just to go along with the status quo. Being innovative or making changes is usually a lot of hard work and often very risky personally and career-wise. Regular reviewing of everything you do to ensure best practice and gaining feedback can form the basis of great innovation.
(PS if you are ever looking for an innovative conference speaker, I would recommend inviting SCIRT’s General Manager – Duncan Gibb –he has a very inspiring story to tell.)
Kiwis STAT enters SARA Awards
Kiwis STAT is pleased to announce that we are entering the SARA awards this year.
The SARA’s (SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards) are offered by SEEK each year to recognise outstanding performance in the recruitment industry. Winners are voted on by you, our clients. By giving us your vote, it gives us a chance at winning and letting everyone know how much our work is valued. Please don’t delay, voting starts on Monday 22 July and goes through until Thursday 12 September, you only have one vote so please vote for us now by clicking the button below.
Community update – Hands of Hope
Back in February we posted an update on the container of supplies bound for Arusha, Tanzania which landed in December. Read on to learn how these supplies are benefiting the healthcare offered in the region……
Today at work it was great to see the effect the medical container has had here. Today I taught the medical staff how to use the ECG that was donated.
The staff learnt a lot and the radiology staff who will be doing it will practice until they know how to use it. I also took more gear from the container to theatre
This included 2 boxes of gear that a NZ anaesthetist had got together.
The next photo shows a very excited anaesthetist nurse with the laryngoscope – he kept saying “yeah, yeah”.
The next photo is a picture in theatre and in it you can see gloves on the wall that came from the container, as well as gauzes and vaseline gauze that came in the container. As I operated I noticed these things and that one of the consultants was wearing scrubs that had been in the container. The anaesthetic machine had anaestetic tubing that had come from the container as had the gauzes and dressing at the end.
The last photo shows the work of my house girl who has spent the last 2 days or so sorting out the first aid gear that was donated, into piles. I will, when I return from Australia/NZ, put these into packs for schools, and individuals in the villages who don’t have first aid kits in their home.
Last week I delivered all the boxes of shoes to the Plaster house – sorry there is no photos but it was late and so I couldn’t see the children.
Thanks again for making it possible
We all know that Easter is a Christian celebration but the holiday also has pagan origins.
So where did all the coloured eggs, cute little bunnies and baby chicks come from? They are all symbols of rebirth. Easter in the northern hemisphere falls in the spring, the yearly time of renewal when the earth renews itself after a long, cold winter. The word Easter comes from the pagan goddess of Eostre, involving the season of the growing sun and new birth. The Easter Bunny was originally a symbol of fertility (if you’ve ever had two pet rabbits you’ll know why). The particulars may vary, but most cultures around the world use the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth. Another link to the egg comes from the ancient Eqyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, thus the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for eons.
Whether you are working or relaxing, the team at AUSSTAT/KiwisSTAT would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter and may the Easter bunny be good to you all.
NSW have issued an alert for this disease which presents in predominantly acutely febrile children under 5, there have been several cases in Sydney. For more information please click here
Back in November we assisted with filling a container of supplies bound for Arusha, Tanzania which landed in December. These items were a great help and we can now update you with how some of the items are being utilised.
Please read on for a field report from February……
I started back at work today (though couldnt operate as we had no power, the back up generator wasn’t working and they were getting no water from the bore hole!!).
However I was able to give out some more of the contents of the container and get back feedback from what has been already given out.
The hospital is starting a nursing school so many of the nursing and generic textbooks were able to be put into this for which they are were very grateful today.
I was able to give speculums, urinary bags, gloves etc to the VVF surgeon who was very grateful. He said that he would appreciate the woollen hats and jumpers that were knitted so that they can give them to the very poor mothers who have just delivered.
I was able to give LMA masks to our anaesthetic nurses that were gratefully received.
Some of the equipment has not been used yet as they are scared of breaking them. I will start teaching them how to use things next week.
Thank you all for your generosity.
I wil try to get photos of things in use but I forgot the camera this week
Take some time
As we rush headfirst into 2013 and our lives get full of work, family and the multitude of little things that seem to make the days go faster, we should all take the time to stop, breathe and enjoy the beauty and magic that is all around us.
Follow the link below, relax and enjoy.
Staff support NZ Cancer Society
Our very own staff member – Candice and her partner Scott, have entered their home in the NZ House & Gardens tours in support of the Cancer Society of New Zealand and Look Good Feel Better. This one day event is on 22nd March which is a Friday.
The 12 homes in the Christchurch tour fall into two main clusters: most are in the central city area (Fendalton, Riccarton, Merivale etc), but there is also a post-quake renovation in Opawa and three very different homes in the Cashmere area. The tour is a tribute to the resilience of Christchurch and a glimpse into its future: it includes two brand new post-quake builds, a couple of renovated historic homes and a number of mended and interim homes.
Please follow the link for more information and to purchase tickets. http://www.nzhouseandgarden.co.nz/Promotion.asp
KiwisSTAT supports Shave for a Cure
AUSSTAT/KiwisSTAT is proud to support Lynda Cantell, RMO Co-ordinator at Rotorua Hospital, in her efforts to raise funds for the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealands “Shave for a Cure” campaign.
The aim is to get 10,000 people shaving in a mass expression of solidarity. That’s one Shavee for each one of the estimated 10,000 New Zealanders living with a blood cancer or condition like leukaemia.
LBC is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with blood cancers and related blood conditions, this support can last months or even years.
Shave for a Cure is LBC’s signature fundraising event. LBC receives no government funding.
If you would like to join us in supporting Lynda and this great cause, just click the link below and it will take you straight to Lynda’s sponsorship page.
Marmageddon, the end is nigh……..
For 15 long months our shelves have been devoid of the much loved black gold aka Marmite. Wednesday 20 March will be a day of celebration for many as our favourite yeasty spread is once more available. Imagine the relief of thousands of kiwi mums who will finally be able to give their youngster, marmite on toast, a great kiwi tradition that so many have never experienced.
For those of us (and there are quite a few) who prefer the good ole Aussie Vegemite, we too have endured and survived Marmageddon, it is not always easy to be the have’s rather than the have not’s. Please spare a thought for Marmite lovers everywhere, our suffering has been minimal compared to those who have had to endure trying to find a replacement for their beloved Marmite or just going without. They could of course have turned to Vegemite, but as vegemite and marmite lovers alike know, we would rather go without that eat the other black stuff.
Roll on 20 March and good luck in securing your jar of black gold. Sanitarium, I hope you have made enough and that your freight forward steeds and shelf stackers are up to the task!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Some of you may think that Valentine’s Day is just a modern day commercial venture thought up by greeting card businesses and florists. In fact, lovers have been presenting each other with flowers, confectionery and cards (Valentines) since the Middle Ages.
Although the history is varied, as are some of the traditions, it has always been about love. Today, as in history, is a day for us to show those we love how we feel about them.
So, Happy Valentine’s Day to you all and let us help make your day by sorting a locum for you!
Waitangi Day falls on February 6 each year. Unlike Australia Day, if February 6 falls on a weekend, the holiday is not carried over. Thankfully this year it falls on a weekday, so we Kiwis get a day off tomorrow.
Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of the treaty in 1840, that gave Maori the rights to their lands and the rights of British subjects. The treaty has been the source of much unrest and debate over the years, and is an on-going issue.
For the majority of New Zealanders, it is a day off to enjoy all the things New Zealand has to offer and to be proud to be a kiwi.
Although our Christchurch office will be closed, our Brisbane office will be open and the team will be only too happy to take your calls.