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Spring Edition from the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

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SUMMER EDITION | T 4226 6553
Message from the Foundation


Christmas can turn into a consumer spending frenzy for many people who seem determined to outdo each other in the lavish gift-giving stakes. But one thing remains true, even at Christmas - if you don't have your health, you don't have anything.

Far North Queensland residents appreciate how important it is to have first-rate health care close at hand when you need it - and the Hospital Foundation has been working hard this year to upgrade equipment and services at health care facilities throughout the region.

One of our most rewarding initiatives has been the funding of the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic at the Cairns Hospital, which has reduced the waiting time to see a heart specialist from eight months to less than two weeks!

But we are not resting on our laurels: the Foundation is already eagerly looking ahead to next year's commercial initiatives and funding challenges. In mid-2014, look for our new cafe in the Cairns Hospital's newly developed D Block.

A project that has been close to our hearts for several years will finally come to fruition in June 2014, when work will commence on the creation of a wonderful, state-of-the-art playground outside the children's ward at Cairns Hospital.

We are still $150,000 short of our target figure to construct the playground, so if you wish to play Santa and make a donation towards the Paediatric Playground Project, we would be delighted. (You can donate online at our website:

On behalf of all the staff at the Hospital Foundation, I would like to thank you for your support, and wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.

Tony Franz
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation
Race against time

Cairns businessman and racing enthusiast, Bren Turner, is used to competing against the clock. But once a year he concentrates on organising an event - "Unit's" Jet Ski Fundrun - to help people for whom time is even more precious.

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School children help young patients get ready for Christmas

While most children are busy composing their Santa wish lists and making holiday plans, a group of Kuranda primary school students has taken time out to ensure that children in the Cairns Hospital do not miss out on the excitement of Christmas preparations.

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Wheel done!

The 2013 Mount Franklin Cardiac Challenge attracted 345 riders from Queensland, interstate and overseas, and is currently on track to reach its fundraising target of $350,000!

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Sight for sore eyes

Doctors at Cairns Hospital will be able to focus on their job more easily with the help of a new instrument that takes the guess-work out of diagnosing eye conditions.

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Going the extra distance

Which bank is willing to walk the Kokoda Trail in New Guinea, bake an endless supply of cup cakes and hit a hole in one every year to raise money for the Hospital Foundation?

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Baby steps

They were no doubt the youngest "flash mob" performers that Cairns has ever seen: 30 bouncing babies strapped to their mums for a fundraising work-out on the Cairns Esplanade.

The flexible family event, which raised $2,000 for the Foundation, was organised by Philippa Bowman, owner of Kangatraining Cairns, which runs postnatal exercise classes for women who like to keep their babies close to them - even while exercising.

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Dead accurate

Inserting a needle into a patient's vein can be a challenging procedure for medical staff and a painful one for the patient. It can also be a matter of life or death.

The Foundation recently equipped the Mossman Hospital Emergency Department and the Cairns Hospital Surgical Care Centre with a revolutionary device that literally makes light work of inserting needles.

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Stuck on Christmas?

Christmas is fast approaching and some people are already breaking out in stress-related "tinsel-itis".

However, for those of you who have a cool time at Yule time, do we have a job for you ...!

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Wheel chair roll-out

The Triage section at Innisfail Hospital is on a roll since the arrival of three new wheel chairs purchased by the Innisfail Friends of the Foundation.

The wheel chairs, which vary in size to accommodate patients of different stature, were funded by a $2,000 donation from stalwart FoF supporter, Christine Vincent.

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Basket case

Darrylene Paterson keeps her talent under wraps.

During the past three years, the Foundation volunteer has assembled and wrapped more than 1,000 tempting gift baskets, which are snapped up by visitors on their way to see patients in the Cairns Hospital.

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Food for thought

Make thyme for herbs this summer

When I was an apprentice chef in the late 80's, herbs were not used much, apart from a token sprig of parsley to garnish a dish and make it look a little posh, and, of course, a standard jar of "mixed herbs".
These days we use an abundance of fresh herbs in our everyday cooking and it certainly is a great way to bring a dish to life. There is not a savoury dish in any cuisine that doesn't taste better with the addition of fresh herbs.

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Ground Floor
Block E
Cairns Base Hospital Car Park
Cnr Grove & Digger Streets
Cairns QLD 4870

Where to mail us:
PO Box 957
Cairns QLD 4870

How to contact us:
07 4226 6553
07 4226 6663



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