Baby takes after his acrobat mum

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Former contortionist and contestant on Australia’s Got Talent Jodie Hollis-Tobin knows the limits of her body, but the recent premature birth of her son certainly put her lithe frame to the test. When baby Tobias decided to enter the world at just 25 weeks gestation at the end of June, 20-year-old Jodie was terrified knowing her baby was in distress. Already two centimetres dilated and having regular contractions as she checked RBWH, Jodie recalled how frightening the experience was for her and bub. “His heart beat was dropping to 45 beats per minute and I was ...

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24 years caring for premmies

Wednesday 26 October 2016 A photo wall in the corridors of the RBWH’s Neonatal Unit features the little graduates who had a tough start to life. The photos are a reminder for staff of the important role they play in the lives of premature babies and their families. “It always gives us pleasure and satisfaction to look at the photos and see how well those families are doing despite some very difficult circumstances,” says Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Karen Hose. With two adult children of her own, Karen has been nursing for many years, 24 of those in Neonatal care. “Working in ...

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Lady in Red

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Daphne Griffith was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her work as a volunteer not only with the Royal but also with the Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance. Daphne has been volunteering at RBWH for 35 years.  She first started in 1979 as a Cherry Lady with the RBWH Auxiliary.  Since then she has held many positions throughout the hospital, most recently helping with various administration duties in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department, as well as Physiotherapy.  Daphne recently made the decision to retire and take a well-deser...

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Princess Olive

Monday 19 September 2016 Sarah Jackson’s tumour diagnosis then news of a much-wanted pregnancy leads to a battle to save them both.

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