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First Birthday for Epworth Cousins

It’s been a year since we’ve been following sisters Alex and Jane’s bubs - Charlotte and Lola. It’s been a year since they both gave birth to their daughters, one at Epworth Freemasons and the other at Epworth Geelong. Let’s find out how life has changed since then.

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Making a World of Difference

National Volunteer Week 20 – 26 May in 2019 was marked with the theme ‘Making a world of difference’ – and what a world of difference our volunteers make here at Epworth Geelong!

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Team Recipes - Tonjiru Miso Soup

Tonjiru is filling and so delicious. It is considered to be a winter dish served at home, festivals and parties in Japan, but I have it all year round. I never met a person who doesn’t like this fabulous soup!

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This is Us - International Women's Day 2019

This International Women's Day, four women of Epworth - Deb, Millie, Megan & Kristen, shared their stories. Allowing us an inside look into their worlds, both inside and outside of work.

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Nine Months In, Nine Months Out

It’s hard to believe we’ve been following the journey of sisters and new mums - Alex and Jane for nine months now and we’re so grateful that they’re sharing the highs and lows of motherhood with us.

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Parks and Recreation in Box Hill

Walking, enjoying the beautiful gardens, going for a swim - take a break from the screens and get outdoors in Melbourne’s east.

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Healthy Eats of the Eastern Streets

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or bland, and for whatever reason you’ve decided to focus on it this year here’s a list of cafes that are known to serve up exciting eats, local feasts and are all healthy treats.

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Surprise Delivery for Childbirth Education Class

At 35 weeks, Laura had just finished work the day before and still had a list of things to organise before her baby arrived. Both she and her husband, Ben were shocked that she had gone into labour, seemingly right on cue.

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Tips for 'Acing It' at the Australian Open

Heading to the Australian Open is an annual summer treat for people from all over the world. It’s a chance to see some legends in action while taking it easy for hours on end, glued to our seats as a small ball is belted across a net.

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Barb and Her Handmade Goodies

Barb Heskey formed the first Friends of Freemasons Auxiliary in 2013 to raise funds from the Freemasons hospital. Since then she has raised over $17,000 which has gone a long way to improve the maternity unit at Epworth Freemasons.

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Marvellous Swimming Spots Within Cooee of Melbourne

How good is it to feel childlike joy when plunging into the water on a sunny day? Such a simple pleasure brings deep happiness – a rare treat for those of us wrangling life’s daily chores. Add a few waves and a friend or two, and we can feel something close to bliss.

In a bid to shake ourselves out of a rut of responsibility, we hereby present Melbourne’s coolest swimming spots!

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Welcome to Victoria - a Healthy Checklist

Coming to live in Victoria? Smart move. You’re joining millions of others who have decided this is the place to be! Our population is growing by 1.7 per cent per annum which only goes to show that Melbourne and Geelong, in particular, are dynamic and prosperous places to call home.

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Get in Touch with Nature Without Leaving the City

It’s rarely contested that being around nature has benefits for your health. It ensures you’re spending more time outdoors, gives you a sense of connectedness with the world, and has been found to lower stress and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The best news is that even in the city there are many places to get in touch with nature. Here are five of them:

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Camino de Compostela Fundraiser

Twenty-five weary participants have just returned home after completing the final section of the Spanish Camino de Compostela.

Walking 115km over six days they were blessed with perfect weather, some authentic historic farmhouse accommodation and knowledgeable guides.

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Our Favourite Victorian Farmer's Markets

It’s easy for anyone who has travelled overseas and comes home to Australia to realise how fortunate we are when it comes to affordable and readily available fresh, wholesome food.

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The Best Walking Tracks Just out of Melbourne

Walking is a great source of physical activity that’s inclusive because of the range of difficulty options, inclines and distances available. And though Victoria is a small state, it’s abundant when it comes to walking tracks that pay dividends in natural beauty, views and charming picnic spots.

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The Psychology behind Cycology

What a dream it would be to ride along some of the most exhilarating, historic, and beautiful paths throughout Victoria.

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Top Ten Healthy Eats in Melbourne

It can be a struggle to eat well when you’re going out with friends or grabbing a quick dinner on the way home from work. But whether it’s some Kohlrabi Kimchi you’re hankering for or just a well roasted spud, this list will have you covered next time you want to treat yourself to a superfood spread, or grab a healthy bite to eat on the go.

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Epworth Sisters Update - Six Weeks

You may recall the incredible story of Jane and Alex, sisters who gave birth on the same day at different Epworth hospitals. We hear how they’re going six weeks on.

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Changing Lives in APAC

This remarkable story is about a team member and the wonderful volunteer work she’s been doing with Interplast.

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Online Interactive Learning for the Pacific Islands

Last month distance interactive online learning sessions for Pacific Islands physicians, surgeons and nurses commenced with the support of Epworth Geelong Gastroenterologist, Associate Professor Chris Hair.

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Ironman Ian Gets Back on Track

Ian Rea is not your average rehabilitation patient. At 61, he exercises an average of four hours every day. He walks; is a regular deep water runner; swims; rides and runs. And that was after his back operation!

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A Tribute to Dr Bill Williams

Dr Williams died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Torquay on September 12th, a week before his 58th birthday. He was a much loved, valued and trusted doctor and will be missed by many, especially his immediate family, to whom he was completely devoted.

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AFL Club Doctors Share the Joy

Working at Western Bulldogs for the last twenty years, Sports physician Dr Gary Zimmerman and Dr Jake Landsberger participated in their first AFL wining Grand final as club Doctors last Saturday.

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Epworth Geelong Welcomes Deakin Nursing Students

Epworth Geelong welcomed its first group of Deakin University students on Monday 5 September. Twelve undergraduate nursing students, all in their third year, commenced their final rotation with our Geelong campus.

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A Happy Traveller Thanks to Emergency

My wife Judi and I departed on a driving holiday from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland on the 5th of July. Our plan was to travel to Victoria and drive from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road.  We were looking forward to this trip as it was the first holiday we’ve had in a while.  A couple of years back I lost my job and it took me a while to find a new one, so this  was our first holiday since starting my new job 15 months ago.

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Sport Inspires Mo to go for Gold

Mohsen Dashti’s life changed in an instant when the truck he was driving lost its brakes in 2012 and hit a tree. After a series of operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to amputate Mohsen’s leg. But things started looking up when he commenced his rehabilitation program, and he now has a goal to aim for: the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

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It Was Book Week at School

It was book day at school, so Oliver dressed up as his favourite book character, Harry Potter. We were just about to leave for school when I realised Oliver hadn’t brushed his teeth, so I sent him back inside. Next thing I heard him crying loudly. I ran into the house and saw him on the floor covered in blood. His lip was so swollen I thought a whole chunk was missing.

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Seeing Double at Epworth Geelong Emergency Department

My name is Lindy, I’m a hairdresser and I live in Highton, Geelong. About the last week in July I began to get some blurred vision, but didn’t worry too much initially, but as it didn’t get better, I went to my GP and had my blood pressure tested. The GP recommended that I may need an MRI the following week.

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Epworth Launches Public Art Gallery

We are very excited that the opening of Epworth Geelong provides us with a wonderful opportunity to seek to enrich, inspire and enliven our patients, visitors, staff, Deakin University students and the broader community, through the establishment of a dedicated public art gallery.

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Geelong Community Turn out in Force

In what has been hailed a major success, close to 3000 people toured the new Epworth Hospital in Geelong on Sunday at the Community Open Day. The event was staffed by a team of 50 incredible volunteers who were run off their feet from 10:00am until after 3:30pm.