NSLHD News June 17 2022

RNSH neurofibromatosis clinic receives generous donation Royal North Shore Hospital’s

“Our clinic at RNSH is the specialised service for adult NF care in the state – with huge thanks to the Health Minister, Deb Willcox, and John for advocating and helping to make that a reality,” she said. Yemima said NF is an incredibly difficult disease to live with and to manage. “The NF service is working hard to try to improve the lives of people with NF through multiple avenues,” she said. “Our clinic supports a national laser skin clinic for NF1 that is providing a service only available in a handful of places in the world – treating disfiguring skin tumours in people with NF1. “The NF care achievements at RNSH are a fantastic example of the medical system, clinicians, and patients working together to achieve true clinical impacts.”

neurofibromatosis (NF) clinic has celebrated major donors John and Robyn Hughes for their contribution to the clinic. The Hughes family helped fund the NF Centre for Translational Research – which now has many research projects underway including clinical trials. At an event earlier this month, John, who was previously Chairman of the Children’s Tumour Foundation, received a plaque in honour of his contribution. The plaque also commemorates John’s mother Shirley and a patient of the NF clinic, Belinda Weihen who passed away due to complications of NF. Clinical Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Genetics Dr Yemima Berman said she was incredibly grateful for the support.

Maternity services staff celebrate Professor Michael Nicholl’s last clinical day

RNSH Farewells long serving professor michael nicholl If Royal North Shore’s Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor Michael Nicholl was hoping to leave his position quietly, his colleagues had other ideas. Michael is well renowned for his national leadership in quality and safety of

maternity services and was also the first Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Fellow to gain admission as Fellow of Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care. NSLHD Chief Executive Deb Willcox said the district and RNSH are leaders in maternal care because of Michael. “His care of thousands of mothers, families and their new borns can never be fully acknowledged. We have truly benefited from Michael’s leadership, expertise and commitment to promoting excellence in safety and quality in clinical care, for consumers, their families and our staff has been so very special,” she said.

On his last clinical day, the maternity services staff donned on t-shirts with Michael’s face emblazoned on the front to send him off. Michael has been appointed as the Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC). Michael has a clinical career of over 40 years, 30 of which have been in specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist roles and 15 years as a senior clinician. Before taking on the role at the CEC, Michael was the clinical professor at RNSH’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology and the NSLHD’s maternal, neonatal and women’s health network clinical director.



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