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NORTH Foundation is the official fundraising partner for the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), supporting our hospitals and research institute by raising crucial funding so that they can continue to provide the best in patient care for our communities and drive innovative medical research focused on finding solutions to health problems impacting our world today.Our podcast gives our community a behind the scenes insight and access to our district clinicians as they discuss our patient services, the impact of our research projects, current medical issues and good health practices.
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At the Kolling Institute, the renal research team’s goal is to improve the lives of patients with chronic kidney disease and are working to achieve this by generating new knowledge about the cause of progressive kidney disease, developing new diagnostic tests to predict those who will develop kidney failure and discovering new medicines to prevent and treat kidney disease.To help us better understand the role of renal medicine and the role research plays, we are joined by Professor Carol Pollock - Lead for Renal Research at the Kolling Institute. Professor Pollock is an academic nephrologist with over 350 publications in basic research and clinical medicine, over 20,8500 citations in esteemed medical journals. She is Chair of Kidney Health Australia, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian Organ, Tissue and Transplant Authority and Chair of the NSW Cardiovascular Research Network. She was appointed to NHMRC Council by the Federal Health Minister in 2018.
For our Kolling Institute, 2020 marked it’s 100-year anniversary – making it New South Wales’ oldest medical research institute. In order to achieve such a feat, the Kolling Institute has had to be agile and adapt to changing circumstances over the years – and none more so than last year. It has been a busy start to the new year and our Kolling Institute researchers and staff are ready for a bright new year. Professor Carolyn Sue AM, Executive Director of the Kolling Institute, talks about some of the exciting changes happening within the Institute, including the implementation of a new research strategy and vision for the next five years. 
Throughout the month of January we are spotlighting the important role that Urgent Care services, such as our Emergency Departments, play within our community. Last year our district’s Emergency Departments treated over 200,000 patients. However, although Emergency Departments tend to be the first healthcare services you think of when you experience an accident or are in need of urgent care – few people realise the important role that research plays in improving these services. By investing in education and research for our urgent care services we are able to better treat and triage patients on their arrival and ensure that they are receiving optimal care and the very best treatment possible. This is particularly important as often every minute counts to patients in need of emergency care. To help us better understand the role of research in emergency medicine, we are joined by Dr Mark Gillett, Director of Emergency Research at Royal North Shore Hospital. 
Our Christmas Appeal last year took the time to look back at 2020 and the very different (and challenging) year it was for all of us. A year truly like no other. Although this was true for all of us it was particularly true for our healthcare workers across the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD), and globally. As we have now said goodbye to 2020, we look to the future and a bright new year. Deb Willcox, NSLHD Chief Executive shares the Future Health Strategy for the NSLHD and the district’s hopes to address some of the most prominent health and medical challenges our community is facing – from improving healthcare services access to adolescent mental health to our ageing population. 
Throughout the month of May we are putting the spotlight on Women, Babies and Children and important services in our district that serve these important groups within our community.An interesting and concerning trend affecting this vulnerable group is the increase in the number of premature twin births across New South Wales.Today we are joined by Dr Jonathan Morris AM, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sydney and Kolling Institute Director of Women and Babies Research. Dr  Morris discusses the impact of premature delivery on babies, why we are seeing this trend and the research championing a change in the way we approach a twin pregnancy versus a singleton pregnancy.We are also joined by Ashlee Tenberge, chairperson of the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA), a support service for families with multiple births.
The significant role social workers and support services play for parents coping with difficulties during birthing and loss - Victoria Liston, Danny Liston, Deb deWildeTrigger Warning | Pregnancy/Child Loss We recently acknowledged International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, as well as Allied Health Professional’s Day. In this episode of the NORTH Foundation podcast, we wanted to put a spotlight on the importance of social worker support for parents coping with the loss of a child, and the positive impact this can have for parents. We are joined by Victoria and Danny Liston, who sadly lost their baby daughter Kiera on 4 May 2020, just a few hours after birth; and Deb deWilde, an Obstetric Social Worker at the Mater Hospital, who has been assisting Victoria and Danny through their loss. 
Today is R U OK? Day and so we wanted to put a spotlight on youth mental health. We have with us, Professor Gin Malhi.Professor Malhi is a senior psychiatrist within the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) and the Executive and Clinical Director of the CADE Clinic based at Royal North Shore Hospital. Professor Malhi has conducted extensive research to better understand the neural mechanisms underlying emotional disorders primarily in healthy adolescent girls. From his clinical experience, Professor Malhi has identified the need for early detection and intervention in order to curb the development of disorders. Professor Malhi is also the current President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders, Editor in Chief of two internationally renowned journals; the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry & Bipolar Disorders and has pioneered many initiatives within the University of Sydney and the NSLHD, including establishing neuroimaging as a core investigative tool for mental health research.Professor Malhi shares his thoughts on the recent learning of the devastating cluster of high school student suicides on the North Shore and the predicted 12.5% increase in suicides in the 15-25 year age group directly related to COVID-19^. He explains the psychological risks for Year 11 and Year 12 students in this transitional period of life whilst in the middle of a global pandemic; his advice to parents, family and friends of young adolescents on how to help them through this period and outlines what he believes are the top priorities for the NSLHD to focus on in the next few years in effectively addressing Youth Mental Health. #ruok #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety #depression #suicideprevention #mentalhealthmatters #beyondblue If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing emotional distress, help is available. Please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.^Modelling by Professor Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Institute, as discussed here https://www.2gb.com/the-group-at-most-risk-left-out-of-government-pandemic-response/
Dr Bernie Hudson, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney explains:The recent COVID-19 spikes in Victoria and New South Wales.The incubation period for the virus.Current concerns around community transmission and airborne transmission.Key COVID-19 research projects being conducted within the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD).Why it is important for COVID-19 research to focus on more than just a vaccine. 
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