Flinders Medical Centre Foundation
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Join us for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:42



When it comes to beating cancer, we’re all in this together.

That’s why Flinders Foundation will be supporting Cancer Council SA and hosting its own Biggest Morning Tea to support people affected by cancer.


Please join us to raise funds for research, prevention and support service programs.


Date: Thursday, 25 May 2017
Time: 10am
Location: Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Function Centre (Flinders Drive, Bedford Park)


For further information contact us at info@flindersfoundation.org.au or call (08) 8204 5216.


Tumour Bank Boost thanks to Ride Like Crazy

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:05

The SA Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders is only 18 months old, but is already making strides to unlock the mysteries of brain cancer thanks to Lightsview Ride Like Crazy.

Flinders Foundation, together with NeuroSurgical Research Foundation, is co-beneficiary of the annual bike ride which has donated more than $1.3 million to charity.

With this support, equipment has been installed in operating theatres to allow surgeons to remove tumours and immediately store them in liquid nitrogen vapour – cutting transit time and increasing the quality of tissue available to researchers.

More than 75 patients have already consented to having their tumour specimens bio-banked, and a number of cancer research projects are underway or soon to begin.

Thanks Ride Like Crazy for supporting this important facility.

Donate to the SA Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank here

(Pictured L to R: SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, Flinders Foundation CEO Amanda Shiell and Chairman Alan Young, and SA Brain Bank and Neurological Tumour Bank Co-Director Associate Professor Mark Slee at a recent presentation.


Meet Lynn: "Itch" and an "ache" becomes 10 year cancer battle

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:41


What began as an “itch” and an “ache” has turned into a 10 year cancer battle for Lynn Dillon.

The grandmother of six was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2007 following complaints of an "itch", and underwent surgery, radiation and five years of hormone therapy.

“After that I felt quite well, fit and healthy, and I suppose I thought that was all behind me,” Lynn says.

But in 2011, she visited her GP with a pain in her stomach she had put down to a pulled muscle. Instead they discovered carcinoid tumours which had metastasised to her liver.

“I’ve had a full hysterectomy, bladder and bowel resections and gall bladder removal. I also spent seven weeks on the cancer ward at Flinders,” Lynn says.

She’s had six courses of a rare and intense radioactive treatment called Lutate, and also attends Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer for monthly injections to keep her symptoms at bay.

“I’m up to injection number 65 now I think.”

Lynn is an advocate for listening to your body, early detection and cancer research.

“If I hadn’t followed up on the itch and then the ache in my tummy it would have been a different story,” she says.

“Without research I wouldn’t be here. They have to keep trying new things, and if it works - or even if it doesn’t - it’s a step closer to helping someone else."

Help people like Lynn by supporting the work at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. Make a donation here or phone (08) 8204 5216.

Caption: Lynn Dillon, 64, pictured with four of her six grandchildren, is fighting carcinoid tumours.


New Study: Food for thought when caring for grandchildren

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 08:24


The important role grandparents play in shaping their grandchildren’s eating is the subject of a new study by Flinders University researchers.

Nutrition and Dietetics researcher Dr Lucinda Bell recently received a seeding grant from Flinders Foundation to establish a program to provide grandparents with better support when caring for young children.

Dr Bell says more parents are returning to work earlier, and for longer hours, resulting in an increase in the amount of childcare provided by grandparents.

“Grandparents are an amazing and essential support for parents in the modern era,” Dr Bell says.

“They bring love to the care relationship with their grandchildren and play a valuable role in a child’s development in the early years, which is an important time for establishing healthy food preferences.”

Dr Bell says her team’s recent work in the area found that there were often generational differences in values and practices around nutrition.

“Grandparents often obey parent rules for healthy foods but occasionally treat children with sugary or fatty foods,” she says.

Dr Bell says the aim of the next part of the study is to find ways to better support grandparents - including maintaining parent-grandparent relationships around parents’ food rules, as well as methods for managing mealtimes, fussy eating and food refusal.

“We’ve carried out programs with parents on establishing good eating behaviours in young children, with promising results,” Dr Bell says.

“There’s also been programs that support grandparents caring for children in regards to child behavior problems and activity, but not in the area of nutrition. So this is a very novel study in that regard.”

Judy Fernandez (pictured below with Emily) has cared for her two grandchildren Alex, 5, and Emily 3, one day a week, since they were about one year old.

She says the pair are good eaters and are offered healthy food choices, as well as occasional treats.

“I remember my son’s lunch box would have a packet of chips and a couple of sweet biscuits in it- but now there’s a lot more awareness of healthy eating, balanced diets and things like low-sugar foods,” Judy says.

“(Alex and Emily’s) parents are very conscious of healthy eating so I try and uphold that.

“But there’s also things like chicken nuggets which are special to nanna’s house and they don’t have them at home.”

Judy says extra support would be valuable for some grandparents.

“I only look after them one day a week and some other times to help out, but I know many grandparents who do this several days a week – that’s a lot of work and a lot of responsibility which would be hard.”

Flinders Foundation recently awarded $350,000 in seeding grants to 19 Flinders University projects to allow researchers to kick-start their work and make an incredible difference in the long term.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Department is looking for grandparents who care for a grandchild at least one day a week to be involved in a brief interview for the study. To participate contact Dr Lucinda Bell at lucy.bell@flinders.edu.au

To support researchers like Dr Lucinda Bell, donate to Flinders Foundation here or contact (08) 8204 5216.

Caption: Judy Fernandez (right) cares for her granddaughter Emily, 3, one day a week.


Flinders Foundation Ladies Luncheon - in honour of Karen Fitzgerald

Thursday, 09 March 2017 12:40

Join us for the Flinders Foundation Ladies Luncheon in honour of Karen Fitzgerald - Founder of the Flinders Child Protection Service - to support at-risk children across South Australia.

Buy tickets at www.teamflinders.com.au/karenfitzgeraldladiesluncheon2017 or contact Flinders Foundation on (08) 8204 5216 or events@flindersfoundation.org.au. 


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