Club Meeting January 23 2019 Dr Helen Parker


Once again we met at the very welcoming and friendly Champagne Charlize Centre Rd., Bentleigh where we were more than superbly looked after by Alex. Eve and Laura. Larry was our efficient and charming Chairperson and invited Peter L to present the Loyal, Royal toast and Jo give us Invocation. He welcomed our Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Parker (none other than Pres. Ian’s partner) and for the last time as a visitor Julie Reid. The other guest was Lachlan, Tim Moran’s delightful young son.
Pres. Ian welcomed Helen and also thanked Alex, Eve and Laura and announced that on calling Julie to the front that this was to be the great day to induct her into the club. In introducing her to us again said that she was indeed a charming asset to the club and that there were some formal procedures to go through. He informed her and perhaps reminding us at the same time that the Rotary badge was on loan for the time that she was an active member of the club. He went on to say that we were pleased to accept her willingness to participate in whatever we do. Julie’s classification will be ENGINEERING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT. Much is expected but Julie’s gentle smile told us that that was OK. Julie informed us that she wanted to convey her thanks for everybody’s welcome and found that she needed to “fill” a gap and wanted to give back to the Community. All the members present were upstanding to give her a huge welcoming acceptance. Pres. Ian announced that Geoff Gledhill has accepted to be Pres Elect and will therefore follow as the next President of the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central. Congratulations and Thank you Geoff. Pres Ian continued and reminded us that we shall return to “our Home” Cilantro on the 30th January when we will have the great honor of having as our Guest Speaker Andrew Stamper, Homicide Squad Detective Inspector. Please inform Peter L as to your attendance and if you are able to bring guest in order to advise Cilantro’s catering team. The 20th February is the morning that Aden Gartly will talk of his adventures in Finland as a Rotary Exchange Student. Coincidently Zilla would like to share her 80th Birthday with members who are present on that morning.
For the moment we were waiting for, Larry invited Dr. Helen Parker to the front to address us. Dr. Helen Parker is currently Specialist Emergency Physician at Bayside Health (Sandringham Hospital) and has been there over 12 years!  She has trained as a Forensic Physician (V.I.F.M) and has trained for F.A.C.E.M which is a 5-year training Program which includes structured training and education, workplace based assessments research requirements and examinations and amongst other qualifications has graduated from the Royal Society of Apothecaries. With all of this, this amazing lady who some us have met in the Emergency Section of the Sandringham Hospital is a most charming and humane, humble person one could meet. She began her talk by saying that she felt she was amongst friends and admitted she felt lost without a power point. Her father was an eye specialist who had asked what area she thought she would specialize in.  She had chosen Emergency which was originally attended by young interns. The patients were often undifferentiated and therefore their symptoms unrecognized. Emergency is a very broad area.
Helen has as mentioned worked at Sandringham Hospital which is connected to the Alfred. 35,000 patients a year with 130 presented each day. Patients are sicker now than previously. Helen continued that she had worked in a variety of areas including Clinical Forensic Medicine learning about many facets such as Sexual Assault. The qualification exam was done in UK but now one can have qualification at Monash University. Having done the exam in UK she stayed for 10 years working in Emergency and Forensic and had met Andrew Stamper next week’s speaker there. Dr. Helen had important information that we as general public should be aware of.  The lay person does not know much about First Aid. 1) How to deal with an unconscious person. 2) How to deal/recognize stroke. 3) Bleeding, burns. She emphasized that we should know our own medical history, own medication and should carry heart conditions notes with us such as ECG copies in the wallet. Some illnesses have complex conditions and it is handy when in an emergency situation the attending medic can get instant knowledge which is helpful.  People should be aware of their symptoms as although the quote from many “but it is on computer” not all hospitals are connected. We should know what to do if someone collapses Always lie the person on the ground with the head lower than the body so is equal to the heart because the blood pressure then has a chance to get the blood to the brain. The body knows what to do.  She talked of Cardiac arrest. In a heart attack the heart which is a muscle needs blood and the vessel needs to be unblocked. When it is a ventricular fibrillation which is a life-threatening heart rhythm which results in a rapid, inadequate heartbeat. One should call the ambulance for a defibrillator. Any chest pain is a cause to go to hospital. Heart pain is not necessarily a strong pain it can be a tight pain across the chest. The body sweats and the pain can go up to the jaws. Helen suggested that we should watch on Google Vinny Jones Hands only CPR that can teach us what to do. The BEEGEE song “Staying Alive” is the right beat to push on chest. The advice is to keep pushing on the chest. To stop will give a poor outcome.  One should rotate people around with a hands only CPR as the hands get tired. If attending to a blood-nose squeezing the point of bleeding will put pressure and the bleeding should stop after 10 minutes. However, it is again important to know the medication background eg Blood thinners. Another important thing to know is to be able to help and recognize someone if having a stroke.  The acronym F. A. S. T. F for Face, A for Arms, S for Speech and T Time critical. One way to be able to present the medication knowledge is to photo the list off the Webster pack if one is used. The ICE App is useful especially if on screen ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. So much important information and so little time to digest all these hints for life saving applications.
Thank you SO much Dr. Helen for coming to share your amazing and impressive knowledge and qualifications so early in the morning. The members were a captive audience, so much so we needed to cancel Sergeant Tim’s Sergeant Session. Pres Ian closed the meeting reminding us again that we will meet at Cilantro and that we should BE THE INPIRATION. Zilla (Bulletin Reporter)

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