Latest News

Keep up to date with news at Epworth including new consulting specialists, upcoming professional development events and other relevant GP information.

Subscribe to our eNewsletter to receive news directly to your inbox or view our eNewsletter archive.

Da Vinci Xi robot

Six new robots thanks to La Trobe Financial

Epworth HealthCare is very pleased to announce that it recently received the largest benefaction since it was first established in Richmond in 1920, enabling the purchase Epworth campuses six Xi model da Vinci robots, and new surgical equipment for multiple Epworth sites. Home-grown global financial services company La Trobe Financial, through its Foundation and its […]

Epworth GP Needs Assessment 2016

Epworth supports My Health Record

Epworth HealthCare’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Luis Prado said that My Health Record has significant advantages to benefit many Australians, particularly people with complex and chronic conditions. “My Health Record gives people access to their own healthcare information; and stores their important health records in a secure electronic environment, so that healthcare professionals can better […]

Dr and patient consult

EJ Whitten Foundation Prostate Cancer Research Centre

The EJ Whitten Foundation and Epworth HealthCare have announced the establishment of the EJ Whitten Foundation Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth which is a new centre dedicated to improving treatment for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

3D printed surgical implants on the rise

Made-to-order medical devices for patients is becoming an established reality in Victoria, where the 100th TMJ surgery using a 3D printed part is taking place at Epworth Freemasons. TMJ surgery replaces diseased or arthritic jaw joints with a prosthesis to relieve the pain patients experience while improving patients’ mandibular movements.

1200x218 Research week banner

Epworth Research Week 2018

Providing the best evidence-driven medicine to patients through the integration of clinical practice with education and research is central to the Epworth vision. Epworth Research Week celebrates clinical research conducted at Epworth through presentations and events that take place throughout the week at locations across Epworth. Epworth Research Week 2018 will run from Monday 4 […]

Lung screening campaign

Epworth Eastern’s FREE lung cancer screening

Could your patient be at risk of developing lung cancer? Are any of your patients a smoker or recent former smoker? Are they aged 55 to 80? In good general health? If you answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, your patient may be eligible to participate in an international research NHMRC funded study (APP 1099154) […]

Cancer trials

More patients to have access to cancer trials

Epworth HealthCare joins Cancer Trials Australia (CTA) More patients will have access to potentially life-saving cancer therapies as a result of Epworth joining forces with Cancer Trials Australia.

Pro bono surgery a win for Kiko

In December 2016, 21 year old Kiko was brought to Melbourne by Children First Foundation because of a pituitary gland adenoma. His first surgery successfully removed the benign tumour, but not before it had surged excess growth hormones into Kiko’s tall frame and caused his lower jaw to grow rapidly ahead of his upper jaw. […]

Heart and hands in sky sunset

Our hearts – the good, the bad, and the sad

Can you actually die from a broken heart? Why do emotions have such an impact on the health of this major organ? Epworth Freemasons cardiologist Dr Monique Watts explains how fragile and strong our hearts can be and what makes them ‘tick’. Dr Watts, who is also a heart failure specialist working with the transplantation service […]

1200 x 900 ER adolescent cancer service

New cancer service for adolescents and young adults

Photo (l-r): Dr Rachel Conyers, Mrs Vaqalo, patient John Vaqalo and Nurse Coordinator Donna Gairns Fifteen year old Fijian resident John Vaqalo became the first patient treated at Epworth Richmond with the Treat Unique Service established by Dr Rachel Conyers to provide private care for adolescent cancer patients.

Prof Jennie Ponsford

World first study to benefit traumatic brain injury patients

A world-first study at Epworth HealthCare has demonstrated that early rehabilitation results in improved independence for individuals with traumatic brain injury. The study led by Professor Jennie Ponsford, Dr Jessica Trevena-Peters and Dr Adam McKay from the Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University, demonstrates that earlier rehabilitation results in improved independence […]

1200x400 dr with male patient

A new era of mental health research

“At the most direct level, research gives patients access to developing treatments that can have a profound impact on their symptoms and functioning,” Professor Paul Fitzgerald says. Paul joined Epworth in February, as the inaugural professor director of psychiatry, in partnership with Monash University. Paul’s appointment has also launched Epworth’s mental health education and research […]

Box Hill’s new education and health precinct

Photo (l-r):  Salvation Army Box Hill Captain Kevin Lumb, Box Hill Institute Chief Executive Officer Norman Gray AM and Epworth Eastern Executive Director Louise O’Connor After years or brainstorming and negotiating, a tri-partite arrangement has been signed between Epworth Eastern, Box Hill Institute and the Salvation Army for a new Health and Education precinct located in […]

Dr Bridie O'Donnell

Epworth doctor to lead the way for women in sport

Dr Bridie O’Donnell was this week appointed as Head of Victoria’s first Office for Women in Sport. Dr O’Donnell is a world-record breaking cyclist who took up full-time riding at age 35, quickly rising through the ranks to represent Australia at three World Championships. She then went on to manage and race in a top […]

Epworth Geelong first baby

First baby born at Epworth Geelong

Kit’s birth came seven and a half weeks earlier than his due date, so he is currently in the hospital’s level 4, special care nursery. The first time parents were a little surprised when Saturday’s lovely baby shower ended with Ms Sanderson feeling a bit tired and experiencing what she thought might be Braxton Hicks […]

Dr Nick Wilsmore Thermoplasty

Thermoplasty first at Epworth Eastern

Rachel Cairnduff described much of her day as ‘like breathing through a straw’. The former nurse and mother of two was diagnosed with adult onset asthma when she was 27 and coped with chest infections or pneumonia complications as a regular part of her busy life for more than 20 years. This year alone, she […]

Category 1 day Geelong Prof John Olver

Category 1 day in Geelong a big success

Epworth Geelong and GP Liaison ran a very successful Category 1 day for GPs on concussion and musculoskeletal/sports injuries on Saturday 29 July with 60 GPs in attendance. Prof John Olver, Director of Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain and Dr Hugh Seward, Sport and Exercise Physician and GP opened the day with a plenary […]

Vale Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann

It is with deep sadness that Epworth Eastern confirmed the death of cardiothoracic surgeon, Mr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, at The Alfred. As widely reported earlier in June, Patrick, who was 41, suffered critical injuries during an incident with a member of the public at Box Hill Hospital on 30 May.

1200x700_stethoscope and ECG

Heart patient stent alert

Thursday 4 May 2017 Earlier this week, Abbott Vascular Australia announced that the heart device Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold system will no longer be used as research has shown it is linked to elevated rates of heart attacks and blood clots.

3D jaw and teeth implant

Patients welcome innovative 3D surgery

The dream of made-to-order medical devices is now a reality at Epworth Freemasons, where six patients have been fitted with 3D printed jaw parts that include three or more teeth attached.

1500x600 Epworth Geelong staff with dialysis machine

Holiday dialysis a tonic for mental health

For Sydney-sider Bruce Flick, attending the 60 year reunion of Australia’s Men’s basketball team that competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was simply not negotiable. With only three of the original 12 squad still able to attend, he was determined to experience the Olympic Spirit once more.

Painting a bright future through depression

When Marnie Higgs sought help for her anxiety and depression at Epworth Clinic, she never expected to tap into a well of undiscovered creativity in the process. But it was during her time as an inpatient receiving treatment that she felt compelled to pick up a paintbrush — resulting in a newfound love for creating […]

Grass roots vision

Epworth foot and ankle specialist Dr Andrew Beischer established ‘Project HTO’ in January 2015 in partnership with Epworth and since then, 12 orthopaedic surgeons from Ho Chi Minh’s busiest trauma hospital have learned more about current surgical techniques in Melbourne, as well as enjoyed a taste of Australian life. But that is not all…

Do scalp cooling machines work?

US research shows they do.  Kathy Bell did not want to be defined by her illness. When she was being treated for breast cancer at Epworth, Kathy volunteered to try the scalp-cooling caps during her chemotherapy sessions. Despite it taking longer and being uncomfortable, she believes it was worth the effort. She kept her hair […]

Vicki Jellie: more than a local hero

Vicki Jellie, appointed Australia’s Local Hero 2017, is a fine example of so many good things the least of which is Vicki’s dogged determination to improve life for other families in her local district, long after her beloved husband Peter died from cancer. Vicki started Peter’s Project in 2009 and boy what a project it […]

Photo: Epworth Geelong building exterior view

Register now for Category 2 Menopause and Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Epworth Geelong presents Category 2 Menopause and Heavy Menstrual Bleeding update for general pratitioners Register online now Date and time Thursday 2 February 2017 6.30—9.30 pm Location Epworth Geelong, 1 Epworth Place, Waurn Ponds 3216 View Map Speakers Dr Paula Briggs -consultant in sexual and reproductive health at the NHS, UK Prof Gabor Kovacs – […]

Renovation project completed at Epworth Brighton

Development works were recently undertaken at Epworth’s bayside rehabilitation centre, Epworth Brighton. The front of the hospital was being expanded to incorporate a new treating space which will assist in bringing specialist care closer to the bay. The works also included the opening of a new education room for group sessions and staff education. The team are incredibly […]

Epworth GP Needs Assessment 2016

Epworth GP Needs Assessment Survey 2016 Results

Thank you to all general practitioners (GPs) who participated in our 2016 GP needs assessment survey. Surveys were received from 171 GPs with the data being used to identify priority topics for Epworth’s 2017 CPD GP education program, exploring what services would assist GPs in their role and asking GPs what areas of clinical practice would […]

Ryot Street Warrnambool SWRCC exterior

Ministers formally open SWRCC in Warrnambool

The communities of South West Victoria celebrated the formal opening of the South West Regional Cancer Centre (SWRCC) on 2 December 2016. It’s a dream come true for local hero Vicki Jellie and Peter’s Project who fundraised for years to encourage commitment from State and Federal Governments to build SWRCC, located in Ryot Street, Warrnambool. […]

male patient with nebuliser

Thunderstorm asthma crisis in Melbourne

Like every Emergency Department in Victoria, Monday night was an unexpectedly busy-to-bursting night with many people attending Epworth Richmond and Epworth Geelong Emergency Departments and several patients admitted with severe respiratory issues to ICU and respiratory wards. Director of Emergency Medicine at Epworth Richmond, Associate Professor Ron Sultana, said Epworth Richmond saw more than 120 patients […]

Offical opening Geelong by PM

Prime Minister formally opens Epworth Geelong

One of the largest ever private hospital Greenfield infrastructure investments, delivering new health services and employment for greater Geelong. The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, formally opened the $277m Epworth Geelong private teaching hospital at a ceremonial event in Waurn Ponds on Wednesday 16 November. The first stage of Epworth Geelong is a […]

Dr Elissa Botterill joins Epworth Medical Imaging

Epworth Medical Imaging welcomes Dr Elissa Botterill to its team of highly skilled radiologists. Elissa is a Consultant Radiologist with subspecialty expertise in musculoskeletal radiology, with additional areas of interest in abdominal and breast imaging. Having graduated from the University of Melbourne, her specialty training was completed at Austin Health. Elissa then undertook further training […]

New CEO appointed for Epworth

Epworth HealthCare Board President Rod Fitzroy today announced the appointment of Dr Lachlan Henderson to the position of Group Chief Executive, commencing early 2017. Mr Fitzroy said that Dr Henderson (pictured) brings a wealth of experience across a range of health care roles that he has executed with distinction over the past 25 years. “Dr […]

Epworth Geelong exterior

Epworth Geelong’s first accredited GP education symposium

At Epworth, supporting our GPs through education continues to be a priority. Epworth Geelong recently held its very first Category 1 GP education event — a symposium on common medical emergencies — opened by Epworth Geelong CEO Mr Damian Armour. A wide range of topics was covered during the event, held in early September, commencing […]

prostate and male reproductive system xray view

World-first surgery regrows urethra

A pioneering technique is providing relief to prostate cancer patients For many men who receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer, life expectancy rates mean there is the potential to survive for more than five years with the disease. But receiving radiotherapy treatment to tackle cancer leaves some men with debilitating side effects that greatly affect […]

MitraClip valve and MitraClip

Epworth performs first MitraClip valve repair on heart patient

A tiny clip is making a huge difference to the lives of patients with heart valve disease. On Monday 1 August, cardiologist A/Prof Tony Walton and his team performed Epworth’s first percutaneous MitraClip at Epworth Richmond. The MitraClip system is used to treat mitral regurgitation (MR), the most common form of mitral valve disease, in […]

South West Regional Cancer Centre

Community win at South West Regional Cancer Centre

The local papers reported barely a dry eye in the audience that celebrated Saturday’s community opening day of the $30 million SWRCC in Ryot St Warrnambool. The cancer centre is the culmination of more than seven years of community fundraising begun by Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie following the death of her husband Peter. Hundreds […]

Point of Care and nurse

Keeping connected with Point of Care

The Epworth Point of Care system is now available across eight sites at Epworth, including Epworth Richmond, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Geelong Epworth Eastern and the Epworth Rehabilitation facilities. The Point of Care terminal is a shared device, located in every patient room, providing: patients with access to information, education and entertainment options doctors and nurses […]

Epworth Geelong reception

Epworth Geelong is open for business

Epworth Geelong — the $277 million hospital on Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds — opened on Monday 4 July 2016 and is welcoming its first patients. Approximately 350 staff are on-site, ready to deliver patient care and adding some finishing touches to the 172 private inpatient rooms. A purpose-designed emergency department is open from 8am till midnight and operating theatres are booked. Epworth […]

Epworth Geelong tour

Medical specialists and GPs tour Epworth Geelong

A number of local medical specialists and general practitioners had a tour of Epworth Geelong on 16 June to view the new facilities and learn about the different services on offer before it opened for business on Monday 4 July 2016. It was a very successful evening with attendees happy to have the opportunity to […]

Alain Lavoipierre

Epworth Medical Imaging welcomes Dr Alain Lavoipierre

With Epworth Medical Imaging continuing to expand its footprint across the Epworth HealthCare group, its team of highly skilled and experienced specialist radiologists are also growing with the  addition of Alain Lavoipierre, one of Australia’s foremost uroradiologists.

Lee Wing official opening

Federal Health Minister opens Epworth Lee Wing

The Federal Minister for Health,  the Hon. Sussan Ley officially opened the new Mr and Mrs P.S. Lee Family Wing on 9 June, before touring the new private Emergency Department, patient rooms and Epworth Richmond’s state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit.

Artery grafting

Category 1 diabetes and vascular event a great success

Epworth HealthCare, together with the Eastern Melbourne PHN, held a Category 1 diabetes and vascular GP symposium at Epworth Eastern on Saturday 30 April. The event was very well received by the attendees, with excellent feedback being given to the GP Liaison Unit.

EMI banner

Record patient numbers for Epworth Medical Imaging

Epworth Medical Imaging continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing a superior patient experience. The service broke all records this month, reaching over 470 patient examinations in one day. Free parking and bulk billing Patients can not only expect to access free parking when they’re referred to the service, but Epworth Medical Imaging guarantees competitive […]

Epworth Geelong

Epworth Geelong is one step closer to opening

Construction of Epworth Geelong commenced on 28 April 2014 and, just shy of two years later, Brookfield Multiplex is preparing to give Epworth the keys to the building, with handover scheduled for Friday 15 April 2016 and plans on track to open in the first week of July 2016. The Epworth Geelong team has grown […]

Microscope and test tubes

Epworth trial exposes hidden cancers

PH News reports on new trials at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne that are allowing doctors to hunt down and remove tiny areas of cancer that have long remained hidden after the removal of a prostate are no longer going undetected. Read the article    

female patient with caregiver

Treating dementia – the good news and the challenges

In MJA’s podcast (Volume 204, Issue 3) from 8 February 2016, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, head of Psychiatry of Old Age at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Terence Chong, a research fellow and psychiatrist at Epworth Clinic, located at Epworth Camberwell, discuss the advances and challenges in the treatment of dementia, to coincide with their […]

Measles outbreak in Brunswick area

The Department of Health and Human Services has been notified of four confirmed cases of measles in adult individuals who reside in the Brunswick area. To date, no common exposure sites for the cases have been identified and in all cases the disease has been acquired locally with no history of overseas travel. This constitutes a […]

Richmond Lee Wing

Epworth Richmond opens the Lee Wing!

After many years in the making, Epworth Richmond has celebrated the biggest milestone in the hospital’s redevelopment with the opening of the new Lee Wing, designed to expand treatment spaces and bring critical care departments within easy reach of each other. The emergency department and 6ES cardiac unit moved to their new Lee Wing locations […]

Epworth Richmond ED waiting room

New facility for Emergency patients opens at Epworth

More Victorians can access 24 hour emergency care from 1 February at Epworth HealthCare’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department which has a new address at 62 Erin Street, Richmond. Epworth Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Ron Sultana estimates that the new, private Emergency Department will cater for up to 12,000 more emergency patients in the brand new […]

Aortic valve

Life changing surgery for Hamish

With the help of Melbourne’s Donor Tissue bank, Epworth Cardio-thoracic Surgeon Peter Skillington has just turned around another young person’s life. Growing up with a leaky aortic heart valve, 18 year-old Hamish Pownall had to forego any strenuous activities or sporting hobbies. When the idea of an aortic valve transplant was suggested by an expert […]

Epworth Richmond ED staff member

Epworth Richmond ED GP Survey Results

Epworth’s GP Liaison Unit, together with the directors of Epworth Richmond Emergency Department, recently carried out a survey among general practitioners in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria regarding Epworth Richmond’s Emergency Department. Our objective was to gain valuable feedback from general practitioners to ensure the highest quality care for our patients as well as identifying […]

Dr and patient consult

Epworth Richmond Acute Pain Services

Epworth Richmond’s acute pain services (APS) provides reassurance to patients – and their families – coming to Epworth Richmond for surgeries or procedures. The APS is managed and delivered by Epworth’s acute pain nurses who work with the patient, their doctors and nurses, other health services, as well as the pharmacy to anticipate the patient’s […]

Recovering heart patients avoiding surgery

Epworth HealthCare cardiologist Dr Hendrik Zimmet fits a life-saving new vest to forty-two year old Shane Anwyl in an Australian first. Mr Anwyl had suffered a serious heart problem and the vest is fitted with a defibrillator that activates immediately upon sensing a problem. The vest is worn for three months following a heart event […]

All things oesophagus on 3AW Talking Health

Epworth Gastroenterologist Mr Gary Crosthwaite took talkback questions on 3AW’s Talking Health segment on Sunday 18 October 2015 with radio host Dr Sally Cockburn encouraging people to talk all things oesophagus.

New theatre and expansion to day oncology at Epworth Eastern

A growing demand for access to theatres and day oncology services at Epworth Eastern has led to a new redevelopment project set to commence later this year to install a tenth operating theatre and increase the hospital’s day oncology capacity from eight chairs to 17.

Boost to ENT services at Epworth Richmond

We are excited to have recently enhanced our ENT services at Epworth Richmond. The purchase of a KTP laser has enabled greater ability to treat laryngeal conditions, and Epworth is the only private hospital in Melbourne to be able to provide this technology.

GPs embrace ‘Lunch and Learn’ program

Epworth’s GP Liaison webinar series educates GPs on their lunch break. The webinars, introduced in 2014 and extended from monthly to fortnightly in early 2015, have proved increasingly popular as GPs embrace online education.

The right conditions for the best sleep

Dr Darren Mansfield from Epworth’s Sleep Centre, spoke recently with Richard Stubbs and ABC 774 listeners across Victoria about the right conditions for the best sleep.

Australian first reconstructive surgery changes life

In an Australian-first surgical procedure, Epworth Freemasons’ oral and maxillofacial surgeon George Dimitroulis has corrected a young man’s rare congenital jaw deformity, using a 3D printed jaw joint that was designed and created in Melbourne.

Epworth Eastern

Epworth Eastern celebrates 10 years of service

On 1 June 2005, Epworth Eastern opened its doors with much anticipation for what the future would hold. Two days later, the operating suite welcomed its first patient for surgery. Happy birthday Epworth Eastern!

Epworth Palliative Care Team

National Palliative Care Week 24-30 May

It’s one of the last taboos – talking about death. But it’s a fate we all face, and to have the best death possible, we need to plan and prepare for it. This year’s Palliative Care Week is promoting the message, ‘Dying to talk; talking about dying won’t kill you’. Australians need to feel more comfortable […]

Epworth radiation oncology helps Yafi

One of the children being supported by the Children’s First Foundation has started radiation treatment at Epworth Richmond, and has been visiting every day for three weeks to help shrink what is left of a tumour on his pituitary gland.

Epworth doctors’ monkey business

Epworth doctors have donated their medical expertise to operate on a different species than their usual patient base. Orthopaedic surgeon A/Prof Marinis Pirpiris joined anaesthetist Dr Kevin Moriarty at Melbourne Zoo to help treat arthritis in the Zoo’s oldest orang-utan on Thursday 16 April 2015.

Mini Perc – the way of the future

Recently at Epworth Freemasons, urology surgeon Associate Professor David Webb employed the latest technology – a miniaturised telescope known as the “Mini Perc” – to remove kidney stones from two patients with rare, recurrent stones from a congenital metabolic condition.

Epworth redevelopment news

As Epworth HealthCare celebrates its 95th birthday it’s important to reflect on how far we have come to build a world-class group of hospitals renowned for excellence in diagnosis, treatment and care.

New technology places Epworth as stereotactic leader

Epworth Radiation Oncology has treated its first patient on the Varian TrueBeam. Epworth Radiation Oncology’s new linear accelerator uses stereotactic radiotherapy — a highly accurate radiation beam that specifically targets tumours using onboard imaging, a robotic treatment couch and directed beam treatment.

Orthopaedic Hazard Alert for BHR system

Consumers and health professionals are advised that Smith & Nephew, in consultation with the TGA, has issued a hazard alert regarding the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system, advising of additional warnings when used in certain patient groups.

Epworth introduces rare surgical technique

Epworth is now one of the only centres in Australia to offer patients a new technique for treating achalasia, an uncommon condition resulting in swallowing difficulties due to a non-functioning oesophageal muscle.

An educational network for general practitioners

General practitioner Dr Catherine Dodgshun recognises the importance of continuing professional development (CPD), having attended many education sessions held by Epworth during the last financial year.

GP Advisory Group

Epworth GP Liaison Unit has recently formed a GP Advisory Group for general practice representatives to provide information and advice on Epworth’s GP education program and communications.