Murray to Moyne Team To Raise Funds For Patient Lifting Equipment

Photo: Chris Rogers, Anne Copley, Anita Rank, Trista Punton, Carolyn Malseed, Jan Chillman & Chris Giles
Friday, 11 March 2016
Portland Lions Club’s `White Lioners’ Murray to Moyne team – including an all-female group - will raise funds for new emergency response patient lifting equipment that will improve safety and comfort for both patients and staff at Portland District Health.

The HoverJack Air patient lift equipment will aid staff and provide patients with a much safer and more comfortable transfer onto a trolley.

Nurse unit manager for the PDH Emergency Department, Deb Tozer, said it would be a more efficient and safe method of practice.

When a patient presents collapsed in a vehicle or collapses on the floor, staff are required to manually lift and manoeuvre them onto a trolley so they can be safely and accurately assessed and treated, Ms Tozer said.

This impacts both on patient safety and comfort and staff safety,she added.

The HoverJack can also help patients from cars. If a patient is in a car they can be medically managed whilst the mat is placed on the ground and inflated to the level of the car seat, Ms Tozer said. The patient is then able to be gently moved across onto the mattress and moved into the department where it can then be further inflated to the height of a trolley.

Cyclists are flocking to support the Lions Club Murray to Moyne team to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the event.

Coordinator George James said there had been a positive response from local cyclists with 20 riders, including the first formal women’s group, heading to Mildura on Friday March 31 to begin the two-day 530km relay ride that finishes in Port Fairy on Sunday April 2.

The 30th anniversary has given extra an incentive this year for many riders to get back in the saddle plus the number of people taking up cycling in town has also increased with the Cycle Club being a great support to the project, Mr James said.

He said the ride was a great experience but the objective was to raise awareness of the special needs of local hospitals to reduce suffering and potentially save lives. Last year the Lions Club raised more than $7000 towards specialty equipment at PDH with the 2015 Murray to Moyne Project raising more than $600,000 for regional health services across the state.

Although we look forward to the usual community support for the project, our main target this year is our region's heaver industries and transport groups that rely on our hospital to provide the highest quality of emergency services, Mr James said, Support so far has been great and we're hoping it continues over the coming weeks and our $10,000 target can be met.

PDH Board member Anita Rank is one of the cyclists joining the women's group.

It will be great to be personally involved from a board perspective and to work with a community group raising much-needed money for the hospital, Cr Rank said.

It will be a good opportunity to see what goes into organising such a massive event.

Cr Rank, who is riding for the first time in the Murray to Moyne, added that she hoped the all-female team would motivate other women. It's a good connection to the hospital to promote a fit and active lifestyle,she said.

All funds will be raised by the Lions Club go direct to PDH with all donations are tax deductable.

People wanting to support our Portland team can make donations at the Bendigo Bank in Portland or go online as a donor online for the Portland White Lioners at

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