Our current cardiology registrar is Dr Jun Hua Chong. Jun is originally from Singapore, and plans a career in cardiology. She will be with us for six months and we are enjoying her enthusiasm, skill and good humour. Later in the year, we will have Dr Jyotsna Janardan (Jo) as our registrar for six months. Jo is originally from India, and has previously been a General Medical Registrar at Mildura Base Hospital. Jo was exceptional in this role and we look forward to her return. These doctors come to Mildura on rotation from The Alfred, in Melbourne.
Our new cardiology registrar for the next six months is Dr Jo Janardan. Jo is originally from India, and has previously been a General Medical Registrar at the Mildura Base Hospital. Jo was exceptional in this role and we are lucky to have her return to Mildura. Jo was awarded The Alfred APT research award in 2014 for the research she did during her previous rotation at Mildura Base Hospital. She recently presented her research poster at CSANZ 2015 in Melbourne and will also present it at the IMSANZ 2015 meeting on the Gold Coast.
Mildura Cardiology is involved in several clinical trials. This story was taken from the monthly newsletter #8 from a clinical trial called "The Odyssey" trial. It is a double blind trial run and monitored by 'Sanofi Aventis'. The purpose of the trial is looking to develop a new form of lipid modifying therapy.
Mildura now has its own transoesophageal echocardiogram, commonly known as a TOE, which provides high quality ultrasound images of the heart. The equipment, sent down a patient’s oesophagus to scan the heart, may not be large but, with a $75,000 price tag, obtaining one for Mildura’s cardiology department had been a long-term goal. A substantial donation from the Mallee Health Foundation helped pay for the TOE, which cardiologist Alan Soward said could save as many as 15 patients a year from having to be flown to Melbourne or Adelaide for the scan. The vast majority of patients who were being transported by air ambulance had significant illnesses, such as stroke or endocarditis, an infection of the heart valve.