Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

News December 2018 – Pages 8 & 9 “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” – Romans 6:9 By Julie Moore St Mary of the Angels Secondary College, Nathalia S T Mary of the Angels Secondary College recently enjoyed a visit from Father Rob and the Stronger Youth Team regaling students from Year 7-10 with a moving, joyful and thought-provoking presentation. St Mary of the Angels Deputy Principal Catholic Identity, Chris Dainton said, “We are blessed in the Sandhurst Diocese to have the presence and energy of Father Rob Galea and the Stronger Youth Team. Father Rob’s story is well known and it reminds us that quite often in the Catholic faith, our most revered figures have not lead perfect lives. “When we look at Father Rob, Saint Francis Assisi, Saint Ignatius Loyola and others, we find normal people who have been able to recognise their transgressions, confess them to God and through reconciliation realise a better way of life. “This is liberating for all of us, as we are not expected to be perfect, but to learn and grow with God’s guidance.” Year 10 student, Sophie Bury added, “Father Rob brings a whole new perspective to religion, in a fun and engaging way. “We were able to deepen our perspective on life and how the little things that you do can make a difference in our community and in our global community.” Stronger at Nathalia Father Robert Galea Sandhurst Youth Ministry Workers Samuel and Ruth Lalor with St Mary of the Angels students. T he first total knee replacement surgery as a part of a clinical trial using Zimmer Biomet’s new Knee Robot has been successfully completed at St John of God Bendigo Hospital in Victoria, Australia. St John of God Bendigo Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Trevor Matheson said the First robotic-assisted knee replacement at SJOG organisation takes pride in optimising patient care by way of early adoption of new medi- cal developments and welcomes opportunities such as this to encourage the utilisation of new technology. Zimmer Biomet’s new Robotic Knee System has been developed to assist surgeons in optimising their accuracy and efficiency when planning and performing total knee replacement procedures. Mr Matheson went on to comment that, “St John of God Bendigo Hospital is pleased to be the first institution in Australia to pioneer the use of Zimmer Biomet’s new Knee Robot for robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery and offer this innovative technology to patients in our community.” Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Dugal James was the first to use this new Knee surgical robot in clinical practice on Friday. “The technology allows a personalised sur- gical plan to be formulated by reviewing each individual’s bony anatomy well prior to sur- gery,” Dr James said. “Based on 2D pre-operative x-rays, a very accurate 3D virtual image of the knee is pro- duced and loaded into the computer. The surgeon then utilises the program’s sophisticated software to formulate a precise surgical plan which, with guidance from the robotic arm, can be confidently and accurately executed during the procedure.” Australia is amongst world leaders in the number of total knee replacements performed per capita, with more than 50,000 procedures completed annually. Candidates for a total knee replacement typically experience knee pain and inflam- mation caused by cartilage wear and tear, and degradation, commonly due to osteoarthritis. Over time, these symptoms impact a per- son’s ability to flex and extend the knee joint, which in turn makes basic activities such as walking, climbing stairs or even sitting, challenging. Disclaimer – Clinical Trial (TGA- CT-2018-CTN-01588-1).

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