Inspirational Gift Boosts Gut Health

"State of the Art Care"

The St Vincents Gastroenterology Department cares for more than 1,000 patients each year with conditions ranging from bowel and stomach cancers to inflammatory bowel disorders, with demand continuing to grow.

An elevation in demand for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) services between 2017 and 2020 saw an 83% increase in outpatients, placing extraordinary pressure on existing services. Many of these patients were young adults transitioning from care at children’s hospitals, requiring considered support and care at a formative time of their lives.

Other patients included those with pre-cancerous or early stage gastrointestinal cancers and associated problems, where early detection has been proven to save lives. In response to this need, the Foundation is pleased to announce incredible acts of generosity from donors supporting the Gastroenterology Department.

We are delighted to advise that the new Paul Salteri AO and Sandra Salteri Endoscopy Suites are now operational following a comprehensive redevelopment within the Department.

The redevelopment has been enabled due to the generous support of the Salteri Family and will have a direct impact on how our clinicians can treat and support the community in this increasingly complex medical area.

Under the leadership of Dr David Williams and Dr Simon Ghaly, the Gastroenterology team has also developed a three year plan to transform the IBD service. Life Governors of the St Vincent’s Curran Endowment Fund, Kerry, Jenny and Indiana Pooley, have committed a gift of $1 million to assist with hiring specialist allied health workers, dieticians, and IBD nurses to enhance existing services and enable the team to develop new models of care to best support a variety of gastroenterological patients.

On behalf of the St Vincent’s Gastroenterology Department and our many patients now and in the future, we thank the Salteri, Pooley and Millner families for their generosity and inspirational support.