Sydney: young ICD support group

On Thurs 31 Oct Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) will host the first-ever meeting of the Young ICD Support Group.

The RNSH has created this event in response to younger people with ICDs (or considering an ICD) who were interested in a group that caters more towards their unique challenges.

The evening will feature presentations from leading cardiologists, including our very own Professor Chris Semsarian and RNSH’s Dr David Whalley. There will also be talks from ICD recipients Martin Dunkerley and Liz Jones who will give a “patient’s perspective”. The night will finish with a Q&A session and light refreshments to give you a chance to ask queries, talk to the experts and chat to other young people with ICDs. Family and friends are also welcome. See flyer for more information.

RNSH cardiac nurse and ICD support group coordinator Ann Kirkness says: “The aim of this session is to provide education, support and an opportunity to meet and connect with other young people with ICDs. It will be our first meeting so it will also be a good opportunity to talk about what sort of ongoing support may be useful.”

If you know of any other younger people with ICDs, please let them know about this event.

Date: Thursday 31 October 2013
Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm (presentations start at 6pm)
Venue: Main Auditorium, Kolling Building, Royal North Shore Hospital – see map for details
RSVP: Wednesday 23 October 2013 (earlier if possible) to Ann Kirkness on tel 02 9463 1701, email or fax: 02 9463 1078

Parking is available in the RNSH car park (see map) at a flat rate of $5.70 but you will need a letter on the night to get this reduced rate. OR RNSH is about a 10-minute walk from St Leonards train station.

This event is kindly supported by Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Biotronik and St Jude.