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August 2017 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Woman power!

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Record numbers of women are choosing a career as a lifesaving paramedic, 30 years since the very first hit the road in Victoria.

Partnering to improve reading skills

Partnering to improve reading skills story link jpegWimmera Health Care Group and Uniting Wimmera have joined forces to improve literacy and reading skills across the region.

Smartphones ownership new norm for kids

story link jpegThe latest Australian Child Health Poll has found almost all Australian teenagers, two-thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of preschoolers own their own tablet or smartphone.

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Maternal and child health nurses sink teeth into dental care

Dental Health Services Victoria is supporting maternal and child health nurses in their oral health promotion role.

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Wimmera ED acts on occupational violence

New triage and behavioural assessment rooms have opened in Wimmera Health Care Group’s emergency department.

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Tick of approval for ‘my own midwife’

Forty-seven mums have given birth during the Northern Health midwifery private practice program’s first year.

Health and Wellbeing

Ambulance and surgery records smashed
Code one ambulance response times hit 81 per cent in the last quarter – an improvement of six percentage points on the same period last year and the best June quarter result on record.

Hear, hear for cochlear implants
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has marked two significant milestones – the 4,000th cochlear implant surgery and the 1,000th child implant.

Care from a patient point of view
An initiative launched by Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority is delivering better patient care by putting patients first.

Tick of approval for ‘my own midwife’
Forty-seven mums have given birth during the Northern Health midwifery private practice program’s first year.

Board chairs appointed
The State Government has appointed six new Victorian health service board chairs.

Peninsula people get mental health help
People on the Mornington Peninsula experiencing mental health issues will have access to a purpose-built six-bed psychiatric assessment and planning unit (PAPU) to streamline time spent in the busy emergency department at Frankston Hospital.

Tech first for Footscray
Footscray Hospital has become the first in Victoria – and only second in Australia – to install technology that combines angiography with a CT scanner.

Stroke unit for Royal Melbourne
Travelling to a reunion with mates, Lindsay Mott decided something was not right.

Info sharing to improve rural health
About 800 health professionals in western Victoria will soon have access to a digital health education platform that will help local communities better self-manage chronic health conditions.

Mum praises Monash care
New mother Emily Webb felt a sense of disconnection after giving birth to baby, Claire, in May, 2016.

More early intervention mental health services
More mothers, children and young people will benefit from earlier and increased mental health support, thanks to a more than $21 million funding boost to expand the capacity of vital services.

New Chief Executive Officer for Barwon
Professor Ruth Salom is Barwon Health’s Chief Executive Officer.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Program to improve vax rates in western suburbs women
Pregnant women are now being offered free immunisation against the flu and whooping cough at Sunshine Hospital.

Soft drinks no longer cool at Wimmera Health Care
Wimmera Health Care Group has stopped stocking soft drinks at its kiosk.

Bold new plan to eliminate HIV in Victoria
The State Government has unveiled a plan to develop a cure for HIV, backed by more than $1 million in funding.

Maternal and child health nurses sink teeth into dental care
Dental Health Services Victoria is supporting maternal and child health nurses in their oral health promotion role.

General

Woman power!
Record numbers of women are choosing a career as a lifesaving paramedic, 30 years since the very first hit the road in Victoria.

Course offers rural health certificate
The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) is offering scholarships for Australia’s only Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Health and Medicine.

New study takes aim at male suicide
A fellowship from the State Government’s medical research strategy will tackle the high incidence of suicide in working men.

Partnering to improve reading skills
Wimmera Health Care Group and Uniting Wimmera have joined forces to improve literacy and reading skills across the region.

Outback trek raises funds for vulnerable babies
Melbourne mum-of-three, George McMahon, and her friend, Hollie Gooden, completed an epic 1,720 kilometre walk and bike ride across Australia to raise money and awareness about premature birth and stillbirth.

Major scholarships for biomedical precinct researchers
Five of the brightest scientific minds from the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct have been chosen as 2017 International Research Scholars enabling them to advance their ground-breaking research across the globe.

Smartphones ownership new norm for kids
The latest Australian Child Health Poll has found almost all Australian teenagers, two-thirds of primary school-aged children and one-third of preschoolers own their own tablet or smartphone.

Bulldogs on the catwalk with wonder women from the west
The Western Bulldogs took centre stage of a very different kind at Western Health’s BreastWest Night of Nights.

Entrepreneurial doc young Victorian of the year
He’s only 27 but, already, Robbie Gillies has founded four charities, studied four university degrees, volunteered overseas and in remote Australian communities – and now works as a doctor in The Alfred emergency department.

Wimmera ED acts on occupational violence
New triage and behavioural assessment rooms have opened in Wimmera Health Care Group’s emergency department.

Lanterns shed light on leukaemia fight
Barb Baak helped create the Leukaemia Foundation’s Light the Night event in Geelong with several friends she met during treatment for her blood cancer.