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February 2015 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

SunSmart starts here

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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Cancer Council Victoria Chief Executive Officer Todd Harper and SunSmart Ambassador Catherine Andrews to launch a six-week SunSmart advertising campaign, to remind Victorians about the dangers of excessive sun exposure and tanning.

Patients give St Vincent’s nurses top score

story link jpegNinety-nine per cent of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne patients have given their nurses the highest possible ratings in the Victorian Health Experience Survey (VHES).

Closing the gap in Ballarat

story link jpegBallarat Health Services has appointed an Aboriginal care coordinator.

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Improving Victoria’s ambulance service

The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee has met for the first time.

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The class of 2015 checks in

Melbourne Health Chief Executive Officer Gareth Goodier has welcomed 74 medical interns to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and NorthWestern Mental Health.

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Ambos honour community heroes

Thirteen Victorians who performed extraordinary lifesaving acts have been recognised during the 2014 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Improving Victoria’s ambulance service
The Ambulance Performance and Policy Consultative Committee has met for the first time.

The class of 2015 checks in
Melbourne Health Chief Executive Officer Gareth Goodier has welcomed 74 medical interns to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and NorthWestern Mental Health.

Patients give St Vincent’s nurses top score
Ninety-nine per cent of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne patients have given their nurses the highest possible ratings in the Victorian Health Experience Survey (VHES).

No place like the Peninsula to call home
Six of Peninsula Health’s 42 new doctors are locals.

Closing the gap in Ballarat
Ballarat Health Services has appointed an Aboriginal care coordinator.

New CEO at Maryborough
Terry Welch has taken up the position of Maryborough District Health Service Chief Executive Officer.

Boost for Wimmera cataract surgery
Wimmera Health Care Group has continued to improve rural health with new, state-of-the art equipment to remove cataracts.

High tech equipment detects eye disease
Barwon Health patients are benefiting from a new piece of high-tech equipment that better identifies and manages debilitating diseases of the eye.

Albury Hospital theatre opens
Albury Wodonga Health has opened a fourth operating theatre at the Albury Base Hospital.

Guide to improve sector’s language services
The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is helping improve language services by developing resources for health and local government sectors.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Rehab unit blessed
The new Wyuna sub-acute rehabilitation unit at the Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham campus received a blessing at a dedication service.

Dental help for the homeless
Dental Health Services Victoria delivered dental packs to the homeless community through the Father Bob Maguire Foundation over Christmas/New Year.

Fellowship for Lyndoch Living dementia personal care worker
Lyndoch Living’s Tracy McDowall has been awarded one of only 10 inaugural Dementia Dynamics Personal Carer Fellowships funded by Flinders University.

Hailey House residents on a mission
Residents at Ballarat Health Services’ Hailey House Hostel have been busy knitting for charity.

Weapon for workers in war against smoking
A one-hour on-line training tool for community mental health workers has been developed to support clients to stop or cut down their smoking.

Vintage memories for classic calendar
Carshalton House resident Betty Frowde hand-made her wedding dress in 1957.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

SunSmart starts here
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Cancer Council Victoria Chief Executive Officer Todd Harper and SunSmart Ambassador Catherine Andrews to launch a six-week SunSmart advertising campaign, to remind Victorians about the dangers of excessive sun exposure and tanning.

Keep your cool as the weather hots up
Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester is reminding Victorians that although summer is nearly over the hot weather is not.

Video invites community to rethink consumption of sugary drinks
An innovative video addresses the serious issue of sugary drink consumption within Victorian Aboriginal communities.

QC heads medicinal cannabis committee
Attorney-General Martin Pakula has appointed leading lawyer Ian Freckelton, QC, as Special Commissioner to the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review into the use of medicinal cannabis.

Free whooping cough vaccine returns
The State Government is re-introducing free whooping cough vaccines for expectant parents and parents of newborns.

Award for flu vax campaign
An initiative to maximize staff influenza vaccination rates has seen Melbourne Health take out first prize in the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards Quality Improvement Award in the category of Healthcare Measurement.

Chief Health Officer retires
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Pradeep Philip has paid tribute to Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester who retires at the end of February.

General

Victoria honours ambulance service medal recipients
The State Government has congratulated six Ambulance Victoria members who were awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List.

Honours for health sector service
Numurkah District Health Service Chief Executive Officer Jacque Phillips and Clem Furphy, a life governor of Goulburn Valley Health, were awarded Order of Australia Medals in the Australia Day Honours.

Ambos honour community heroes
Thirteen Victorians who performed extraordinary lifesaving acts have been recognised during the 2014 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards.

Honour for HIV researcher
Consulting infectious diseases physician John Mills was recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australian Day Honours.