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July 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Hospitals take a hands-on approach to infection

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Victoria’s public hospitals are performing well above the national benchmark in minimising the spread of bugs and other infections to patients.

‘Mrs Marsh’ message still gets through

‘Mrs Marsh’ message still gets through story link jpegThe legacy of the Australian television icon ‘Mrs Marsh’ will continue through a grant from Colgate that will help thousands of Victorian families improve their oral health.

Work underway on new dental clinic

Work underway on new dental clinic story link jpegConstruction is underway on a $9 million state-of-the-art dental clinic in Sebastopol, creating a convenient one-stop-shop for oral health care for the Ballarat community.

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Community responds to transplant marathon

Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne University Director of Nephrology Steve Holt has described the community response to Australia’s largest paired kidney exchange as inspiring.

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Better Health Channel – reliable info and a new app

A new survey for Victoria’s award-winning Better Health Channel shows people are confused about basic health facts including recommended alcohol consumption, required sleep for teenagers and suggested daily serves of fruit and vegetables.

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Kindness of Tatura Milk

Tatura Milk has provided four $10,000 scholarships to Goulburn Valley Health staff for studies in mental health.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Hospitals take a hands-on approach to infection
Victoria’s public hospitals are performing well above the national benchmark in minimising the spread of bugs and other infections to patients.

Queen’s birthday honours for RMH clinicians
Two of Royal Melbourne Hospital’s internationally-renowned clinicians have been recognised with an Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Angliss Hospital celebrates 75 years of community service
Angliss Hospital staff and special guests have celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Medication management system puts Portland on the national stage
Portland District Health’s new electronic medication management system implementation has received national exposure.

Recognition for RMH cardiologist
Royal Melbourne Hospital deputy director of cardiology Jonathan Kalman has been recognised with a National Health and Medical Research Council excellence in health and medical research award.

Territory stint features steep learning curve
Western Hospital emergency department nurse Michelle Robinson has returned from a six-week stint in the Northern Territory as part of a partnership program between Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) and Western Health.

Echuca stage one redevelopment opens
Stage one of the $65.6 million Echuca Regional Health redevelopment has been opened.

Community responds to transplant marathon
Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne University Director of Nephrology Steve Holt has described the community response to Australia’s largest paired kidney exchange as inspiring.

State-of-the-art 24-bed ICU opened at Geelong Hospital
Geelong Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art intensive care unit will provide patients with critical care services, expert staff and equipment to treat life-threatening conditions.

General

International flavour for APAC forum
The Department of Health’s Commission for Hospital Improvement – with New Zealand’s Ko Awatea and the U.S. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) – will host the 3rd Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

New program a model for sexual health education
A new sexuality education and health promotion program launched by Minister for Health David Davis aims to help school students understand and enjoy healthy relationships and reduce risky sexual behavior.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

$17.5 million for leading-edge cancer research
Victorian researchers at the cutting edge of the fight against cancer will benefit from $17.5 million in grants from the Government.

Scholarships for mental health nurses
The Government has provided 92 scholarships for mental health nurses to undertake further study and training, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge has announced.

GV Health builds on historic frontage
Minister for Health David Davis has opened Community Health @ GV Health.

Alcohol and drug treatment services transformed
The State Government has announced major changes that will improve the way alcohol and drug treatment services are delivered across the state.

‘Mrs Marsh’ message still gets through
The legacy of the Australian television icon ‘Mrs Marsh’ will continue through a grant from Colgate that will help thousands of Victorian families improve their oral health.

Plan to improve refugee care
A statewide plan to improve the health of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Victoria has been officially launched by Minister for Health David Davis.

Dysphagia care boost
Sunshine Hospital’s dysphagia clinic is now providing same-day access to specialist clinical and instrumental assessments for outpatients who do not require a multi-disciplinary approach.

Work underway on new dental clinic
Construction is underway on a $9 million state-of-the-art dental clinic in Sebastopol, creating a convenient one-stop-shop for oral health care for the Ballarat community.

Date night in Warrnambool
Limousines, musicians, fine dining and a glass of something sparkling – not usually the characteristics associated with a carer respite event.

Oral health experts on voice
More than 480 oral health workers from across Victoria took part in a conference to share insights on improving the future of the public dental sector.

Asthma patients breathe easier
Teri-Anne Moore has spent the last 12 years suffering from severe and uncontrollable asthma with no working treatment available to her.

Kindness of Tatura Milk
Tatura Milk has provided four $10,000 scholarships to Goulburn Valley Health staff for studies in mental health.

Health Strategy, Productivity and Analysis

Better Health Channel – reliable info and a new app
A new survey for Victoria’s award-winning Better Health Channel shows people are confused about basic health facts including recommended alcohol consumption, required sleep for teenagers and suggested daily serves of fruit and vegetables.