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November 2019 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Alfred ICU expands

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The Alfred has expanded its intensive care unit to help meet growing demand.

Ambos encourage communities on heart restarts

Ambos encourage communities on heart restarts story link jpegAmbulance Victoria hosted about 90 community events across the state to mark Restart a Heart Day 2019.

Bendigo residents get to see hospital

Bendigo residents get to see hospital story link jpegBendigo Health hosted a hospital orientation tour for people with low vision as part of Vision Australia’s White Cane Day.

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Returning locals boost Echuca medical ranks

Echuca Regional Health’s senior doctor ranks have been bolstered by locals who have gone off for further education then returned.

The Austin and Stawell Health partner on skin cancer story link jpeg

The Austin and Stawell Health partner on skin cancer

A radiation oncology service has opened at Stawell Hospital.

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Education sessions for first time parents

Northern Health’s neonatal team has developed education sessions to educate and empower parents to look after their newborns in hospital and help have a smooth transition to home.

Health and Wellbeing

Hospitals and ambos rise to the challenge
Victorians are waiting less time than ever for elective surgery and urgent specialist appointments, despite huge surges in the number of people attending hospital, driven by an unprecedented flu season.

Alfred ICU expands
The Alfred has expanded its intensive care unit to help meet growing demand.

The Austin and Stawell Health partner on skin cancer
A radiation oncology service has opened at Stawell Hospital.

Call for views on hospital food
The State Government is taking action to lift the standard of meals in Victorian public hospitals and aged care centres with a food audit now underway.

Ambos encourage communities on heart restarts
Ambulance Victoria hosted about 90 community events across the state to mark Restart a Heart Day 2019.

Clinics better equipped to treat heart patients
Patients diagnosed with heart failure will be better managed in GP clinics thanks to Northern Health’s unique education program.

10th anniversary for mum and bub program
Monash Health has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program.

Thanks for the liver, love
The Royal Melbourne Hospital transplant service is the first in Australia to reach 1,000 live donor kidney transplants.

MRI a new branch for the tree of life
Preparation works are underway for the installation of a new, state-of-the-art radiation therapy machine at Austin Health’s Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.

Bendigo residents get to see hospital
Bendigo Health hosted a hospital orientation tour for people with low vision as part of Vision Australia’s White Cane Day.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Flu vax is now easier
The State Government is stepping up its efforts to see more young Victorians vaccinated against the flu.

World first clinical trial on alcohol use disorder
A medication currently used to treat insomnia may also be effective in preventing alcohol intake and relapse in alcohol use disorder, according to researchers at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Training brains to beat addiction to ice
A world-first study has shown ‘brain training’ could be a key to breaking ice addiction.

General

Returning locals boost Echuca medical ranks
Echuca Regional Health’s senior doctor ranks have been bolstered by locals who have gone off for further education then returned.

Oral health professionals send quit message
A Smokefree Smiles package is empowering oral health professionals to take a client’s lifestyle into consideration when providing care.

Video educates on mental health treatment rights
North West Area Mental Health (NWMH) has produced two short animated videos about consumer rights in relation to compulsory mental health treatments.

CPR skills save mate at picnic
An innocuous Sunday picnic took a dramatic turn for Wyndham Vale man Achala Muthukudasinghe after he had a heart attack and was revived by a friend.

Diabetes screening program will target likely kids
A national network of diabetes centres has launched a program to identify children and young adults who are destined to develop type one diabetes (T1D).

Fellowship for rehab star
Any patient who has experienced the care of Louise Fuller can attest her lung transplant rehab program produces incredible results.

Education sessions for first time parents
Northern Health’s neonatal team has developed education sessions to educate and empower parents to look after their newborns in hospital and help have a smooth transition to home.

Shepparton trainee makes his mark
Goulburn Valley Health anaesthetic registrar Nathaniel Hiscock has been awarded the 2019 Renton Prize.

Sustainability award for Melbourne Health
Melbourne Health has topped the health category in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for its reducing hunger and food waste in our community program.

Footloose and fancy free at seniors festival
Thousands of events across the state last month marked the 37th Victorian Seniors Festival.

Let’s get physical to fight cancer
Residents at Mercy Place Montrose got physical for the Olivia Newton-John wellness walk and research run to raise funds to fight cancer.

Brightening the patient experience
Two beautiful hand-crafted quilts are brightening the lives of palliative care patients at Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health.

Walk for mental health awareness
Eastern Health led a wellbeing walk at Box Hill Hospital, launching an awareness campaign to get people walking and talking about mental health.

Loneliness growing health risk for the young
A VicHealth and Swinburne University of Technology research report has found young people are experiencing alarming levels of loneliness and social isolation, putting them at risk of social anxiety and depression.

OK to talk about mental health
Northern Health marked World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day with a week of conversations on mental wellness.

Rainbow colours converge on catwalk
Cobaw Community Health’s WayOut program was proud to showcase the talents of some remarkable local young people in the colourful Queers on the Catwalk event.