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August 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

I dig it, man

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Construction works on the new $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital has begun.

Change of scenery

Change of scenery story link jpegYoustina Habashi is the first graduate nurse to be selected for an innovative graduate nursing position at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.

Dental services enlisted to tackle smoking

Dental services enlisted to tackle smoking story link jpegA new initiative aims to boost quitting rates in Victoria by training oral health professionals to provide smoking cessation advice to their patients.

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Partners strive to improve leadership

Twelve graduates recently celebrated the completion of the Diploma of Management offered through a partnership between Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV), the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and training organisation Fundamental Training and Development.

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Mallee smiles brighten

Mallee District Aboriginal Services in Mildura has hosted Bigger Better Smiles workshops to help staff providing oral health advice, screening and referral.

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Close the Gap pledge for Naidoc Week

The Department of Health’s Karinda Ritchie presented a co-signed Statement of Intent to Maryborough District Health Service during its inaugural celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Health Service Performance and Programs

I dig it, man
Construction works on the new $250 million Monash Child
ren’s Hospital has begun.

New CEO for Rochester
Former Director of Clinical Services Anne McEvoy has been appointed as Rochester and Elmore District Health Service Chief Executive Officer.

Better facilities for Ballarat Community Health
The Government will invest more than $1 million in a redevelopment of Ballarat Community Health’s Sebastopol campus.

Bronwyn Pike is Western Health new chair
Former Health Minister Bronwyn Pike has been appointed Western Health Board Chair.

Sunshine brightened
Children staying at Sunshine Hospital will feel a little brighter thanks to an innovative program run by the Department of Justice and Western Health.

Change of scenery
Youstina Habashi is the first graduate nurse to be selected for an innovative graduate nursing position at Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.

Heart services for Sunshine
World-class cardiac services will be delivered from Sunshine Hospital for the first time thanks to a $10.68 million Government funding boost.

ICU opens at Maroondah
Maroondah Hospital has opened its new state-of-the-art intensive care unit, delivering world-class care to patients with life threatening conditions in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Not too early to put a spring in your step
The Bourke Street stairs at Southern Cross Station were transformed into a scenic garden in July to motivate commuters to ditch the escalator and take the stairs. 

New era for services providing support
Twenty community organisations began delivering enhanced community mental health services across Victoria on August 1.

Partners strive to improve leadership
Twelve graduates recently celebrated the completion of the Diploma of Management offered through a partnership between Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria (VICSERV), the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and training organisation Fundamental Training and Development.

Fearsome ad campaign bites into diabetes
Diabetes Australia’s latest advertising campaign aims to compare Australians’ fear of sharks, spiders and scary clowns with the threat of type two diabetes.

Dental services enlisted to tackle smoking
A new initiative aims to boost quitting rates in Victoria by training oral health professionals to provide smoking cessation advice to their patients.

Close the Gap pledge for Naidoc Week
The Department of Health’s Karinda Ritchie presented a co-signed Statement of Intent to Maryborough District Health Service during its inaugural celebration of NAIDOC Week.

Mental health boost for Werribee Mercy
Werribee Mercy’s expansion – one of the largest public mental health projects in Victoria – is underway.

Smoking to be banned in outdoor smoking areas
Smoking will be banned in outdoor dining areas as part of the Government’s reforms to protect people from second-hand smoke.

AIDS 2014 Australia’s largest health event
About 13,000 people from 172 countries attended the largest health and development event ever hosted in Australia, the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Life-saving cancer screen service moves
Registries operated by the Victorian Cytology Service have moved to a new home thanks to a $734,000 funding boost.

Mallee smiles brighten
Mallee District Aboriginal Services in Mildura has hosted Bigger Better Smiles workshops to help staff providing oral health advice, screening and referral.

General

Victorian-first surgery at Frankston changes lives of long-term asthmatics
Ground-breaking surgery to ease the suffering of long-term asthma sufferers is available at Frankston Hospital.

System streamlines organ donation
Victoria’s organ transplant clinicians and patients are benefiting from a new national clinical information system that has streamlined organ and tissue donation processes across Australian hospitals.

Breastfeeding guidelines revised
New Victorian Breastfeeding Guidelines aim to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Victoria.

Support for spiritual needs in aged care
‘Getting old is not for the faint hearted,’ Spiritual Health Victoria Chief Executive Officer Cheryl Holmes reminded those at the launch of the Spirituality in Aged Care Professional Development Program launch.

Study on early birth effects
Researchers from The Royal Women’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne have found babies born 32 to 36 weeks into gestation may have smaller and less mature brains that could be the basis of long-term developmental problems.

Big savings for small rural health service
Beaufort and Skipton Health Service (BASHS) in Western Victoria is proving to be one of the State’s most environmentally-responsible small rural health services.

Transplant Games on!
The Australian Transplant Games will bring together 1,500 people affected by transplantation – all with the common goal of celebrating life.

Joint approach works for Maryborough
Eleven students from a variety of disciplines successfully completed a new Maryborough District Health Service clinical