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

New air ambulance helicopter on show

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Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy has unveiled the first of Victoria’s five new state-of-the-art ambulance helicopters which will help patients get the life-saving care they need, sooner.

Wimmera nurses champion cardiac rehab

story link jpegWimmera Health Care Group is partnering with The Heart Foundation to improve cardiac rehabilitation.

Maggie Beer course whets the appetite of residents

story link jpegTwo Lyndoch Living chefs have taken part in The Maggie Beer Foundation’s Creating an Appetite for Life pilot program in which 30 chefs and cooks from Victorian aged care homes participated.

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Hospitals mark NAIDOC Week

The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Women’s joined forces to celebrate NAIDOC week with a series of special events.

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Organ donation first for Eastern Health

Staff at Eastern Health have successfully undertaken donation after circulatory death (DCD).

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Bush bash

The first Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre was built in 1925 by volunteers with material donated by district benefactors.

Health Service Performance and Programs

New air ambulance helicopter on show
Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy has unveiled the first of Victoria’s five new state-of-the-art ambulance helicopters which will help patients get the life-saving care they need, sooner.

Early Christmas cheer at Box Hill
The festive season has come early for Box Hill Hospital’s paediatric ward with patients, families and staff celebrating Christmas in July.

Western Health training award finalist
Western Health is one of three finalists in this year’s Victorian Training Award’s Employer of the Year category.

Open house at new cancer centre
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy toured the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Project as part of Open House Melbourne.

Hospitals mark NAIDOC Week
The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Women’s joined forces to celebrate NAIDOC week with a series of special events.

Organ donation first for Eastern Health
Staff at Eastern Health have successfully undertaken donation after circulatory death (DCD).

Breast cancer treatment breaks new ground
The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) is the first in regional Victoria to offer the latest treatment for left-sided breast cancer patients.

Beechworth faces the happy or not question
Survey units are providing Beechworth Health Service with data for quality improvement.

Wimmera nurses champion cardiac rehab
Wimmera Health Care Group is partnering with The Heart Foundation to improve cardiac rehabilitation.

Maternity care help
The Royal Women’s Hospital maternity services education program now includes resources to enhance maternity care for Aboriginal families.

Falls prevention website
The Royal Children’s Hospital Safety Centre has designed a new online resource to help prevent falls – the major cause of injuries to children in Victoria.

 

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General

Victorians get organ donation message
DonateLife Victoria staff in 21 hospital sites across Victoria took part in activities during the week designated to spreading the message of registering for organ donation and discussing the decision with family.

Call for public dentistry award nominations
Dental Health Services Victoria has called for nominations for the 2015 Public Oral Health Awards.

More info brochures to enhance patient health literacy
Seventeen new brochures have been added to the Department of Health & Human Services patient information electronic library.

Ballarat takes organ donation message to heart
Ballarat Health Services’ staff, residents, patients and friends have knitted and crocheted hundreds of magenta hearts to help spread the organ and tissue donation message.

IVF information added to sex education programs
The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and Family Planning Victoria (FPV) have produced a ground-breaking sexuality teaching resource.

Cancer breakthrough
Early hormone therapy can extend the life of men with already-treated and incurable prostate cancer, according to the latest research from radiation oncologists at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Work to overcome epilepsy barrier recognised
A doctor who has dedicated his life to helping women with epilepsy conceive children has received international accolades.

Samaritans secure Filipino family future
As a poor Filipino woman, Mary Jane Galon, 35, knew she was in trouble as a lump on her jaw began growing at an alarming rate.

Art welcomes Sale patients
Local Aboriginal people are being welcomed through an arts space at Central Gippsland Health Service’s Sale campus.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Funding boost for aged care homes
Health services across the state will share in close to $6 million of new grants to help public aged care facilities deliver the best possible care, now and into the future.

Bush bash
The first Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre was built in 1925 by volunteers with material donated by district benefactors.

Kid glove treatment for tooth decay
A research team led by Dental Health Services Victoria paediatric dentist Hanny Calache is conducting a study with stainless steel caps/crowns to seal decay in young children’s baby molars.

St Vincent’s cardiologists meet need in rural Victoria
Heart patients in Shepparton are now being seen locally by a team of visiting St Vincent’s cardiologists.

Grief words welcomed
Wimmera Hospice Care auxiliary has donated more books to the Wimmera Regional Library Corporation to help children and parents understand grief and dying.

Aged care facility residents star in campaign
Geoffrey Cutter Centre residents are doing their bit to help end violence in the community.

Maggie Beer course whets the appetite of residents
Two Lyndoch Living chefs have taken part in The Maggie Beer Foundation’s Creating an Appetite for Life pilot program in which 30 chefs and cooks from Victorian aged care homes participated.

Northern suburbs tackle diabetes
Susan Brown, 54, of Meadow Heights, has greatly benefited from Northern Health’s diabetes services.