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November 2020 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Long journey over as twins head for home

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After nearly five months at the Royal Women’s Hospital, there are not too many members of staff from the newborn intensive care unit who have not met parents Jasmyn and Jordan Schott – and their twins Harvey and Amelia.

Scientists as superheroes

Scientists as superheroes story link jpegMalvern Primary School students are showing their gratitude for Australian scientists during the pandemic.

Clowning around helps kinder kids concentrate

Clowning around helps kinder kids concentrate story link jpegPaediatric speech pathologist Lisa Holmes knew exactly what to do when she found some of her Connect Health and Community pre-schoolers were having trouble engaging in online telehealth sessions.

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Fond farewell for recovered coronavirus patients

After 10 weeks as patients of three Eastern Health sites, Vic Cornell, 95, and his partner Jean Schofield, 87, were elated to be going home.

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Community nurses acknowledged

Northern Health celebrated Nursing in the Community Week, acknowledging those working in a wide range of areas outside of hospital settings.

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Monash Children’s launches paediatric allergy and immunology service

A paediatric allergy and immunology service at Monash Children’s Hospital aims to improve the health and quality of life of children by providing an integrated service.

Health and Wellbeing

Long journey over as twins head for home
After nearly five months at the Royal Women’s Hospital, there are not too many members of staff from the newborn intensive care unit who have not met parents Jasmyn and Jordan Schott – and their twins Harvey and Amelia.

Therapy alternative to treat immune deficiency
Peninsula Health patients with primary immune deficiencies now have access to a therapy alternative that enables a safe self-infusion at home.

Community health services merge
Community health services in Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges have been strengthened with the merger of Cobaw Community Health and Sunbury Community Health.

Babies benefit from Blue Ribbon generosity
The Wimmera’s expectant parents can take comfort in the knowledge their newborn babies will have access to the very latest in resuscitation cots.

Thanks to Frankston ED staff
Less than two weeks after an unplanned ambulance trip to the emergency department at Frankston Hospital, Anne Thompson can’t wipe the smile off her face.

Monash Children’s launches paediatric allergy and immunology service
A paediatric allergy and immunology service at Monash Children’s Hospital aims to improve the health and quality of life of children by providing an integrated service.

Virtual visits to all Western wards
Western Health’s virtual visits program has kept patients in touch with loved ones during COVID-19.

Journey boards personalise baby care
The Northern Health neonatal unit has developed patient journey boards to help mark the milestones of its youngest patients and communicate their families’ preferred care.

Horsham Apex Club ultra supportive
The level of comfort for patients receiving treatment at Wimmera Cancer Centre will be enhanced thanks to the generosity of Horsham Apex Club.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Online therapeutic program
More Gippsland residents with a drug or alcohol dependency are getting the support they need online, thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

General

Scientists as superheroes
Malvern Primary School students are showing their gratitude for Australian scientists during the pandemic.

International recognition for Monash
Monash Health has ranked in the top 50 of American magazine Newsweek’s world’s best specialised hospitals 2021 list.

Trial leads to more potent cancer treatment
A Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre-led international clinical trial has shown a new drug can dramatically improve outcomes for patients with advanced lung cancer.

Fond farewell for recovered coronavirus patients
After 10 weeks as patients of three Eastern Health sites, Vic Cornell, 95, and his partner Jean Schofield, 87, were elated to be going home.

Community nurses acknowledged
Northern Health celebrated Nursing in the Community Week, acknowledging those working in a wide range of areas outside of hospital settings.

STI researcher honoured
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Monash University’s Eric Chow has been awarded the 2020 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

Clowning around helps kinder kids concentrate
Paediatric speech pathologist Lisa Holmes knew exactly what to do when she found some of her Connect Health and Community pre-schoolers were having trouble engaging in online telehealth sessions.

Video help with extended care
Bundoora Extended Care Centre recreation officer John Wakim has created a program to help families stay connected to their hospitalised loved ones during COVID-19.

Hair today, gone tomorrow
West Wimmera Health Service made a bald statement with two staff members shaving their heads and one his facial hair for the shaving for sight initiative as part of the see how we can help you see fundraising campaign.

Seniors move and groove
The Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined has featured around 150 performers over the six months that it has been running.

Nurses take patient monitoring to heart
A group of nurses from Monash Heart is leading a world-first trial using an implantable heart monitor to remotely monitor and manage patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF).

Protecting the vulnerable during pandemic
Peninsula Health staff, predominantly nurses, are helping rough sleepers get access to a mask, a COVID-19 swab test and even a meal.

Monash cardiologists set the pace
Cardiologists at Monash Health have implanted the world’s first totally leadless, physiologic pacemaker system, designed to improve cardiac function in a patient with severe cardiomyopathy – heart failure.

Info package to explain eye surgery
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has partnered with the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) to fill a gap in patient education related to enucleation.

Nhill resident in a class of her own
Nhill resident June Jackson, 94, has not let COVID-19 stop her from participating in her usual activities – it is just a little different.

Smart way to monitor stroke patients
A world-first multi-centre international study (SPOT-AF) led by the Royal Melbourne Hospital has found smartphone monitoring of patients with stroke is effective in detecting atrial fibrillation (AF).

COVID cartoon character bobs up
Monash Medical Centre director of emergency medicine Rachel Rosler took a week off to rest and recover after working on the COVID-19 pandemic frontline for months.