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

COVID-19 public health messages in 18 languages

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In July, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network’s region of almost 1.7 million people had 25 per cent of the population but 60 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases.

Culture and colour for children

Culture and colour for children story link jpegNorthern Health’s Narrun Wilip-giin – Aboriginal support unit – has developed a colouring book for children during their hospital stay.

Hospital in the home a welcome for newborns

Hospital in the home a welcome for newborns story link jpegPeninsula Health has launched a service allowing premature or low-birthweight babies to be monitored and cared for in the comfort of their family home.

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Hospital home support for COVID patients

Djerriwarrh Health Services is supporting positive COVID-19 patients swabbed in its drive-through fever clinic in Melton through its hospital in the home (HITH) program.

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Feted for 50 years’ service

Western Health’s longest serving employee – Williamstown Hospital’s ‘director of first impressions’ Toni Powell – has signed off after 50 years.

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Praise for radiotherapists

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre radiotherapy staff have been praised by the International Atomic Energy Agency for their work to improve cancer treatment in developing countries.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

COVID-19 public health messages in 18 languages
In July, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network’s region of almost 1.7 million people had 25 per cent of the population but 60 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases.

Tips for communicating behind the face mask
Anthony Cignarella is a nurse educator in Alfred Health’s heart and lung team.

Sleep essential for stress management
Austin Health sleep experts have issued a COVID-19 reminder that sleep is integral to good health, particularly when under stress.

Program enables overdose protection
Latrobe Community Health Service has re-launched an overdose prevention program that provides immediate support for people at risk of accidental overdose.

General

No more never smile at a crocodile
Dental Health Services Victoria has launched How to Brush to help get kids off to a healthy start.

Graduate nurse career choice childhood dream
As a child in Punjab, India, Varinder Bhalla knew she wanted to be a nurse.

Feted for 50 years’ service
Western Health’s longest serving employee – Williamstown Hospital’s ‘director of first impressions’ Toni Powell – has signed off after 50 years.

Website chat bot helps children be better
The Royal Children’s Hospital has been a hive of activity with the launch of a new website chat bot – Bee Bot.

Families polled on challenges
The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll has found most parents reporting their family is more connected – 76 per cent – and more than half – 66 per cent – have developed new positive family habits since COVID-19.

Plan to improve oral health for all Victorians
A new action plan aims to improve the oral health of all Victorians by 2030.

Child stroke rehab guidelines a first
Researchers and clinical experts have produced the first clinical guidelines in Australia to improve the rehabilitation of children who have a stroke.

50/50 doc gives 100 per cent
Krystle Chong divides her time as an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar at Monash Health and as an adjunct research associate at Monash University’s clinical trials unit in the obstetrics and gynaecology department.

Keeping connected the key to continued activity
Residents at Mercy Place Warrnambool are keeping in touch with families and loved ones during COVID-19 restrictions in multiple ways, including phone and video calls and chatting virtually on tablets.

Praise for radiotherapists
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre radiotherapy staff have been praised by the International Atomic Energy Agency for their work to improve cancer treatment in developing countries.

Take a seat – it lightens the workload
Aged care workers at Wimmera Nursing Home will be among those taking advantage of new seating outside the main entrance.

Health and Wellbeing

Hospital home support for COVID patients
Djerriwarrh Health Services is supporting positive COVID-19 patients swabbed in its drive-through fever clinic in Melton through its hospital in the home (HITH) program.

Culture and colour for children
Northern Health’s Narrun Wilip-giin – Aboriginal support unit – has developed a colouring book for children during their hospital stay.

Shared electronic medical records for Parkville
The Parkville electronic medical record (EMR) is live and being used by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Women’s, Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s hospitals to support the delivery of clinical care.

Gogglebox great grandma thanks The Alfred
Many people would recognise Emily Milligan as the 91-year-old, quick-witted great grandmother from TV program Gogglebox.

Hospital in the home a welcome for newborns
Peninsula Health has launched a service allowing premature or low-birthweight babies to be monitored and cared for in the comfort of their family home.

Next gen Mobile Stroke Unit being developed
Work is underway to create the next-generation mobile stroke unit (MSU-2) to provide more Australians with rapid access to real-time stroke treatment.

ICU head campaigns on COVID-19
An intensive care specialist has described the ‘heart-wrenching’ toll of COVID-19 in an emotional advertising campaign aimed at slowing the rate of infections in Victoria.

Telehealth keeps staff and patients safe
Telehealth is playing a key role in ensuring Austin Health can continue to care for patients during COVID-19.

Neurologist a COVID win for Wimmera
While COVID-19 has constrained many services it has also created new opportunities for Wimmera Health Care Group.

Monitoring program a positive move
Northern Health’s COVID-19 positive community monitoring program is a telephone-based service providing an imaginative and compassionate response for people testing positive at its sites.

Northern Health on the ball
With the first mention of the COVID-19 second wave, the Northern Hospital intensive care unit started preparing for increased patient numbers and activity.