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May 2016 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Record increase in health funding

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More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries sooner with the biggest ever increase in health funding under the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Award for Monash occupational violence campaign

Award for Monash occupational violence campaign story link jpegMonash Health’s campaign to tackle acts of Occupational Violence and Aggression has been recognised with two significant industry awards.

Life-changing surgeries for livewire from PNG

story link jpegWhen Magdaline was born her mother, Wanis, was told she would probably not survive beyond the age of nine.

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Helping hand makes life worth living

Five years after making headlines for receiving a hand transplant, Cobden man Peter Walsh takes pleasure in the simple things.

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New fund for regional health developments

A dedicated new fund to rebuild rural and regional hospitals will ensure families in regional Victoria have access to the quality health care they deserve.

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Immunisation campaign to secure child safety

The State Government has launched a new campaign to highlight the benefits of immunisation.

Budget

Record increase in health funding
More patients will receive the care, treatment and surgeries sooner with the biggest ever increase in health funding under the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

New fund for regional health developments
A dedicated new fund to rebuild rural and regional hospitals will ensure families in regional Victoria have access to the quality health care they deserve.

Save one a day – Mental Health Plan
Work is underway to implement Victoria’s 10-year Mental Health Plan to achieve better mental health outcomes for Victorians and to save lives.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

New Chief Health Officer
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kym Peake has announced the appointment of Professor Charles Guest as Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Immunisation campaign to secure child safety
The State Government has launched a new campaign to highlight the benefits of immunisation.

Community safety aim of plan on ice action
As part of the next stage of the State Government’s Ice Action Plan, more Victorians will have support to tackle the drug ice.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Award for Monash occupational violence campaign
Monash Health’s campaign to tackle acts of Occupational Violence and Aggression has been recognised with two significant industry awards.

Life-changing surgeries for livewire from PNG
When Magdaline was born her mother, Wanis, was told she would probably not survive beyond the age of nine.

Telemedicine Wimmera stroke saviour
Wimmera Health Care Group is one of 16 Victorian Hospitals taking part in a program to increase the response time and treatment of strokes.

Early diagnosis the goal of research into endometriosis
Royal Women’s Hospital researchers Jane Girling and Sarah Holdsworth-Carson share a goal of finding better ways to diagnose and treat endometriosis.

Helping hand makes life worth living
Five years after making headlines for receiving a hand transplant, Cobden man Peter Walsh takes pleasure in the simple things.

Skin-to-skin care gives bounce to babies
The neonatal intensive care unit and special care nurseries at Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg and Werribee Mercy Hospital care for more than 1,300 premature and sick babies each year.

Abels able to take hold of their lives
Travis and Ellie Abel married in 2012.

Maryborough marks 160 years of service
Maryborough District Health Service has marked a historic 160th anniversary.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

30-year mates host joint art exhibition
Mercy Place Abbotsford residents and long-time friends Brother Patrick Henigan and John Bartlett joined forces to hold an art exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery.

Advance carers convene
Two annual professional learning and networking Advance Care Planning (ACP) events will be held back to back in November.

More support for seniors
The State Government has announced initiatives to address loneliness and social isolation experienced by Victorian seniors and create more age-friendly communities.

Residents tap into the digital therapy
An innovative project is giving residents at Eastern Health’s Mooroolbark Aged Psychiatry Residential Care Facility access to the digital world.

Consulting facility a suite success
Portland District Health’s new-look and newly-named integrated health consulting suite is already proving popular with patients.

Seeking outstanding seniors
The 2016 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards will feature a new award to celebrate and honour the outstanding work that organisations and businesses are doing to create age-friendly communities.

Cobaw acknowledges 30 years of support
Cobaw Community Health has celebrated 30 years of service to the local community.

The art of helping people make conversation
An innovative research project – using art to trigger memories and spark conversation – is reinvigorating St Vincent’s dementia patients.

General

Call for sustainability award nominations
Victorians who have shown leadership in sustainability and a commitment to improving the environment are encouraged to enter the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards and share their stories.

Surgeon stories from the West
The stories of trail-blazing surgeons who worked at Footscray Hospital in its earliest days have been celebrated in a book.

Disability no barrier at Royal Dental Hospital
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne has become the first public hospital in Australia to unveil a fully-accredited Changing Places bathroom facility for people with disability.

Celebrating Aboriginal employment in health sector
More than 60 sector leaders attended a Department of Health and Human Services-hosted breakfast to celebrate the success of strategies to increase Aboriginal employment in Victorian public hospitals and health services.