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

Libraries allow more seniors to be tech-savvy

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The State Government is partnering with Telstra to deliver free technology training to help seniors from multicultural backgrounds get connected online for the first time.

U.S. Vice President visits as VCCC opens

U.S. Vice President visits as VCCC opens story link jpegUnited States of America Vice President Joe Biden toured Victoria’s landmark $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre ahead of its official opening.

Flu vax rates exceed target for Victoria

Flu vax rates exceed target for Victoria story link jpegWimmera Health Care Group has surpassed the State target for staff flu vaccinations but has no plans at stopping the campaign.

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Working together to improve primary health care

Collaboration is the key to delivering improved health outcomes, according to a region-wide platform of service providers and organisations across Melbourne’s east.

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RCH notes 25 years of music therapy

In 1991, the Royal Children’s Hospital appointed its first music therapist Beth Dun.

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RCH acts on plan to provide quality care

The Royal Children’s Hospital has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlining real and measurable actions to be achieved over the next two years.

Health Service Performance and Programs

U.S. Vice President visits as VCCC opens
United States of America Vice President Joe Biden toured Victoria’s landmark $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre ahead of its official opening.

Western Health celebrates culture during NAIDOC Week
Music and dance were central to a colourful display of Aboriginal culture held at Sunbury Day Hospital as part of NAIDOC Week.

Osteoporosis care for patients after bone fractures
Every eight minutes someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with an osteoporotic fracture.

RCH acts on plan to provide quality care
The Royal Children’s Hospital has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlining real and measurable actions to be achieved over the next two years.

Maternity ward equipped and trained
Wimmera Health Care Group’s maternity ward has new equipment to help nurses treat pregnant women.

Tower power for Northern Health
The Tower at the Northern Hospital has been officially opened.

Procedure pilot treats new mums
A more efficient, less painful process for assessing the bladder function of women after they have given birth has been successfully trialled at Western Health.

Rural Northwest donation boost for cancer centre
A second $50,000 donation from neighbouring health service Rural Northwest Health helped the Wimmera Cancer Centre appeal reach $941,490.

10,000 saved lives is goal of cancer initiatives
Victoria has set itself the ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years as it launches a co-ordinated plan to tackle the insidious disease.

Guidelines on paediatric injectables
The Royal Children’s Hospital pharmacy has released the fifth edition of its Paediatric Injectable Guidelines.

RCH notes 25 years of music therapy
In 1991, the Royal Children’s Hospital appointed its first music therapist Beth Dun.

Ear, ear for successful 3D facial prosthetics
Royal Melbourne Hospital and Deakin University researchers have transformed the life of a Geelong woman after creating Australia’s first 3D prosthetic ear.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Flu vax rates exceed target for Victoria
Wimmera Health Care Group has surpassed the State target for staff flu vaccinations but has no plans at stopping the campaign.

Ambitious plans to eliminate hepatitis
The State Government is planning to eliminate hepatitis B and C by 2030 with ambitious targets that exceed those set by the World Health Organisation.

Strategy to deliver world-class medical research
The State Government has released a $20 million plan to ensure Victoria continues to be a world leader in ground-breaking health and medical research that is changing lives.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Libraries allow more seniors to be tech-savvy
The State Government is partnering with Telstra to deliver free technology training to help seniors from multicultural backgrounds get connected online for the first time.

Grampians cancer projects share grants
Nine projects within the region will share $100,000 in Grampians Integrated Cancer Service improvement grants.

Retailers given advice on customers with dementia
Memory support experts have taken to the streets of Warracknabeal to raise awareness of residents living with dementia.

Victorian women in world-first study
Victoria has joined a world-first study to investigate how menopause affects women after their ovaries have been removed to reduce their cancer risk.

Working together to improve primary health care
Collaboration is the key to delivering improved health outcomes, according to a region-wide platform of service providers and organisations across Melbourne’s east.

General

New VicHealth Chair announced
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced the appointment of Fiona McCormack as the new Chair of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Top job for Professor Brendan Murphy
Professor Brendan Murphy has been appointed Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.

Comprehensive cancer centre board heads appointed
Professor Linda Kristjanson has been appointed Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Board Chair and Professor Bob Thomas Deputy Chair.

Health services join fight against family violence
Health services have joined forces to promote the White Ribbon campaign advocating an end to violence against women.

The Women’s White Ribbon champions lead from the front
Les Reti and Vinay Rane are helping the Royal Women’s Hospital reach White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation.

VincentCare go-to service on homelessness
VincentCare Victoria is being approached by other homelessness service agencies to provide advice and guidance in the area of quality.

Sound night’s sleep a step towards better health
An Eastern Health expert is calling on people to better understand the importance of a good night’s sleep.