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

Peter Mac hits a high note

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Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre music therapists now have a portable studio to record patients at their bedside.

Pioneering pair step out to start school

Pioneering pair step out to start school story link jpegAlmost five years ago, identical twins Mila and Mika Lichtenstein were born at just 28 weeks after undergoing Australian-first surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital.

Mum and daughter are graduate nurse duo

story link jpegA mother and daughter have begun their careers together as graduate nurses at Northern Health in 2020 – a first.

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Thinking of you always – a message to patients

In November, the University of Melbourne’s consumer academic and advocate Indigo Daya put a call out for volunteers to meet and write letters of love, hope and solidarity for the people spending Christmas in psychiatric units across Victoria.

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Women’s health researchers call girls to science

More than 140 girls in Years 10, 11 and 12 took part in the Meet a Scientist event at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

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Home surgery school prepares patients

Patients across Australia now have access to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s surgery school at home via an interactive virtual classroom.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers
The State Government is stepping up the fight against flu and making vaccinations compulsory for frontline doctors and nurses in hospitals and paramedics caring for Victoria’s most vulnerable patients.

Therapeutic gardening aids drug recovery
Latrobe Community Health Service is using the therapeutic effects of gardening to aid recovery for clients with a drug addiction.

Health and Wellbeing

New mental health reform office gets to work
A new administrative office is leading the implementation of recommendations in the interim report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Boost for new regional doctors, nurses and midwives
The State Government is investing $2.4 million to boost Victoria’s rural and regional hospital workforce and keep young doctors who are starting their careers in country areas.

ED nurse practitioner for Wimmera
Horsham’s Jarrod Hunter has been appointed Wimmera Health Care Group emergency department’s first nurse practitioner.

Home surgery school prepares patients
Patients across Australia now have access to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s surgery school at home via an interactive virtual classroom.

Positive results for paediatric care model
An Australian pilot study of 896 families has found that paediatricians embedded in GP clinics reduced emergency department referrals and unnecessary prescriptions.

Taking the bite out of dental visits
Visiting the dentist these days is pretty much a pain-free process for most but there are those who still get a bit anxious about the procedure.

Collaborative radiation therapy treats heart condition
A highly-precise, targeted radiation therapy has been used to treat Royal Melbourne Hospital cardiology patient Warren Robilliard’s heart.

Hospital kids come home to the northern suburbs
A partnership between Northern Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital has proven an outstanding success.

Challenging cancer patients to gain from genomic sequencing
More than 1,000 Victorian cancer patients are set to benefit from real-time genomic testing in the next three years, aiming to improve diagnosis and provide more targeted and effective treatments for cancers of unmet need.

General

Peter Mac hits a high note
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre music therapists now have a portable studio to record patients at their bedside.

Women’s health researchers call girls to science
More than 140 girls in Years 10, 11 and 12 took part in the Meet a Scientist event at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Pioneering pair step out to start school
Almost five years ago, identical twins Mila and Mika Lichtenstein were born at just 28 weeks after undergoing Australian-first surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital.

Marching with pride
Victorian regional and rural health care service staff took part in the 25th Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda to celebrate solidarity and diversity within the LGBTIQ community.

Mobile app provides grief and bereavement advice
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has launched a free mobile app for access to information and practical strategies for bereaved people and those supporting them.

Mum and daughter are graduate nurse duo
A mother and daughter have begun their careers together as graduate nurses at Northern Health in 2020 – a first.

Cutting edge technology helping paramedics save lives
Victorian triple zero (000) call takers will soon be making life-saving decisions using revolutionary artificial intelligence technology to fast-track urgent care to people suffering cardiac arrests.

Victorian Heart Hospital to provide best care and research facilities
Extensive excavation works are now in full swing at the site of the $564 million Victorian Heart Hospital at Monash University’s Clayton campus.

Health services celebrate 2020 Australia Day Honours
Two Royal Melbourne Hospital surgeons were acknowledged in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Spit study shows healthy diet improves the system
Preliminary results of an ongoing study reveal which bacteria are found in the mouths of Victorians and suggests a healthier diet is key to improved microbial richness.

Western Health cardiology registrar trainee of the year
A final-year cardiology registrar at Western Health has received the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) trainee of the year award for 2020.

Castlemaine beds for Port Moresby
Castlemaine Health has donated more than 130 hospital beds to the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Wellness workshops, naturally
Wimmera Health Care Group has engaged a natural health clinic to present wellness workshops.

Thinking of you always – a message to patients
In November, the University of Melbourne’s consumer academic and advocate Indigo Daya put a call out for volunteers to meet and write letters of love, hope and solidarity for the people spending Christmas in psychiatric units across Victoria.

Blood donors needed over Easter break
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is calling for more people to factor in a blood donation as part of their Easter long weekend plans to prevent a potential blood shortage.

Praise for Rochester healthy eating program
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has been acknowledged by Cancer Council Victoria for its dedication to encouraging staff to eat healthy.