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December 2017 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

More babies to access donated breastmilk

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More of Victoria’s sick and premature babies will be able to access pasteurised donated breastmilk, thanks to the State Government’s expansion of the state’s only breastmilk bank at the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Peninsula patients connect to eye specialists

Peninsula patients connect to eye specialists story link jpegPeople living on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula will no longer have to travel if they have an eye emergency with the installation of a new eyeConnect device at Rosebud Hospital.

Department home ground for medical researcher

Department home ground for medical researcher story link jpegJoanne Enticott’s stint as a researcher in residence in the Department of Health and Human Services was so successful she was invited to speak at the Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic) annual general meeting.

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West project encourages kids to take part in sport

More than 20 western suburbs sporting and recreation clubs have taken part in a project to encourage children to participate – and benefit.

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Award for Box Hill ED

Box Hill Hospital ED has been named Australasian Emergency Department of the Year.

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Nurses are all heart

The Heart Foundation has recognised its nurse ambassadors for their outstanding contribution to the lives of patients living with heart disease.

Health and Wellbeing

More babies to access donated breastmilk
More of Victoria’s sick and premature babies will be able to access pasteurised donated breastmilk, thanks to the State Government’s expansion of the state’s only breastmilk bank at the Mercy Hospital for Women.

Peninsula patients connect to eye specialists
People living on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula will no longer have to travel if they have an eye emergency with the installation of a new eyeConnect device at Rosebud Hospital.

Frankston Hospital cancer patients get their own space
Cancer patients and their families on the Mornington Peninsula now have a dedicated space with the opening of an information and resource lounge at Frankston Hospital.

Stroke ambulance to hit the road
Victorian stroke patients will have the very best chance of survival now Australia’s first-ever dedicated stroke ambulance has hit the road – assessing patients on the spot to speed up treatment and save lives.

New push to close the mental health gap
The State Government has launched its new framework to improve the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians, supported by a funding commitment of $22 million.

Guide to cancer services
The 2017 Cancer Services guide provides a comprehensive and valuable roadmap for patients, enhancing their knowledge and directing them to vital local services and providers in their area.

A healthy start for mothers and babies
More mothers and babies will receive the support they need for the best possible start in life, thanks to the State Government.

Warning on heart disease for mid-teens
Victorian women as young as 16 are recording high blood pressure – an alarming early sign of heart disease and stroke risk.

Commissioner raises awareness during Mental Health Week
The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner team took advantage of Mental Health Week to raise awareness of their office.

Cancer surgery equipment a gift
A large donation from the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation means more people will be able to avoid major surgery to remove lymph node glands as part of their cancer treatment.

Award for Box Hill ED
Box Hill Hospital ED has been named Australasian Emergency Department of the Year.

South west elders gain view of the world
Lyndoch Living Warrnambool residents and South West TAFE’s English Second Language students are gaining from a collaboration.

Ambulance, health service agreement a benefit for Ararat
East Grampians Health Service and Ambulance Victoria have signed an agreement that outlines future collaboration in education and training.

New CEO for Rural Northwest Health
Janet Feeny has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rural Northwest Health.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Roll out of real-time prescription monitoring
A state-of-the-art real-time prescription monitoring system will roll-out across the state in 2018, after new laws passed the Victorian Parliament.

Summer swimming – share the pool not the germs
When Benalla Rural City Council’s Public health co-ordinator Callum Morrison was recently trying to work out how to promote a new range of educational materials available from the water unit of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services fate intervened.

Right word at right time saves lives
The State Government is helping people to make long-lasting health and lifestyle choices through a new preventative health campaign.

Revamp for leading sexual health service
More Victorian women will be able to more easily access expert advice on sexual and reproductive health issues, thanks to a modern makeover of the Family Planning Victoria Action Centre in Melbourne.

General

Voluntary assisted dying laws nation first
The Victorian Parliament has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill after a comprehensive, historic and passionate debate in both lower and upper houses.

Ambulance Victoria honours community heroes
Bystanders who stepped in to aid and comfort those injured in January’s Bourke Street tragedy were among Victorians honoured at a Community Hero Awards ceremony.

West project encourages kids to take part in sport
More than 20 western suburbs sporting and recreation clubs have taken part in a project to encourage children to participate – and benefit.

Forum to focus on quality and safety
About 1,250 healthcare leaders from more than 35 countries are expected at the 2018 International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Stairway to fundraising heaven
About 160 paramedics and corporate staff, including Chief Executive Officer Tony Walker, climbed the 88 levels and 1,642 stairs of Eureka Tower last month.

Nurses are all heart
The Heart Foundation has recognised its nurse ambassadors for their outstanding contribution to the lives of patients living with heart disease.

Department home ground for medical researcher
Joanne Enticott’s stint as a researcher in residence in the Department of Health and Human Services was so successful she was invited to speak at the Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic) annual general meeting.

Northern Health promotes careers
Principals and students from secondary and tertiary education services convened with Northern Health’s senior leadership team at the Northern Centre for Health Education and Research, exploring career prospects.

Cystic fibrosis clinical nurse consultant honoured
The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Judith Glazner has been recognised at this year’s Cystic Fibrosis Australia Patron’s Awards.