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

Seniors celebrate festival week events

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More than 150,000 older people participated in 1,500 events during the Victorian Seniors Festival in metropolitan and regional council areas.

Youngster thanks Children’s for decade of life

story link jpegIt has been 10 years since the Royal Children’s Hospital saved Finley Warren’s life.

Theatre staff show their true blue colours

story link jpegMercy Hospital for Women is supporting the Little Blue Towels initiative by recycling single use hospital towels in Heidelberg.

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Diversity the key for Dianella Health

Dianella Health’s population health team has been commended by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

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Multicultural celebration of cemetery chapel refurbishment

The heritage of diverse communities in the south-east area of Melbourne has been shared with the reopening of iconic Boyd and Renowden Chapels at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

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The Women’s signs up to help hearing-impaired patients

A website unveiled at the Royal Women’s Hospital during National Week of Deaf People will help hearing-impaired patients.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Safety overhaul to put patients first
The State Government will overhaul quality and safety to drive down avoidable harm in Victorian hospitals as part of the most significant reform of the health system in decades.

Department secretary responds to report on hospital safety
Targeting zero, the review of hospital safety and quality assurance in Victoria focuses its attention on the performance of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Duckett review a challenge to all in the health services sector
As a cardiac surgeon, the safety of my patients is measured in millimetres and this accuracy is enabled by the obsessive control of my operating environment.

Patients and partnerships important for quality and consistency
Many Victorian hospitals are leading the way in quality and safety but we must make the whole system safer with a consistent standard in all health services.

Revamp for Bacchus Marsh Hospital
The State Government will provide $10.6 million to expand and refurbish maternity and surgical services at Djerriwarrh Health Services in a major boost to patient care, access and safety.

Study helps mums and bubs build emotional bonds
A study led by the Centre for Women’s Mental Health is helping improve the health of mothers and babies.

Youngster thanks Children’s for decade of life
It has been 10 years since the Royal Children’s Hospital saved Finley Warren’s life.

International delegation visits mum and bub unit
Delegates from the International Marcé Society’s Biennial Scientific Conference in Melbourne visited Werribee Mercy Hospital’s mother and baby unit to hear about major programs.

Epidurals leave women in labour comfortably numb
A survey to mark National Anaesthesia Day has found 98 per cent of women were satisfied or very satisfied with their epidural pain relief during labour.

Sunshine Hospital cancer patients relieved of parking burden
Sunshine Hospital is easing the car parking burden for cancer patients receiving life-saving chemotherapy treatment.

CEO spends time getting to know his people and patients
Ballarat Health Services Chief Executive Officer Dale Fraser is using his CEO Assist program to learn more about what is happening in the organisation.

Boost for west’s women and children
Six hundred jobs will be created in Melbourne’s rapidly growing west with construction on the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital now underway.

Mental health experiences unmasked
Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr has unveiled a diverse range of masks created by young artists as part of their youth engagement project.

Ballarat perioperative nurses take the cake
The role of Ballarat Health Services staff treating patients undertaking operative or other invasive procedures was celebrated during national Perioperative Nurses Week.

Bigger Casey hospital to meet soaring demand
The State Government will inject an extra $28.61 million into the Casey Hospital expansion to deliver a bigger and better hospital with more beds than first promised.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Seniors celebrate festival week events
More than 150,000 older people participated in 1,500 events during the Victorian Seniors Festival in metropolitan and regional council areas.

Echuca volunteer is Senior of the Year
The contributions of older people have been recognised with Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau and Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley honouring Echuca’s Gwen Smith as Victoria’s Senior of the Year.

Dialysis patients on the move with chair exercises
A clever, chair-based exercise program at Western Health will help patients with final-stage kidney disease increase their mobility.

Diversity the key for Dianella Health
Dianella Health’s population health team has been commended by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

The Women’s signs up to help hearing-impaired patients
A website unveiled at the Royal Women’s Hospital during National Week of Deaf People will help hearing-impaired patients.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

More shade protection for Victoria’s schools
More Victorian school students learning and playing outdoors are set to receive much-needed protection from harmful UV radiation with the installation of shade around their schools.

General

Sector urged to review emergency plans
The Department of Health and Human Services is reminding health services to review emergency management plans.

RCH team receives WorkSafe award
The Royal Children’s Hospital workplace health and safety team has been recognised at the 2016 WorkSafe Health and Safety Awards.

Melbourne Health environment champion
Melbourne Health has topped the health category in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards for its Reducing waste one dialysis patient at a time program.

Multicultural celebration of cemetery chapel refurbishment
The heritage of diverse communities in the south-east area of Melbourne has been shared with the reopening of iconic Boyd and Renowden Chapels at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Cutting hospital carbon footprint a gas
Anaesthetists at Western Health are saving 140 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year – the equivalent to taking 40 Australian cars off the road – after switching the types of gas they use during procedures.

Theatre staff show their true blue colours
Mercy Hospital for Women is supporting the Little Blue Towels initiative by recycling single use hospital towels in Heidelberg.

Excellence award for stroke program
Wimmera Health Care Group has won a Victorian stroke telemedicine (VST) program excellence award.