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

Patients move into new era in Bendigo

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Patients, doctors and nurses have made an historic move into the $630 million new Bendigo Hospital.

Serious surgery then a welcome seaside spell

Serious surgery then a welcome seaside spell story link jpegTwo-year-old Choity, from Bangladesh, is on the road to recovery.

Hopetoun nurse is top of the class

Hopetoun nurse is top of the class Hopetoun nurse is top of the class story link jpegNewly-graduated Hopetoun nurse Stacey Daly has been recognised by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation for her achievements as a student.

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Goulburn Valley tackles drugs and alcohol

An alcohol and other drugs services plan aims to protect local children, families and individuals by reducing consumption and harm and aid recovery.

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Oral health heroes

Victoria’s most dedicated oral health professionals have been honoured for their commitment to public dental services.

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Doc’s return to Sunshine completes circle

Twenty-six years after Melissa Garwood was born at Sunshine Hospital she has returned to start her career as a doctor.

Health Service Policy and Commissioning

Watchdog looks out for patients
A new watchdog with greater powers to protect patients and crack down on dodgy unregistered health service providers and practitioners has started work.

Patients move into new era in Bendigo
Patients, doctors and nurses have made an historic move into the $630 million new Bendigo Hospital.

New head for VCCC
Eminent Australian clinician scientist Grant McArthur has been appointed Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre executive director.

Tiny babies benefit from skin-to-skin care
A world-first study to assess the safety of skin-to-skin care for very pre-term babies on breathing support has proved the practice is safe and should be encouraged.

Pioneering program works for new nurse graduates
Western Health has pioneered an innovative program to assist newly-graduated Victorian nurses who miss out on jobs in public hospitals.

Hospitals rise to the challenge of record demand
Victorian hospitals have experienced unprecedented demand with 443,084 patients presenting at emergency departments across the state over the summer months, the latest health performance data shows.

Patients lounge while awaiting discharge
Trevor McGill, 92, the 1,000th patient through Wimmera Health Care Group’s discharge lounge was welcomed with party blowers and balloons.

Second cardiac cath lab underway in Ballarat
Building has begun on the second cardiac cath lab at Ballarat Base Hospital.

Train-the-trainer course sees nurses, patients safer
The first Safewards Victoria train-the-trainer course has been received with enthusiasm from participants at Bendigo Health.

Place for patients to play with pet
Monash Children’s cancer patient Riley Macnee, 12, was specially keen to hear about the hospital’s new Visiting Pet Park.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Key to early years health
Bendigo Community Health Services has received keys to a revolutionary $2.6 million child and family services centre.

Breakthrough for women diagnosed with pre-eclampsia
An international collaboration led by the translational obstetrics group based at Mercy Hospital for Women has discovered a treatment that could save many of the 60,000 lives lost each year to pre-eclampsia.

Oral health heroes
Victoria’s most dedicated oral health professionals have been honoured for their commitment to public dental services.

Goulburn Valley tackles drugs and alcohol
An alcohol and other drugs services plan aims to protect local children, families and individuals by reducing consumption and harm and aid recovery.

Program aids recovery after cancer treatment
An innovative model of care to help cancer patients recover has been introduced at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

White ribbon day for Benalla community
Benalla Health continues to promote the prevention of family violence.

Offer enables expert to speak at women’s health events
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is offering a guest speaker at community events.

General

Medals recognise public service
Department of Health and Human Services ageing and aged care branch quality improvement unit manager Maree Cameron and former deputy chief health officer Michael Ackland have been awarded Public Service Medals in the Australia Day Honours List 2017.

Australia Day honours for health sector service
Monash Health board chair Barbara Yeoh and Northern Health board chair Jennifer Williams have been named as a Members of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours List 2017.

Serious surgery then a welcome seaside spell
Two-year-old Choity, from Bangladesh, is on the road to recovery.

Transgender health research a first
Austin Health endocrinologist Ada Cheung is set to investigate the bone effects of hormone therapy in transgender people through a $25,000 fellowship.

Hopetoun nurse is top of the class
Newly-graduated Hopetoun nurse Stacey Daly has been recognised by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation for her achievements as a student.

Doc’s return to Sunshine completes circle
Twenty-six years after Melissa Garwood was born at Sunshine Hospital she has returned to start her career as a doctor.

Further funds to cut wait list for access to HIV risk study
Alfred Health’s PrEPX study will be available to an additional 600 people, thanks to a $100,000 funding boost from the Victorian Aids Council (VAC).

Alfred Health gives good food green light
Healthy food and drinks are the new norm at Alfred Health, thanks to significant changes and commitment to healthy choices across its three campuses.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Heat still a hot topic
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that maximum temperatures for the rest of February and March are likely to be warmer than average in eastern Australia – so heat warnings still apply.

Valley aims to call it quits
The Latrobe Valley community is tackling tobacco use and has discussed practical solutions to local needs.

National award for vax app
The Department Of Health and Human Services’ VaxOnTime app has been recognised with a national award.