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

Public healthcare leaders honoured

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Victoria’s world-class public health services have been honoured for outstanding excellence and innovation at the 2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Dad group helps fathers of premature babies

Dad group helps fathers of premature babies story link jpegA study showing high rates of depression and anxiety in the ‘forgotten parent’ has prompted the Royal Women’s Hospital to establish a Dads’ Group for fathers of very premature babies.

Pre-schooler study the first ever

Pre-schooler study the first ever story link jpegCost, belief that the child ‘doesn’t really need to go’ and ‘not enough time’ are the top three reasons parents in Victoria are not taking their children to the dentist.

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Mother and family unit celebrates anniversary

The Ballarat Health Services mother and family unit has marked a year of providing perinatal mental health support to families across the Grampians, Wimmera and south-west regions.

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Faster diagnosis for kids with rare diseases

Victorian children with rare genetic conditions are five times more likely to get a diagnosis thanks to an Australian-first DNA testing project, saving thousands of dollars on expensive medical tests.

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Art goes to the heart of health and wellbeing

Works created by a Goulburn Valley Health and Gallery Kaiela Artist in Residence Project pilot have been unveiled.

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Public healthcare leaders honoured
Victoria’s world-class public health services have been honoured for outstanding excellence and innovation at the 2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Call for clinicians to boost patient safety
Doctors, nurses and other health clinicians are being urged to play their part in an overhaul of Victoria’s hospital quality and safety system with expressions of interest for the new Victorian Clinical Council now open.

Care record for cancer patients
Cancer patients across the Grampians and north-eastern Melbourne regions can now keep all their cancer details in one place, organise information and provide tips and questions to ask their health care team.

Faster diagnosis for kids with rare diseases
Victorian children with rare genetic conditions are five times more likely to get a diagnosis thanks to an Australian-first DNA testing project, saving thousands of dollars on expensive medical tests.

Accolade for Mercy Health CEO
Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cornelissen has received a CEO of the Year award.

Finance candidates experience Department, health services
Four candidates are completing a unique health finance program run by the Department of Health and Human Services and EY – one of the largest audit and consulting firms in the world and formerly Ernst and Young.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Dad group helps fathers of premature babies
A study showing high rates of depression and anxiety in the ‘forgotten parent’ has prompted the Royal Women’s Hospital to establish a Dads’ Group for fathers of very premature babies.

Study takes long-term look at premature births
Leading researchers at the Royal Women’s Hospital are undertaking the world’s most comprehensive long-term study into the side-effects of being born premature.

Water, water everywhere and it’s the best of drinks
Ballarat Health Services is encouraging the community to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and promote water as the drink of choice.

Mother and family unit celebrates anniversary
The Ballarat Health Services mother and family unit has marked a year of providing perinatal mental health support to families across the Grampians, Wimmera and south-west regions.

Robotics for rehab in Wangaratta
Northeast Health Wangaratta is the first health service in regional Australia to use three robotic devices in clinical care.

Pre-eclampsia diagnosis breakthrough
The Royal Women’s hospital pregnancy research centre is the leading Australian facility involved in an international trial, testing pregnant women for pre‑eclampsia.

Taskforce seeks nurse ratio submissions
The Nurse/Midwife to Patient Ratio Improvements Taskforce is calling for submissions.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Visit adds strength to collaborations
Victorian Healthcare Association aged care project officer Tayla Baumann spent a day at Bass Coast Health to experience its broad range of programs and services.

Pre-schooler study the first ever
Cost, belief that the child ‘doesn’t really need to go’ and ‘not enough time’ are the top three reasons parents in Victoria are not taking their children to the dentist.

Project takes note of older people needs
A new communication and record book aims to improve service co‑ordination for older people living at home.

Art goes to the heart of health and wellbeing
Works created by a Goulburn Valley Health and Gallery Kaiela Artist in Residence Project pilot have been unveiled.

Improvement for Victorian health and wellbeing
Most Victorians have higher than national average wellbeing but deep inequalities are resulting in poorer health for disadvantaged communities, according to a population survey conducted by VicHealth.

Staff welcome name change, cup visit
The Western Bulldog’s AFL Premiership cup turned up at IPC Health Hoppers Crossing.

Call to sector on dental health
Practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from across Australia have taken part in a conference focusing on the interaction between oral health and general health.