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

VCCC now home after farewell to Peter Mac

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The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is now fully operational within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building.

High-tech change for personal alarm pendant

High-tech change for personal alarm pendant story link jpegPeninsula Health’s clinical director of emergency medicine Shyaman Menon knows all too well that timing is everything in a medical emergency.

Yarriambiack Shire Council tackles population’s love of sugar-sweetened drinks

Yarriambiack Shire Council tackles population’s love of sugar-sweetened drinks story link jpegThe battle is on to reduce weight among the community of Yarriambiack.

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Mental health peer support pilot takes off

Geelong mental health and NDIS provider Pathways has expanded its peer workforce by employing six people with a lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery.

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Clowning around at the Royal Dental Hospital

The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors visited the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, bringing smiles to children, families and staff.

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Corridors resound with the sound of music

Every Thursday afternoon at Sunshine Hospital, the sweet sound of voices singing in unison can be heard coming from the building’s auditorium.

Health Service Performance and Programs

VCCC now home after farewell to Peter Mac
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is now fully operational within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building.

$200 million fund to rebuild regional hospitals open
A $200 million fund established by the State Government to rebuild rural and regional health facilities – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – is now open for applications.

New Chief Executive Officer for Hepburn Health
Hepburn Health Service Board President Chris White has announced the appointment of Glenn Campbell as Chief Executive Officer.

Rural aged care facilities up for refurbishment
The State Government will fund $8 million in refurbishment to public sector residential aged care facilities across rural and regional Victoria.

Corridors resound with the sound of music
Every Thursday afternoon at Sunshine Hospital, the sweet sound of voices singing in unison can be heard coming from the building’s auditorium.

Mental health support to help paramedics cope with trauma
A new mental health training program to better support paramedics cope with the confronting, life-threatening emergencies they face every day will be rolled out across the state, thanks to a new partnership between Ambulance Victorian and beyondblue.

Campaign takes a stand against health worker violence
The State Government will launch a new public awareness campaign to reduce violence in Victorian hospitals as part of a plan to stop attacks against frontline health workers.

New Bendigo Hospital showcases green features
The new Bendigo Hospital will be among the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly in Australia.

Peter Mac cancer survivors preview VCCC
The largest group of past and present patients to step inside Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s home within the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre building had a special preview of the $1.1 billion dedicated hospital and research facility.

North-western Victoria health services to merge
Dunmunkle Health Services and West Wimmera Health Service have amalgamated.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

High-tech change for personal alarm pendant
Peninsula Health’s clinical director of emergency medicine Shyaman Menon knows all too well that timing is everything in a medical emergency.

Yarriambiack Shire Council tackles population’s love of sugar-sweetened drinks
The battle is on to reduce weight among the community of Yarriambiack.

Mental health peer support pilot takes off
Geelong mental health and NDIS provider Pathways has expanded its peer workforce by employing six people with a lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery.

Clowning around at the Royal Dental Hospital
The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors visited the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, bringing smiles to children, families and staff.

Expanded access to info sheets
The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner’s Making a complaint information sheet is now available online in 16 languages, including Arabic, Vietnamese and Croatian.

Rural Northwest Health service absorbs Aboriginal culture
Staff and managers from three Yarriambiack organisations have gained a better understanding of Aboriginal values after a cultural diversity session at Rural Northwest Health’s Warracknabeal campus.

Public aged care facilities to modernise
The State Government is revamping public aged care homes in metropolitan Melbourne.

Improving the future for refugee mums and bubs
Health services are focusing their care on pregnant women from refugee backgrounds under a new Bridging the Gap partnership program.

Western Health takes steps to introduce dementia therapy
People with dementia were calmer, more engaged with others and needed less medication after taking part in a ground-breaking creative arts program at Western Health.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Clinic to treat deadly jack jumper ant allergies
A Victorian-first specialist clinic to treat patients allergic to the deadly sting of jack jumper ants has been established thanks to $210,000 boost from the State Government.

General

Telehealth eases the pain for rural communities
The Department of Health and Human Services is working with Victorian health services to develop telehealth access, particularly in rural communities where care is limited.

Funds for grassroots sporting clubs
Hundreds of sporting and recreation clubs across Victoria have received a share in almost $1 million in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage participation in physical activity.

Trauma education program attracts clinicians
Department of Health and Human Services-funded trauma education project modules have attracted nearly 2,000 enrolled users and 900 certificates of completion have been issues issued.

Victoria’s brightest medical researchers receive Government recognition
The outstanding achievements of Victoria’s most talented, up-and-coming medical researchers have been recognised.

Mums, bubs belles of the ball
The Mercy Health Foundation annual gala ball continued the mission to fund research and care of the most vulnerable and complicated pregnancies – those where there is a major risk of death or disability for either a mother or her unborn baby.

AMA honour for ED physician
Monash Medical Centre ED Director of Emergency Research and Innovation Diana Egerton-Warburton has been awarded the 2016 AMA Woman in Medicine Award.

AV hosts first Ramadan dinner
Ambulance Victoria has hosted its first Ramadan Community Iftar Dinner with the Australian Intercultural Society, Benevolence Australia and the United Muslim Migrants Association (UMMA) Centre.

Chair appointed on family violence
Professor Kelsey Hegarty is Australia’s first chair of Family Violence Prevention.