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May 2021 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Fine art of surgery raises funds for foundation

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Retired anaesthetist Bob Smith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Western Health Foundation by selling his unique collection of artwork – created inside surgical theatres.

Dummy cleaning links to food allergy risk

Dummy cleaning links to food allergy risk story link jpegA Geelong study that links sterilising pacifiers – dummies – with an increased risk of food allergies in babies has gained international recognition.

They’re the team of the mighty West

They’re the team of the mighty West story link jpegWestern Health is acknowledging a special group of staff members and volunteers who have a unique connection to their workplace.

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Northern graduates settle in

Ten allied health graduates at Northern Health are taking part in a program to help them transition from student to professional.

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RCH appeal a tally-ho

The 2021 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal final tally stands at $17,122,879.

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Cutting edge technology for Peter Mac patients

The first Gamma Knife to be installed in Victoria, at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is fully operational.

Mental Health

New facilities designed with patients in mind
The State Government is transforming Victoria’s mental health system with 120 new mental health beds across four new acute mental health facilities.

Campaign calls for respect and support
Victorians are being encouraged to back and celebrate their LGBTIQ+ family members and call out harmful stereotypes and discrimination – in a powerful new awareness campaign backed by the State Government.

Youth mental health centre offers parenting support
Expecting parents can receive health and parenting advice, help getting to and from appointments and support from other young pregnant women at a youth mental healthcare centre in Morwell.

Health Services

Northern graduates settle in
Ten allied health graduates at Northern Health are taking part in a program to help them transition from student to professional.

RCH appeal a tally-ho
The 2021 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal final tally stands at $17,122,879.

Young cancer patients in the fast lane
Victoria’s ONTrac dedicated service for young people with cancer was literally on the track at Sandown Raceway.

Birds and butterflies in the bunker
The radiation therapy bunker used for paediatric patients at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is now full of birds, butterflies and snowflakes.

Work begins on Wonthaggi Hospital
The State Government is delivering the best healthcare for Bass Coast families with the major expansion and upgrade of Wonthaggi Hospital now underway.

Cutting edge technology for Peter Mac patients
The first Gamma Knife to be installed in Victoria, at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is fully operational.

Nutritious and diverse food for hospitals
Victorian public hospital patients will have access to higher quality, more culturally diverse and locally-sourced food with new standards to be introduced by the State Government.

Language no barrier to patient welcome
Northern Health’s patient experience team has developed a new welcome pack.

Analysers facilitate COVID tests
Monash Health’s pathology team has installed new instrumentation in its COVID-19 laboratory – two Panther Fusion analysers have come online to help expand testing.

Praise for Northern ICU staff
Long-stay patient Mark Lazaric, 57, has visited the Northern Hospital intensive care unit to thank staff who cared for him during his 43 days in ICU.

Monash ED welcomes families
Monash Medical Centre’s new ED is complete, giving families in Melbourne’s expanding south-east better access to emergency care close to home.

Public Health

Oral health advice on the web
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has launched a new website with enhanced accessibility to improve the oral health literacy of vulnerable people.

Drive-through dental screening clinic cuts wait times
If you can have a drive-through screening clinic, why not a drive-through dental screening clinic?

Wastewater team wins
The Departments of Health and Families, Fairness and Housing’s Wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 team has received an Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victorian Leadership in the Public Sector award.

Dummy cleaning links to food allergy risk
A Geelong study that links sterilising pacifiers – dummies – with an increased risk of food allergies in babies has gained international recognition.

Community Based Health

Health service honours traditional owners
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) has unveiled a native garden and renamed its aged care facility in recognition of the area’s Aboriginal heritage and history.

Banyule team tests 50,000 for COVID
The Banyule Community Health Greensborough drive-through testing site team celebrated the administration of its 50,000th test for COVID-19 in April.

Community transport service for Rochie
Rochester became the second Victorian community to benefit from a partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with the launch of Rochester and Elmore District Health Service’s community transport program.

Aboriginal Health

Reconciliation plan to help close the gap
Central Bayside Community Health Services marked National Close the Gap Day by launching its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

General

Fine art of surgery raises funds for foundation
Retired anaesthetist Bob Smith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Western Health Foundation by selling his unique collection of artwork – created inside surgical theatres.

Call for senior award nominations
Nominations for the 2021 Victorian Senior of the Year awards are now open.

They’re the team of the mighty West
Western Health is acknowledging a special group of staff members and volunteers who have a unique connection to their workplace.

Call for help to improve health outcomes
Victoria’s longest standing mortality and morbidity council is seeking up to 14 new members, with a special call for people who can help address health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Transplant recipients say thank you
Stories of strength and resilience amid adversity are being showcased in a new podcast by DonateLife Victoria.