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May 2015 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Eastern Health podiatrist pledges to help close the gap

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When podiatrist Anna Stybowski was asked to make a pledge as part of Change Day, she jumped at the chance to ignite her passion to make a difference in Aboriginal health.

Experience range attracts docs to Hamilton

story link jpegWestern District Health Service has introduced several training opportunities for doctors with the aim of attracting more medical professionals to the region.

Deakin medical students head for Horsham

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Multicultural society helped by partners

Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has teamed up with North Richmond Community Health’s Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health to address the health needs of a multicultural society.

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Intensive care extends to the environment

Alfred Hospital intensive care unit staff not only care for some of Victoria’s sickest patients – but are helping reduce the impact their work has on the environment.

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Wimmera Base Hospital emergency department hits performance target

Wimmera Health Care Group’s emergency department is on a winner – it has reached all targets set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

General

$1.38 billion extra for Victoria’s health
The Government is putting the health of Victorian families first, investing an extra $1.38 billion in hospitals, ambulances and health programs.

Eastern Health podiatrist pledges to help close the gap
When podiatrist Anna Stybowski was asked to make a pledge as part of Change Day, she jumped at the chance to ignite her passion to make a difference in Aboriginal health.

Multicultural society helped by partners
Monash University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has teamed up with North Richmond Community Health’s Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health to address the health needs of a multicultural society.

New centre at cutting edge of cancer cell research
Research toward better treatments for people with cancer took a leap forward with the official opening of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Advanced Centre for Cancer Cell Isolation and Imaging at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in East Melbourne.

Intensive care extends to the environment
Alfred Hospital intensive care unit staff not only care for some of Victoria’s sickest patients – but are helping reduce the impact their work has on the environment.

Multicultural clinic wins rural health award
Gateway Health has won a 2015 Victorian Rural Health Award for its multicultural clinic in Wodonga.

Call for recall system take-up
Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) is calling on hospitals and health services to register on the Recallnet healthcare system.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Improving hospital medication management
Medication management will improve at Northeast Health Wangaratta with the roll-out of new automated medication cabinets (AMC) into ward areas over the next few months.

Wimmera Base Hospital emergency department hits performance target
Wimmera Health Care Group’s emergency department is on a winner – it has reached all targets set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Back clinic takes the pain out of spinal surgery waiting lists
A new model of care for back pain has helped reduce waiting lists for neurosurgery and orthopaedic spinal surgery.

Deakin medical students head for Horsham
Four Deakin University third-year medical students are spending a year working and studying in Horsham.

New CEO for Yarrawonga
Elaine Mallows has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yarrawonga Health. 

Western Health animation video grabs attention
Western Health’s Simulation Centre has created a Patient Safety is Everyone’s Business animation video.

Experience range attracts docs to Hamilton
Western District Health Service has introduced several training opportunities for doctors with the aim of attracting more medical professionals to the region.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

$117.8 million boost for mental health
The State Government is increasing funding to treat and support people with a mental illness – helping families with innovative care that focuses on their recovery.

Score for people with a disability
A path to better health is now just a click away with the official launch of Score!, an online resource for Victorians with disability.

Call for Senior nominations
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley has encouraged Victorians to nominate inspirational older volunteers for the 2015 Senior of the Year Awards.

Karingal gets teeth into dental care
Dental Health Services Victoria has announced a partnership with Karingal, a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services, care and supports for people with a disability.

Dental priority for homeless
More than 370 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness were treated during a trial hosted by Dental Health Services Victoria in partnership with the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local.

Ice advice line open
A new help line is part of a $45.5 million Ice Action Plan to support families and users.

Ray of sunshine for people with dementia
The sounds of music and laughter have been a welcome surprise to many who visited Sunshine Hospital’s dementia assessment unit recently.

New health centre opens in Gisborne
Nearly 700 people attended the launch of the Macedon Ranges Health Centre in Gisborne.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Pertussis immunisation free for parents
The State Government’s free whooping cough vaccine for expectant parents and parents of newborns will be available from June 1.

Clinical nurse educator improves ED care
Eastern Health’s clinical nurse educator Fabian Schuelke has received the 2015 Emergency Care Improvement Award.

Critical care focus of clinical network
A Victorian Critical Care Clinical Network will be located in the Innovation Hub and Health Service Improvement Branch of the Department of Health & Human Services. 

Victoria takes part in medicinal cannabis trials
The State Government is joining with NSW to help Victorians suffering terminal illnesses or life-threatening conditions to participate in three medicinal cannabis clinical trials.

Alert on poison mushrooms
Autumn conditions have created ideal growing conditions for poisonous mushrooms, Victoria’s acting Chief Health Officer Michael Ackland has warned.