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

Melbourne Town Hall shines light on elder abuse

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Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined Seniors Rights Victoria to raise awareness of elder abuse by lighting up the Melbourne Town Hall.

Peninsula students armed for a career in healthcare

story link jpegA career in health is in sight for seven local secondary school students who took part in the Hands on Health initiative at Frankston Hospital.

Veteran’s heart warming story

story link jpegWorld War II veteran Eric Manning, 92, is more active than many people 20 years his junior.

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Specialists join jet set for good cause

Alfred Health intensive care specialists have flown more than 15,000 kilometres to give a Queensland father a second chance at life.

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Workers get their teeth into public oral health

Oral health workers from around the state came together for a Dental Health Services Victoria innovations workshop and conference.

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Grants help multicultural seniors stay active and connected

Forty-six grants will help culturally diverse seniors get involved and participate in the community.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Heart hospital planning under way
A specialist heart hospital at Monash University in Clayton will bring together the world’s best in cardiovascular care, research and training.

Health service Board Chairs announced
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced the appointments and re-appointments of eight Victorian health service Board Chairs.

Ballarat helipad takes off
Ballarat Base Hospital’s new rooftop helipad for critical air ambulance emergency transfers is now operational.

Taskforce to tackle hospital violence
An Occupational Violence Taskforce will identify issues and recommend reforms to reduce violence in Victorian hospitals.

Pre-surgery changes to improve recovery
Patients are benefiting from a European approach that improves recovery after surgery at the Alfred Hospital.

A sign that colleagues are listening
Frank Tracomala loves being a kitchen hand in the St Vincent’s Hospital food services department.

Veteran’s heart warming story
World War II veteran Eric Manning, 92, is more active than many people 20 years his junior.

Wimmera wound care program provides comfort
Wimmera Health Care Group has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of pressure injuries in patients and residents, thanks to a program designed by the organisation.

Numurkah Hospital opening a flood recovery milestone
A major milestone in the town’s recovery from the devastating 2012 floods has been reached with the opening of the new Numurkah District Health Service by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.

Specialists join jet set for good cause
Alfred Health intensive care specialists have flown more than 15,000 kilometres to give a Queensland father a second chance at life.

Healthcare suite in the west
Sunshine Hospital’s new interventional radiology suite provides significant benefits.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Melbourne Town Hall shines light on elder abuse
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined Seniors Rights Victoria to raise awareness of elder abuse by lighting up the Melbourne Town Hall.

Mental health nurse course unveiled
A new nursing course at Turning Point introduces basic psychotherapeutic ideas within the context of mental health and alcohol and drug issues.

New era for historic South Melbourne site
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley opened a state-of-the-art residential aged care facility on the site of the former St Vincent’s Boys’ Orphanage in South Melbourne.

No giving up on quitting
Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) is running Healthy lifestyles for people with mental illness clinical trials that include several smoking cessation studies.

Kicking in to support men’s health
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced new funding for men’s health initiatives, awareness and medical research.

Dogs make patients’ day
Wellington House residents and staff are reaping the rewards of a new pet visiting program provided by Delta Therapy Dogs.

Grants help multicultural seniors stay active and connected
Forty-six grants will help culturally diverse seniors get involved and participate in the community.

Workers get their teeth into public oral health
Oral health workers from around the state came together for a Dental Health Services Victoria innovations workshop and conference.

Study finds over-90s are still independent
A patient’s age alone should not dictate daily tasks, according to the researchers of a new study.

Boort resident flowers
Boort District Health Hostel resident Vi Jobling, 90, was looking for something to do that interested and inspired her.

General

Life-saver
The Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation has donated funds to purchase a defibrillator for use in the Dimboola community.

New research shines the spotlight on the shape of the state
Many Victorians have confessed to regularly eating fast food, skipping breakfast and not doing enough exercise.

Tom Symondson is VHA CEO
Tom Symondson has been appointed Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) Chief Executive Officer.

Women’s targets family violence
A Royal Women’s Hospital pilot program trains emergency department clinical staff to sensitively inquire, assess and respond to family violence.

DonateLife appointment
Royal Melbourne Hospital senior intensive care specialist Rohit D’Costa has been appointed DonateLife’s state medical director.

Peninsula students armed for a career in healthcare
A career in health is in sight for seven local secondary school students who took part in the Hands on Health initiative at Frankston Hospital.

Poppy, the patients’ pet
A poodle named Poppy is playing a big part in enhancing the hospital experience for patients at Wantirna Health’s palliative care unit.

Awards for St Vincent’s projects
St Vincent’s Hospital’s Dr Trish Peel and Associate Professor Vijaya Sundararajan have received 2015 BUPA Health Foundation Awards.