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September 2018 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Molly talks the talk

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After having issues communicating, five-year-old Molly McDonald is now thriving, thanks to the paediatric speech pathology team at Peninsula Health.

Skateboard safe space supports young people with psychosis

Skateboard safe space supports young people with psychosis story link jpegA skateboarding initiative that creates a ‘safe space’ for teens and young adults to discuss their experiences with psychosis and other mental health concerns has been introduced by the headspace youth early psychosis program (hYEPP).

Nurses provide support for chemotherapy patients

story link jpegA new model of care will help people receiving chemotherapy in Victorian public hospitals.

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AFL joins the team

The AFL has joined forces with the Organ and Tissue Authority in a push to increase national registration rates.

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Ultrasound captures babies’ first breaths

Doctors at the Royal Women’s Hospital have captured moving ultrasound images of the lungs of newborn babies as they take their first breaths.

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Dentist time a treat for sisters

Triplets Ruby, Milla and Ava Dummett and their younger sister, Stevie, love going to the dentist.

Health and Wellbeing

More nurses and midwives to care for Victorians
The State Government has introduced landmark legislation that will enshrine stronger nurse and midwife to patient ratios – guaranteeing an extra 600 nurses and midwives across public hospitals.

Rotation program for RMH and Peter Mac
An occupational therapy rotation program between The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is under way.

Portal links RCH patients and health professionals
Following a successful pilot across 29 sites, the Royal Children’s Hospital has made RCH Link available to non-RCH healthcare providers in the community who form part of an RCH patient’s care team.

World-class hospital to serve central Victoria
The completely rebuilt Bendigo Hospital has been formally opened, marking the official arrival of the world-class facility that will treat and care for central Victorians for many more years to come.

Clinic to transform paediatric care
Goulburn Valley Health has opened the state’s first clinic solely dedicated to treating foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Ultrasound captures babies’ first breaths
Doctors at the Royal Women’s Hospital have captured moving ultrasound images of the lungs of newborn babies as they take their first breaths.

Warning on magnet safety
Doctors at Monash Children’s Hospital are warning parents of the dangers of leaving fridge magnets within reach of children after seeing a rise in admissions to hospital.

Suicide prevention program expands to six more hospitals
The State Government is saving lives and supporting people at their most vulnerable across Victoria with the expansion of the successful hospital outreach post-suicidal engagement (HOPE) initiative.

Action on ambulance stations
Eltham’s new ambulance station is officially open with Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy unveiling the $1.6 million cutting-edge facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

General

Molly talks the talk
After having issues communicating, five-year-old Molly McDonald is now thriving, thanks to the paediatric speech pathology team at Peninsula Health.

Skateboard safe space supports young people with psychosis
A skateboarding initiative that creates a ‘safe space’ for teens and young adults to discuss their experiences with psychosis and other mental health concerns has been introduced by the headspace youth early psychosis program (hYEPP).

New health service CEOs
Nick Bush has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Echuca Regional Health.

Smart watches may give stroke prevention time
The technology used in smart watches may provide a cue for people with abnormally fast heart rates to visit their doctor.

Teens with a disability the target of bullying
Adolescents with a disability have much poorer health and wellbeing than those without.

Dentist time a treat for sisters
Triplets Ruby, Milla and Ava Dummett and their younger sister, Stevie, love going to the dentist.

Reality bites on food insecurity
Food insecurity does not just happen in third world countries – it is happening in Frankston.

Workshops improve dementia care
General practitioners and practice nurses have joined forces to improve dementia support across Western Victoria with a series of cognitive care in workshops.

The big picture on organ donation
A series of photographs on organ transplantation have been exhibited on the walls of Austin Hospital’s intensive care unit and Victorian Parliament.

AFL joins the team
The AFL has joined forces with the Organ and Tissue Authority in a push to increase national registration rates.

Gift for Amy so special
Amy Burrows-Dooley is a happy three-year-old who will realise as she grows older that her donated liver was an incredible gift.

A family business
Mike Martin is encouraging everyone to consider organ donation as he recovers at The Alfred following a lung transplant.

Pain control down to a fine art
When Helen Saigal is immersed in her art, the pain caused by autoimmune disease lupus, just fades away.

Mastering the art of science communications
Usually the subject of media interviews, the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Catherine Granger recently found herself on the other side of the microphone as part of a two-week residency at the ABC in Sydney.

Website to promote oral health support
Dental Health Services Victoria has launched the Supporting every smile website to help disability support services promote good oral health.

Finding sparks hope on multiple sclerosis
University of Melbourne researchers have found a way to rebuild damaged nerve coverings that cause multiple sclerosis.

Backing for brightest medical researchers
Medical breakthroughs using artificial intelligence to more reliably detect skin cancer and smartphone technology that assesses mental health could be just around the corner, thanks to funding from the State Government.

Prescription monitoring system online soon
Australia’s first comprehensive real-time prescription monitoring system will be online next month.

Nurses provide support for chemotherapy patients
A new model of care will help people receiving chemotherapy in Victorian public hospitals.

Going an extra mile for a radiant smile
Cobaw Community Health is supporting early childhood settings in the Macedon Ranges through Dental Health Services Victoria’s Smiles 4 Miles oral health promotion program.