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December 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Hospital staff add Christmas cheer

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Patients in Box Hill hospital’s neurology and gastroenterology ward have received a fillip in the leadup to Christmas.

Family focus for Frankston

story link jpegBaby Max Combes started life tough when he arrived seven weeks premature.

Whoo! Who’s visiting Monash?

story link jpegA baby wombat, sugar-glider and an owl were among the cute and cuddlies that spent some quality time with the patients at Monash Children’s Hospital as part of National Children’s Week.

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Portland Hospital’s resistance troops

Portland District Health has its own band of resistance fighters.

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Students gain healthcare work experience

Two students from Worowa Aboriginal College have completed work experience at Eastern Health.

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BreastScreen Maroondah marks milestones

Maroondah BreastScreen has marked 20 years of screening and assessment in the north-east region of Victoria.

General

Our new Department, our new Ministers
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the establishment of a new Department of Health and Human Services with four Ministers.

They’re bright sparks at Barwon
Barwon Health has received Commonwealth Government accreditation for its role in the FluoroCycle scheme.

Portland Hospital’s resistance troops
Portland District Health has its own band of resistance fighters.

Students gain healthcare work experience
Two students from Worowa Aboriginal College have completed work experience at Eastern Health.

Study finds pre-eclampsia clues
Melbourne researchers may have discovered some answers about the cause of pre-eclampsia and the puzzle of who will develop hypertension in pregnancy.

Young Victorian on international top 100 list
HIV/AIDS activist Mitchell Payne, 24, has been recognised in POZ magazine.

High-speed laser to reduce eye disease
A new, low-impact, low-energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.

Acknowledgement of Department info manager
A Department of Health senior health information manager has been recognised for her work.

Labour of love for life
Looking after the flowers in Frankston Hospital’s wards has been a labour of love for Dorothy Tinney over the past 10 years.

National delegates attend advance care conference
The 2014 National Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care brought together healthcare professionals, policymakers and researchers to discuss practice, principles and research.

City honours HIV researcher and campaigner
Inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute and leading HIV scientist and infectious diseases physician Sharon Lewin has been named Melburnian of the Year.

Wound relief study
A University of Melbourne researcher is studying the impact of living with wounds that take more than four weeks to heal.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

New State plan for ebola action
The Department of Health has updated its plan to guide the state in preparing for, and responding to, a suspected or confirmed case of ebola.

Update for Victorian influenza pandemic plan
The updated Victorian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza is now available.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Hospital staff add Christmas cheer
Patients in Box Hill hospital’s neurology and gastroenterology ward have received a fillip in the leadup to Christmas.

New framework for hospital performance
The Department of Health will introduce a new public health service performance monitoring framework for 2014–15.

Family focus for Frankston
Baby Max Combes started life tough when he arrived seven weeks premature.

Overseas success for Alfred cancer therapy
Alfred Health’s radiation oncology team has helped the Malaysian National Cancer Institute (MNCI) to successfully introduce a proven treatment for men with prostate cancer.

Frankston ED ready for move
Frankston Hospital’s redevelopment is almost at hand-over stage.

Whoo! Who’s visiting Monash?
A baby wombat, sugar-glider and an owl were among the cute and cuddlies that spent some quality time with the patients at Monash Children’s Hospital as part of National Children’s Week.

Warrnambool physio clinic cuts waiting times
A clinic in South West Healthcare’s physiotherapy department has reduced patient waiting times for knee and hip replacements and eased demand on its orthopaedic surgeon.

Me and my shadow – walk a mile in my shoes
As an assistant nurse unit manager in the intensive care unit, Kate McCarthy has a greater tolerance for stress than most – which might explain why she was so willing to allow St Vincent’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Fielding to ‘shadow’ her at work.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Quit campaign videos win award
A groundbreaking Alfred Health-led campaign featuring life-changing conversations between health professionals and patients, inspiring them to quit smoking, has won a major award.

Psychosis and family planning
An overlooked area of women’s mental health has been tackled in a study by researchers of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc).

Reminiscing on ‘the greatest team of all’
In an Australian first, Barwon Health has received a new Geelong Football Club reminiscence book to help aged care residents living with dementia.

Diabetes Australia grant for Victorian researchers
A Victorian team led by principal investigator of behavioural research in ophthalmology at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) Gwyneth Rees has been awarded the prestigious Millennium Type 2 Diabetes Grant of $150,000.

Upton House equipped to improve mental health
People undergoing treatment for mental health conditions will benefit from a significant improvement in facilities at Eastern Health’s Upton House, following generous donations from Box Hill Rotary Club.

BreastScreen Maroondah marks milestones
Maroondah BreastScreen has marked 20 years of screening and assessment in the north-east region of Victoria.

Smiles as dental professionals honoured
The finest in the public dental service have been recognised at the 2014 Public Oral Health Awards ceremony.