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

International Nurses Day bed race raises replacement funds

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International Nurses Day at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton was celebrated with an entertaining bed race competition.

Health service takes flu fight to staff, volunteers

story link jpegEastern Health’s fight against the flu will have extra punch this winter with a superhero ambassador joining the team.

Maternity break without leaving work behind

story link jpegSt Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Structural Biology Unit’s Dr Lorien Parker has received an award to help her enjoy maternity leave while her medical research continues.

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Kids sitting pretty for dental treatment

Oral health therapists at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne are helping children with severe dental conditions avoid treatment under general anaesthetic by treating them ‘in the chair.’

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Health service volunteers recognised

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has thanked the many Victorians who volunteer their time to care for others in the community.

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Chinese clinicians observe Victorian hospital practices

The relationship between the health systems of Victoria and Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China has taken a step forward with five emerging clinical leaders taking part in observer placements.

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Health service volunteers recognised
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has thanked the many Victorians who volunteer their time to care for others in the community.

Award for Eastern Health Chair
Chair of Eastern Health and the Medical Board of Australia Joanna Flynn has been awarded the 2015 Australian Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award.

Volunteers feted for compassion, commitment
More than 300 Western Health volunteers and staff gathered at Club Italia in St Albans to mark the achievements of Western Health’s 600-strong team as part of 2015 National Volunteer Week.

Study shows how ovarian cancer thwarts therapy
The largest complete DNA analysis of ovarian cancer in the world, provides an insight into the genetic twists and turns the insidious disease takes to outsmart chemotherapy.

Angiogram evidence of lucky escape
Neill Ryan and his wife, Lorraine, can continue enjoying their retirement thanks to a fortunate chain of events that saved his life.

Invention buys time for liver surgeons
Austin Health researchers have built Australia’s first machine to keep a donor liver functioning after being removed from the body.

Maternity break without leaving work behind
St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Structural Biology Unit’s Dr Lorien Parker has received an award to help her enjoy maternity leave while her medical research continues.

Trialling time for women
Mercy Hospital for Women scientists are improving treatment options for conditions that affect one in five women. 

Cancer drug trial at Peter Mac
The first human trials of a new blood cancer drug are taking place at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Study aims to improve road safety
An Austin Health study is measuring the eye movements of motorists to identify those who are nodding off behind the wheel and require treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea.

U.S. TV host, mum, reunite with Sandy midwives
US Today Show host Savannah Guthrie paid an emotional visit to her birthplace – Sandringham Hospital – on her first return back to Melbourne since leaving at age two.

Nurses remembered on ANZAC Day
The 22 nurses who trained at Mooroopna Base Hospital and served overseas during the First World War were honoured at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton.

Health Service Performance and Programs

International Nurses Day bed race raises replacement funds
International Nurses Day at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton was celebrated with an entertaining bed race competition.

New faces at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Sherene Devanesen has been appointed Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Board Chair.

Quilt shapes family futures
Over the past 12 months, Ballarat Health Services midwifery team has created an inspirational ornamental quilt.

Video links urgent care centre and rural doctors
A medical video system linking the urgent care centre and offsite general practitioners is being trialled at Maryborough District Health Service.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Canine care for mental health patients, staff
Passive drug detector dogs are being introduced to NorthWestern Mental Health inpatient units.

Call for trial participants
Eastern Health is seeking people with dementia to participate in clinical trials that may help those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kids sitting pretty for dental treatment
Oral health therapists at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne are helping children with severe dental conditions avoid treatment under general anaesthetic by treating them ‘in the chair.’

Help group targets uncommon condition
Young people with lymphoedema are finding comfort in support group sessions facilitated by Yarra Ranges Health.

Shepparton streets ahead on scooter parking bays
Four mobility scooter parking bays have been constructed in front of the Community Health@GV Health facility in Corio Street, Shepparton.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Health service takes flu fight to staff, volunteers
Eastern Health’s fight against the flu will have extra punch this winter with a superhero ambassador joining the team.

Chinese clinicians observe Victorian hospital practices
The relationship between the health systems of Victoria and Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China has taken a step forward with five emerging clinical leaders taking part in observer placements.

Hospital and Health Services

Safe-sleep swaddle
Mercy Hospital for Women is trialling a unique baby swaddle.