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April 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Oral health leads to good mouth guard

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The teeth of Luna Park’s ‘Mr Moon’ entry face have passed an examination by oral health therapist Susan Tran.

Grants put skin cancer in the shade

story link jpegKingston City Council residents will be the first in Victoria to benefit from the Government’s new $4 million Shade Grants Program to prevent skin cancer.

Bunjil has landed at Box Hill Hospital

story link jpegBunjil the Eagle has arrived at Box Hill Hospital’s newly-constructed main entrance in the lead up to the completion of the $447.5 million redevelopment.

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Holiday help aboard big, red kidney bus

Thousands of Australians living on dialysis will now be able to take a holiday, without missing life-saving treatments.

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Air Force recruits Royal Melbourne staff for ad

Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department and intensive care unit staff have simulated treatments of victims of armed conflict and natural disasters.

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Strategy to support discussion on advance care planning

In a Victorian first, hospitals and health care providers will be supported to help staff, patients and families discuss the difficult and emotional choices that arise when facing a serious illness.

Hospital and Health Services

Ambo referral service goes statewide
Ambulances will be more available to respond to emergencies across rural and regional Victoria thanks to a referral system being introduced across the state.

Team provides healing touch
Every day at Ballarat Health Services, a team of wound care specialists helps provide quality care for patients.

Bunjil has landed at Box Hill Hospital
Bunjil the Eagle has arrived at Box Hill Hospital’s newly-constructed main entrance in the lead up to the completion of the $447.5 million redevelopment.

General News

Monash partner projects benefit from research funds
Intensivist at The Alfred Professor Jamie Cooper will lead a 12-month pilot study measuring the long-term wellbeing of intensive care patients in the community.

Holiday help aboard big, red kidney bus
Thousands of Australians living on dialysis will now be able to take a holiday, without missing life-saving treatments.

Medico-legal first for The Alfred
Former Justice of the High Court of Australia and human rights champion Michael Kirby has launched a unique pilot project to investigate the efficacy and impact of establishing a patient legal clinic at The Alfred.

Call for Early Years Awards nominations
Nominations are being invited for the 2014 Early Years Awards.

Northern notes its cultural diversity
Northern Health has celebrated its community’s cultural diversity.

Air Force recruits Royal Melbourne staff for ad
Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department and intensive care unit staff have simulated treatments of victims of armed conflict and natural disasters.

Palliative care sessions for Turkish community
The Consul General of Turkey in Melbourne Mehmet Apak has launched Culturally Responsive Palliative Care Project community education sessions.

Strategy to support discussion on advance care planning
In a Victorian first, hospitals and health care providers will be supported to help staff, patients and families discuss the difficult and emotional choices that arise when facing a serious illness.

Training van clocks up kilometres
A Grampians region innovative mobile clinical skills training program has celebrated its first anniversary.

Mental Health and Drugs

Women’s mental health unit opens
Women experiencing mental illness in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs now have access to a dedicated residential prevention and recovery service.

Funds back new Mental Health Act
The Government is investing $36 million to ensure the successful implementation of the new Mental Health Act, says Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Oral health leads to good mouth guard
The teeth of Luna Park’s ‘Mr Moon’ entry face have passed an examination by oral health therapist Susan Tran.

Support for MCG breast cancer event
The Government is providing $150,000 towards the Breast Cancer Network Australia’s 2014 Field of Women event to be held before the Melbourne Demons versus Western Bulldogs AFL game on May 10.

New outdoor smoking bans protect children
New laws banning smoking at outdoor public playgrounds, skate parks, swimming pool complexes and sporting venues during underage sporting events came into force on April 1.

Grants put skin cancer in the shade
Kingston City Council residents will be the first in Victoria to benefit from the Government’s new $4 million Shade Grants Program to prevent skin cancer.

Travellers urged on measles vaccine
Victorians travelling to the Philippines and other parts of south-east Asia should ensure they, and their children, are fully-vaccinated against measles.

The experts tackle all the topics
The Women’s Health Book is the first complete guide to health and wellbeing for Australian women of all ages written by women’s health experts

Botox a boon for asthma patients
Monash Health researchers have achieved positive results from a world-first clinical trial that uses botulinum toxin (Botox) to treat severe vocal cord dysfunction in patients with asthma.

Dental program ensures kids keep their happy smiles
Four Ararat primary school principals have signed up to East Grampians Health Services’ Happy Mouths Happy Kids initiative.

Peninsula students lead healthy life
Ballam Park Primary in Frankston is one of the first schools to be recognised under the Government-led Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program.

Melbourne Health staff queue for flu vax
Nearly 1,000 Melbourne Health staff and volunteers were immunised during the first day of the flu 2014 vaccination campaign.

Study investigates safe sun times
Clinicians and medical researchers from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne have launched the southern hemisphere’s largest vitamin D study for young women.

Reminder on immunisation updates
Victorians are being urged to assess their own immunisation needs, as well as the needs of those they care for during Immunisation Week – April 21 to 27.

Walking the way to health
Nine Victorian schools will receive $1,000 of sports gear – and the title of the state’s best walkers – for securing the top spot in VicHealth’s Walk to School competition.