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October 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Box Hill patients, staff in smooth move

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It took less than seven hours to move Box Hill Hospital’s 220 patients into the new building.

Rosebud dental service blossoms

story link jpegAn expanded dental clinic will accommodate more than 2,000 extra appointments for children and adolescents each year at Rosebud Community Health.

Stalling breast cancer

Stalling breast cancer story link jpegResearchers from Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have discovered how a protein, once activated, can prevent the spread of breast cancer cells from a primary tumour to secondary sites, such as bone.

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Library offers iPad training for seniors

A Government initiative with Telstra and the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service will allow seniors in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to borrow iPads and receive free training.

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Accolade for Department’s Shelley

The Department’s Senior Public Health Advisor Shelley Bowen has been nominated as one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence for 2014.

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Stomach cancer study

The most thorough analysis of stomach cancer ever undertaken has revealed there are four distinct sub-types, shedding new light on how researchers can develop new approaches to tackle the world’s third biggest cancer killer.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Box Hill patients, staff in smooth move
It took less than seven hours to move Box Hill Hospital’s 220 patients into the new building.

Health service board takes power to the people
The Tallangatta Health Service board of management recently travelled to the outer reaches of its southern boundary to the picturesque township of Mitta Mitta.

Bayside community benefits from Sandy ED redevelopment
Modern and spacious treatment areas and a dedicated zone for children are among the improvements of the redeveloped Sandringham Hospital emergency department.

Victoria ready for Ebola virus threat
Victoria is well-prepared if a case of Ebola virus disease should be suspected and detected, says Minister for Health David Davis.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Accolade for Department’s Shelley
The Department’s Senior Public Health Advisor Shelley Bowen has been nominated as one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence for 2014.

Special care for kids in Bendigo
Bendigo Community Health Services will receive $2.6 million in funding from the Government to deliver a purpose-built regional centre for children’s health and wellbeing.

Rosebud dental service blossoms
An expanded dental clinic will accommodate more than 2,000 extra appointments for children and adolescents each year at Rosebud Community Health.

Campaign to tackle binge drinking in young people
The Victorian Government, together with VicHealth, is set to challenge a pervasive alcohol culture with a $1.9 million campaign that aims to empower young Victorians to make responsible decisions about their drinking.

Warning system flags Alzheimer’s symptoms
Caulfield Hospital specialists have developed a three-flag warning system to help people distinguish between memory loss due to normal ageing and forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease, which warrants medical attention.

Ads put heat on ice
A campaign to educate young Victorians about the risks of using the drug ice has been unveiled.

Pilot program opens the door on a place participants can call home
Stefan Ady enjoys nothing more than inviting friends around to share a coffee in his comfortable home.

Library offers iPad training for seniors
A Government initiative with Telstra and the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service will allow seniors in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to borrow iPads and receive free training.

New service for Romsey
A new campus for Cobaw Community Health Services will be established in Romsey thanks to a $733,000 Government funding boost.

Home, sweet home
Linda Rumble was one of the first patients to begin training in the recently-opened St Vincent’s dialysis home therapies unit.

Ways and beans to a better future
A local café is proving popular with Department of Health staff.

Team sets the pace
A PACER (Police, Ambulance and Clinician Early Response) program is reducing the number of mental health presentations to the Frankston Hospital emergency department and cutting Victoria Police callout times.

Mealtimes mates
Residents in Bendigo Health aged care facilities are being doubly-advantaged by the Meal Mates program.

New mental health service opens in Heidelberg
People with mental illness in Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs have access to a 10-bed short-stay service with the official opening of the new Austin Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) facility.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Victoria takes the lead in medical cannabis trials
Legislation to facilitate medical cannabis trials has been introduced into State Parliament, in another significant step towards the use of marijuana compounds in treating or relieving the symptoms of a range of illnesses and conditions.

Donor information amendments passed
Victorians conceived with sperm donated before 1988 will be able to access information with their donor’s consent.

Honouring the memory of war veterans
The ashes of Victorian war veterans will be protected for eternity under new legislation introduced into Parliament.

General

Spiritual centre opened at Ballarat Health
Ballarat Health Services has officially opened its new Spiritual Centre in a multi-faith commissioning ceremony.

Info kit for new parents
Minister for Health David Davis has visited the Royal Women’s Hospital to launch Growing Together – an Australian-first kit for new parents.

Caulfield’s $36 million rehabilitation centre opens
Caulfield Hospital’s new Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre will provide Victorian patients with state-of-the-art rehabilitation services.

Stalling breast cancer
Researchers from Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have discovered how a protein, once activated, can prevent the spread of breast cancer cells from a primary tumour to secondary sites, such as bone.

Researchers lift veil on epilepsy mystery
Melbourne researchers are one step closer to understanding how inherited genes may lead to developing common forms of epilepsy.

Stomach cancer study
The most thorough analysis of stomach cancer ever undertaken has revealed there are four distinct sub-types, shedding new light on how researchers can develop new approaches to tackle the world’s third biggest cancer killer.

Peers honour breast cancer pioneer
St Vincent’s Director of Cancer Services and Oncology Raymond Snyder has been recognised by his breast cancer research peers.

Awareness campaign calls on the past
Living Positive Victoria has launched a syphilis awareness campaign aimed at HIV-positive gay men aged between 40 and 60.