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July 2019 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Bundles of joy for first-time parents

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Hannah and Jayden Regmi and their new baby, Evelyn, were among the first recipients of the State Government’s free baby bundles for first-time parents.

Mums get together to talk about their journeys

Mums get together to talk about their journeys story link jpegSix new mums with phenylketonuria (PKU) have met at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for the first time to talk about managing their condition while pregnant.

Reconciliation woven into possum skin cloak

Reconciliation woven into possum skin cloak story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria has fostered reconciliation with the creation of a possum skin cloak, woven by staff and patients at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

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Consumers play a role in healthcare

Retired medical practice manager Sue Gilbert has no acting experience.

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Program keeps EDs safe

Frankston and Rosebud Hospital emergency departments have introduced Safewards programs to create a welcoming, calmer environment for patients and their families.

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Northern Health gets its teeth into patient flow

Northern Health is the first health service in Australia to adopt Bluetooth technology to help improve patient flow.

General

Compassionate choice for Victorians
Victorians with a terminal illness are now able to make an initial request to access voluntary assisted dying, giving them the genuine and compassionate choice over the manner of their death.

Bundles of joy for first-time parents
Hannah and Jayden Regmi and their new baby, Evelyn, were among the first recipients of the State Government’s free baby bundles for first-time parents.

Monash Health celebrates its inspiring volunteers
Monash Health celebrated Volunteer Week by acknowledging the outstanding and inspiring work of the its 377 own.

Champions for change on family violence
Occupational therapist Tom Conway remembers vividly the first few times he saw people present at hospital who appeared to be victims of family violence.

Service commemorates organ and tissue donors
The lives – and life-saving decisions – of hundreds of Victorian organ and tissue donors have been honoured at DonateLife Victoria’s service of remembrance.

New board chair for Eastern Health
Tass Mousaferiadis has been appointed chair of Eastern Health where he has served as a director since 2015.

DHHS staff recognised
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kym Peake has congratulated staff honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list.

Traditional artwork adorns Sunshine Hospital wall
Sunshine Hospital’s Aboriginal Health Unit has collaborated with local Gunnai and Yorta Yorta artist Dixon Patten to create a colourful traditional artwork for the oncology department.

District health service co-opts locals
Maureen Scott worked at Murray Goulburn Co-op dairy food company for 23 years.

Kid tours enhanced by doc’s gift
When first year doctor Anne Tripaydonis was on placement at Wimmera Health Care Group in Horsham in May, she took part in a teddy tour.

Reconciliation woven into possum skin cloak
Dental Health Services Victoria has fostered reconciliation with the creation of a possum skin cloak, woven by staff and patients at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Health service achievers receive Queen’s Birthday honours
Public health services were well represented on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Northern suburbs community takes to flu vax
More than 13,000 people have taken advantage of Northern Health’s flu vaccination campaign.

Health and Wellbeing

Telehealth to treat young onset dementia
A breakthrough telehealth initiative is helping diagnose and treat people with young-onset dementia (YOD), particularly those in remote and regional areas.

Program keeps EDs safe
Frankston and Rosebud Hospital emergency departments have introduced Safewards programs to create a welcoming, calmer environment for patients and their families.

Research finds type one diabetes can be delayed
Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital – and in north America and Europe – have shown the development of type one diabetes can be delayed.

Patient wait times cut
A joint trial has cut waiting times for thousands of outpatients.

Drug slows Parkinson’s
The drug that has slowed and reversed progression of motor neurone disease has been found to work for Parkinson’s disease patients, according to a new trial led by the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Hunt for help for prem bubs pays off
Babies born at 31 weeks could be breathing easier closer to home, thanks to a landmark Australian study.

Consumers play a role in healthcare
Retired medical practice manager Sue Gilbert has no acting experience.

Wimmera patients link with Alfred specialist
Wimmera Health Care Group’s intensive care unit will soon be able to link from Horsham to a critical care specialist at Melbourne’s Alfred Health.

Home care expanded
mecwacare recently expanded its home and community services into the Gippsland region.

The Women’s joins world leaders in unborn baby heart trial
The Royal Women’s Hospital has joined an international trial investigating the best way to slow the dangerously-racing hearts of sick unborn babies without compromising the care of their mothers.

Healthier smiles for Loddon Mallee kids
Aboriginal children in the Loddon Mallee have received their first free fluoride varnish as part of a pilot program.

Northern Health gets its teeth into patient flow
Northern Health is the first health service in Australia to adopt Bluetooth technology to help improve patient flow.

Mums get together to talk about their journeys
Six new mums with phenylketonuria (PKU) have met at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for the first time to talk about managing their condition while pregnant.