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September 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Blues, Dons draw but kids win

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The Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation was the winner of the Carlton versus Essendon AFL final game of the season.

High tech help for chronic heart failure patients

story link jpegThere is more help at hand for people at risk of chronic heart failure – the single biggest killer of women in Australia.

Forces join to close the gap on Aboriginal cancer

Forces join to close the gap on Aboriginal cancer story link jpegAboriginal leaders and healthcare advocates from around Victoria have teamed with cancer experts from across the spectrum of the disease to discuss mortality rates.

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Elective surgery waiting lists slashed

Elective surgery waiting lists have dropped to 38,244 after a record level of activity in Victoria’s hospitals, Minister for Health David Davis has said.

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Video provides emergency contraception info

YouTube sensation and television show Neighbours regular Louna Maroun is the star of a new video produced for young women by the Royal Women’s Hospital.

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EGHS happy with award

East Grampians Health Service has been recognised as an Australian Business Awards 100 Winner for Community Contribution in 2014 for its outstanding commitment to the creation and development of the Happy Mouths Happy Kids initiative.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Tough new penalties for healthcare assaults
The Government will introduce new offences that will bolster the protection of health practitioners against assault and threats.

Radiotherapy safety boost
A ‘silicon detector’ smaller than a five-cent piece has delivered a boost in safety for Victorian cancer patients by enabling real-time monitoring of the radiation dose they receive.

Hospital acknowledges its academic links
Barwon Health has revealed new branding that reinforces its position as a leading provider of healthcare and training for the sector.

Elective surgery waiting lists slashed
Elective surgery waiting lists have dropped to 38,244 after a record level of activity in Victoria’s hospitals, Minister for Health David Davis has said.

EGHS happy with award
East Grampians Health Service has been recognised as an Australian Business Awards 100 Winner for Community Contribution in 2014 for its outstanding commitment to the creation and development of the Happy Mouths Happy Kids initiative.

Health services size up maternity problems
Improving patient care for obese pregnant women giving birth by caesarian section, and hospital resources for them, is the focus of a new University of Melbourne-led study.

State-of-the-art Box Hill Hospital opens
Melbourne’s eastern suburbs will benefit from improved, innovative health care with the completion of the 52,000-square-metre main Box Hill Hospital building – the first stage of the $447.5 million redevelopment.

High tech help for chronic heart failure patients
There is more help at hand for people at risk of chronic heart failure – the single biggest killer of women in Australia.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Cervical cancer vaccine protects community
The vaccine given to girls to help ward off cervical cancer is showing promise in providing population-wide protection and reducing infections it is not designed to affect.

Video provides emergency contraception info
YouTube sensation and television show Neighbours regular Louna Maroun is the star of a new video produced for young women by the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Australian drugs conference confronts ‘ice’
‘Ice’ will be the focus of the 2014 Australian Drugs Conference on October 15 and 16 at the MCG.

Forces join to close the gap on Aboriginal cancer
Aboriginal leaders and healthcare advocates from around Victoria have teamed with cancer experts from across the spectrum of the disease to discuss mortality rates.

Communication goal for speech pathologists
Ballarat Health Services speech pathologists have joined their national colleagues in promoting the International Communication Project 2014 (ICP2014).

Regional libraries help seniors wrestle the web
The Government is partnering with Telstra through the Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program to roll out a new and free training program that encourages more seniors to embrace technology.

New law to tackle alcohol-related harm
The Government has introduced legislation to help reduce alcohol-related harm in Victorian communities.

Gut-wrenching ad confronts obesity
A hard-hitting public education campaign based on a confronting depiction of the damage caused by being overweight or obese has been launched by Minister for Health David Davis.

Research reveals new anorexia nervosa findings
Adolescents who are not underweight but have lost a significant amount can still be suffering from life-threatening complications associated with anorexia nervosa, a new research study has found.

Festival focus to include Docklands
Senior Victorians will be invited to explore Docklands when the harbourside community is showcased for the first time during the 2014 Victorian Seniors Festival.

Discount energy plans for Seniors Card holders
Victorian seniors are being encouraged to take advantage of potential savings now available on their electricity and gas bills through the Victorian Seniors Card Program.

General

Patients calling Dr Google for health info
The advent of ‘Dr Google’ and WebMD have empowered patients to participate directly in their own treatment, says Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip.

Blues, Dons draw but kids win
The Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation was the winner of the Carlton versus Essendon AFL final game of the season.

How does your dentist brush up?
Dental Health Services Victoria has called for nominations for the 2014 Public Oral Health Awards.

Bridge connects VCCC Project facilities
Construction of a bridge link over Grattan Street in Parkville was a key stage in connecting the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) facilities being built north and south of Grattan Street.

Award for oncologist
The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Geoff Lindeman has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to Australian cancer research and treatment.

Epilepsy pioneer honoured
Child epilepsy expert and Austin Health Director of Paediatrics Ingrid Scheffer has been awarded the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF) Medal in recognition of the profound difference her research has made to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

Recognition for intensive care pioneer
The contribution to intensive care medicine of Austin Health’s Rinaldo Bellomo has been recognised with a Victorian Royal Australasian College of Physicians 75th anniversary award.

Victorian to head women living with HIV agency
Straight Arrows Executive Officer Rebecca Matheson has been appointed Global Director of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW).