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June 2020 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Milestone moment for Casey Hospital

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Casey Hospital’s new intensive care unit is open and admitting patients, marking a major milestone.

Nurse upskill prepares for future

story link jpegVictoria’s health system has received a major workforce boost with thousands of nurses undertaking additional training ahead of the coronavirus pandemic – developing new skills that will continue to be put to good use in hospitals into the future.

Joan Kirner hospital marks first birthday

Joan Kirner hospital marks first birthday story link jpegOne year since it opened its doors to patients in Melbourne’s west, more than 6,000 babies have been delivered at the world-class Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in St Albans.

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Gown shortage stitched up

A Wimmera Health Care Group linen services team initiative helped bolster supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Boort quick off the mark

Boort is a small agricultural community of 870 people in north-central Victoria.

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East Gippsland battles through

Managing COVID-19 came on top of bushfires for Latrobe Regional Hospital community mental health teams in Bairnsdale and Orbost.

Health and Wellbeing

Milestone moment for Casey Hospital
Casey Hospital’s new intensive care unit is open and admitting patients, marking a major milestone.

International Nurses Day a news breaker
Nurses at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre joined colleagues worldwide in celebrating International Nurses Day.

Nurse upskill prepares for future
Victoria’s health system has received a major workforce boost with thousands of nurses undertaking additional training ahead of the coronavirus pandemic – developing new skills that will continue to be put to good use in hospitals into the future.

Joan Kirner hospital marks first birthday
One year since it opened its doors to patients in Melbourne’s west, more than 6,000 babies have been delivered at the world-class Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in St Albans.

Wimmera community backs health service
Wimmera Health Care Group CEO Catherine Morley has praised the community for its support during COVID-19.

Peter Mac scientists going from workbench to bedside
COVID-19 has required everyone to work differently – and at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre this has included researchers getting out of the lab and into hospital wards.

Mental health program to help offenders
Latrobe Community Health Service’s forensic mental health in community health program is the first of its kind in Victoria.

Portables boost capacity
Monash Medical Centre has installed a two-storey demountable unit which houses six negative pressure rooms in response to COVID-19.

Community digs deep for Eastern Health
When Eastern Health Foundation reached out to the local community to support frontline medical teams, it did not expect such an overwhelming response.

Award for child to adult transition service
The Royal Children’s Hospital transition support service has been recognised by the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality Healthcare with the inaugural exemplar award.

Spotlight on nurses
Northern Health surprised nursing staff on International Nurses Day with a special guard of honour, symbolic gifts and live music performed by local musicians.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

A perfect time to quit smoking
A resource hub to help smokers quit takes advantage of COVID-19 physical distancing measures.

General

Family business produces frontline face shields
Kilsyth-based printing firm StylePrint is supporting Victorian healthcare workers during COVID-19 by producing face shields for those on the frontline.

Frontline work a learning curve
For Dr Erin Howells, who works on the COVID-19 ward at Box Hill Hospital, being in the thick of things has been both a challenging and rewarding experience.

A seniors festival like never before
In its 38th year, the Victorian Seniors Festival is returning in a new digital format streamed directly into the homes of more than a million Victorian seniors.

Project makes plastic fantastic
Northern Health marked the 50th Earth Day by showcasing the environmental/recycling initiative PVC Recovery in Hospitals Project.

Free hand hygiene lessons
A free online training tool has been developed by Hand Hygiene Australia to help keep Australians safe returning to work and school.

Virtual birthday party takes the cake
Staff threw a virtual birthday party for Eastern Health Northside residential aged care facility resident, Max, who was unable to have visitors due to physical distancing restrictions.

Royal Melbourne staff in tune for COVID relief
Royal Melbourne Hospital staff have used music to come together during COVID-19.

Top honour for lung cancer champion
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre lung service chair David Ball has been made an honorary fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Boort quick off the mark
Boort is a small agricultural community of 870 people in north-central Victoria.

Telehealth boom for Royal Children’s
Thousands of Victorian families have seen their doctors from home as part of a COVID-19 telehealth boom at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Community challenged to build strength
Inglewood and Districts Health Services’ exercise team Karen McCrann-Peters and Melissa Andrew did not let COVID-19 stop them from providing weekly sessions.

Gown shortage stitched up
A Wimmera Health Care Group linen services team initiative helped bolster supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Website keeps older people active
Western Health physiotherapists have joined forces with clinicians and researchers from across the country to develop a website to help older Australians stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homing in on family and friends
COVID-19 restrictions have led to an amazing experience for Kara Court – St Arnaud campus resident Florence Dellar.

East Gippsland battles through
Managing COVID-19 came on top of bushfires for Latrobe Regional Hospital community mental health teams in Bairnsdale and Orbost.