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April 2017 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Victoria’s newest baby – the birth of Monash Children’s

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The new world-class Monash Children’s Hospital has officially opened its doors and is ready to care for up to 7,000 more sick children every year.

RWH shines spotlight on endometriosis

RWH shines spotlight on endometriosisstory link jpegStaff at the Royal Women’s Hospital used the endometriosis month of March to raise awareness of the disease and latest developments in research and clinical practice.

Health services get active to tackle community obesity

Health services get active to tackle community obesity story link jpegThree Campaspe based-health services are conducting an interagency competition in Active April.

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Williamstown milestone achieved

Williamstown Hospital has achieved a milestone in the care of its geriatric patients – 365 days without a pressure injury.

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Family sports day closes the gapFamily sports day closes the gap

Football and netball action were on display when Eastern Health hosted its Closing the Gap family sports day in Healesville.

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Collaboration keeps diploma students close to home

Students from Ararat and the wider region are studying for their diploma of nursing through a collaboration between East Grampians Health Service and Australian Catholic University.

Health Service Policy and Commissioning

Victoria’s newest baby – the birth of Monash Children’s
The new world-class Monash Children’s Hospital has officially opened its doors and is ready to care for up to 7,000 more sick children every year.

Telehealth boost brings specialist care closer
More regional and rural Victorians will be able to attend specialist doctor appointments in the comfort of their home or local health service thanks to a new State Government investment in telehealth.

Big Billy and Betty mark massive milestone
Two massive cranes on the $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital building site in Sunshine have been named Big Billy and Betty by local school children.

Professor Kilpatrick for Melbourne Health
Professor Christine Kilpatrick has been appointed Chief Executive of Melbourne Health.

Video uses local attractions to recruit workers
Wimmera health agencies are confident a video promoting the uniqueness of the region will help attract health workers from all corners of the globe.

Williamstown milestone achieved
Williamstown Hospital has achieved a milestone in the care of its geriatric patients – 365 days without a pressure injury.

New-look Healesville service unveiled
People living in the Yarra Ranges now have access to a completely refurbished health service with the completion of the $8.8 million Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health redevelopment.

Star rating for patient record technology
The Royal Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital in Australia – and only the second in the Asia Pacific region – to receive two stage six ratings from the international Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for its electronic medical record (EMR).

General

Governor visits Sunshine
Victorian Governor Linda Dessau celebrated International Women’s Day at Sunshine Hospital.

Dressed for the occasion
Ballarat Health Services staff have celebrated Cultural Diversity Week by dressing for the occasion.

Helping hand for nurses and midwives
Health support for nurses and midwives is only a phone call or click away, thanks to a new national service.

Family sports day closes the gap
Football and netball action were on display when Eastern Health hosted its Closing the Gap family sports day in Healesville.

Call for senior nominations
Victorians are being encouraged to recognise the contributions made to the community by older people and organisations by nominating them for the Senior of the Year.

Alliance accepts Aboriginal health challenge
A new organisation in Melbourne aims to tackle the health and social inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

RWH shines spotlight on endometriosis
Staff at the Royal Women’s Hospital used the endometriosis month of March to raise awareness of the disease and latest developments in research and clinical practice.

Collaboration keeps diploma students close to home
Students from Ararat and the wider region are studying for their diploma of nursing through a collaboration between East Grampians Health Service and Australian Catholic University.

Western Health laps up Dogs’ success
In the days leading to the first bounce of the AFL season, the 2016 Premiership Cup did some final laps of honour at Western Health.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Treehouse program lifts Macedon Ranges residents
Carers run on empty tanks, according to Woodend’s Chris Ingram, who looks after his mum, Betty, day-in-day-out as she lives with dementia.

Hippos to remind kids about dental health
A partnership between Dental Health Services Victoria and Zoos Victoria will focus on better dental health for children.

Dental hospital picks less sugar as easy on the tooth
Staff, students and patients are making healthier drink choices at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne’s Toothpicks Cafe following the launch of Less Sugar, Brighter Smiles.

Ice training extended to more frontline workers
Face-to-face ice training will be extended to more frontline health workers to help them respond to people affected by the drug.

Maroondah breast cancer centre work underway
Women in Melbourne’s east will soon have better access to breast screening, assessment and diagnostic services and care closer to home with construction under way on the $10 million breast cancer centre at Eastern Health’s Maroondah Hospital in Ringwood.

Health services get active to tackle community obesity
Three Campaspe based-health services are conducting an interagency competition in Active April.

150 years legacy now six new services
A major Royal Freemasons service development program will deliver 840 new aged care beds across six sites in regional Victoria over the next two and a half years.

Ballarat aged care boost
Mercy Place Ballarat residential aged home will be the first to be built around the ‘small community households’ concept.

Bendigo Health helps Heathcote residents maintain mobility
Residents have attended a mobility scooter education program at the Heathcote Hospital.

Partnership connects community health services
Three Melbourne-based community health services have collaborated to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Sensory stimulation for aged care residents
Residents living with dementia at Mercy Place Shepparton are being supported by a new sensory garden.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Experts discuss thunderstorm asthma
Experts from across Australia have participated in a Department of Health and Human Services-hosted thunderstorm asthma symposium.