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April 2016 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Genetic testing a lifesaver

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Genetic testing delivered Tracey Hamilton, 39, shocking news – she and her four children possess genetic mutations that increase their risk of thyroid cancer.

Garden a gift from Maggie

Garden a gift from Maggiestory link jpegPopular Australian chef and food author Maggie Beer received a warm welcome during a visit to Mercy Place Rice Village in Marshall, Geelong.

Scholarships for critical care nurses

Scholarships for critical care nurses story link jpegNurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are recipients of the Bendigo Health intensive care unit auxiliary scholarships for 2016.

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Health services reach out to cancer patients

A new Western District Health Service partnership with the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre is providing oncology services to Hamilton.

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Victorian health services on international show

Victoria’s inaugural International Health Week showcased the state’s healthcare, health education, aged care and medical research sectors to key international business leaders.

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Purple patch for transplant patients

For Cindy Jerman, life was a routine of injections and medical treatment.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Delivering better hospital care
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has visited Austin Health to officially open more beds to expand elective surgery and treat an additional 750 patients a year.

Genetic testing a lifesaver
Genetic testing delivered Tracey Hamilton, 39, shocking news – she and her four children possess genetic mutations that increase their risk of thyroid cancer.

Essendon Fields dialysis service a runway success
The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s new Essendon Fields dialysis service offers 15 stations and two consulting rooms for a nephrology outpatient service.

New CEO for Barwon Health
Barwon Health board chair John Stekelenburg has announced the appointment of Belinda Moyes as Chief Executive Officer.

$19.6 million boost for cancer research
Close to $20 million in State Government grants will support Victorian researchers at the forefront of the latest discoveries in the fight against cancer.

Cobram values its older nurses
Three registered nurses at Cobram District Health have ‘added value’ to their careers by undertaking research projects.

Health services reach out to cancer patients
A new Western District Health Service partnership with the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre is providing oncology services to Hamilton.

Elderly heart patients in the west take heart
Elderly patients with heart problems in the western suburbs are being helped to avoid multiple re-admissions to hospital thanks to a new service.

Technology to transform patient care for Bendigo Health
An Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for Bendigo Health is a step closer after contracts were signed with a software provider.

Terang hospital revamp underway
The biggest revamp of the Terang Hospital and Mount View aged care facility in almost 60 years is underway.

At the business end of Aboriginal health
Aboriginal services at Latrobe Regional Hospital have been expanded to provide a more culturally-sensitive experience for patients.

Scholarships for critical care nurses
Nurses Erin Ray and Alishia Stratford are recipients of the Bendigo Health intensive care unit auxiliary scholarships for 2016.

Purple patch for transplant patients
For Cindy Jerman, life was a routine of injections and medical treatment.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Garden a gift from Maggie
Popular Australian chef and food author Maggie Beer received a warm welcome during a visit to Mercy Place Rice Village in Marshall, Geelong.

Breakthrough in hepatitis C treatment
A new drug treatment, hailed as a breakthrough for treating and curing patients with Hepatitis C, can now be used by Victoria’s health services.

Services made more accessible for refugee community
Registered nurse Saiah Moo Kyi Shwe has joined West Wimmera Health Service to promote health and wellbeing within the Karen community in Nhill.

Sports day helps close the gap
There may have been plenty of competitive spirit on the field but it was reconciliation which was the uniting force at Eastern Health’s Closing the Gap family sports day.

App helps make home sweet home
An innovative app developed by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will help families and carers create a home that is more suitable for loved ones with dementia, helping them to lead fuller and more independent lives.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Victorian health services on international show
Victoria’s inaugural International Health Week showcased the state’s healthcare, health education, aged care and medical research sectors to key international business leaders.

Fiji mission brings help and hope amid cyclone havoc
Victorian health care workers were among teams sent from Australia to assist recovery efforts in Fiji following the destruction caused by tropical cyclone Winston.

General

Towards best practice spiritual care
Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) has released two frameworks allowing health services to benchmark their existing practices.

Faster diagnosis for genetic conditions
More Victorians with genetic conditions will receive quicker diagnoses and better care thanks to the State Government’s $25 million investment in the state’s genomic sequencing capability project.

Global role for RMH specialist
Royal Melbourne Hospital director of clinical haematology and bone marrow transplant Jeff Szer has been appointed president of the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT).

Support for women with endometriosis
Women across Victoria with endometriosis will soon have access to new resources and support to improve earlier diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.