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July 2018 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Trial will ensure mums and bubs breathe easy

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Melbourne researchers are leading an international trial that could improve the survival rates of very preterm babies and decrease their risk of developing chronic lung disease, a condition that may have life-long consequences on their breathing and general health.

USA award for Melbourne Uni researcher

USA award for Melbourne Uni researcher story link jpegThe head of the University of Melbourne’s School of Biomedical Sciences is the recipient of a USA Department of Defense award.

Frankston clinic helps teens grow into womanhood

Frankston clinic helps teens grow into womanhood story link jpegBayside girls and teens with gynaecology problems no longer need to travel to the city to receive specialised care, thanks to a new clinic at Frankston Hospital.

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Recognition for our health volunteers

Victoria’s health volunteer champions have been honoured for their tireless contribution to helping those in need.

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Awards for Victoria’s rural health professionals

The Victorian Rural Health Awards have recognised the outstanding commitment and dedication of health professionals working in country Victoria.

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Patients find peace on rooftop garden

The Royal Melbourne Hospital haematology ward – where some of the most vulnerable patients spend their time – now has a roof garden.

Health and Wellbeing

RCH website shows likely ED wait times
Parents now have access to information about the Royal Children’s Hospital emergency department in real time.

Trial will ensure mums and bubs breathe easy
Melbourne researchers are leading an international trial that could improve the survival rates of very preterm babies and decrease their risk of developing chronic lung disease, a condition that may have life-long consequences on their breathing and general health.

Tube system to improve pathology test times
Wimmera Health Care Group has installed a vacuum system to help improve pathology test processing and result times.

Frankston clinic helps teens grow into womanhood
Bayside girls and teens with gynaecology problems no longer need to travel to the city to receive specialised care, thanks to a new clinic at Frankston Hospital.

Conversation key to connection
Men in Melbourne’s east were encouraged during Men’s Health Week to connect and have conversations with those close to them.

Alfred trauma centre to save more lives
Thousands more of Victoria’s most gravely-injured and ill patients will have access to life-saving care thanks to a multi-million-dollar upgrade of the Alfred Hospital’s emergency and trauma centre, which is now complete.

Royal Melbourne brain drain study
An Australian-first online study is asking how the internet is helping fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Safer outcomes for mums and bubs
The State Government is rolling out a $16 million state-wide initiative to improve maternity care and outcomes for Victorian mothers and babies.

Patients find peace on rooftop garden
The Royal Melbourne Hospital haematology ward – where some of the most vulnerable patients spend their time – now has a roof garden.

Rehab facility for State’s north-east
People in Victoria’s north-east will get better access to specialist drug and alcohol treatment close to home thanks to the State Government’s new residential rehabilitation facility – the first of its kind in the region.

Call for former Defence Force personnel
Turning Point is seeking ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel to participate in pioneering research to understand the role of social connections and support in their transition to civilian life.

More hope for coronary artery disease patients
Researchers have developed a world-first blood test which improves the prediction of the long-term risk of heart attack or death in those with severe coronary artery disease.

Test predicts pre-eclampsia
The Royal Women’s Hospital has become the first Australian hospital to introduce a blood test to help predict who will develop the potentially-deadly pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia.

Docs sock it to mental health issues
When Western Health emergency physician Andy Tagg rallied colleagues to support #CrazySocks4Docs Day this year, his motivation was personal.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Session engages global crowd
The Royal Children’s Hospital trauma service has hosted a masterclass on children’s burns to 162 sites across Victoria, Australia and internationally.

General

Recognition for our health volunteers
Victoria’s health volunteer champions have been honoured for their tireless contribution to helping those in need.

Mural encourages equal participation in sport
Women’s Health Victoria and the City of Melbourne have partnered to launch a vivid and engaging public mural featuring empowering and diverse representations of women and girls being active.

Women make a stand against breast cancer
The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) aims to have 18,235 people form the pink lady on the MCG before the Melbourne versus Sydney Swans AFL game on Sunday, August 12.

USA award for Melbourne Uni researcher
The head of the University of Melbourne’s School of Biomedical Sciences is the recipient of a USA Department of Defense award.

Voluntary assisted dying review board appointed
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Betty King as chair of the new Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

Victorian health sector leaders receive Queen’s Birthday Honours
When Christopher ‘Kit’ Fairley was in primary school, a teacher told his parents he was one of the ‘most stupid’ students she had ever taught and unlikely to ever complete the curriculum.

Initiative leads to waste not, want not
Excess food generated by Melbourne Health’s central production kitchen in Footscray is being donated to those in need instead of going to waste.

Awards for Victoria’s rural health professionals
The Victorian Rural Health Awards have recognised the outstanding commitment and dedication of health professionals working in country Victoria.

Seniors get the download from tech savvy students
Residents at Mercy Place Fernhill in Sandringham are proving you are never too old to learn about the latest tech gadgets.