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April 2015 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

All smiles at kinder

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Ringwood Uniting Church Kindergarten has received a Smiles 4 Miles award.

Food safety tips for World
Health Day

story link jpegMinister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford marked World Health Day at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, reminding Victorian families about the importance of food safety.

Don’t be an April faller

story link jpegWimmera Health Care Group raised awareness of falls prevention by wearing April Falls Day t-shirts.

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Eastern Health encouraged to ask question

Eastern Health is starting to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are identified and referred to their most appropriate services.

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Nurses choose year in Maryborough

Four registered nurses have been accepted for the Maryborough District Health Service 2015 graduate program.

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Award honours Kelly Weire

Bendigo Health’s Sarah Gallagher is this year’s recipient of the Kelly Weire Memorial Award.

General

Victorians fly out for cyclone effort
Victorian health care workers were deployed with the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) to Vanuatu as part of the Australian Government’s response to Cyclone Pam.

Smoking bans at hospitals and schools
New smoking bans have been brought forward by the State Government to protect more Victorians from second-hand smoke.

Award honours Kelly Weire
Bendigo Health’s Sarah Gallagher is this year’s recipient of the Kelly Weire Memorial Award.

Parklands return to old Children’s site
Premier Daniel Andrews joined City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to officially open new parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville.

Lymphoedema subject of info session in Ballarat
Ballarat Health Service has hosted a free lymphoedema information session.

Compost helps vegie garden get a wriggle on
Ballarat Health Services and a local worm farm have teamed up to ensure food scraps generated at the Ballarat Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Centre go full circle.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

All smiles at kinder
Ringwood Uniting Church Kindergarten has received a Smiles 4 Miles award.

Food safety tips for World Health Day
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford marked World Health Day at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, reminding Victorian families about the importance of food safety.

Don’t be an April faller
Wimmera Health Care Group raised awareness of falls prevention by wearing April Falls Day t-shirts.

Participants reap the benefits of diabetes study
Cobram man Bob Beggs has not looked back since enrolling in the T4DM (testosterone for the prevention of diabetes mellitus) study.

Dental health services help close the gap
Tooth decay is about one third more in Aboriginal children according to Dental Health Services Victoria.

Opening doors for people with mental illness
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley has announced a $3.57 million boost to support people with a mental illness find and keep a rental property.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Women’s health 150th year milestone marked
The Royal Women’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first lecture on obstetrics and gynaecology with a lecture and dinner.

Beams all round at new Bendigo Hospital
The world-class new Bendigo Hospital reached a historic milestone when the final beam was lifted to the building’s highest peak.

Alfred nurse practitioner a first
Peter Tregaskis is the first nurse practitioner in Australia to be endorsed in peritoneal dialysis.

Eastern Health encouraged to ask question
Eastern Health is starting to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are identified and referred to their most appropriate services.

Nurses choose year in Maryborough
Four registered nurses have been accepted for the Maryborough District Health Service 2015 graduate program.

Western District hails new nurse generation
Harry Purvis from Cavendish started thinking about nursing as a career when he saw a double degree offered at Australian Catholic University Ballarat that would allow him to complete two degrees in four years, rather than just one in three.

Eastern Health welcomes patient opinions
Eastern Health has become the first Victorian health service to officially ‘sign up’ to patient feedback website Patient Opinion.

Study on pre-pregnancy weight loss benefit
Anjulie Palipane knew losing weight would increase her chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Fertility protection trial
Options for younger women undergoing chemotherapy and potentially facing early menopause have received a boost at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Intern program attracts young doctors to the country
The Grampians Medical Training intern program has welcomed its first-ever intake of medical interns to Maryborough.

Old love leads to a new outlook
Annette Lade always loved her music but she never guessed it would help in her recovery from a horrific road accident.

Seniors Card holders log on to win iPads
Victorian Seniors Card holders have a chance to win an iPad in a new competition encouraging older people to connect with the latest digital technology.

Radiography rotations boost rural services
Maryborough District Health Service medical imaging department, in partnership with Lake Imaging of Ballarat, will provide training for interns for the first time. 

World-class emergency care for Sunshine
The $29.28 million redevelopment of Sunshine Hospital will provide Melbourne’s west with world-class emergency care closer to home.