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

Bulldogs kick goals on men’s health

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Avid Western Bulldogs fan and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy was a keynote speaker at the season two launch of Sons of the West.

Fulbright scholarship for Bendigo ED doctor

story link jpegBendigo Health emergency physician Mark Putland has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.

Dental degree will be a dream come true

story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria’s Melissa Stevens is set to fulfil her dream of becoming a dentist, having been accepted into the dentistry program at La Trobe University.

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Foundation supporters boost Eastern Health research

Vital health research has received a welcome boost with more than $200,000 injected into a number of cutting-edge projects at Eastern Health.

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Advice to eat healthy as diabetes numbers rise

New figures from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) show that 27,000 Victorians have been diagnosed with diabetes in the past year alone. 

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Children’s ward a sunnier space

Sunshine Hospital has officially opened the doors to its redeveloped children’s ward and the new Ronald McDonald family room.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Frankston Hospital redevelopment open
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has opened the stage three redevelopment of Frankston Hospital, including its new and larger emergency department.

Sports day helps close the gap
The spirit of reconciliation was on show when Eastern Health hosted its annual Closing the Gap sports day.

New country ambulance accommodation welcomed
Leopold has its first ambulance branch and Mildura has replaced an out-dated building constructed in the late 1950s.

Accommodation meets needs of seasonal staff
Lorne Community Hospital’s accommodation building for short-term staff has been officially opened.

Partnership for Northern Health, Kilmore Hospital
Northern Health and the Kilmore and District Hospital are developing a partnership to meet the increasing health needs for the growing northern community.

New Box Hill ward response to growing demand
Eastern Health has opened a new ward at Box Hill Hospital in response to growing demand for health services across the eastern region.

Study a game-changer for stroke treatment
Melbourne truckie Sam Kalogiannopoulos was driving one day when his vision went blurry.

Single session radiation therapy a reality
A team of experts at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has used complex mathematical modelling to predict radiation dosage.

Oh, what a feeling… at Northern Health
Northern Health has adopted a form of project management used at Toyota and other Asian companies.

The eyes have it at the Royal Melbourne
A partnership between the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne is giving patients faster access to outpatient eye care.

Technology allows food for thought
The introduction of technology has given Benalla Health food services department the chance to interact more with patients and residents.

Health services greet nurse graduates
Monash Health Chief Executive Officer Shelly Park and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy have welcomed the 2015 cohort of 248 nursing graduates.

Children’s ward a sunnier space
Sunshine Hospital has officially opened the doors to its redeveloped children’s ward and the new Ronald McDonald family room.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Action plan to tackle ice scourge
The State Government – on the advice of Victoria Police and health and legal experts – will embark on a landmark, $45.5 million effort to reduce the supply, demand and harm of a drug that’s ruining lives.

Whooping cough student campaign
Secondary students from Years 7 to 10 will receive whooping cough vaccinations this year in a bid to help curb an upsurge in the potentially deadly disease.

More seniors added for bowel screening
From this year, 70 and 74-year-olds will receive kits at home as the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program widens to include additional age groups.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

Call for Victorians to be active in April
Victorians are urged to register for the Premier’s Active April, which challenges people to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines in April.

Bulldogs kick goals on men’s health
Avid Western Bulldogs fan and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy was a keynote speaker at the season two launch of Sons of the West.

Advice to eat healthy as diabetes numbers rise
New figures from the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) show that 27,000 Victorians have been diagnosed with diabetes in the past year alone. 

Boost for mother and baby bonding program
A program, shown in a recent study to help lower postnatal depression symptoms by up to a staggering 75 per cent, received a huge boost with a $300,000 donation from Liptember in partnership with Chemist Warehouse.

Dental degree will be a dream come true
Dental Health Services Victoria’s Melissa Stevens is set to fulfil her dream of becoming a dentist, having been accepted into the dentistry program at La Trobe University.

Shoppers get the message on fruit and veg
Eastern Health dietitians have held an expo at Yarra Junction shopping centre about the importance of healthy eating and providing advice on setting simple, achievable goals.

General

Fulbright scholarship for Bendigo ED doctor
Bendigo Health emergency physician Mark Putland has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.

On-song Rochie choir arts group of the year
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service Sing Out Loud Choir was named the Rochester Arts Group of the Year in the recent Shire of Campaspe Australia Day Awards.

Foundation looks back on quarter century
The Ballarat Health Services Foundation has entered its 26th year of raising funds for BHS projects.

Victorians most generous for organ donation
Victorians are the most generous in the country for donating their organs after death.

Foundation supporters boost Eastern Health research
Vital health research has received a welcome boost with more than $200,000 injected into a number of cutting-edge projects at Eastern Health.

Study targets the cancer free
The Cancer Council Victoria is seeking participants for a newly-launched Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study.

Survivors send cancer screen reminder
A BreastScreen Victoria advertising campaign is encouraging Victorian women to register for breast screening.