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

Technology transforms child MRI procedures at Monash

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Construction of the world-class $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital is complete with installation of the latest imaging equipment to make diagnostic scans and procedures less scary and upsetting for children.

Virtual reality training for ambos

story link jpegAll Victorian paramedics will undertake new ‘virtual reality’ training to better protect themselves from violence when responding to real-life volatile medical emergencies.

Western Health program has Lukas eating again

story link jpegThe lives of more than 50 children have been transformed thanks to a Western Health program that teaches them to eat after prolonged periods on tube feeding.

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Bendigo welcomes nurse graduates and keeps them

Bendigo Health has welcomed 52 newly-registered nurses.

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Women challenged on active April

Victorian women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and outdo the men and boys at this year’s Premier’s Active April challenge.

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The Women’s woos female students into science

The Royal Women’s Hospital has opened its doors to local schools to encourage more young women into a career in science, research and medicine.

Health Service Policy and Commissioning

Technology transforms child MRI procedures at Monash
Construction of the world-class $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital is complete with installation of the latest imaging equipment to make diagnostic scans and procedures less scary and upsetting for children.

Virtual reality training for ambos
All Victorian paramedics will undertake new ‘virtual reality’ training to better protect themselves from violence when responding to real-life volatile medical emergencies.

New Chief Executive at Austin Health
Sue Shilbury has taken up her position as Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health.

New CEO for South Gippsland Hospital
South Gippsland Hospital has appointed Chris Trotman as Chief Executive Officer.

Test may warn of premature birth
A simple bedside test to accurately predict early labour is under development at the University of Melbourne.

Born early, develop late study
Moderate-to-late premature babies face much higher rates of developmental and behavioural delays than previously thought, an Australian-first longitudinal study by the Royal Women’s Hospital has found.

Bendigo welcomes nurse graduates and keeps them
Bendigo Health has welcomed 52 newly-registered nurses.

Police negotiators partner with mental health services
Every day, Victoria Police negotiators are faced with people in their worst state of mind.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Mercy Health acts on reconciliation
Mercy Health has launched its Health Services Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Care navigator links patients and professionals
Dad Leon Weir is one of more than 500 patients benefitting from Western Health’s HealthLinks pilot program since it began in November.

Boost for home palliative care
A new $5 million fund for community agencies to provide home palliative care will support more Victorians with a terminal illness.

Women challenged on active April
Victorian women and girls are being urged to continue the charge and outdo the men and boys at this year’s Premier’s Active April challenge.

Construction starts on Melton health, community hub
Melton residents will soon have easier access to the vital community health, mental health and family services they need – all under one roof – with construction starting on the $21 million Melton Health and Community Services facility.

Western Health program has Lukas eating again
The lives of more than 50 children have been transformed thanks to a Western Health program that teaches them to eat after prolonged periods on tube feeding.

Cervical screening urged for LGBTIQ people
Health providers are being urged to support sexual and gender diverse people to participate in cervical screening.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Melbourne hosts public health congress
The World Congress on Public Health will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between April 3 and 7.

More 24/7 pharmacies open across the state
Victoria’s first five 24-hour community Supercare Pharmacies have helped thousands get care and advice late at night in just seven months – and with seven more on track to open soon, this number will continue to grow.

General

Exhibition shows The Women in their dual roles
An exhibition that takes viewers into the lives of 16 staff is on display at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Study looks at gestational diabetes treatment
Head of the Royal Women’s Hospital’s diabetes clinic Tom Cade has received a $20,000 scholarship to complete research on gestational diabetes and changes to the way it is diagnosed.

Honour for Royal Melbourne Hospital music therapist
Music therapist Emma O’Brien was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for her service to community health.

Research targets epilepsy
People with epilepsy, acquired following brain trauma, are the focus of a $28 million global push to develop treatments to prevent or mitigate the condition.

Fund to fast-track medical breakthroughs
The State Government’s new research fund to fast-track the latest breakthroughs in health and medical research into everyday care and treatment for patients is now open.

Sleep research may be key to reducing road toll
Ground-breaking Austin Health-led research means police could soon be able to test drivers for drowsiness in a move experts believe will dramatically reduce fatigue-related road death.

Staff proud to march
Health service staff joined thousands of Victorians in the annual Midsumma Pride March.

Study sheds light on MS therapy choices
The findings of an international study led by Australian researchers will influence how doctors treat multiple sclerosis (MS) around the world.

Health professionals take to climate change action
Monash Health intensive care nurse and mum Roslyn Morgan is committed to making a difference on climate change at home and at work.

Boost for post-surgery pain research
Austin Health will lead a $4.8 million study which may be a game-changer in preventing chronic pain after major surgery.

Rotary award for Peninsula Health Chair
Peninsula Health chair Nancy Hogan has won the Rotary Club of Melbourne 2016 Seniors Award for her significant contribution to the community and, in particular, aged care services.

The Women’s woos female students into science
The Royal Women’s Hospital has opened its doors to local schools to encourage more young women into a career in science, research and medicine.