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April 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

New ambulance for critically-ill babies

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Victoria’s most critically-ill babies now have even better access to world-class emergency transport services with the fifth in a fleet of specialised ambulances hitting the road.

Tigers on hand to cheer up children

Tigers on hand to cheer up children story link jpegRichmond Football Club players visited Southern Health’s Monash Children’s for the launch of the Monash Children’s inaugural footy handball competition.

Alfred benchmarks nutrition therapy

Alfred benchmarks nutrition therapy story link jpegThe Alfred—with two other hospitals, one in Sydney and one in Italy—outscored more than 150 international intensive care units—when judged on delivery of nutrition therapy.

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Rural health services celebrate 150th anniversary

Kilmore and District Hospital and East Grampians Health Service have celebrated their 150th Anniversary.

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Warm water and walking—the war on arthritis

The Department of Health and Arthritis Victoria have joined two Neighbourhood Renewal communities to set up volunteer-led community exercise groups.

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Back to the future

A hospital garden party re-enactment has helped Wonthaggi celebrate 100 years of history.

Hospital and Health Services

$1 billion cancer centre consortia named
Health Minister Daniel Andrews has announced the shortlist of companies competing to build the new $1 billion world-class Parkville Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

$1.5 million extra for cancer patients
Victorians with cancer will have access to even better services with a $1.5 million boost for vital medical equipment and an important program supporting younger patients.

Equipment boost for regions
Regional and rural hospitals across Victoria will be boosted by $9.4 million in Victorian Government funding for state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Comfortable in any language
Non-English speaking patients at the Royal Women’s Hospital now have an extra aid to help make their hospital experience comfortable.  

Auslan video interpreting service benefits Geelong
Geelong’s deaf community is set to benefit from quicker and easier access to Auslan interpreters during consultations thanks to a groundbreaking new Government service at the Geelong Hospital.

Tigers on hand to cheer up children
Richmond Football Club players visited Southern Health’s Monash Children’s for the launch of the Monash Children’s inaugural footy handball competition.

Alfred benchmarks nutrition therapy
The Alfred—with two other hospitals, one in Sydney and one in Italy—outscored more than 150 international intensive care units—when judged on delivery of nutrition therapy.

New ambulance for critically-ill babies
Victoria’s most critically-ill babies now have even better access to world-class emergency transport services with the fifth in a fleet of specialised ambulances hitting the road.

Radiology boost for Frankston
More patients will be seen quickly in Frankston Hospital’s radiology department thanks to nearly $5 million in new equipment.

Remote nurses, ambos form effective team
Two people were airlifted out to a major trauma centre in Melbourne because of teamwork by remote area nurses from the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre and local emergency services.

Epilepsy research grant
Austin Health research into the genetic causes of epilepsy has received a boost with a $16.5 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Diabetes ‘champ’ wins excellence award
Diabetes ‘champion’ Wendy Pogue has won an award celebrating the life of Kyabram and District Health Services (KDHS) midwifery coordinator Anne Ryall.

Doctor targeted Royal Melbourne
Royal Melbourne Hospital intern and Commonwealth Games hopeful Greta Meredith credits her sport with giving her the skills to succeed in other areas of her life.

Gippsland south students explore health as career
Gippsland Southern Health Service hosted more than 220 secondary college students from across South Gippsland at its health careers expo.

Alfred hospital trial to give sepsis a shock
The Alfred Hospital’s intensive care unit is taking part in a nation-wide, 40-hospital, multi-centre trial aiming to improve outcomes for patients with severe sepsis.

General

Picture this…
Amateur photographers have been invited to submit pictures for a photographic exhibition to celebrate International Nurses and Midwives Day.

Rural health services celebrate 150th anniversary
Kilmore and District Hospital and East Grampians Health Service have celebrated their 150th Anniversary.

Back to the future
A hospital garden party re-enactment has helped Wonthaggi celebrate 100 years of history.

Women’s health campaigner honoured
Women’s health advocate Keran Howe was inducted on to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women as part of the Victorian Government’s 2010 International Women’s Day celebrations.

Win for women
Mercy Health has been recognised as the Leading Organisation for the Advancement of Women at the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace (EOWA) Business Achievement Awards.

Birthday celebrations for Casey ED
Southern Health’s Casey Hospital Emergency Department has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Time capsule links eras for hospital
The Royal Melbourne Hospital buried a time capsule with items from three eras to mark the 162nd anniversary of the opening of Victoria’s first hospital in 1848.

Close shave for chemotherapy nurse
Southern Health’s Monash Cancer Centre got behind the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Lending a helping hand after Chile disaster
An appeal by contract cleaners, many of whom come from Chile, have led to a donation of 30 hospital beds and mattresses from the Royal Melbourne Hospital to the earthquake-ravaged country.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Statewide plan to improve Aboriginal oral health
Aboriginal health services around Victoria are contributing to a new statewide Aboriginal oral health plan.

Graduates sink teeth into new program
A new graduate program for oral health therapists with degrees from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University has yielded promising results from its first graduate intake.

Warm water and walking—the war on arthritis
The Department of Health and Arthritis Victoria have joined two Neighbourhood Renewal communities to set up volunteer-led community exercise groups.

Therapy helps patients breathe easier
Barwon Health physiotherapists are helping patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) manage their illness.

Aged Care

Andrews House residents to rule the roost
Pet therapy has been given a novel twist at West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Andrews House residential aged care facility in Trafalgar with the opening of a ‘chook house.’

Drugs and Mental Health

Health to be mag message
A collaboration of health agencies will help young Wimmera women produce their own magazine.

Mental health boost for Northern
People with a mental illness in Melbourne’s northern suburbs are set to receive improved services thanks to a new mental health wing of the Northern
Hospital.

Clubs send a message
In 2006, David Langley of Geelong-based technology, engineering and construction business Kempe Group approached Barwon Health about raising awareness of mental health and substance use in the community.