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April 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

At-risk Victorians urged on flu vax

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Health Minister David Davis has urged Victorians at risk of influenza to be immunised.

Too many cooks? Not in Horsham

story link jpegThe Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation chose a unique way to celebrate its 21st anniversary. 

Scientists hope for brain cell boost

story link jpegScientists hope to unlock the mystery behind brain cell regeneration in an attempt to deliver improved outcomes for trauma patients.

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Aboriginal staff promote their culture at Alfred Health

Alfred Health has three staff members to work with its Aboriginal community.

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Community laps up Latrobe hospital fun run

Community laps up Latrobe hospital fun run

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Dream comes true for Monash kids

Four Monash Children’s patients with chronic illnesses travelled to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast for a Kids Day Out trip.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

At-risk Victorians urged on flu vax
Health Minister David Davis has urged Victorians at risk of influenza to be immunised.

Breakthrough in hepatitis C treatment
A new Alfred Health approach on hepatitis C could cut treatment times, reduce severe side-effects and significantly increase the chances of being cured.

Partners in fight against diabetes
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Diabetes Australia-Vic have signed a memorandum of understanding to help fight disease in indigenous communities.

Aged Care

Body boost trial
An Australian-first study will use the male hormone testosterone, and a nutritional supplement, to reduce the number of under-nourished older people ending up in hospital.

Residents feast on arts and crafts
Orbost Regional Health is encouraging aged care residents to stay involved in their communities and continue to develop new or existing skills.

Eye researchers to trial new treatment to stop vision loss
Frequent injections into the eye could be a thing of the past for patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with the development of the world’s first needleless eye injection.

Sight for sore eyes
Five years ago, Peter Sierakowski, 65, was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a genetic eye disease and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in Australia.

Campaign against pressure ulcers at Maryborough hospital
Maryborough District Health Service is encouraging elderly people with multiple medical conditions to take precautions against pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores.

…from the Secretary
The Department is developing a whole-of-government response to the Productivity Commission’s recently released draft report Caring for Older Australians.

Mental Health and Drugs

Finding the key to alcohol addiction
Understanding the compulsive aspects of alcohol addiction is the goal of an Australian-first study led by the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.

 

 

General News

Cancer patients encouraged to be active
Maintaining an active lifestyle is the best way for cancer patients to combat fatigue, an Eastern Health program has found.

Community laps up Latrobe hospital fun run
More than 600 people took part in Latrobe Regional Hospital’s inaugural fun run.

On guard on teeth – dentists
With the football season well underway, Dental Health Services Victoria is urging players to wear mouthguards.

A birthday visit down memory lane
Former nurse Ellen Gustavsen celebrated her 90th birthday with a visit to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where she worked from 1950 until the midfifties.

Nurse recognised for volunteering in Vietnam
Barwon Health’s Tricia Ansell has been formally recognised by the Vietnamese government for her efforts as a volunteer.

Volunteers keep appointments with rural travellers
Volunteer companions can now accompany country people from the Flinders Street Station and the Southern Cross Station train and bus terminals to health care appointments in central Melbourne.

Burn experts warn on flammable liquids
Burns experts are urging Victorians to exercise caution when handling flammable liquids, following a concerning number of serious burns incidents last year. 

Focus on women’s health
A new Well Women’s and Sexual and Reproductive Health Service at Hastings Community Health will enable more women in the area to have regular Pap screens.

Hospital and Health Services

Doors open on new Sunshine radiotherapy centre
The first public radiotherapy service in Melbourne’s western suburbs has opened at Sunshine Hospital.

Aboriginal staff promote their culture at Alfred Health
Alfred Health has three staff members to work with its Aboriginal community.

Royal Melbourne Hospital action plan a mark of respect
Health Minister David Davis has launched Melbourne Health’s Respecting our Community action plan.

Scientists hope for brain cell boost
Scientists hope to unlock the mystery behind brain cell regeneration in an attempt to deliver improved outcomes for trauma patients.

Dream comes true for Monash kids
Four Monash Children’s patients with chronic illnesses travelled to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast for a Kids Day Out trip.

Spotlight on kidney care
Northern Health has marked World Kidney Day by highlighting healthy lifestyle choices and services available for patients living locally.

Dakar champ is all heart
World Dakar Rally driver Bruce Garland has undergone successful bypass surgery after being admitted to Southern Health’s MonashHeart during a business trip.

Transplant brings twin brothers closer
Andrew, 37, has saved the life of his twin, Scott, with a kidney donation.

Too many cooks? Not in Horsham
The Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation chose a unique way to celebrate its 21st anniversary.