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April 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Warm welcome for families at The Women’s

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Minister for Health David Davis has launched the Tree of Life mural in the Royal Women’s Hospital newborn intensive and special care nursery.

At-risk urged on flu vax

story link jpegVictoria’s Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester has urged Victorians at risk of influenza to be immunised.

Eli loses locks for leukemia

Eli loses locks for leukemia story link jpegEli, 11, had no qualms about ‘doing something useful’ – shaving her head to help kids with cancer.

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Food for thought on Horsham harmony day

More than 100 Wimmera Health Care Group staff learnt about halal food and enjoyed a lunch prepared by the Horsham Islamic Welfare Association on Harmony Day.

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Nurse diploma students at home in Ararat

Twenty University of Ballarat nursing diploma students have begun their courses at East Grampians Health Service’s Pyrenees House in Ararat.

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Cooking no kitchen chore for Maryborough blokes

Maryborough District Health Service is encouraging men to cook healthy, affordable meals through its eight-week Blokes in the Kitchen program.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

At-risk urged on flu vax
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester has urged Victorians at risk of influenza to be immunised.

Funds for biggest ever prostate cancer project
The Government will provide $2 million to Victoria’s largest ever prostate cancer research project aimed at improving care and finding a cure.

Smoking call – stop before your op
Smokers awaiting surgery on the Mornington Peninsula are being encouraged to quit.

Clinic brings treatment closer
A new epilepsy clinic at Sunshine Hospital will make an enormous difference in the lives of patients, according to Western Health neurologist and epileptologist Zelko Matkovic.

Call to act fast on stroke signs
An important social marketing campaign has dramatically improved stroke awareness in Victoria, with more than 800,000 additional people able to identify the signs of stroke since the campaign began.

Kyabram residents get a free kidney check
Kyabram and district residents received free kidney health checks over a four-day period around World Kidney Day in a Victorian first.

Dr Lester new Chief Health Officer
Respected public health practitioner Rosemary Lester has been appointed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Hospital and Health Services

Temporary hospital for Numurkah
A temporary hospital in Numurkah is helping meet the urgent care needs of the flood-affected community.

Warm welcome for families at The Women’s
Minister for Health David Davis has launched the Tree of Life mural in the Royal Women’s Hospital newborn intensive and special care nursery.

Geelong Hospital heart fix an Australian first
Geelong Hospital has conducted an Australian-first revolutionary operation to fix a hole in a local woman’s heart.

Welcome additions at Latrobe Regional
Latrobe Regional Hospital has welcomed 39 graduate nurses and midwives who will gain experience across key areas of the hospital.

Transplant recipient back for seconds
Adam Wild, 39, has seen first hand the changing and developing world of organ transplants.

New Melbourne Health CEO
Dr Gareth Goodier has been appointed Melbourne Health Chief Executive Officer.

Blood cancer survivors target of care project
A new project will improve the health of blood cancer patients following bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.

General News

Report puts Aboriginal health in spotlight
Minister for Health David Davis has launched a Victorian-first study into the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians.

Diverse community celebrates
Northern Health used Harmony Day to share culture, faith and language and to celebrate the benefits multiculturalism brings to a local community.

Department encourages hospitals and health services on climate change initiatives
The Department of Health is encouraging Victorian hospitals and health services to continue responding to the changing climate and embed sustainability within their core businesses.

Food for thought on Horsham harmony day
More than 100 Wimmera Health Care Group staff learnt about halal food and enjoyed a lunch prepared by the Horsham Islamic Welfare Association on Harmony Day.

Nurse diploma students at home in Ararat
Twenty University of Ballarat nursing diploma students have begun their courses at East Grampians Health Service’s Pyrenees House in Ararat.

Eli loses locks for leukemia
Eli, 11, had no qualms about ‘doing something useful’ – shaving her head to help kids with cancer.

Mental Health and Drugs

Nurse practitioner first at Caulfield
A first for Caulfield Hospital will also translate into a major win for the surrounding community, improving care and potentially preventing hospital admissions.

Aged Care

Award for work in aged care
The Department of Health’s Ageing and Aged Care Branch has received an Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Leadership in the Public Sector award.

Cooking no kitchen chore for Maryborough blokes
Maryborough District Health Service is encouraging men to cook healthy, affordable meals through its eight-week Blokes in the Kitchen program.

Coffee and a trip down memory lane
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s Memory Lane Café program – events serving coffee and cake for people with dementia and their carers, family members or friends – now has 14 venues across Victoria.

Wimmera men tell tall tails after day out at the billabong
A group of men from the Wimmera Health Care Group Day Centre had a fruitful day of yabbying a Rupanyup.

Brain game App helps reduce dementia risk
Almost 200,000 people have downloaded Alzheimer’s Australia’s BrainyApp since November to learn how to improve brain-heart health.