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August 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Tobie tables taste tempters

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Italian-inspired pumpkin risotto with crispy sage and amaretto followed by chocolate tart with crème fraiche – prepared by Tobie Puttock. 

Prem babies thrive on extra care – home delivered

Prem babies thrive on extra care – home delivered story link jpegHome-based intervention improves the development of premature babies and significantly helps their families.

Royal Children’s Hospital structure complete

Royal Children’s Hospital structure complete story link jpegThe last of the massive cranes used in the construction of the Government’s $1 billion world-class Royal Children’s Hospital has been dismantled marking the next stage of the development.

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Royal Melbourne Hospital says thanks for many years of service

The Royal Melbourne Hospital has honoured its volunteers with a special morning tea.

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Southern Health makes public service its business

Southern Health has been named the joint winner of the 2010 Australian Business Award for Public Service.

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Acupuncture trial relieves patient pain

A three-year acupuncture trial is providing pain relief for patients in the Northern Hospital’s emergency department.

Hospital and Health Services

$3.7 million for world-class cancer research
Evaluating the benefits of a world-first project that uses personalised films to support young cancer patients is one of the projects sharing $3.7 million in Government funding for cancer research.

Tobie tables taste tempters
Italian-inspired pumpkin risotto with crispy sage and amaretto followed by chocolate tart with crème fraiche – prepared by Tobie Puttock. 

Southern Health makes public service its business
Southern Health has been named the joint winner of the 2010 Australian Business Award for Public Service.

Monash family room a boon for parents
Parents of sick children at Southern Health’s Monash Medical Centre will soon have their own family room for rest and recuperation.

Automatic queue system wins business award
Djerriwarrh Health Services has received Australian Business Awards – in both innovation and environmental sustainability categories.

Royal Melbourne Hospital says thanks for many years of service
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has honoured its volunteers with a special morning tea.

Assaulted nuts – not good for you
Damage to the genitals can be as devastating for a man as any other motorcycle accident injury and can go unnoticed.

Acupuncture trial relieves patient pain
A three-year acupuncture trial is providing pain relief for patients in the Northern Hospital’s emergency department.

Peter MacCallum leads the way
Yvonne Panek-Hudson has been endorsed as the state’s first oncology nurse practitioner.

Myeloma drug shows promise
A new drug being trialled by the Haematology Clinical Research Unit at The Alfred Hospital is showing potential as an effective treatment for patients with multiple myeloma.

New dialysis unit at Williamstown
Western Health has completed construction of a new dialysis unit at Williamstown Hospital.

She’ll be apples as new Stawell centre opens
Premier John Brumby has officially opened a new $20 million health and community centre in Stawell that brings together a range of vital health services under the one roof.

Royal Children’s Hospital structure complete
The last of the massive cranes used in the construction of the Government’s $1 billion world-class Royal Children’s Hospital has been dismantled marking the next stage of the development.

Cosy, cuddly and cute – courtesy of the CWA
Premature babies in Frankston Hospital’s special care nursery will be warm and snug this winter, thanks to Frankston Country Women’s Association’s Wednesday Craft Group.

Prem babies thrive on extra care – home delivered
Home-based intervention improves the development of premature babies and significantly helps their families.

 

Mental Health

Melton and Bacchus Marsh cyclists pedal mental health
Bike riders from Bacchus Marsh and Melton have pedalled to promote mental health and wellbeing within the community over the past two years. 

Homeless benefit from CEO sleepout
NorthWestern Mental Health Executive Director Associate Professor Alex Cockram and Orygen Youth Health Director Professor Patrick McGorry were among nearly 120 to take part in St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Sleepout.

Extra mental health support for Geelong
Extra help and support for an additional 160 people a year living with a mental illness in and around Geelong will be delivered thanks to a $3 million Government expansion of mental health facilities.

Study a step towards silencing voices
A world-first study by researchers at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) has shed new light on the mechanisms of auditory hallucinations in patients with psychotic illness.

General News

…from the Secretary
The Department’s National Health Reform team has been on the road discussing details of the Council of Australian Government health agreement.

Research centre to speed up the fight against leukaemia
A research centre will open in 2011 to fast-track leukaemia research projects from laboratory to hospital bedside.

Midwife nomination call
Nominations are open for the 2010 State Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Collaboration key for nurse practitioners
More than 80 nurses took part in the inaugural joint Victorian nurse practitioner collaborative meeting. 

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Focus on farm health
An agricultural medicine expert from the United States and another from the UK will be keynote speakers the National Centre for Farmer Health inaugural conference.

Plaque a reminder of commitment to service
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has acknowledged the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of the land with the official unveiling of a plaque.

Aged Care

Visiting radiologists make life a little better for frail Frankston patients
A team of radiologists is providing a visiting service for frail patients at Peninsula Health’s Golf Links Road Rehabilitation Centre.

Patients game for rehabilitation
Western Health is using the Nintendo Wii across Williamstown and Sunshine hospitals for patient rehabilitation.

Melbourne’s first aged care nurse practitioner
In a metropolitan Melbourne and Northern Health first, Broadmeadows Health Service’s Cheryl Donohue has been endorsed as an aged care nurse practitioner.