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August 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Monash Children’s staff meet the Run Melbourne team challenge

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Some huffed and puffed their way through the half marathon, others took a more leisurely five kilometre walk along the Yarra.

Volunteers dig deep

Volunteers dig deep tory link jpegAngliss Hospital has had a makeover, thanks to a team of volunteers from Bunnings Warehouse.

Guide keeps school water supplies safe

story link jpegMinister for Health David Davis has released a new step-by-step guide to help regional and rural Victorian schools in safe drinking water management.

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Portland near-perfect on hospital cleanliness

Portland District Health has recorded a near-perfect rating for cleanliness which places it as one of the cleanest hospitals in Australia.

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Taste tests on tapas at Peter Mac

Melbourne restaurant MoVida head chef Frank Camorra prepared a selection of Spanish gastronomic delights for patients undergoing chemotherapy at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

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Eastern Health celebrates NAIDOC Week

A range of activities across all sites marked NAIDOC Week for Eastern Health.

Hospital and Health Services

New hospital targets ‘very challenging’
The Victorian Coalition Government has signed an improved National Health Reform Agreement with the Commonwealth.

New allied health facility for Royal Melbourne
Work has begun on a new home for allied health services at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Royal Children’s Hospital nears completion
Young patients are on track to move into the new $1 billion Royal Children’s Hospital in late November.

Taste tests on tapas at Peter Mac
Melbourne restaurant MoVida head chef Frank Camorra prepared a selection of Spanish gastronomic delights for patients undergoing chemotherapy at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Portland near-perfect on hospital cleanliness
Portland District Health has recorded a near-perfect rating for cleanliness which places it as one of the cleanest hospitals in Australia.

Welcome addition to Royal Melbourne
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has become a more welcoming place for Aboriginal patients and their families by unveiling a contemporary art exhibition during NAIDOC Week.

Colonoscopy service boost
Victorian hospitals will be helped to meet increasing demand for colonoscopy procedures with a $1.81 million boost from the Victorian Government.

Eastern Health celebrates NAIDOC Week
A range of activities across all sites marked NAIDOC Week for Eastern Health.

Monash Children’s brings specialist paediatric services to Gippsland
Gippsland families will benefit from an initiative bringing specialist care closer to home for the region’s youngest patients.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Guide keeps school water supplies safe
Minister for Health David Davis has released a new step-by-step guide to help regional and rural Victorian schools in safe drinking water management.

Specialist hepatitis services opened by Northern Health
Northern Health will soon have specialised services dedicated to hepatitis and liver conditions to help patients living in Melbourne’s north.

Movement at the station on diabetes
Morning peak hour commuters at Southern Cross Station received information promoting awareness that diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

Diabetes care step in the right direction
A $500,000 Western Health diabetes foot service is giving patients with diabetes-related foot complications fast access to a team of specialists working at the patient’s bedside to devise the best treatment plan.

Campaigner breathes new life into Quit messages
The personal costs of life-threatening illnesses caused by smoking are revealed in the latest Quit campaign advertisements.

Kicking goals for cancer research
Minister for Health David Davis joined Carlton Football Club star Bryce Gibbs and the Pratt Foundation to launch a new prostate cancer research initiative.

General News

Monash Children’s staff meet the Run Melbourne team challenge
Some huffed and puffed their way through the half marathon, others took a more leisurely five kilometre walk along the Yarra.

Volunteers dig deep
Angliss Hospital has had a makeover, thanks to a team of volunteers from Bunnings Warehouse.

Travelling scholarship awarded
Alfred Health’s Caulfield Continence Service senior clinician Angela Khera has received a Victorian Travelling Scholarship – a joint initiative of the Victorian Quality Council and the Department of Health.

Online museum showcases 125 years of home nursing
The Royal District Nursing Service is showcasing its 125year history in a unique online museum.

Research focus is amputee pain
While it is well-known that amputees often experience phantom pain in limbs they no longer have, a new study reports them experiencing pain when observing it in others.

Volunteer keeps the wheels turning
If helping people is the core business of health services, Latrobe Regional Hospital volunteer John Trewin is the embodiment of all that the sector aims to represent.

…from the Secretary
I’d like to update you on national health reform.

Mental Health and Drugs

Major mental health boost for Dandenong
Residents in the south-east of Melbourne will now have access to better services thanks to the completion of the first stage of a $69 million redevelopment of Dandenong Hospital’s mental health services.

Artwork celebrates 30 years of Victoria legal aid
A piece of art by Moonee Valley artist Sue E. Armstrong has been unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of Victoria Legal Aid

A helping hand for anorexia sufferers
A study led by Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) aims to understand more about the perception anorexia nervosa sufferers have about their bodies.

Aged Care

Service will add piece to memory loss puzzle
A new service for Gippsland residents experiencing memory loss as they age will soon be available at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

100 reasons to smile as Kingston Centre celebrates
Southern Health’s Kingston Centre has celebrated 100 years of supporting elderly residents in Cheltenham.

Shed a man can call his own
A purpose-built Men’s Shed in the grounds of Rochester and Elmore District Health Service provides a large work area as well as a tea room.