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August 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Teddies the source of contact and comfort

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Children and adults suffering flashbacks, fear and thoughts of self-harm are finding comfort from teddy bears used in tactile treatment at the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault.

Soothing sounds of music at Maroondah Hospital

Soothing sounds of music at Maroondah Hospital story link jpegA self-taught muso is making a difference for Eastern Health mental health patients, offering music therapy to those in need.

New moves to promote a healthy Cardinia community

New moves to promote a healthy Cardinia community story link jpegFive-time world champion aerial skier and Olympic medalist Jacqui Cooper joined the Government and Cardinia Shire Council to spearhead the biggest-ever push for healthier lifestyles in the municipality.

Country, city nurse exchange bonus for both story link jpeg

Country, city nurse exchange bonus for both

An exchange program between Western Health and Stawell Regional Health Service is binding city and country.

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Expert advice on healthy food for children

Practical healthy eating advice is now available for early childhood education and care services and primary and secondary schools.

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MonashHeart chest pain clinic marks anniversary

Australia’s first public health rapid assessment chest pain clinic celebrated its first birthday with the news it has potentially saved more than 1,500 lives.

Hospital and Health Services

Hospitals beat urgent surgery target
Victoria’s public hospitals are continuing to meet and beat the surgery targets for the most urgent ill and injured patients.

Country, city nurse exchange bonus for both
AN exchange program between Western Health and Stawell Regional Health Service is binding city and country.

World first in micro-technology brings hope on stroke
A partnership between the Royal Melbourne Hospital and RMIT University could see the world’s strongest micromotor revolutionise stroke treatment.

Just 10 minutes old and already stars
From their first breath, twins Sam and Will Roberts-Stewart have been helping save the lives of other babies.

Nurse practitioner for Wimmera region
Wimmera Health Care Group’s Carmel O’Kane is working as a registered nurse practitioner after receiving her endorsement from the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.

Garden helps healing at Frankston
A healing garden at Frankston Hospital will provide a place for the Aboriginal community to enjoy, relax and get well.

Wound project eases pressure
Pressure ulcers or ‘bed sores’ have been reduced to an all-time low at Ballarat Health Services.

Central Gippsland service wins award
Central Gippsland Health Service has been recognised for its work with the community, winning an award from Gippsland Multicultural Services.

Aged Care

Songs gladden hearts in Maryborough
Community choir Sing Australia Ballarat performed well-known songs for 30 residents and day centre clients at Maryborough Nursing Home.

Mental Health and Drugs

Teddies the source of contact and comfort
Children and adults suffering flashbacks, fear and thoughts of self-harm are finding comfort from teddy bears used in tactile treatment at the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault.

Soothing sounds of music at Maroondah Hospital
A self-taught muso is making a difference for Eastern Health mental health patients, offering music therapy to those in need.

Counselling team comes to Casey
Residents of Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor can now access a new drug and alcohol support and counselling service funded by the State Government.

Postnatal depression website the best
Australia’s Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) has been rated the world-wide website leader for mothers with a postnatal mental illness in an independent, international study.

Alcohol advice crosses language barrier
A Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre initiative is boosting alcohol education among Melbourne’s multicultural community.

Recognition for drug and alcohol centre trio
Three Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre staff have won awards.

General News

Olivia Newton-John Centre calls for volunteers
The call is out for volunteers at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Palliative care clinic keeps patients in the community
Western Hospital has opened a new palliative care clinic.

Alfred medical research centre celebrates 10th anniversary
The Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Ceremony step towards closing the health gap
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were raised for the first time at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Royal Park campus in a ceremony during NAIDOC week.

Botox beats MS tremors
Royal Melbourne Hospital researchers have discovered a treatment for tremors in people with multiple sclerosis – using Botox.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

MonashHeart chest pain clinic marks anniversary
Australia’s first public health rapid assessment chest pain clinic celebrated its first birthday with the news it has potentially saved more than 1,500 lives.

Homeless women get health boost in Melbourne centre
The new Central City Community Health Service, through its partnership with the Royal Women’s Hospital, is offering an innovative walk-in health service for homeless women.

Chronic disease study reveals rates of diabetes
Minister for Health David Davis has released statistics showing about one in 20 adult Victorians has diabetes.

Victorian smokers quit in droves
The number of smokers in Victoria has plunged to the lowest level on record.

Feedback sought on skin cancer prevention plan
A draft five-year plan to improve co-ordination of skin cancer prevention efforts is now open for public consultation.

Expert advice on healthy food for children
Practical healthy eating advice is now available for early childhood education and care services and primary and secondary schools.

New moves to promote a healthy Cardinia community
Five-time world champion aerial skier and Olympic medalist Jacqui Cooper joined the Government and Cardinia Shire Council to spearhead the biggest-ever push for healthier lifestyles in the municipality.