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August 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Ballarat cancer centre opens

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Ballarat’s $64 million state-of-the-art Regional Integrated Cancer Centre is officially open.

Special support for Aboriginal babies

story link jpegA maternity clinic at the Northern Hospital is providing specialised support to expectant mums and the newest members of the local Aboriginal community.

Rural midwives upgrade skills and experience

story link jpegThe Maternity Connect Program (MCP) is broadening the clinical knowledge and experience of 160 midwives from small rural health services through short-term placements with larger maternity services.

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MasterChef judges offer patients a fresh outlook

MasterChef judges took a break from their television duties to teach Royal Children’s Hospital patients about the importance of fresh produce.

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One in a thousand

Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital staff members have delivered more than 1000 babies in 12 months.

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Elders enjoy outings and activities

For Mooroolbark resident Irene O’Loughlin, being a member of Eastern Health’s elders planned activity group means more than regular social outings.

Hospital and Health Services

Ballarat cancer centre opens
Ballarat’s $64 million state-of-the-art Regional Integrated Cancer Centre is officially open.

Special support for Aboriginal babies
A maternity clinic at the Northern Hospital is providing specialised support to expectant mums and the newest members of the local Aboriginal community.

New ambulance station and vehicles for Swan Hill
The Government is investing $1.67 million for a new stateof-the-art ambulance station and two single responder unit vehicles in Swan Hill.

Fun run benefits young patients
Angliss Hospital has opened its new paediatric unit.

Rural midwives upgrade skills and experience
The Maternity Connect Program (MCP) is broadening the clinical knowledge and experience of 160 midwives from small rural health services through short-term placements with larger maternity services.

One in a thousand
Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital staff members have delivered more than 1000 babies in 12 months.

Ballarat Base Hospital helipad plans unveiled
Architectural plans for Ballarat Base Hospital’s new helipad have been unveiled.

Appy kids
A new iPad app showcasing the well-known artwork at the Royal Children’s Hospital has been launched to critical acclaim.

Frankston expansion boost for south east
Expansions to the Frankston Hospital emergency department will significantly improve acute services to the south eastern suburbs, says Premier Denis Napthine.

Kerang hospital facilities take shape
Kerang residents will soon see plenty of activity around the $36.3 million Kerang District Health redevelopment.

Aged Care

Seniors festival to shine by night in 2013
A Festival after Dark will be a highlight of this year’s seniors week.

Garden therapy for dementia patients
Dementia patients on Sunshine Hospital’s secure geriatric evaluation and management ward now have access to a therapy garden thanks to the hard work of local volunteers.

Chisholm provides HACC training
The Department of Health has contracted Chisholm Institute to promote and deliver the new Victorian HACC Education and Training Service.

Stimulation for all the senses
Patient senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell will be engaged by a colourful sensory garden at the Peter James Centre in Burwood East.

Real meal deal
A multicultural lunch to highlight healthy eating and cooking on a budget attracted more than 30 members of the Latrobe Valley community in Gippsland recently.

Elders enjoy outings and activities
For Mooroolbark resident Irene O’Loughlin, being a member of Eastern Health’s elders planned activity group means more than regular social outings.

Positive move to inform aged care providers
A Living Positive Victoria Senior Voices project will better address the needs of over-50s living with HIV.

General News

Following the facts on path to improvement
More than 150 Department of Health, health service and research institute staff heard public health expert Professor Fiona Stanley espouse the use of data in improving Australians’ health and wellbeing

NAIDOC Week sees landmark agreement signed
The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges signed a landmark collaboration agreement during NAIDOC Week.

Doctors work together towards change
Two junior doctors have completed a unique accredited clinical improvement rotation for basic physician trainees at St Vincent’s Hospital, delivering important results for patient care.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Funds for HIV trial
The Victorian Government will contribute towards a groundbreaking new project to test the efficacy of medications in reducing transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

MasterChef judges offer patients a fresh outlook
MasterChef judges took a break from their television duties to teach Royal Children’s Hospital patients about the importance of fresh produce.

Boost for Aboriginal spectacle subsidy scheme
The Government has announced a $750,000 boost to the Victorian Aboriginal Spectacle Subsidy Scheme (VASSS).

Telemedicine puts patients in touch with home dialysis
In an Australian first, Western Health’s Department of Nephrology is using innovative telehealth solutions to provide greater levels of support and monitoring, enabling more patients to undertake home dialysis. 

Researchers equipped to study kidney disease
A fluorescent microscope could hold the key to better outcomes for patients with renal failure.

Peninsula’s kidney angels
Rosebud Hospital Dialysis Unit has won a Kidney Health Australia Operation Angel Award.