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August 2021 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

CFA COVID-19 vax frontliners

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CFA crews from Cranbourne and Langwarrin rolled up their uniform sleeves to encourage the community to come forward and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Musician a mentor on mental health

Musician a mentor on mental health story link jpegArnaud LeBon spends his Saturdays using music as a form of therapy for NorthWestern Mental Health patients in the Royal Melbourne Hospital John Cade intensive care and eating disorders units.

Sisters among nurse graduates on a Northern Health journey

Sisters among nurse graduates on a  Northern Health journey story link jpegSisters Jessica and Laura Scuteri were among 56 graduate nurses and midwives who began their Northern Health journey with a two-day orientation.

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Home for Stanhope primary care

Stanhope’s new health facility will house permanent and visiting services from Campaspe Shire Maternal and Child Health Service, Kyabram Regional Clinic and primary health services from Kyabram District Health Service.

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Smiles all round for Horsham children

Horsham’s Goodstart Early Learning is one of seven early childhood services to join the 2021 Smiles 4 Miles program to improve the oral health of children, staff and families.

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Pandemic inspires feelings of gratitude

After the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Scrub Choir went viral with Bruno Mars’ Count on Me in the middle of 2020 it is back.

Health Services

Funds for genomic sequencing to track superbugs
A world-first collaborative trial aims to track superbugs using genomic sequencing.

Electronic medical records system for ED
West Gippsland Hospital’s emergency department has gone live with a new electronic medical record (EMR) system that will inform better care and improve patient experience.

Austin doctors seize on rare epilepsy treatment
A patient with epilepsy has been seizure free since February after undergoing a rare treatment that Austin Health doctors hope could eliminate seizures without the need for open-brain surgery in some epilepsy patients.

Twenty years of meeting the challenge
Sunshine Hospital’s dementia management unit has served patients with challenging behaviour in Melbourne’s western suburbs for 20 years.

Mental Health

Musician a mentor on mental health
Arnaud LeBon spends his Saturdays using music as a form of therapy for NorthWestern Mental Health patients in the Royal Melbourne Hospital John Cade intensive care and eating disorders units.

Youth digital therapy services get $12 million boost
A world-first blend of digital therapy and face-to-face mental health care for young Victorians has been given a $12 million boost.

Public Health

CFA COVID-19 vax frontliners
CFA crews from Cranbourne and Langwarrin rolled up their uniform sleeves to encourage the community to come forward and get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Smiles all round for Horsham children
Horsham’s Goodstart Early Learning is one of seven early childhood services to join the 2021 Smiles 4 Miles program to improve the oral health of children, staff and families.

Community Based Health

Home for Stanhope primary care
Stanhope’s new health facility will house permanent and visiting services from Campaspe Shire Maternal and Child Health Service, Kyabram Regional Clinic and primary health services from Kyabram District Health Service.

North Richmond community celebrates Refugee Week
North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) marked Refugee Week 2021 with a series of actions and events to celebrate this year’s Unity theme.

Travel no barrier for one-stop-shop diabetes treatment
Sale resident Jason Lord travels more than an hour each fortnight to see the integrated primary health services team at Latrobe Community Health Service.

General

Honoured on Queen’s birthday
Four members of Monash Health’s team have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List.

International allied health award winner
Austin Health nutrition and dietetics department senior clinician Brooke Chapman was awarded the 2021 Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IRTA) Allied Health Professional Outstanding Achievement Award.

Migrant students navigate the health system
Northern Health is working with Melbourne Polytechnic to improve health system understanding among students enrolled in the English as an additional language (EAL) program.

Fond memories of the Royal Children’s
Retired Royal Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Stanway has marked many milestones during 15 years of service.

Pandemic inspires feelings of gratitude
After the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Scrub Choir went viral with Bruno Mars’ Count on Me in the middle of 2020 it is back.

End of an era for Monash Health nurse
Beverley Grant has decided to hang up her scrubs and retire – after a 65-year career as a nurse.

Art at the heart of welcome for patients, families and staff
Families staff and visitors to Melbourne health services are being greeted by various forms of artwork.

Sisters among nurse graduates on a Northern Health journey
Sisters Jessica and Laura Scuteri were among 56 graduate nurses and midwives who began their Northern Health journey with a two-day orientation.

Pioneers honoured
Professors John Seymour and Andrew Roberts have received their 2020 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in recognition of their pioneering work in blood cancer.

Medical centre renamed for Wimmera achiever
A lifetime of devotion and 37 years of commitment and achievement at the Wimmera Health Care Group has been recognised.

Video game gifts take kids’ minds off procedures
Oscar Chalmers, 11, is already learning about philanthropy.

Blues don’t let Peter Mac patients down
Two ardent Blues fans – and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre patients – got to rub shoulders with their footy heroes just before Victoria’s fifth lockdown kicked in.