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December 2009 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Oh, baby

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Bairnsdale women will have even better access to the highest quality maternity services close to home thanks to $125,000 in Government funding.

Mental health hotline opens

Mental health hotline opens story jpegAll Victorians will have access to a 24-hour Government Mental Health Advice Line.

RCH staff recognised

RCH staff recognised story link jpgKey Royal Children’s Hospital medical and nursing staff involved in the separation of conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna have been treated to a rare civic reception at Government House.

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Young people warned on dark side of tanning

A hard-hitting $1 million television ad campaign is warning young people about the dangers of tanning under the scorching summer sun

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Record number of nurses study at Western Health

A record 85 nurses have completed the one-year graduate nursing program at Western Health.

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Pupils bring Christmas cheer to Dande Hospital

Christmas came early to Southern Health’s Dandenong Hospital with the help of children from Dandenong North Primary School.

Hospital and Health Services

High five for project that helps sick children
Preparation works for the construction of the $4.2 million expansion of Casey Hospital’s special care nursery have begun.

Oh, baby
Bairnsdale women will have even better access to the highest quality maternity services close to home thanks to $125,000 in Government funding.

Support for spine patients
Spinal cord injury patients will benefit from a $3.2 million pilot program to improve health, independence, quality of life and reintegration into the community.

Heart help is at hand
A six-month pilot study involving the use of a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has led to a significant improvement in the time it takes to deliver in-hospital treatment for patients suffering from a heart attack.

Improper use of accelerants fuel concern
The Alfred Hospital’s specialist burns unit is likely in 2009 to surpass last year’s number of patients treated.

Burns care recognised
Sandringham Hospital’s Margaret Villella has been recognised for creating a more streamlined approach to burns treatment.

Relaxing space a place for patients to call their own
Patients with brain tumours at the Royal Melbourne Hospital now have a pleasant, quiet place to share with family and friends during a treatment stay.

Kidney care anniversary
A quarter of a century ago, a partnership between North West Dialysis Service and Ballarat Health Services transformed the lives of rural patients with kidney disease.

Trauma management expertise exported
Japan is the latest in a string of countries to turn to The Alfred Hospital for guidance in trauma management.

Communication a key to assessment
A study by occupational therapists and speech pathologists at The Alfred Hospital promises to improve communication problems for patients with a traumatic brain injury.

Peter Mac popular for work experience
It was a case of history repeating when Jessica MacCallum-Cruz, 15, enjoyed a week of work experience inside Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s research laboratories.

Record number of nurses study at Western Health
A record 85 nurses have completed the one-year graduate nursing program at Western Health.

RCH staff recognised
Key Royal Children’s Hospital medical and nursing staff involved in the separation of conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna have been treated to a rare civic reception at Government House.

Pupils bring Christmas cheer to Dande Hospital
Christmas came early to Southern Health’s Dandenong Hospital with the help of children from Dandenong North Primary School.

General

Victoria’s community heroes honoured for their bravery
Inspirational Victorians have been honoured for their courage and compassion in going to the rescue of others in critical life-threatening emergencies.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Aboriginal health boost
Aboriginal Victorians will have improved and more culturally-appropriate healthcare thanks to a $8.6 million Government funding boost.

Cycling becomes joy riding around Port Fairy
Moyne Shire Council has bought 10 new bicycles and a mobile trailer to boost the Port Fairy over-50s cycling program.

Young people warned on dark side of tanning
A hard-hitting $1 million television ad campaign is warning young people about the dangers of tanning under the scorching summer sun.

Free tests for country Victorians
Rural Victorians now have access to free testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections.

Peninsula visitors warned of summer dangers
A record-breaking hot start to summer has been a reminder to take care during high temperatures.

Help for professionals working with young trauma survivors
A new publication helps professionals and others working in the community better understand and respond to children and young people affected by trauma.

Congress delegates focus on health and the great outdoors
Physical and mental health professionals will be among more than 1,000 delegates from around Australia and the world to take part in the Inaugural International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress.

A healthy start for thousands of our children
A Department of Health program is ensuring children attending long day care centres are receiving healthy and nutritious food and developing healthy eating patterns.  

Training course to help improve farmer health
The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) is providing unique multidisciplinary training to address the health gap between city and rural people.

Site features health tips
Occupational therapist and writer Joanne Ritchie’s health tips for people with a disability are live well, keep up social networks and get regular check-ups.

Mental Health and Drugs

Mental health hotline opens
All Victorians will have access to a 24-hour Government Mental Health Advice Line.

Mental health expert honoured
Mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry has been named the Victorian Australian of the Year 2010.