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December 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Morwell people get a look inside

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The new, $21 million Latrobe Community Health Service Morwell Centre has been officially opened.

Rhodes Scholarship for Women’s doctor

Rhodes Scholarship for Women’s doctor story link jpegRoyal Women’s Hospital neonatal registrar Dr Evelyn Chan has been awarded the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for further study at Oxford University in 2011.

Victoria’s community heroes honoured for their courage

Victoria’s community heroes honoured for their courage story link jpegEleven ordinary Victorians who performed nine extraordinary lifesaving acts have been officially recognised as heroes by Ambulance Victoria paramedics.

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85,000th birth a double deal for Angliss

Eastern Health’s Angliss Hospital’s has celebrated it 85,000th birth – plus one – with twin girls born one minute apart.

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Leadership award for Northern Health’s head nurse

Northern Health Chief Nursing Officer Robynne Cooke has won the Deakin University/Health Super 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award.

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Valley girls put breast feat forward for frilly season

More than 30 elaborately-decorated bras were showcased throughout the hospital in Shepparton and at various Goulburn Valley Health breast cancer awareness events.

Hospital and Health Services

Victorian health services set the standard
Southern Health and Peninsula Health have taken out two of three major Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Annual Quality Improvement Awards.

85,000th birth a double deal for Angliss
Eastern Health’s Angliss Hospital’s has celebrated it 85,000th birth – plus one – with twin girls born one minute apart.

Rhodes Scholarship for Women’s doctor
Royal Women’s Hospital neonatal registrar Dr Evelyn Chan has been awarded the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for further study at Oxford University in 2011.

Cuddling a labour of love
A unique Royal Women’s Hospital program sees special volunteers comfort newborns when their parents are unable to be with them.

Visit kicks off exchange program
Forty senior neurologists from all over China have come to Melbourne to develop their skills further.

Forum hears of program that tackles ED violence
A forum has showcased an innovative, rapid training program to address, prevent and manage clinical aggression in emergency departments.

Survey targets mums
Maryborough District Health Service has undertaken a survey of maternity services in the region to help plan for the future.

Leadership award for Northern Health’s head nurse
Northern Health Chief Nursing Officer Robynne Cooke has won the Deakin University/Health Super 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Morwell people get a look inside
The new, $21 million Latrobe Community Health Service Morwell Centre has been officially opened.

Public dental contribution recognised
Three public dental professionals have been honoured with Victoria’s first Public Oral Health Care Awards.

Research prize for dental anaesthetist
A two-year survey of 500 patients at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne has resulted in interesting findings and an award for the dental hospital’s head anaesthetist.

Safety award for Ballarat project
A Ballarat project has received a City of Ballarat 2010 Community Safety Award in the Alcohol Related Harm section. 

Diabetes work recognised
Gippsland Southern Health Service diabetes educator Barbara McRae has been recognized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for her work.

Aged Care

Patients are all winners
Bingo, Pictionary and trivia games are part of regular therapy for patients in Sunshine Hospital’s Geriatric Evaluation and Management Ward.

General News

Our new Ministers
Premier Ted Baillieu has appointed David Davis Minister for Health and Ageing and Mary Wooldridge Minister for Mental Health.

…from the Secretary
As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to acknowledge the hard and innovative work of staff in our health services and the Department that has made a positive difference to Victorian hospital patients and their families.

Spotlight on women’s health
An innovative strategy to improve women’s health and wellbeing over the next four years has been released by the Department of Health.

Valley girls put breast feat forward for frilly season
More than 30 elaborately-decorated bras were showcased throughout the hospital in Shepparton and at various Goulburn Valley Health breast cancer awareness events.

Eastern Health team donates free time to help
A team of dedicated Eastern Health staff donated their time to improve the quality of life of a young Indonesian woman.

Victoria’s community heroes honoured for their courage
Eleven ordinary Victorians who performed nine extraordinary lifesaving acts have been officially recognised as heroes by Ambulance Victoria paramedics.

Northern Health has third world eye help in its sights
Northern Health used World Sight Day to encourage staff, patients and visitors to donate used and unwanted prescription glasses.

Northern exposure for cancer care is icing on the cake
The Northern Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group raised funds and awareness by selling pink ribbon cupcakes to support current and recovering breast cancer patients.

Drugs and Mental Health

Initiatives help families share the care
Two northern suburbs initiatives are helping carers and families of people with acute mental illness.

Teens master the art of mental health
A new partnership between the Monash Medical Centre adolescent in-patient psychiatric unit and Wavecare Counselling and Community Support Service is making art therapy a popular and productive day program activity for teenagers with mental health issues.

Funds for youth suicide prevention
The Department of Health will provide more than $800,000 for suicide prevention programs for gay and lesbian young people in Geelong over the next four years.

Online resources help promote mental health
A website, online network and policy guide will help the wide range of professionals who promote positive mental health.

Phone counselling service helps GPs treat patients
An Australian-first telephone referral service will assist GPs seeking counselling for patients with alcohol-related health problems.