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December 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

New children’s hospital for Monash

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Another world-class children’s hospital in Victoria is set to become a reality with the Government committing the full funding to build the new Monash Children’s Hospital.

World-first for one-of-a-kind

World-first for one-of-a-kind story link jpegMonashHeart Director Ian Meredith has performed an innovative world-first procedure to give a new lease on life to a young Melbourne boy.

Peninsula Health pilots electronic prescriptions

story link jpegFewer errors, better access to information and enhanced patient safety – that’s the prescription being filled by a new clinical information system at Peninsula Health.

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Website fixes on paediatric broken bones

The Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON), in collaboration with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Health, has launched an on-line resource aimed at improving fracture care.

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All smiles for kids’ fave group Hi-5

Children’s musical group Hi-5 has been awarded the Dental Health Services Victoria 2012 Smile of the Year award.

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Best of the west on show

A Best Care for Older People (BCOP) nursing projects showcase attracted a strong crowd to Western Health Centre for Research and Education.

General News

Public healthcare leaders honoured
Minister for Health David Davis has paid tribute to Victoria’s world-class public health services for their outstanding leadership, innovation and patient care at the 2012 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Farewell to health watchdog with real bite and pitch perfect bark!
The guest list read like a who’s who of Victoria as the people’s Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson was farewelled in Melbourne at a function hosted by Health Minister David Davis.

Historic milestone for Victoria’s air ambulances
Minister for Health David Davis paid tribute to Victoria’s air ambulance service as it celebrated 50 dedicated years of flying patients in critical life threatening emergencies.

Professor to represent state for national senior award
St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research’s Professor Jack Martin has been named Victorian Senior Australian of the Year.

Public housing shapes doctor’s career
Growing up in public housing gave Ronald McCoy a broad perspective on the community, which helped shape his career in medicine.

Procurement program wins award
Health Purchasing Victoria’s Procurement Professionals’ Program (PPP) has won the 2012 Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia Procurement Award in the Best People Development Initiative category.

Aged Care

Culturally-diverse senior groups receive grants
Forty-three organisations across Victoria have received grants from the first round of new Participation for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors Grants Program.

Best of the west on show
A Best Care for Older People (BCOP) nursing projects showcase attracted a strong crowd to Western Health Centre for Research and Education.

National award for RDNS wound care project
A wound care project that improves nursing practice and patient outcomes has won the Royal District Nursing Service a 2012 Australian Institute of Project Management national award.

Help for vulnerable seniors
A new state-wide initiative is helping vulnerable older people towards long-term affordable and appropriate housing.

Hospital and Health Services

New children’s hospital for Monash
Another world-class children’s hospital in Victoria is set to become a reality with the Government committing the full funding to build the new Monash Children’s Hospital.

Redevelopment for Eye and Ear
Premier Ted Baillieu has announced the full funding to proceed with the redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Top emergency nurse
Royal Melbourne Hospital Emergency Services Manager Liz Virtue has been named College of Emergency Nursing Australasia’s Emergency Nurse of the Year.

Young doctors face cameras
What business has a film crew in the emergency department of Latrobe Regional Hospital?

Website fixes on paediatric broken bones
The Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network (VPON), in collaboration with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Health, has launched an on-line resource aimed at improving fracture care.

Peninsula Health pilots electronic prescriptions
Fewer errors, better access to information and enhanced patient safety – that’s the prescription being filled by a new clinical information system at Peninsula Health.

World-first for one-of-a-kind
MonashHeart Director Ian Meredith has performed an innovative world-first procedure to give a new lease on life to a young Melbourne boy.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

All smiles for kids’ fave group Hi-5
Children’s musical group Hi-5 has been awarded the Dental Health Services Victoria 2012 Smile of the Year award.

2013 school vax changes
There will be changes to the secondary school vaccine program for students in Year 7 and boys in Year 9 in 2013.

Legislation bans smoking on the beach
Smoking has been banned within the designated areas of all of Victoria’s patrolled beaches.

Students encouraged to slip, slop, slap
Minister for Health David Davis has pledged $1 million to SunSmart’s campaign to encourage Victorians to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide this summer.

Mental Health and Drugs

Mum’s the word
The Government is providing more than $1 million for the significant refurbishment of the specialist six-bed, mother-baby unit at Monash Medical Centre.

New emergency response service in north
Northern Health and Victoria Police, with the Northern Area Mental Health Service, will provide a new Police and CATT Emergency Response Service, known as NPACER.

Women-only area opens at Box Hill Hospital
Women accessing services at Upton House Adult Inpatient Unit at Eastern Health’s Box Hill campus will feel safer and better supported in a new area catering exclusively to the needs of women.