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December 2015 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Public healthcare leaders honoured

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The 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards have recognised quality, innovation and excellence by government-funded healthcare providers and organisations.

Ambassadors are all smiles

story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria has unveiled its 2016 Smile Ambassadors.

Canine companions offer comfort

story link jpegSt Vincent’s Melbourne volunteer pet therapy program has operated for 15 years.

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St V’s leads the way with innovation

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne manager of food services Stephen Tippett has been named Catholic Health Australia’s Emerging Leader for 2015.

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Achievements mark ABI centre anniversary

A year after Victoria’s first purpose-built Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre opened at Caulfield Hospital, staff celebrated multiple successes.

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Hepburn over the rainbow

Hepburn Health has become the first residential aged care and Commonwealth Home Care Package provider to achieve Rainbow Tick Accreditation meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Health Service Performance and Programs

Public healthcare leaders honoured
The 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards have recognised quality, innovation and excellence by government-funded healthcare providers and organisations.

New board for Ambulance Victoria
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced a new board for Ambulance Victoria, chaired by former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

App keeps Boort residents up to date
Boort District Health has produced an app to help people in the community access up-to-date information about available services.

St V’s leads the way with innovation
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne manager of food services Stephen Tippett has been named Catholic Health Australia’s Emerging Leader for 2015.

The long road back
In November 2014, Diego Mercado was riding his motorbike around the beautiful Marysville hills with his friends.

Turning on the tap
An innovative system to streamline the way clinical staff access computer workstations has been rolled out in Monash Medical Centre’s emergency department.

Achievements mark ABI centre anniversary
A year after Victoria’s first purpose-built Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre opened at Caulfield Hospital, staff celebrated multiple successes.

Cadetships have undergrads on fast track
Two Aboriginal nursing undergraduates have completed cadetships – that provided them with paid shifts while they studied – at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

25 years of trauma response
Alfred Health celebrated 25 years of trauma care in 2015.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

New 10-year mental health plan
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley has launched the State Government’s 10‑year plan.

Community comes together for centre opening
Heathcote Health staff and members of the community have celebrated the official opening of the Heathcote Health Primary Care redevelopment.

Ambassadors are all smiles
Dental Health Services Victoria has unveiled its 2016 Smile Ambassadors.

Hepburn over the rainbow
Hepburn Health has become the first residential aged care and Commonwealth Home Care Package provider to achieve Rainbow Tick Accreditation meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

Dental clinics provide silver service
A celebration for Monash Health Dental Services’ 25 Year Silver Anniversary drew a large crowd including past and present clients and staff.

Aged care residents show their best
Aged care residents from the West Wimmera Health Service Iona Digby Harris Home took the Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society Show to heart.

General

Call to allied health professionals
The Department of Health Human Services is calling on employers of sonographers, allied health assistants, physiotherapy and speech pathology practitioners and individual practitioners to participate in an online allied health survey.

Canine companions offer comfort
St Vincent’s Melbourne volunteer pet therapy program has operated for 15 years.

Better. Fresher. Healthier.
Australia’s most popular health information site, the Better Health Channel, has a fresh new look and will be adding better tools and features over the coming months.

Booklets lend support to early pregnancy loss
Mercy Health has translated an early pregnancy loss booklet into four community languages – Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Karen – to support women and families grieving the loss of an unborn child.

SunSmart campaign warns on UV exposure
A SunSmart campaign warns Victorians that it is not just tanners who are at risk of skin cancer.

Board chairs recognised
Monash Health’s Barbara Yeoh has received the CEO Magazine’s Chair of the Year award.

Students use fiction to make organ donation fact
Two local students have shared first prize in Peninsula Health and DonateLife Victoria’s inaugural Victorian Writing for Life micro fiction competition.

Classmates share life-long love of nursing
Beverley Elliott and her 13 classmates were complete strangers when they began their nursing training at St Vincent’s in September, 1955.