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February 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Healthy start for Whittlesea babies

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Newborns in Whittlesea will have a healthy start to life thanks to a $473,491 Government funding boost to support local mothers.

Looking into Alice’s ears, noses and throats

Looking into Alice’s ears, noses and throats story link jpegThe Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is sharing Victorian expertise with communities in Central Australia.

Helping dogs and kids interact safely

Helping dogs and kids interact safely story link jpegSwimming great Matt Welsh, wife Lauren Newton and son Sam, 2, have launched the latest Royal Children’s Hospital dogs ‘n’ kids resource kit.

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Warm welcomes, diverse placements for young doctors

A record 90 interns are taking part in the Austin Health/Northern Health training program.

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Better health for gay, lesbian patients

Gay and lesbian people will have even better access to health services thanks to a practical new guide for Victorian health workers.

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Training is just a click away as food safety goes on-line

A new on-line food training program has been developed by the Department of Health to improve food handling practices.

Hospital and Health Services

Warm welcomes, diverse placements for young doctors
A record 90 interns are taking part in the Austin Health/Northern Health training program.

Sienna’s home, sweet home
Western Health midwives assisted at the birth of the first baby born at home under a new Victorian Government pilot scheme.

New head for Barwon Health
Northern Territory Department of Health and Families Chief Executive David Ashbridge has been appointed Barwon Health CEO.

Long-time Boort nurse retires
After a 50-year career as a nurse, mostly at Boort District Health, Trish Byrne will retire in March.

Healthy start for Whittlesea babies
Newborns in Whittlesea will have a healthy start to life thanks to a $473,491 Government funding boost to support local mothers.

Born and bread at Frankston
Peninsula Health’s 2009 Intern of the Year winner Daniel Stanszus has a special relationship with Frankston Hospital.

New ward at Frankston
Builders and tradesmen have put the finishing touches to a new 12-bed ward for elective surgery patients at Frankston Hospital.

Healthy food guidelines for hospitals
Victorian public hospitals have been asked to support new guidelines for the provision of healthy food and drink to visitors, staff and the general public. 

Graduate nurses at work in Wimmera
Wimmera Health Care Group has welcomed eight nurses to its Graduate Nurse Program for 2010.

Milestones for Royal Melbourne trauma service
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has marked two milestones that have contributed to reducing road trauma and improving patient outcomes.

Medical students for Frankston
A record number of medical students will receive across the board training through Peninsula Health.

Art gives thanks when words are not enough
The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit now accommodates a piece of art that conveys more than words ever could. 

New research director for Peter Mac
Professor Joe Trapani has been appointed Director of Research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

New vehicle to speed country ambo response
A new emergency response vehicle unveiled in regional Victoria shows that help comes in all shapes and sizes.

Complex operation a Dande team effort
Yuliana Nahak, 23, from Indonesia, has presented a gift to Southern Health in recognition of the treatment and support she received from surgeons, nurses and other staff at Dandenong Hospital.

General

Conference to focus on a healthier rural Victoria
Workshops featuring a Rural directions—for a stronger healthier Victoria theme will be among highlights of Rural Health Conference in April.

Helping dogs and kids interact safely
Swimming great Matt Welsh, wife Lauren Newton and son Sam, 2, have launched the latest Royal Children’s Hospital dogs ‘n’ kids resource kit.

Looking into Alice’s ears, noses and throats
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is sharing Victorian expertise with communities in Central Australia.

Bystanders, access public defibrillator to save cardiac arrest victim
A woman brought back to life after collapsing in cardiac arrest at Melbourne Airport has thanked the brave bystanders who helped her see in the New Year.

International recognition for Southern Health’s ‘green team’
Southern Health’s ‘green credentials’ have received a boost with its nomination as a finalist in the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the prestigious international 2010 British Medical Journal Group Awards.

Facts at your finger tips
Callers to the Go for your life Infoline service can obtain healthy-eating fact sheets and recipe books on request.

Craft project keeps grandmothers on their toes
A local craft project is making a difference to the lives of some of the Peninsula’s most vulnerable children.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Better health for gay, lesbian patients
Gay and lesbian people will have even better access to health services thanks to a practical new guide for Victorian health workers.

Scientists discover childhood leukaemia cells
Scientists at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne University have discovered the cells that cause a common type of childhood leukaemia—T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (T-ALL).

Training is just a click away as food safety goes on-line
A new on-line food training program has been developed by the Department of Health to improve food handling practices.

Ban on smoking in cars with children
People have been banned from smoking in motor vehicles with children under 18.

Drugs and Mental Health

New chair for psychiatry department
Prominent international psychiatrist and neuropathologist Professor Ian Everall has been appointed Cato Chair and Head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry based at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Peninsula Health breaks the ice
A new DVD targets the gay and lesbian community as part of a statewide program to raise awareness about the effects of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS).

Mental Health

Victorian youth mental health expert Australian of the Year
Victorian youth mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry has been named Australian of the Year 2010.