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February 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Surrounding towns come to rescue as Rochie waters rise

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Elderly, frail patients and residents of Rochester and Elmore District Health Service were safely accommodated in 11 facilities across the region after being evacuated as floodwaters rose in Rochester.

New facility adds fun to physio and other therapy

New facility adds fun to physio and other therapy story link jpegHudson Miller is seven. He attends Horsham West Primary School and is in grade two.

New Dandenong Hospital ED is state-of-the-art

 story link jpegDandenong Hospital’s new $25 million department has opened.

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Students look to future in healthcare

Twelve Goulburn Valley year 11 students are undertaking a 33-week vocational education and training (VET) study program at GV Health to learn about work opportunities in healthcare.

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Bairnsdale wins with overseas nurse program

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service played host to four overseas-qualified nurses as part of a state-wide initiative benefiting nurses, hospitals and patient care.

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Students learn from dental hospital visit

Students from Bulleen Heights School visited the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne as part of their senior school certificate course.

Hospital and Health Services

Stakeholders discuss health reform proposals
About 180 representatives from hospitals, councils, doctors and other key stakeholders had their say at two-hour sessions at the Health Department on Commonwealth health reform proposals.

Students look to future in healthcare
Twelve Goulburn Valley year 11 students are undertaking a 33-week vocational education and training (VET) study program at GV Health to learn about work opportunities in healthcare.

Bendigo lures young doctors
Bendigo Health has welcomed 18 new interns.

Survivor sees in the New Year thanks to teamwork at two hospitals
A Croydon school teacher has seamless teamwork from two major hospitals to thank for seeing in the New Year.

Transplant pioneers party guests
Three kidney recipients were guests at a party to mark the passing of forty or more years since their transplants.

Bairnsdale wins with overseas nurse program
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service played host to four overseas-qualified nurses as part of a state-wide initiative benefiting nurses, hospitals and patient care.

New faces at Northern Hospital
Doctors Shio Yen Tio and Brendan Jones were excited to begin their internships at Northern Health.

New Dandenong Hospital ED is state-of-the-art
Dandenong Hospital’s new $25 million department has opened.

Cardiac research grant for Northern Health cardiologist
Northern Health cardiologist Associate Professor Peter Barlis has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council training fellowship to research new cardiac procedures for patients accessing services at the Northern Hospital.

2010 graduates take the cake at Portland Health
Portland District Health staff who graduated from training courses in 2010 were recognised at a special ceremony.

New facility adds fun to physio and other therapy
Hudson Miller is seven. He attends Horsham West Primary School and is in grade two.

Ballarat attracts record medical student numbers
The combined rural clinical schools of Deakin, Melbourne and Notre Dame universities have provided Ballarat with a record 94 medical students this year.

Aged Care

Exercise keeps joints jumping – gently
Mt Martha resident Maryanne MacPhee took up tai chi many years ago to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and to keep her joints mobile.

General News

Staff rally in response to record flood crisis
Just one week into the job, Carmel Flynn, newly-appointed Director of Emergency Management for Health and Human Services, dived deep into Victoria’s flood crisis, co-ordinating the massive relief and recovery effort.

Surrounding towns come to rescue as Rochie waters rise
Elderly, frail patients and residents of Rochester and Elmore District Health Service were safely accommodated in 11 facilities across the region after being evacuated as floodwaters rose in Rochester. 

Mobile medical facility services Charlton community
A Field Primary Care Clinic in Charlton has provided the town with primary health and general practice facilities in the aftermath of the devastating flood.

Volunteers keep Horsham aged residence dry
It was all hands on deck for Wimmera Health Care Group when Horsham experienced its biggest flood on record. 

Staff dig deep for flood victims
Melbourne Health staff members have dug deep for flood victims in Queensland and Victoria, donating more than $36,000 in just one week.

Public Service Medals for Department of Health staff
Three Department of Health employees have been awarded Public Service Medals in this year’s Australia Day Honours for their outstanding public service.

…from the Secretary
During the January flood emergency, our hospitals and residential aged services performed above and beyond expectation.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Management program builds skills
Seven Department of Health staff have completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management. 

Project seeks to protect fertility of cancer patients
The Royal Women’s Hospital, with Melbourne IVF, is leading a national trial to help protect the fertility of young women undergoing chemotherapy for nonHodgkins lymphoma.

Students learn from dental hospital visit
Students from Bulleen Heights School visited the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne as part of their senior school certificate course.

Hot cars, children a deadly mix
Health Minister David Davis has warned parents about the dangers of leaving young children unattended in cars.

Vikki masters triple academic treat
Department of Health risk management advisor Vikki Lynch has added a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management to her already impressive list of academic achievements.

Drugs and Mental Health

Mental health team provides expertise in post-flood Queensland
Members of Austin Health’s Psychological Trauma Recovery Service have returned after supporting workers in flood-devastated Brisbane.

Guide for parents
A new website helps parents address teen alcohol use.