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February 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Families to take a leading role in improving eating habits

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Minister for Health David Davis has hosted a roundtable of Victorian families at Parliament House to share ideas on healthy eating.

Projects combine arts and action for better health

Projects combine arts and action for better health story link jpegSeven unique projects funded under VicHealth’s MOTION pilot program will promote arts, physical activity and social connection.

New faces greet patients in Goulburn Valley

story link jpegGoulburn Valley Health has welcomed new medical interns, nursing graduates and dental graduates to its growing team.

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Population survey provides snapshot of Victoria’s health

Victorians do not eat enough fruit and vegetables and more are becoming obese or developing diabetes.

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Forum on violence

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp and other representatives from Victoria Police, WorkSafe and public health services took part in a best practice forum on occupational violence prevention in Victorian health services.

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Courageous Victorian community heroes honoured

Brave Victorians who courageously helped others in medical emergencies have been recognised during a special ceremony at Parliament House.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Population survey provides snapshot of Victoria’s health
Victorians do not eat enough fruit and vegetables and more are becoming obese or developing diabetes.

Families to take a leading role in improving eating habits
Minister for Health David Davis has hosted a roundtable of Victorian families at Parliament House to share ideas on healthy eating.

Projects combine arts and action for better health
Seven unique projects funded under VicHealth’s MOTION pilot program will promote arts, physical activity and social connection.

Builder appointed
Victorian Minister for Health David Davis and Commonwealth Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek have formally appointed Plenary Health to build the $1 billion new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) facilities in Parkville.

More Victorians win battle against cancer
More Victorians than ever are winning their fight against cancer with five-year cancer survival rates in Victoria climbing to a record high.

Funds for fight against chronic disease
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have agreed to target more than $100 million of National Partnership on Preventive Health funding and other Victorian Government health prevention funding to turn around unhealthy lifestyles.

Hospital and Health Services

New faces greet patients in Goulburn Valley
Goulburn Valley Health has welcomed new medical interns, nursing graduates and dental graduates to its growing team.

A new MRI for Maryborough
A new 16-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner at Maryborough District Health Service has transformed the way in which local residents access diagnostic services.

Fast feedback improves experience
A device that provides instant feedback from patients has been rolled out across Eastern Health as part of a suite of innovative methods to improve care and services.

Take note of health history
A ground-breaking development at Barwon Health is putting healthcare back into the control of patients.

Young doctors flock to Northern Hospital
A record 47 junior doctors have started as medical interns at the Northern Hospital.

Box Hill breakthrough for leukaemia patients
When Adam Bregu was diagnosed with cancer during the final stages of his VCE, he was determined to get through it – by being treated like a child.

Welcome to the Wimmera
Twelve interns and eight graduate nurses have started their medical careers with the Wimmera Health Care Group.

Holidays stitched up
A group of Wimmera girls had their passion for sewing ignited during a school holiday program at the Wimmera Health Care Group Day Centre.

Forum on violence
Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp and other representatives from Victoria Police, WorkSafe and public health services took part in a best practice forum on occupational violence prevention in Victorian health services.

Early Christmas cheer
Christmas came early for a young East Timor man, critically ill before being flown to MonashHeart for an urgent double valve replacement.

ICU monitoring system upgrade
Wimmera Health Care Group has installed a new monitoring system in its intensive care unit.

General News

SRS work recognised
Her work in the private Supported Residential Services industry has earned the Department of Health’s Mary Chan a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honour’s list.

Honour for heart services leader
Director of MonashHeart Ian Meredith has been admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2012 Honours List.

Courageous Victorian community heroes honoured
Brave Victorians who courageously helped others in medical emergencies have been recognised during a special ceremony at Parliament House.

Botox has Zac back on track
When Zac Quarrell was a toddler, mum Tanya could see his development was significantly different from his older siblings.

Rehabilitation for ABI facility garden
Gardenview, a rehabilitation facility for young adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI) has had a garden make-over, thanks to 40 Bunnings staff.

Twins celebrate 30 years as nurses
A group of Central Gippsland Health Service staff – including identical twins Fiona White and Deidre Chivers – has been recognised for 30 years or more of service.

Aged Care

Memories are made of this
A Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) project helps local residents with dementia reconnect with their past by reminiscing about significant life events and collecting meaningful memorabilia.

A pat for a pet makes residents and staff happy
Otway Health and Community Services aged care residents now receive a weekly visit from Misu, a Bichon Frise/Maltese cross.

Word to the wise – stay active, strong
Sixteen regional and rural-based organisations have received a total of $163,374 in Active Ageing Network (AAN) Older Wiser Stronger grants in the past two years.