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February 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Jamie’s kitchen hits the road

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Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen has hit the road on a two-and-a-half-year road trip around Victoria delivering nutritional cooking classes

No pain gain gives kids reason to smile

story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria is investigating a painless method of treating tooth decay in young children.

Solaria to go in skin cancer plan

story link jpegCommercial solaria will be banned in Victoria from December 31, 2014.

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Young doctors do the rounds

Forty-seven new doctors are now medical interns at Northern Health.

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Midwifery cadet program helps close the gap

The Royal Women’s and St Vincent’s Hospitals are taking part in the Closing the Health Gap Victorian Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program.

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Community pumped at blood van return

The Red Cross Blood Donor Van returned to Maryborough in January to the delight of Kristan Gray.

Hospital and Health Services

Young doctors do the rounds
Forty-seven new doctors are now medical interns at Northern Health.

Heart surgery first for St Vincent’s
The cardiothoracic surgery team at St Vincent’s Melbourne has performed the first surgery in Australia of a ground-breaking sutureless aortic valve replacement.

New docs hit Deakin
Thirty-six new doctors began their first week at Barwon Health with a four-day intensive orientation program at the Deakin Medical School in Geelong.

Boost for dialysis unit
The Maryborough District Hospital Auxiliary has donated a new chair to the hospital’s refurbished dialysis unit, bringing the total to six.

Box Hill Hospital redevelopment on the up and up
The Government’s $447.5 million redevelopment of Box Hill Hospital will deliver the highest quality acute services for Melbourne’s east with an extra floor to be built.

Lab provides world-class heart services
Victorians can now access the latest in heart technology with the opening of a new $2.5 million state of the art Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Midwifery cadet program helps close the gap
The Royal Women’s and St Vincent’s Hospitals are taking part in the Closing the Health Gap Victorian Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program.

Mental Health and Drugs

Plan to reduce the alcohol and drug toll
Victoria’s first whole-of-government strategy to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug abuse lays out an agenda to improve the way police, courts, schools, hospitals, health and community services and the broader community work together.

Drug, alcohol help for hospital EDs
A $12 million funding boost from the Government will help hospital emergency departments better respond to drug and alcohol-affected patients.

Depression treatment first
In an Australia-first for public hospitals, The Alfred is using revolutionary technology to treat clinical depression.

Aged Care

Award for palliative care volunteer
St Vincent’s palliative care volunteer Bev Hassett has received a 2012 National Volunteer Award.

Online help for early onset dementia families
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has launched a website to help people with younger onset dementia.

General News

Health services acknowledge Australia Day award winners
Two of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s internationally-renowned clinicians have been recognised with an Order of Australia in the 2013 Australia Day Honours list.

A best from the west
University of Melbourne medical graduate Jenny Tran has been awarded the 2013 Australia At Large Rhodes Scholarship to study global health and improve clinical care.

Courageous Victorian community heroes honoured
Ordinary Victorians who performed extraordinary lifesaving acts over the past 12 months were honoured as heroes at the 2012 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards

Health app now even better
A range of new features such as healthy recipes and environmental health alerts have been included in the latest update to the Better Health Channel mobile app.

Guide for postnatal programs
New Department of Health guidelines will ensure highquality postnatal care is available to all women and their babies.

Community pumped at blood van return
The Red Cross Blood Donor Van returned to Maryborough in January to the delight of Kristan Gray.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Jamie’s kitchen hits the road
Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen has hit the road on a two-and-a-half-year road trip around Victoria delivering nutritional cooking classes.

No pain gain gives kids reason to smile
Dental Health Services Victoria is investigating a painless method of treating tooth decay in young children.

Pair wins international award
Victorians Beth Hatch and Tom Carter have been named joint winners of one of the most prestigious nursing awards in the world.

Rapid testing HIV trial to be a national first
Plans for a community-based rapid HIV testing trial in Victoria have been unveiled by Minister for Health David Davis.

Study looks at phosphate effect on heart health
Western Health nephrologist Nigel Toussaint, with Royal Melbourne Hospital colleague Associate Professor Genie Pedagogos, is exploring the effects of phosphate on cardiovascular health.

Recognition for public dental professionals
Three dental professionals were recognised for their care and commitment at the Public Oral Healthcare Awards.

Guide helps doctors care for women
A new guide will help GPs and other health professionals working with women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Solaria to go in skin cancer plan
Commercial solaria will be banned in Victoria from December 31, 2014.