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February 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

More doctors and nurses for Victorian hospitals

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A new strategy will grow and develop the state’s health workforce as 753 young medical interns start new careers in Victorian hospitals.

Dental assistant trainees graduate

story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria’s Indigenous Dental Assistant Traineeship Program has its first three graduates.

Mums and dads to contribute to parenting kit

story link jpegIn an Australian first, mums and dads, along with health experts, are being asked for their top parenting tips.

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Nurses ease rural allied health pressure

West Wimmera Health Service allied health practitioners have developed speech pathology and podiatry training manuals for nursing staff.

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Pipes call to Maryborough nursing graduates

Eight Maryborough District Health Service students have completed a Diploma of Nursing course.

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Patient safety care ensures high standard

Wimmera Health Care Group’s graduate nurse program participants have found an innovative way to help patients feel more in control of their treatment.

Hospital and Health Services

Hospital performances improve
Significant improvements in timely transfers of patients from ambulances to hospital emergency departments are among the improved performance results for Victoria’s public hospitals.

More doctors and nurses for Victorian hospitals
A new strategy will grow and develop the state’s health workforce as 753 young medical interns start new careers in Victorian hospitals.

Stroke unit program is a first
Frankston Hospital’s acute stroke unit is the first in Australia to implement the National Stroke Foundation’s My Stroke Journey program.

New Chief Executive for Royal Women’s Hospital
Susan Matthews has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Waterworld deepens relaxation
The paediatric x-ray room at Frankston Hospital has been made over into a magical underwater world.

Border scanner saves patients time and travel
Albury Wodonga Health’s new $5 million PET/CT scanner had a busy first week of operation.

Australia Day honours for paramedics
Minister for Health David Davis and Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Greg Sassella paid tribute to five Victorian paramedics who received Australia Day honours.

Patient safety care ensures high standard
Wimmera Health Care Group’s graduate nurse program participants have found an innovative way to help patients feel more in control of their treatment.

First sod turned on Ballarat helipad
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Health David Davis turned the first sod for the new Ballarat Base Hospital helipad and car park project.

New ED opens at Northern Hospital
The new $24.5 million emergency department at Epping’s Northern Hospital has been officially opened with Premier Denis Napthine joining Minister for Health David Davis and Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge to celebrate the occasion.

Mental Health and Drugs

Mental health reform a priority
The Government’s plan for further mental health reforms have been outlined by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Safety a key for women’s mental health
The Government is investing more than $6 million to improve the safety of women in mental health inpatient units across Victoria.

Mental health stigma buster helps parents and children
Ballarat Health Services has launched a series of booklets designed to help patients explain their mental illnesses to children, grandchildren or other young family members.

General News

The gift that keeps on giving
Victorians are asked to Have the chat that saves lives during DonateLife Week between February 23 and March 2.

DonateLife – the facts
•             Organs that can be donated are heart, lungs, kidney, liver and pancreas islets. Tissue includes skin, bone, heart valves, eye and cornea, cartilage, tendons and veins.

Sharing the least Jimmy could do
Our son Ethan – or Jimmy as he was affectionately known – was a three-year-old boy who lived his life to the full.

Adina pleads for family discussion
I had a very rare condition, which attacked my liver and my kidneys.

Australia and India collaborate on trauma care
India and Australia have joined forces to tackle road trauma care.

Further study ahead for award winner who mastered midwifery
The Royal Women’s Hospital’s Jennifer Hocking received the Irving Buzzard Midwifery Prize at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation annual general meeting.

Pipes call to Maryborough nursing graduates
Eight Maryborough District Health Service students have completed a Diploma of Nursing course.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery world’s best
Springvale Botanical Cemetery has become the first outside the USA to win the prestigious American Cemetery Excellence Award.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Fines quadrupled in clamp on illicit tobacco
The Government will crack down on the dangerous illegal tobacco trade by quadrupling fines for retailers caught with illicit tobacco and cigarettes.

Dental assistant trainees graduate
Dental Health Services Victoria’s Indigenous Dental Assistant Traineeship Program has its first three graduates.

Glenda’s cardiac comeback
Glenda Jackson was lucky not to have a major heart attack thanks to her own quick thinking.

Mums and dads to contribute to parenting kit
In an Australian first, mums and dads, along with health experts, are being asked for their top parenting tips.

Nurses ease rural allied health pressure
West Wimmera Health Service allied health practitioners have developed speech pathology and podiatry training manuals for nursing staff.

Inner South service in 20th celebration
Inner South Community Health has marked 20 years of delivering primary health services.

Award for Rosemary Lester
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

Rehab on hand
Robotic devices, sensors and game technology are set to transform the lives of patients who need arm or hand rehabilitation following a stroke or other neurological injury.