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April 2019 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Numbers too big to ignore

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The once male-dominated profession of medicine has seen a strong swing over the past decade, with far more women than men hired as Barwon Health intern doctors.

Health service in tune

Health service in tune story link jpegNorthern Health has celebrated its multicultural community during Harmony Week.

Awards for Peninsula Health ED projects

Awards for Peninsula Health ED projects story link jpegPeninsula Health has been recognised for its innovative work at the Better Care Victoria patient flow partnership awards.

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Improving medication management

A trial service will help Box Hill Hospital patients better manage their medication after discharge.

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Video makes movin’ groovin’

Get up, get out of bed, get moving.

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Ballarat students not party to risk taking

Increasing awareness of the impact of traumatic injury and teaching students about the consequences of taking risks was the focus of a program spearheaded by Alfred Health in Ballarat.

Health and Wellbeing

Numbers too big to ignore
The once male-dominated profession of medicine has seen a strong swing over the past decade, with far more women than men hired as Barwon Health intern doctors.

Awards for Peninsula Health ED projects
Peninsula Health has been recognised for its innovative work at the Better Care Victoria patient flow partnership awards.

Telephone peers provide precious perceptions
A Victorian study of more than 1,200 women has found regular phone calls between first-time mothers and volunteer mums may be the key to boosting national breastfeeding rates.

Sydney visitors view pacemaker procedure
A team of cardiologists from St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney has visited Northern Health to observe a revolutionary new pacemaker technique.

Peer support dogs lend a helping paw to paramedics
More peer support dogs are being recruited to help Victoria’s dedicated paramedics deal with the daily challenges they face responding to emergencies and saving lives.

Grant funds family violence prevention initiatives
The impact of a hospital-based family violence program is the focus of a new research study.

Outreach service for cancer patients
Local cancer patients now have access to services closer to home with Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) outreach service at Maryborough District Health Services.

Look and learn for mums
Mums and their newborns will benefit from improved access to breastfeeding information at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Life support with a little help from friends
Critically-ill patients in Angliss Hospital’s ICU will benefit from a new medical device that allows staff to perform ultrasound scanning at the bedside.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

New Chief Health Officer
Highly-respected clinician Brett Sutton has been appointed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer (CHO).

Prescription monitoring system online
Australia’s most comprehensive real-time prescription monitoring system, SafeScript, has gone online.

General

Researchers lead world-first trial for epilepsy
Patients undergoing a world-first trial at Austin Health will be treated with ‘deep brain stimulation’ for a severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

Ballarat students not party to risk taking
Increasing awareness of the impact of traumatic injury and teaching students about the consequences of taking risks was the focus of a program spearheaded by Alfred Health in Ballarat.

Health service in tune
Northern Health has celebrated its multicultural community during Harmony Week.

Autism clinic to service outer northern suburbs
A Northern Health program will improve outcomes for Victorians with autism.

Intensive care for the environment
A group of environmentally-minded emergency department nurses, patient services assistants (PSAs), cleaners and doctors are Barwon Health green champions.

Accolade for Monash Health gynaecologist
Monash Health head of gynaecology Beverley Vollenhoven was inducted into the Victorian honour roll of women on international women’s day 2019.

Former athletes recruited for concussion study
In an Australian-first study, Austin Health lead researcher Christopher Rowe is aiming to find out whether repeated blows to the head are linked to controversial degenerative brain diseases.

Collaboration to drive research in Ballarat
Ballarat’s two major health services and six universities offering local health professional training have joined forces to foster healthcare excellence through research.

Nurse takes organ transplants to heart
A strategy to support isolated organ transplant recipients in regional Victoria has been presented at a national organ donation conference.

Women rule in health and medical research
Women in science have dominated the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research with four of the five award categories presented to researchers whose discoveries are changing lives.

Traineeships for Aboriginal mental health professionals
The State Government is boosting the number of Aboriginal health workers in the mental health system with 10 new trainees placed in health services across the state.

Call for men’s shed grant applications
The State Government is building or upgrading men’s sheds for communities all over Victoria.

Improving medication management
A trial service will help Box Hill Hospital patients better manage their medication after discharge.

Video makes movin’ groovin’
Get up, get out of bed, get moving.