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February 2018 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Campaign to save 000 for emergencies

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The next phase of the State Government’s campaign Save lives: Save 000 for emergencies has hit television screens, helping paramedics respond faster and save more lives.

Surfer coasts into Peninsula internship

Surfer coasts into Peninsula internship story link jpegSam Johnson grew up surfing on the Mornington Peninsula.

Multilingual info for Eye and Ear patients

Multilingual info for Eye and Ear patients story link jpegThe Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has launched new multilingual patient information lines for people using its services.

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West welcomes young docs

Western Health has welcomed the 2018 class of medical interns.xx

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Rochester remembers those who served

A pair of life-size statues have been unveiled at the entrance to Rochester Hospital.

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Fire awareness earns Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre award

A collaborative project demonstrating the role Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre plays in enhancing the resilience of its community to bushfire has received a Fire Awareness Award.

Health and Wellbeing

Ambulance response times improve
Ambulance response times continue to improve and more elective surgeries are being done on time, thanks to record investment in the health system by the State Government.

Campaign to save 000 for emergencies
The next phase of the State Government’s campaign Save lives: Save 000 for emergencies has hit television screens, helping paramedics respond faster and save more lives.

VicHealth chooses Ballarat water project for award
Ballarat Health Services’ Water, drink of choice project has been recognised at the VicHealth awards.

Early quads add colour for teams at Monash
Monash Medical Centre delivered a set of quadruplets following a 30-week and one day gestation period.

Multilingual info for Eye and Ear patients
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has launched new multilingual patient information lines for people using its services.

Surfer coasts into Peninsula internship
Sam Johnson grew up surfing on the Mornington Peninsula.

Triage system maximises Mercy obstetric care
In an Australian first, Werribee Mercy Hospital has introduced an obstetric triage tool to support the consistent, accurate and timely emergency care of pregnant and postpartum women.

Health services appoint new chief executives
Peninsula Health Board Chair Diana Heggie has announced the appointment of Felicity Topp as Chief Executive Officer.

West welcomes young docs
Western Health has welcomed the 2018 class of medical interns.

Diabetes support for mums-to-be
Meagan Walsh is a healthy mum of two young children but for the past 15 years she has been living with type one diabetes.

Interpreters help mental health patients
Research has found that the use of specialist interpreters can improve mental health outcomes for the most vulnerable.

Nurse practitioner to help older patients
Wimmera Health Care Group’s Maire Coffey is now an endorsed nurse practitioner.

Green-thumbed Mercy residents now blossom
Mercy Place Montrose has introduced wheelchair-accessible planters so more residents can get into the garden.

Ruby Buttons brightens the day for teen patients
Meet Ruby Buttons, the latest addition to Footscray Hospital’s adolescent withdrawal unit who is brightening the lives of teens.

A stroke of luck
A Reservoir grandmother can expect to return to a normal life despite suffering a severe stroke, thanks to the rapid response of the Mobile Stroke Unit ambulance and Austin Health staff.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

New research maps 99 years of STI trends
A surge in STIs following the world wars and the sexual revolution and a drop after the advent of antibiotics were just some of the historical sexual health trends revealed in new research by Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC).

Fire awareness earns Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre award
A collaborative project demonstrating the role Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre plays in enhancing the resilience of its community to bushfire has received a Fire Awareness Award.

Free vaccine to help stop spread of hep A
A free vaccination program for Victorian men who have sex with men (MSM) will combat an outbreak of hepatitis A.

General

Honoured on Australia Day 2018
Royal Women’s Hospital Centre for Women’s Infectious Diseases director Suzanne Garland received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Australia Day awards.

Hairy events celebrate 20th year and go green
More than 20,000 Aussies will take part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave in March – for the 20th time.

Rochester remembers those who served
A pair of life-size statues have been unveiled at the entrance to Rochester Hospital.

Youth work earns blue ribbon honour
Barwon Health’s StaffCare manager Rudi Gasser has been awarded the Geelong Kokoda Youth Program’s blue ribbon community award for his medical work with the youth program.

Oral health heroes honoured
Dental Health Services Victoria has celebrated the winners of the 2017 Public Oral Health Awards.

State Government grants provide $7 million for leading researchers to fight cancer
Leading Victorian researchers will share in $7 million of grants to continue the fight against cancer, thanks to the State Government.

Award for DHSV chief executive
Dental Health Services Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer Deborah Cole has been honoured at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) awards.

DIY jobs mean more hospital trips
The number of serious injuries sustained from falling or tripping is increasing – impacting more lives than vehicle accidents.