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November 2017 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Public healthcare leaders honoured

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Victoria’s world-class public health services have been honoured for innovative achievements that are making a real difference to Victorians – and saving lives.

Cancer awareness champion is Senior of the Year

story link jpegMornington volunteer and cancer survivor Roy Francis, 77, has won the prestigious Victorian Senior of the Year award.

Life and soul by Dr Sush

Life and soul by Dr Sush story link jpegFor Northern Health obstetrician and gynaecologist Sushen Naidoo, the beat goes on during childbirth.

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Volunteers driven by concern for the community

Macedon Ranges volunteer drivers are reaching out to people in need.

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Physio is tutu important

Western Health physiotherapy patients got treatment with extra style on World Physiotherapy Day.

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Statewide celebration for Victorian seniors

All 79 local government areas hosted Victorian Seniors Festival activities this year.

Health and Wellbeing

Public healthcare leaders honoured
Victoria’s world-class public health services have been honoured for innovative achievements that are making a real difference to Victorians – and saving lives.

Best ambo response in eight years
Paramedics are responding faster to life threatening medical emergencies despite massive demand from one of Victoria’s worst-ever flu seasons with the best quarter one response times in eight years.

Cancer awareness champion is Senior of the Year
Mornington volunteer and cancer survivor Roy Francis, 77, has won the prestigious Victorian Senior of the Year award.

New plan to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing
A plan to change how Victoria’s health and human services work with Aboriginal communities has been backed up by a $7.1 million funding boost.

Medical guidelines for care of gender-diverse children
The care of trans and gender-diverse children and adolescents will be more unified across the country following the release of the first Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines.

Royal Melbourne urges quick treatment to curb sepsis
A world sepsis day forum at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has focused on reducing mortality from the condition.

Life and soul by Dr Sush
For Northern Health obstetrician and gynaecologist Sushen Naidoo, the beat goes on during childbirth.

Support program helps Castlemaine cancer survivors
Cancer survivors have a new rehabilitation and support service at Castlemaine Health.

New Western Health CEO
Russell Harrison has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Western Health.

Physio is tutu important
Western Health physiotherapy patients got treatment with extra style on World Physiotherapy Day.

Stroke care access boost
Victorian stroke victims now have a better chance of survival with a new clot-busting service.

Statewide celebration for Victorian seniors
All 79 local government areas hosted Victorian Seniors Festival activities this year.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

New vaccine to slash cervical cancer
A large, global trial of a new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has found it could cut the rate of cervical cancer by a further 23 per cent compared to the existing Gardasil vaccine.

Record immunisation coverage for Victorian kids
Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of five-year-olds now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases.

General

New chief executive for building authority
Secretary Kym Peake has announced the appointment of Robert Fiske as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Health and Human Services building authority.

Cardiology prize for RCH surgeon
Cardiac surgeon Yves d’Udekem has been awarded the most prestigious Australian and New Zealand cardiology award – the 2017 R. T. Hall Prize.

Volunteers driven by concern for the community
Macedon Ranges volunteer drivers are reaching out to people in need.

Ararat staff are cup keepers
East Grampians Health Service has introduced reusable coffee cops for staff and community members who regularly use its Café Pyrenees cafeteria in Ararat.

School’s in at Monash
Sick children in Melbourne’s south-east now have access to a world-class education – while continuing life-saving medical treatment – with the official opening of the state-of-the-art Monash Children’s Hospital School.

Health is Macedon’s business
Macedon Ranges Health won the not-for profit/public sector category at the 2017 local business excellence awards.

International honour for Austin epilepsy expert
World-leading epilepsy expert Samuel Berkovic has been named an international member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) – one of medicine’s highest honours.

East Grampians tribute to VMOs
East Grampians Health Service has celebrated the contribution of local medical officers with its annual VMO dinner.