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

Living life to the fullest

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Max Primmer certainly has not let life drag him down.

By gum – a way to beat post-surgery nausea

By gum – a way to beat post-surgery nausea story link jpegIt is familiar to everyone, available at the corner store, cheap, tasty and it could be the key to chewing away post-surgery nausea.

St Vincent’s researchers in epilepsy breakthrough

St Vincent’s researchers in epilepsy breakthrough story link jpegFlora Purvis has battled a rare type of epilepsy her whole life.

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Hair’s to looking good and feeling better

Residents at Lyndoch Living in Warrnambool are saying good riddance to bad hair days after the opening of an onsite salon.

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Dogs’ fashion statement on breast cancer

Western Bulldog stars escorted 11 Western Health patients down the fashion catwalk during the BreastWest Night of Nights.

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Health services celebrate NAIDOC Week

An exhibition in the foyer of Northern Hospital Epping celebrated the ‘Because of her, we can!’ theme of NAIDOC Week.

Health and Wellbeing

Record funds give patients better and faster care
The State Government is delivering record funding for Melbourne’s major hospitals to give more patients the world-class treatment and care they deserve faster.

Pop-up shop encourages talk about cancer care
The Let’s talk about cancer pilot pop-up shop has brought cancer prevention and screening messages to communities across western Melbourne.

Community gives thanks to Victoria’s paramedics
Victorians reached out to paramedics and ambulance volunteers who helped them on Thank a Paramedic Day.

Mental health forum videos available
People working in Victoria’s public mental health services have been encouraged to access videos and presentations from a forum on sexual safety in inpatient units.

St Vincent’s researchers in epilepsy breakthrough
Flora Purvis has battled a rare type of epilepsy her whole life.

Ambulance and surgery wait times at record lows
The State Government’s record investment in Victoria’s health system is saving lives and giving people the care they need when they need it most.

Award for Sale Hospital
Central Gippsland Health has been named runner-up for the Australian Patients Association most outstanding regional hospital in Australia award.

Western Health closes the gap on maternity care
A tailored program at Western Health aims to improve maternity services and health outcomes for Aboriginal women and their babies.

Health services celebrate NAIDOC Week
An exhibition in the foyer of Northern Hospital Epping celebrated the ‘Because of her, we can!’ theme of NAIDOC Week.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Living well – it all depends on the liver
Hepatitis Victoria has developed a free, interactive app that is a practical tool to help people optimise their liver health.

Victoria leads on vaccination rates
Vaccinated five-year-olds in Victoria are now better protected against diseases than in any other state in Australia, new data shows.

Cobaw leads the way on staff wellbeing
Cobaw Community Health has set a fine example by meeting Department of Health and Human Service’s workplace achievement program milestones.

General

Living life to the fullest
Max Primmer certainly has not let life drag him down.

Hair’s to looking good and feeling better
Residents at Lyndoch Living in Warrnambool are saying good riddance to bad hair days after the opening of an onsite salon.

By gum – a way to beat post-surgery nausea
It is familiar to everyone, available at the corner store, cheap, tasty and it could be the key to chewing away post-surgery nausea.

Organ donation saves 60 lives in June
A record 22 Victorian families donated their loved ones’ organs in June, saving the lives of 60 people and transforming many more through tissue donation.

New Carers Victoria CEO
Carers Victoria has announced Scott Walker as Chief Executive officer of Victoria’s peak agency for unpaid carers.

Latrobe Regional Hospital in bid to lure Gippsland business
Businesses in Gippsland have been encouraged to consider supplying the health sector with goods and services.

Music the means to recovery
For Melbourne-based high school teacher David Schenkel, the road to recovery from an acquired brain injury has been a long one.

Elaine not keen to throw in the towel
Thirty-five years might seem like a long time working for one employer but for a staff member at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton, it is not enough.

Half a century and still loving it
Helen Boffa was only 17 when she first walked into St Vincent’s Hospital to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

Dogs’ fashion statement on breast cancer
Western Bulldog stars escorted 11 Western Health patients down the fashion catwalk during the BreastWest Night of Nights.

Shepparton community funds new Mercy Place bus
Mercy Place Shepparton has raised $64,000 for a new resident transport bus thanks to the unwavering support of the local community.

Austin Health researcher heads dementia network
Austin Health’s Professor Christopher Rowe has been appointed the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet) chief investigator.

Phone call after discharge reduces readmission
Aged care patients at Caulfield Hospital are now less likely to be readmitted thanks to a simple initiative that is gaining world-wide attention.

Recipe for reducing health risks for kidney kids
The Royal Children’s Hospital has unveiled its first ever cookbook dedicated to children managing chronic kidney disease.

St V’s café a safe haven in Fitzroy
Every day dozens of people present to St Vincent’s emergency department experiencing mental health issues.

Elder abuse in the spotlight
The new integrated model of care for responding to suspected elder abuse is being trialled at Melbourne Health, Latrobe Community Health, Monash Health, Peninsula Health and Western Health.

Grants help world-leading researchers fight cancer
The State Government is giving Victoria’s next generation of world-leading researchers the help they need to continue the fight against cancer.