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

Dad and daughter docs

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The doors are yet to open but the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is already generating interest among Victoria’s newest crop of junior doctors.

Australia Day award for population health advisor

story link jpegDepartment of Health and Human Services’ population health and wellbeing advisor Haileluel Gebre-Selassie has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (general division) in the Australia Day 2019 honours list.

Oral health care ambassador in a league of her own

story link jpegDental Health Services Victoria has announced one of the AFL Women’s League’s brightest players as its 2019 Smile of the Year ambassador.

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Medical, nursing, allied health graduates team up

Medical, nursing and allied health graduates at Ballarat Health got together for orientation week before starting their careers at Ballarat Health Services.

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Ambos hail their community heroes

Seventeen Victorians have been hailed as community heroes for saving the life of fellow citizens.

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Path lab to serve northern suburbs patients

Northern Heath has opened its own pathology service – the state’s first public in-house laboratory service in 40 years.

Health and Wellbeing

Thousands start hospital careers
Thousands of doctors, nurses and midwives are beginning long and rewarding careers in Victoria’s world-class public hospitals.

Dad and daughter docs
The doors are yet to open but the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is already generating interest among Victoria’s newest crop of junior doctors.

Oral health care ambassador in a league of her own
Dental Health Services Victoria has announced one of the AFL Women’s League’s brightest players as its 2019 Smile of the Year ambassador.

Personal alarms keep healthcare professionals safe at work
The MePACS 24/7 personal alarm has made huge advances in saving and improving the lives of everyday Australians in the last 25 years.

Aboriginal families benefit from maternity program
Having access to the Western Health’s Galinjera maternity program has had a profoundly positive effect on Aleisha Hodgson’s pregnancy, delivery and transition to motherhood.

UK surgeon leads complex vein surgery
Northern Hospital Epping has hosted its second annual venous workshop, welcoming UK vascular surgeon Stephen Black to supervise complex endovascular re-canalisation procedures.

Alfred marks decade of advanced ICU care
More critically-ill and injured patients are being cared for in The Alfred’s 45-bed intensive care unit than ever before as the hospital marks 10 years since the modern facility opened its doors.

Medical, nursing, allied health graduates team up
Medical, nursing and allied health graduates at Ballarat Health got together for orientation week before starting their careers at Ballarat Health Services.

Ambos hail their community heroes
Seventeen Victorians have been hailed as community heroes for saving the life of fellow citizens.

Path lab to serve northern suburbs patients
Northern Heath has opened its own pathology service – the state’s first public in-house laboratory service in 40 years.

Oral health award stars shine
Victoria’s best and brightest dental professionals have been honoured with Public Oral Health Awards.

Colour and quirk add vibe to renovation
Heywood Rural Health has officially opened the newly-renovated and refurbished expansion of Surrey Hall in its aged care facility.

Patient safety videos available to all health services
Yarram and District Health Service – with the Health Issues Centre (HIC) – has produced four patient safety videos.

Chemo contract collaboration a first
In a Victorian first, three regional health services have adopted a cluster sourcing approach for the purchase of chemotherapy preparations used to treat cancer patients.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Safe summer swimming stops sickness
While swimming is fun and a great way to stay fit and active, germs can sometimes contaminate the water and make people sick.

General

Call for innovation fund project applications
Better Care Victoria is calling for applications for innovation fund projects for 2019/20.

Nurse celebrates 45 years of service
Peninsula Health coronary care nurse Aida Singer turned 75 in January but has no plans to retire.

Funds for cancer drug discovery facility
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation will provide $2 million to fund a facility for innovative cancer drug discovery at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Panel pieces unite organisations
An Aboriginal artwork has cemented the relationship between Robinvale District Health Services, Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative and Robinvale College.

Peer support volunteers are a ray of sunshine for hospital patients
Trish McDonald has been a specially-trained peer support volunteer at Western Health’s Sunshine Hospital for nearly three years.

New Chief Executive for DPV Health
DPV Health has appointed Don Tidbury as its Chief Executive Officer.

Australia Day award for population health advisor
Department of Health and Human Services’ population health and wellbeing advisor Haileluel Gebre-Selassie has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (general division) in the Australia Day 2019 honours list.

Health sector achievers receive honours
Alfred Health Chief Executive Officer Andrew Way has become a member (AM) of the Order of Australia (general division).

Aboriginal artwork depicts patient journey
Northern Health has unveiled an artwork by Kahli Luttrell – a Yorta Yorta woman from Epping – in the day oncology unit at Northern Hospital Epping.

Austin Health volunteers acknowledged for action
The Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop has been recognised as the community group of the year at the Nillumbik Shire Council Australia Day awards ceremony.

Exercise encouraged during cancer care
The Department of Health and Human Services has recognised the benefit of exercise programs for cancer patients in a statewide forum.

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