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

Here’s cheers to emergency department nurses

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Northern Health’s ED has marked National Emergency Nurses Day.

Hamilton gives green light to healthy menu

Hamilton gives green light to healthy menu story link jpegA regional Victorian hospital is the first in Australia to adopt a totally ‘green’ cafeteria menu as it steps up the fight against obesity.

Ballarat shows it cares

Ballarat shows it cares story link jpegBallarat Health Services has treated its carers to free coffee, manicures, mini massages, showbags and support information.

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Dental health strategy earns global gong

Dental Health Services Victoria has been announced as the gold winner of the International Hospital Federation (IHF)/Dr Kwang Tae Kim grand award in the 2018 IHF Awards.

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Public sector award for ambulance initiative

Ambulance Victoria’s occupational violence prevention program has won the people and change category of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

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Birth suite helps close the gap

Barwon Health has transformed a University Hospital Geelong birth suite into a welcoming, culturally-inclusive space for Aboriginal families.

Health and Wellbeing

Here’s cheers to emergency department nurses
Northern Health’s ED has marked National Emergency Nurses Day.

Hamilton gives green light to healthy menu
A regional Victorian hospital is the first in Australia to adopt a totally ‘green’ cafeteria menu as it steps up the fight against obesity.

Ballarat shows it cares
Ballarat Health Services has treated its carers to free coffee, manicures, mini massages, showbags and support information.

Wimmera Health cares about communication
New patient information boards have been installed at bedsides at Wimmera Health Care Group.

Austin Health opens up to the great outdoors
Austin Health’s forest walk is garden and grounds officer Steven Wells’ latest project.

Campaign raises expectant mum awareness
A collaboration between Safer Care Victoria, the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence and other national bodies encourages expectant mothers to get to know their baby’s movements.

Victory visit excites young Northern patients
Northern Health patients, staff and volunteers have received a special visit from Melbourne Victory FC players.

Gold for Guillaume after health battles
After battling two types of cancer and undergoing major heart surgery, Austin Health patient Guillaume Zigan is finally catching up on life.

Spectacular social events set the scene for seniors festival
Around 150,000 older Victorians participated in the 2018 Victorian Seniors Festival events.

Heartfelt thanks for a new lease on life
When James Sheppard received a heart transplant this year, a young relative had some reservations.

Mental health information provided to community
Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr took part in a range of activities during Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day.

Community approach to residential aged care
Bishop of Ballarat Paul Bird has officially opened and blessed Mercy Place Ballarat.

Student supporter is senior of the year
Retired health professional Hamish Russell, 79, has taken out the prestigious 2018 Victorian senior of the year award for his volunteer work to improve health outcomes in Melbourne’s outer east.

Portland physio helps ease the pain
Twenty years ago, Bonnie Taylor was turning her love of horses into a career as an aspiring jockey.

Birth suite helps close the gap
Barwon Health has transformed a University Hospital Geelong birth suite into a welcoming, culturally-inclusive space for Aboriginal families.

Northern Health staff embrace their inner children
Northern Health staff who look after children in Melbourne’s north focused on education and awareness during Paediatric Week.

General

Our Ministers
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced Jenny Mikakos as Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services in the new State Government.

New board chair for Mercy Health
Virginia Bourke has been appointed as the new chair of Mercy Health.

Dental practice gets its teeth into sustainability
Beaconsfield Dental has topped the health category in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for a whole-of-practice focus on environmental sustainability.

Course offers training on domestic and family violence
A new short course has been specifically designed to equip busy healthcare professionals to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence.

Volunteers a priority for health services
The Leaders of Health Volunteer Engagement (LOHVE) network has welcomed the addition of volunteer engagement to statement of priorities (SoPs) documents for all public health services.

Dental health strategy earns global gong
Dental Health Services Victoria has been announced as the gold winner of the International Hospital Federation (IHF)/Dr Kwang Tae Kim grand award in the 2018 IHF Awards.

Willing guest on organ donation
A successful children’s author whose brother saved many lives as an organ donor is spreading the word about organ donation at Victorian secondary schools.

Public sector award for ambulance initiative
Ambulance Victoria’s occupational violence prevention program has won the people and change category of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

VHA celebrates 80th anniversary
The Victorian Healthcare Association has celebrated its 80th anniversary and annual awards ceremony.

Pasta necklaces fit for royalty raise funds for research
A Melbourne schoolboy who gifted a gold-painted pasta necklace to the Duchess of Sussex on her recent Australian tour has donated $8,000 to Mercy Perinatal for research to help prevent stillbirth.

Website targets language barrier
Health Translations – Australia’s largest directory for translated health and wellbeing resources – has developed a five-part podcast series.

Online postgrad courses
The University of Western Australia’s faculty of health and medical sciences is offering postgraduate courses in health professions education in 2019.