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July 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

New BreastScreen clinic to open in David Jones

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City workers and shoppers will have even better access to lifesaving breast cancer screening with a new BreastScreen clinic to open at the redeveloped David Jones city store.

Howzat! Doctors call Australia home

Howzat! Doctors call Australia home story link jpegWhen consultant surgeon Alexander ‘Sandy’ Heriot let slip he was to become an Australian citizen at an MCG ceremony, a fellow British doctor friend made it a family affair.

Oral health awards for kindergartens

Oral health awards for kindergartens story link jpegThere were smiles all round at Rushworth Kindergarten when children and staff accepted an award from Dental Health Services Victoria for becoming a tooth-friendly preschool.

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She’s the Bee’s knees

Senior Clinical Advisor in the Department of Health’s Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division Bee Mitchell-Dawson has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Public Service Medal.

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Men shed reluctance to get with the program

Men’s shed participants across the Wimmera are taking part in a pilot program to gain fitness and health.

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Young patients lap up life online

Thanks to the Livewire hospital program, Sarah Baldock, 9, could play computer games during her stay in Maroondah Hospital’s short-stay unit.

Hospital and Health Services

Extra hospital beds to meet winter demand
Victorian hospitals are receiving a $13.9 million boost thanks to a Victorian Government strategy to open more than 100 extra hospital beds to meet a surge in demand during winter.

Big paramedic boost for rural, regional Victoria
Premier John Brumby has unveiled a major plan to deploy 297 additional paramedics to regional and rural Victoria with 234 paramedics to be on the ground in the next 12 months.

New BreastScreen clinic to open in David Jones
City workers and shoppers will have even better access to lifesaving breast cancer screening with a new BreastScreen clinic to open at the redeveloped David Jones city store.

Eye and Ear recognised
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has received a 2010 Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Hi-tech equipment for Royal Children’s
The installation of cutting edge medical equipment is underway inside the Government’s $1 billion new state-of-the-art Royal Children’s Hospital.

Help for women in cancer battle
An Australian-first pilot project at the Royal Melbourne Hospital is giving women renewed hope in their fight against cancer with the support of trained volunteers.

DVD for medical staff
Sunshine Hospital has produced a DVD that teaches medical staff how to help families who have suffered a miscarriage.

Breathing made easier in intensive care trial
Promising results from a clinical trial for patients with acute lung injury put The Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit at the forefront in mechanical ventilation. 

Young patients lap up life online
Thanks to the Livewire hospital program, Sarah Baldock, 9, could play computer games during her stay in Maroondah Hospital’s short-stay unit.

Interns are sold on Sale
Sale has been recognised as a preferred destination of junior doctors starting out on their career paths.

Concert hits the right note
A concert by a not-for-profit theatrical group has raised $1,200 for Kyabram Hospital.

Japan tour for Peter Mac team
Three radiation therapists from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Education and Development Unit have travelled to Japan to visit their peers.

Trial gives asthma hope
Southern Health’s Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Professor Philip Bardin is leading a trial of a drug hoped to bring significant relief to severe asthma sufferers.

Aged Care

Residential aged care services change with the times
One hundred and seventy representatives of the community and residential aged care service sectors took part in a forum on service models that promote social inclusion for older Victorians.

New social circle opens
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service has been selected by the Department of Health to run a Healthy Living for Older People pilot project. 

General News

…from the Secretary
Hospitals and health services, primary care partnerships, health organisations and community health services will help shape the future of health in Victoria following the signing of the historic Council of Australian Government health agreement.

She’s the Bee’s knees
Senior Clinical Advisor in the Department of Health’s Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division Bee Mitchell-Dawson has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Public Service Medal.

Queen’s Birthday Honours
Senior Project Officer in the Department of Health’s North and West Metropolitan Region Glen Jose has been awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

West Gippsland smart with water
An innovative bedpan sanitisation system to be installed at West Gippsland Hospital is expected to save 7,750 litres of water per day.

Call for trial participants
The HeaD-ON (Headaches and Depression – Overcome Now) team from Monash University and Southern Health is recruiting Melbourne adults who experience headaches/migraines and depression for a psychological research treatment trial.

Nurse-On-Call celebrates its fourth birthday
More than 1.4 million callers have phoned Victoria’s vital Nurse-On-Call service to receive immediate expert health advice since it began four years ago.

Inaugural award for Ellie Walter
Kingston Hospital division two nurse Ellie Walter is Southern Health’s inaugural Nurse of the Year.

Howzat! Doctors call Australia home
When consultant surgeon Alexander ‘Sandy’ Heriot let slip he was to become an Australian citizen at an MCG ceremony, a fellow British doctor friend made it a family affair.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Drive for men’s health
Lou Iannacone drove his tractor into Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to the applause of family, friends, staff and patients.

New guide for councils
A new handbook for Environmental Health Officers has been to distributed to councils.

Oral health awards for kindergartens
There were smiles all round at Rushworth Kindergarten when children and staff accepted an award from Dental Health Services Victoria for becoming a tooth-friendly preschool.

Kidney care warning
Jeff Salt has journeyed from chronic kidney failure to full recovery thanks to a kidney donation.

Check ensures sound future
Aboriginal children in Darebin are getting the best start to life thanks to vital health checks taking place in local schools to identify and prevent ear disease.

Men shed reluctance to get with the program
Men’s shed participants across the Wimmera are taking part in a pilot program to gain fitness and health.

Info arms consumers in diabetes fight
Fast food outlets will be required to disclose nutritional information about their meals on in-store menus under an initiative to tackle diabetes and improve the health of Victorians.

Drugs and Mental Health

Senior medical advisor joins UN experts
Department of Health senior medical advisor Dr Malcolm Dobbin has joined other international experts in Vienna to formulate policies to combat the misuse of prescription drugs.