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July 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Students sew they care for cancer patients

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Horsham College year nine students have put their craft skills to good use in Wimmera Health Care Group’s day oncology unit.

Gifts make patient treatment bearable

Gifts make patient treatment bearable story link jpegPatients at Monash Children’s will have more reasons to smile after $10,000 and 600 teddy bears were donated to the hospital.

Better care for burns victims at The Alfred

story link jpegBurn victims in Victoria will be better cared for following the opening of the newly-refurbished Helen Macpherson Smith Burns Unit at The Alfred Hospital.

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Website provides access to hospital information

A new website will give Victorians access to immediate information about hospitals and health services across the state.

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Peter Mac researcher wins Premier’s award

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre postgraduate researcher Wen Qiu has won the 2011 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

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Partnership to improve care for people managing HIV

A $1.5 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership grant has been awarded to Alfred Health infectious diseases specialists to run a novel self-management program for the long-term management of HIV infection and its complications.

Hospital and Health Services

Top job for Frances Diver
Department of Health Secretary Fran Thorn has announced the appointment of Frances Diver as Hospital and Health Services Performance Executive Director.

Website provides access to hospital information
A new website will give Victorians access to immediate information about hospitals and health services across the state.

Students sew they care for cancer patients
Horsham College year nine students have put their craft skills to good use in Wimmera Health Care Group’s day oncology unit.

Botox used in asthma trial at Monash Medical Centre
A study at Southern Health’s Monash Medical Centre will use botulinum toxin (Botox) injected into the vocal cords to counter muscle spasms that may be causing severe asthma.

Gifts make patient treatment bearable
Patients at Monash Children’s will have more reasons to smile after $10,000 and 600 teddy bears were donated to the hospital.

Victoria’s new ambulance planes take to the skies
Victoria’s fleet of fixed-wing air ambulances has been upgraded with the arrival of four new planes to respond to medical emergencies and patient transport across the state.

Pastoral care for Bass Coast
In a regional first, Bass Coast Regional Health (BCRH) has appointed a pastoral care coordinator.

Ambulance membership fees cut in half
Yearly Ambulance Victoria membership fees have been halved.

Money was well spent
Gary and Janet Niewand have been ambulance members since they were 16 – more than 40 years of membership each.

Better care for burns victims at The Alfred
Burn victims in Victoria will be better cared for following the opening of the newly-refurbished Helen Macpherson Smith Burns Unit at The Alfred Hospital.

Aged Care

Men in Melbourne’s north look to their health
Many men avoid talking about their health.

Step on the palliative care path
The death of Australia’s ‘godfather of blues’ Matthew ‘Dutch’ Tilders attracted national media attention and an outpouring of public tributes.

Mental Health and Drugs

New home for Austin Health psychological trauma service
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge, with Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty, officially opened the Coral-Balmoral Building, the new home of Austin Health’s Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

$11 million to expand drug treatment support
The Government will invest more than $11 million in a major expansion of services to heroin users and other drug addicts to help them get their lives back on track.

Eye temperature link to mental health
An innovative study will investigate whether there is a link between clinical depression and eye temperature.

General News

Secretary signs historic agreement with China
The Department of Health Secretary Fran Thorn has signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding for health co-operation with the Jiangsu Province in the People’s Republic of China.

Austin nurse top graduate
Austin Health nurse Zena Coffey has been named Graduate Nurse of the Year in the 2011 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards

Peter Mac researcher wins Premier’s award
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre postgraduate researcher Wen Qiu has won the 2011 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

Goulburn Valley cancer surgery a work of art
In July 2010, Bill Kelly was admitted to Goulburn Valley Health’s emergency department in Shepparton for exploratory surgery.

Doors open on health study centre in Melbourne’s west
Minister for Health David Davis and Commonwealth Health and Ageing Minister Nicola Roxon have opened the Western Centre for Health Research and Education at Sunshine Hospital.

Musical doctors in concerted fund-raising effort
Royal Melbourne Hospital doctors’ orchestra Corpus Medicorum is conducting a series of concerts to raise funds for cardiology patients.

…from the Secretary
The Victorian Pharmacotherapy Review, released by the Minister for Mental Health, renewed focus on services for Victorians with a drug addiction.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Nasal spray trialled for diabetes prevention
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Royal Melbourne Hospital researchers have provided the first evidence in humans that a nasal spray vaccine being trialled at the Royal Melbourne Hospital could prevent the development of type one diabetes.

Health help for homeless young families
Eastern Health, in partnership with homeless and family services, will fill a gap for young families in crisis with the establishment of a new specialist service.

Partnership to improve care for people managing HIV
A $1.5 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership grant has been awarded to Alfred Health infectious diseases specialists to run a novel self-management program for the long-term management of HIV infection and its complications.

Dimboola residents rest easy
Wimmera residents are finding more ways to rest easy with the expansion of a specialist sleep program.

Oral health research on show
Dental Health Services Victoria’s Research and Innovation Grants Showcase promoted 10 research projects for the improvement of oral health.