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July 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Report reveals attitude to healthy eating

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Minister for Health David Davis has released new research that gives a unique insight into Victorian attitudes towards healthy eating and physical activity.

Royal Children’s call for grand volunteers

story link jpegThe Royal Children’s Hospital is calling on volunteers to join its ward grandparent program.

Cancer and wellness centre first stage opens

story link jpegPremier Ted Baillieu has opened of the first stage of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg

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Health complaints approach under review

Minister for Health David Davis has called for submissions to a review that aims to modernise the way health complaints are resolved by the Health Services Commissioner.

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Decade of dealing with blood matters

The Blood Matters program – a collaboration between the Department of Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service – has celebrated 10 years of activity.

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International experts address forum

Two internationally-renowned experts have addressed the Making Recovery a Reality forum organised by Eastern Health’s mental health program.

General News

New Secretary for Department
Dr Pradeep Philip has been appointed Secretary of the Department of Health.

Medal acknowledges work in sexual health arena
Sexual health nurse and Department of Health partner notification officer Tom Carter has been awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Cancer and wellness centre first stage opens
Premier Ted Baillieu has opened of the first stage of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.

Royal Children’s call for grand volunteers
The Royal Children’s Hospital is calling on volunteers to join its ward grandparent program.

Health complaints approach under review
Minister for Health David Davis has called for submissions to a review that aims to modernise the way health complaints are resolved by the Health Services Commissioner.

Construction starts on Kinglake health centre
Minister for Health David Davis visited Kinglake to mark the start of construction works on the new health centre.

Decade of dealing with blood matters
The Blood Matters program – a collaboration between the Department of Health and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service – has celebrated 10 years of activity.

Medal for dedicated service
The Department of Health’s Director of Aged Care Jane Herington has been awarded a Public Service Medal for her service to the Victorian system.

Hospital and Health Services

International partnership to deliver better care
Eastern Health has formed a unique partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Royal Children’s Hospital project a winner
The Royal Children’s Hospital Project has followed a Victorian Architecture Medal win with three major International Design and Health Academy Awards.

Technology drives lung procedure
Funding from the Department’s Health Technology Program, has allowed doctors at the Royal Melbourne Hospital to trial new electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB).

Crime night talks get blue ribbon response
Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Foundation branch has presented a cheque for more than $25,000 to the Wimmera Base Hospital.

MonashHeart in world-first valve trial
MonashHeart has conducted the world-first trial of a treatment that allows surgeons to insert a replacement heart valve without the need for open heart surgery.

Funds enable facility upgrades for rural Victoria
Health services across Victoria will receive a $5 million Government boost to upgrade facilities.

Patient is a pace maker
Malcolm Carmichael has joined a special club.

Boost for Aboriginal health in east
Vera Webber feels at home in a hospital.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Report reveals attitude to healthy eating
Minister for Health David Davis has released new research that gives a unique insight into Victorian attitudes towards healthy eating and physical activity.

Gynae research centre opens at The Women’s
The Royal Women’s Hospital is continuing to lead international academic gynaecological research with the launch of the Women’s Gynaecology Research Centre (WGRC).

Schoolboys take head harm to heart
Horsham College Year 9 students and the Wimmera Health Care Group health promotion team are working together to raise awareness of sport-related concussion.

Hearty fare dished up at Monash
Celebrity chef Kemi Nekvapil and national nutritionist Lola Berry have starred in a Cooking for a Healthy Heart demonstration at MonashHeart.

Mental Health and Drugs

Play program helps parents and children
For Box Hill mother, Carolyn, the local playgroup is much more than a place where she sends her child Therese to get the best start in life.

Support for top alcohol treatment program
Victoria’s only community-based alcohol rehabilitation day program will be supported for the next four years with $3.1 million from the Government.

Alcohol and drug services reform to deliver better treatment in community
The Government has taken a major step towards improving Victoria’s alcohol and drug treatment services with the release of a ‘roadmap’ for reform.

International experts address forum
Two internationally-renowned experts have addressed the Making Recovery a Reality forum organised by Eastern Health’s mental health program.

Website gives guidance on personal alcohol use
Victorians now have a new way of assessing their use of alcohol.

Aged Care

Supported residential services laws now in force
New laws governing the operation of Victoria’s supported residential services and providing better protection for residents are now in force.

Skin care program for older people
Minister for Health David Davis has launched the National Aged Skin Care Program that helps identify and treat skin cancer and skin disease in older people.

Extra funding supports seniors
Seniors in Victoria will receive more support to stay in their homes thanks to a $21.9 million boost to the Home and Community Care Program.