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July 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Starting with a small step can lead to improvement

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Health Minister David Davis has encouraged Victorians to take small steps towards better health while launching the Start with campaign at Grattan Gardens Community Centre.

Daisy delivers for Darebin, Demons and local mums

story link jpegDaisy Pearce delivered for the Melbourne Demons in the inaugural AFL women’s exhibition game against Western Bulldogs.

Cutting-edge equipment for St V’s

story link jpegA research suite with ‘3D’ printers and equipment with the potential to create regenerative muscle, nerve and other tissues has been opened in St Vincent’s Clinical Neurosciences Department.

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$14.9 million plan brightens Victorian smiles

Minister for Health David Davis has launched a $14.9 million plan to prevent dental problems – such as decay and gum disease – as part of Healthy Together Victoria.

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Super sessions take the bite out of waiting lists

About 100 delegates representing Victoria’s community dental agencies took part in a Dental Health Services Victoria innovation workshop.

 

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Model care for eastern suburbs patients

Eastern Health has introduced an innovative way of reducing waiting times and improving patient care in its three emergency departments.

Hospital and Health Services

Transplant unit celebrates quarter century
By slicing off a portion of Jennifer Nish’s liver and transplanting it into her then one-year-old son, Dylan, Austin Hospital surgeons not only saved his life, they made history.

Model care for eastern suburbs patients
Eastern Health has introduced an innovative way of reducing waiting times and improving patient care in its three emergency departments.

Nurses from Finland visit Western Health
Thirty-four nurses from Finland have visited Western Health to learn and observe first-hand its intensive care unit liaison nurse practitioner model.

Boost for ambulance services in Gippsland
Health Minister David Davis has launched new ambulance MICA single responder units in Bairnsdale and Sale.

Ray of Sunshine for western suburbs residents
Patients in the western suburbs will benefit from the ongoing redevelopment of the Sunshine Hospital.

Special home care for eastern cancer patients
A specialist program within Eastern@Home is providing cancer patients with a comfortable alternative to hospital treatment.

Nerve surgery gives people with quadriplegia use of their hands
After a spinal cord injury left him with quadriplegia, Jim Anderson, 23, had no hand function at all and limited movement in his elbows.

Smart move towards rehabilitation in the home
Eastern Health researchers will study how technology, such as smart phones and tablets, could facilitate rehabilitation in the home.

Dale Fisher to head Peter Mac centre
Dale Fisher has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Aged Care

Apollo Bay resident takes advantage of personal care planning
Apollo Bay’s Helen Arnold contacted Otway Health recently to enlist the services of advance care planning nurse Annie Missen.

Mental Health and Drugs

$4 million enhances safety for women in care
The Government has now allocated more than $4 million to improve the safety of women in mental health care, says Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

New mental health role for Dr Vine
Ruth Vine has been appointed Executive Director of North Western Mental Health.

Mental health boost
The mental health and wellbeing of young people in the Goulburn Valley received a boost with the opening of a new headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation centre in Shepparton.

 

 

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

$14.9 million plan brightens Victorian smiles
Minister for Health David Davis has launched a $14.9 million plan to prevent dental problems – such as decay and gum disease – as part of Healthy Together Victoria.

Starting with a small step can lead to improvement
Health Minister David Davis has encouraged Victorians to take small steps towards better health while launching the Start with campaign at Grattan Gardens Community Centre.

Guide gives FMG support
New research helps Victorian professionals in health service planning and policy development respond to female genital mutilation issues.

Super sessions take the bite out of waiting lists
About 100 delegates representing Victoria’s community dental agencies took part in a Dental Health Services Victoria innovation workshop.

Visitors find appetite for healthy food
Some of the state’s largest hospitals have begun offering a wider range of healthier fare for staff and visitors.

Home dialysis plan
Despite the benefits, only 16 per cent of Austin Health’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients receive dialysis at home – a figure its renal unit plans to more than triple.

Getting to the bottom of men’s health
Heywood Rural Health collaborated with local Men’s Shed members on a forum delivering wellbeing messages and encouraging greater understanding of health issues.

General News

Melanoma treatment on trial at The Austin
Melanoma patients at Austin Health’s Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will take part in a major international trial of treatment that could extend life for years.

Environmental initiatives are our cup of tea
Victorian public health services are among the largest energy and water users in the public sector.

Daisy delivers for Darebin, Demons and local mums
Daisy Pearce delivered for the Melbourne Demons in the inaugural AFL women’s exhibition game against Western Bulldogs.

Study shows sleep the solution to seizures
A good night’s sleep could be the key to reducing epileptic seizures according to leading clinical researchers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Cancer agency receives funds for innovative research
Victorian cancer researchers will receive $9.3 million to support groundbreaking research programs and to support emerging talent as part of a $14.9 million Government boost.

Award for Royal Melbourne stroke neurologist
Royal Melbourne Hospital stroke neurologist Bruce Campbell has received the Leonard Cox Award for his research.

Stroke unit director in global study
Director of Western Health’s stroke unit and neuroscience research unit Tissa Wijeratne has been involved in a landmark international study.

Cutting-edge equipment for St V’s
A research suite with ‘3D’ printers and equipment with the potential to create regenerative muscle, nerve and other tissues has been opened in St Vincent’s Clinical Neurosciences Department.