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July 2017 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Western Health shouts out for volunteers

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More than 300 people packed Sunshine’s Club Italia to celebrate Western Health volunteers.

Docs sock it to mental illness

Docs sock it to  mental illness story link jpegHealthcare workers across Australia and the world have shown their support for doctors experiencing mental illness by wearing crazy socks.

Twins thriving after premature birth at Frankston Hospital

Twins thriving after premature birth at Frankston Hospital story link jpegA few days before Christmas, Rebecca Story was 28 weeks pregnant and suddenly in a lot of pain during a very smooth pregnancy so far.

Students encouraged to stay and work story link jpeg

Students encouraged to stay and work

More than 120 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 have attended Goulburn Valley Health’s careers workshop.

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Ambulance emergency response reforms save lives

A record number of Victorians are surviving cardiac arrest because of recent reforms that are making more ambulances available for people in life-threatening emergencies.

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Men’s Shed benefits from sale of art

An exhibition by Kyneton artist and Archibald Prize finalist Daniel Butterworth has raised $5,400 to combat rural men’s depression.

Health and Wellbeing

Ambulance emergency response reforms save lives
A record number of Victorians are surviving cardiac arrest because of recent reforms that are making more ambulances available for people in life-threatening emergencies.

Preventing elder abuse by powers of attorney
A practical guide to help older Victorians safely appoint a power of attorney will help prevent one of the most devastating forms of elder abuse – where the person trusted as an appointed attorney becomes the perpetrator of abuse.

Docs sock it to mental illness
Healthcare workers across Australia and the world have shown their support for doctors experiencing mental illness by wearing crazy socks.

Body cams to protect paramedics on the job
Paramedics are being equipped with high-tech body cameras as part of a trial to keep them safe from the rising rates of violence on the job.

Grants keep multicultural seniors active
The State Government is helping seniors from culturally-diverse backgrounds get involved and stay active in their communities.

Diamond clinic a gem for mums in the west
An antenatal clinic for women with higher body mass index has treated 94 mums and helped bring 58 babies into the world in its first year.

Amputees gain thought control over prosthetics
Specialists at Alfred Health have pioneered a revolutionary prosthetic procedure enabling amputees to gain better, more natural control of their prosthetic arm.

Full forward for women’s health in the west
The State Government is partnering with the Western Bulldogs Football Club to kick new goals for women’s health in Melbourne’s west.

Twins thriving after premature birth at Frankston Hospital
A few days before Christmas, Rebecca Story was 28 weeks pregnant and suddenly in a lot of pain during a very smooth pregnancy so far.

Special care at The Women’s reduces pre-term labour and miscarriage
New research has found that interventions at the Royal Women’s Hospital’s pre-term labour clinic during early pregnancy have significantly delayed pre‑term labour.

Men’s Shed benefits from sale of art
An exhibition by Kyneton artist and Archibald Prize finalist Daniel Butterworth has raised $5,400 to combat rural men’s depression.

$60 million in hospital equipment and infrastructure grants
The State Government is investing in better equipment and infrastructure for Victoria’s hospitals, so they can keep providing the best treatment and care.

The Alfred joins global trial on heart valve disease
The Alfred is the first Australian hospital to take part in a global trial that could eliminate the need for open-heart surgery in some patients suffering a common heart valve disease.

Regional gender service a first
The first gender service in regional Australia has been opened in Wodonga by Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen with Gateway Health Chief Executive Officer Leonard Peady.

Fertility help for chemotherapy patients
Researchers at the Royal Women’s Hospital are developing an online infertility calculator to help breast cancer patients understand how their treatment may affect their fertility.

Support service provides friends indeed to friends in need
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Chief Executive Officer Dale Fisher has unveiled Counterpart as the new name for cancer support service BreaCan.

Campaign targets violence in Victoria’s health services
The State Government will help make hospitals and mental health services safer with a powerful new campaign that makes it clear violence against healthcare workers is never OK.

Milk to newborns by express delivery
A world-first study has found that women with diabetes in a low-risk pregnancy can safely express breast milk in late pregnancy.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

School program provides meningococcal vax to teens
Victorian is rolling out vaccines to protect teenagers against meningococcal W.

Immunisation nurse practitioner a first
The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Sonja Elia, has become the first Victorian nurse practitioner in the field of immunisation and one of three in this field across Australia.

General

RMH celebrates Queen’s birthday honourees
Three Royal Melbourne Hospital leaders have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.

Western Health shouts out for volunteers
More than 300 people packed Sunshine’s Club Italia to celebrate Western Health volunteers.

Students encouraged to stay and work
More than 120 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 have attended Goulburn Valley Health’s careers workshop.

Honour for VCCC Chair
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Chair Linda Kristjanson has been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Garden to grow Warracknabeal wellbeing
Work has begun on a multi-purpose therapeutic garden in Warracknabeal for everyday use by the public.

Speed cuts to protect emergency workers
Road rules introduced by the State Government on July 1 will protect emergency workers.

More translating services for culturally-diverse patients
Four health services will deliver innovative interpreting services to make it easier for patients from multicultural backgrounds to get the care they need.