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July 2020 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Surgery made wheely easy

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Children having surgery at Northern Hospital Epping can now drive into the operating theatre, thanks to a new Range Rover kiddy car.

Chemo at home for Children’s patients

Chemo at home for Children’s patients story link jpegIn an Australian first, the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has begun low-complexity intravenous chemotherapy for oncology patients in their own homes.

Social connection program blossoms

story link jpegYea Rosebank aged care facility’s Buds and Blossoms (B&B) program took a new approach with COVID-19.

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Survivor centre marks decade

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is celebrating its 10th birthday.

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Sock it to me for mental health

A fun campaign raises awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health practitioners around the world.

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On hand for hygiene

Victorian company, Elyptol, which produces skin and surface hygiene products, has stepped up production to supply hand sanitiser to healthcare workers during COVID-19.

Health and Wellbeing

Surgery made wheely easy
Children having surgery at Northern Hospital Epping can now drive into the operating theatre, thanks to a new Range Rover kiddy car.

Sock it to me for mental health
A fun campaign raises awareness of the mental health of all doctors and health practitioners around the world.

Ambo recruits train with video conferencing
The recruitment of 120 new paramedics has been fast-tracked to boost the frontline of Victoria’s coronavirus response and help ensure all Victorians get the health support they need when they need it.

Peninsula study on people with dementia
Developing accurate ways of monitoring how many people are living with dementia in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region is the focus of a new study by doctors and researchers from Peninsula Health and Monash University.

20 years of asylum seeker support
The Royal Children’s Hospital has celebrated Refugee Week marking two decades of immigrant health service for children and young people who arrived as refugees.

Clinic aids diabetes control
Kristy Ferguson struggled to keep her diabetes under control before attending the diabetes clinic at Latrobe Community Health Service.

Chemo at home for Children’s patients
In an Australian first, the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has begun low-complexity intravenous chemotherapy for oncology patients in their own homes.

Stay-at-home service for northern pleural patients
Northern Health’s respiratory department has launched a specialist ambulatory service as part of its pleural medicine unit – the only formalised service of its kind in Victoria.

Database improves podiatry
Central Bayside Community Health Services’ podiatry team is leading the way in wound/ulceration care.

Monash ED engages with the community
An innovative model of care at Monash Medical Centre will enhance how the emergency department cares for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

UK takes up home cancer care
A Melbourne-developed treatment decision model to allow young cancer patients avoid a hospital stay is now being adopted by UK hospitals.

General

New grants see community sport kick goals for health
VicHealth is making it easier for more Victorians to get active through community sport during COVID-19 with funding focused on new sporting opportunities for women and girls and improving the health of those at risk.

On hand for hygiene
Victorian company, Elyptol, which produces skin and surface hygiene products, has stepped up production to supply hand sanitiser to healthcare workers during COVID-19.

School adds new dimension to personal protection
Staff at a Shepparton school have helped Goulburn Valley Health during COVID-19.

Simulation prepares for patient care
Mannequins, mock codes and medical emergency team (MET) simulated calls have been part of training on wards at Peninsula Health since the COVID-19 onset.

Window an opportunity to look well
Not-for-profit organisation mecwacare has taken a novel approach to enable aged care residents and their loved ones to stay connected during COVID-19.

Boost for cancer patient protection
Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to help protect cancer patients from COVID-19 has received a $2.16 million boost from the Federal Government’s medical research future fund.

Grants for Monash Health researchers
Monash Health school of clinical sciences (SCS) has received more than $7.5 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) investigator grants.

Prep pen pals play personal
Residents from Mercy Place Fernhill have received a pleasant surprise – personal letters from kind-hearted students at Sandringham East Primary School.

Survivor centre marks decade
The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Health practitioner wellbeing targeted
Research on Australia’s health practitioners aims to support the wellbeing of healthcare workers and protect patients from harm.

Better health on the menu at Gateway
Like many of his generation, Ron Macklan grew up without kitchen skills.

Monash Health physiotherapist develops global online course
Monash Health clinical lead physiotherapist for critical care and surgical services Michelle Paton was approached by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to develop an online training course for NSW Health to upskill physiotherapists to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

Queen’s Birthday honours for health services
Several current and former Victorian health services staff have been acknowledged in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Bairnsdale has COVID covered
Julie Lawrence is Bairnsdale Regional Health Service’s improvement and innovation advisor who is spearheading the BRHS Ready, Everyday project.

Social connection program blossoms
Yea Rosebank aged care facility’s Buds and Blossoms (B&B) program took a new approach with COVID-19.

Device enables virtual monitoring
Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department staff have created a platform to monitor patients for COVID-19 symptoms outside the hospital.