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June 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Heartfelt thanks to Royal Children’s

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Young cardiac patients whose lives were saved thanks to world-class technology gathered at the Royal Children’s Hospital to share their experiences.

Book in for baby on the web at Frankston

Book in for baby on the web at Frankston story link jpegThe modern age has dawned at Peninsula Health’s Frankston Hospital with the Women’s Services Unit now offering an online maternity booking service.

$3.2 million boost for Aboriginal health

$3.2 million boost for Aboriginal health story link jpegAboriginal Victorians in Gippsland will have even better access to vital health services thanks to a $3.2 million Government boost to close the life expectancy gap.

Kids dig Vasili’s fruit and veg story link jpeg

Kids dig Vasili’s fruit and veg

SBS personality, Vasili Kanidiadis helped Victorian primary schools celebrating Fruit + Veg Week.

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Experts make most of modern methods

By creating podcasts and posting them on its website, Austin Health is reaching across borders to potentially millions of mp3 players.

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Praise and honour for Victoria’s healthcare volunteers

Dedicated health volunteers in hospitals and communities across Victoria have been honoured at the 2010 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.

Hospital and Health Services

Big boost in ambo numbers
More paramedics are operating throughout Victoria than ever before, Health Minister Daniel Andrews told a function to welcome graduate paramedics to Ambulance Victoria.

Praise and honour for Victoria’s healthcare volunteers
Dedicated health volunteers in hospitals and communities across Victoria have been honoured at the 2010 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards

Heartfelt thanks to Royal Children’s
Young cardiac patients whose lives were saved thanks to world-class technology gathered at the Royal Children’s Hospital to share their experiences.

Osteoporosis medication pioneered as schizophrenia treatment
A synthetic estrogen, commonly used to treat osteoporosis, is offering new hope for people with schizophrenia following promising results from a world-first clinical trial.

Book in for baby on the web at Frankston
The modern age has dawned at Peninsula Health’s Frankston Hospital with the Women’s Services Unit now offering an online maternity booking service.

Hospitals celebrate nurses day
‘International Nurses Day was a great opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and commitment of the service’s nursing and midwifery team,’ says Eastern Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer David Plunkett.

Bendigo supports students
Bendigo Health celebrated International Nurses Day, treating all its nurses to coffee and chocolate in recognition of the wonderful work they do.

New patient access at Seymour Hospital
People presenting for emergency treatment or x-rays now have a dedicated entrance at Seymour District Memorial Hospital.

Survey finds stroke patients in good hands
Stroke patients at Wimmera Health Care Group are in excellent hands, according to a National Stroke Foundation survey.

Getting better through music
Southern Health’s Monash Children’s has taken part in national Making Music Being Well activities.

World expert treats Austin patients
Internationally-acclaimed expert interventional cardiologist Etsuo Tsuchikane flew in to the Austin Hospital to treat five of its cardiology department’s most complex patients.

New facility at Sunshine Hospital
Construction of the new adult outpatient service at Sunshine Hospital has been completed on the lower ground floor.

West a bug free zone
Western Health has installed hand hygiene DeBug Hubs in the foyer of Williamstown, Footscray and Sunshine hospitals.

Mums-to-be at home with Seymour Health
Seymour Health offers complete maternity care for women with uncomplicated pregnancies, no serious health issues or problems with any previous pregnancy.

Garden cheer for young patients
Children staying at the Austin Hospital can now spend time in a colourful new garden with raised garden beds and a bright forest mural.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

$3.2 million boost for Aboriginal health
Aboriginal Victorians in Gippsland will have even better access to vital health services thanks to a $3.2 million Government boost to close the life expectancy gap.

New medical clinic for Horsham
The State Government has contributed $1 million towards a
new $2.7 million medical clinic in Horsham.

Kids dig Vasili’s fruit and veg
SBS personality, Vasili Kanidiadis helped Victorian primary schools celebrating Fruit + Veg Week.

Patients get fit for a heart transplant
A new exercise trial for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients is testing whether increased fitness training will put them in a better position before and after heart transplant.

Royal Dental instrumental
Music students from Carlton’s Princes Hill Secondary College provided the entertainment at a community day to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Royal Dental Hospital.

Workshop looks at future on vision loss
Delegates representing eye health and vision care, health, sport, education, government and health promotion organisations have met to discuss ways to prevent avoidable blindness and vision loss.

International focus on Eye and Ear
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital was acknowledged by world-leading specialist eye hospitals as an international leader at the Annual Meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) held in Melbourne.

Food Act reform cuts red tape for community groups
Changes to the Food Act will make life easier for many Victorian community groups and food businesses by simplifying food safety regulations in low-risk situations.

Drugs and Mental Health

Students see the results of alcohol-related injury
Secondary school children from across Victoria are coming face-to-face with the confronting reality of the impact drug and alcohol use can have on their lives through a Government funded program.

Workshop tackles mental health, maternity issues
Topics including mood and anxiety disorders and postpartum psychosis were discussed at a workshop on perinatal mental health at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Arion a model for mental health care
Victorians living in Melbourne are set to receive greater mental health support thanks to the Government’s $590,000 expansion and redevelopment of the Arion Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service in Flemington.

Homeless people to find common ground
Minister for Mental Health Lisa Neville has described the Elizabeth Street Common Ground development as an innovative new social housing project.

General News

Experts make most of modern methods
By creating podcasts and posting them on its website, Austin Health is reaching across borders to potentially millions of mp3 players.

Newsletter focuses on fire safety
The Royal Children’s Hospital Safety Centre and burns unit, the Alfred Hospital, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority have joined forces to share knowledge, discuss issues and initiate and develop joint projects to encourage burns prevention.

Campaign for curtain cord safety
The Royal Children’s Hospital Safety Centre has joined forces with Consumer Affairs Victoria to launch a statewide safety campaign about the dangers from blind and curtain cords to children.

Call for senior nominations
Nominations are invited for this year’s Victorian Senior of the Year Award and are open until Friday, July 23.