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June 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

We celebrate our midwives and nurses

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Health services across the state hosted events to mark International Midwives Day and International Nurses Day during May.

Scouts honour Frankston mums and grandmothers

Scouts honour Frankston mums and grandmothers story link jpegAs part of a 10-year tradition, members of the 1st Seaford Scouts group volunteered their time on Mother’s Day to distribute flowers and good cheer at Frankston Hospital.

It’s a pleasure, say volunteers

It’s a pleasure, say volunteers story link jpegThe Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department volunteer program is set to expand, as a third recruitment drive swings into action.

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Booklet promotes better health for Aboriginal Victorians

A new booklet will help health services tackle chronic disease and promote healthy living among Aboriginal Victorians

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Acclaim for volunteers

Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis has paid tribute to the exceptional work of dedicated volunteers from hospitals, community health centres and primary care organisations across Victoria.

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Sharing information to maximise care

Members of a multi-disciplinary team from Maryborough District Health Service’s Community Services are collaborating with Flinders University to explore information sharing practices among chronic condition management teams.

Hospital and Health Services

We celebrate our midwives and nurses
Health services across the state hosted events to mark International Midwives Day and International Nurses Day during May.

Breast the best a key message at Northern Health
National Mothering Week provided an opportunity for Northern Health to raise awareness of breastfeeding services.

Scouts honour Frankston mums and grandmothers
As part of a 10-year tradition, members of the 1st Seaford Scouts group volunteered their time on Mother’s Day to distribute flowers and good cheer at Frankston Hospital.

A record number of babies for Maryborough
A record number of babies has already been born at Maryborough District Health Service this year.

No pain in new tumour treatment
A Royal Melbourne Hospital surgeon has removed a tumour from a Melbourne woman’s adrenal gland using a virtually-painless, minimally-invasive procedure.

Memories are made of this
Giving up personal time and energy for patients is not unusual for staff in the Royal Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive and Special Care unit.

Maryborough readies for arrival of new CT scanner
Maryborough District Health Service will receive $600,000 in State Government Budget funding to buy a computerised tomography (CT) scanner.

Novel approach to rural workforce recruitment
A blended online and on-the-job model of learning is helping rural health services recruit local people to address long-term allied health assistant and aged care shortages and workforce pressures.

Robot surgery pioneer visits Royal Melbourne
Leading British surgeon and former Minister for Health, Lord Ara Darzi, visited the Royal Melbourne Hospital to lecture on his work as a robotic surgery pioneer.

Aged Care

More support for diverse communities
Victoria’s ethnic communities will receive new resources to help them understand better the causes and treatments of incontinence as they age.

Geriatric ward rounds by virtue of video
Goulburn Valley Health has begun a pilot geriatric telemedicine program with Alfred Health’s Caulfield Hospital.

Northern Health falls prevention program goes global
Research and prevention programs developed by Northern Health to prevent falls are to be implemented in Asia.

General News

Acclaim for volunteers
Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis has paid tribute to the exceptional work of dedicated volunteers from hospitals, community health centres and primary care organisations across Victoria.

It’s a pleasure, say volunteers
The Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department volunteer program is set to expand, as a third recruitment drive swings into action.

Breast cancer volunteers can walk the talk
Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Wooldridge has honoured the contribution of BreaCan, a service for women with breast and gynaecological cancers.

Portrait tradition continues
A portrait of former James Stewart Professor of Medicine, Professor Graham Brown has been unveiled at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Conference for consumers
The inaugural international conference for community engagement in health care will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between Monday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 20.

…from the Secretary
The release by the Minister of the Victorian Health Priorities Framework – together with the Metropolitan Health Plan and a supporting Metropolitan Technical Paper – is the first milestone in a comprehensive planning process that will deliver long-term plans to shape and improve our entire health system.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Booklet promotes better health for Aboriginal Victorians
A new booklet will help health services tackle chronic disease and promote healthy living among Aboriginal Victorians

North takes mums to their hearts
Northern Health has used Heart Week to encourage women to learn about their heart – its health and the risks of disease – and make small changes in lifestyle that can prevent problems.

Sharing information to maximise care
Members of a multi-disciplinary team from Maryborough District Health Service’s Community Services are collaborating with Flinders University to explore information sharing practices among chronic condition management teams.

Mental Health

Brain health messages now multilingual
Australians from 15 language communities will now be better informed about how they can reduce their risk of developing dementia.