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June 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Western Health innovators win national nurse award

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Western Health clinical nurse consultant Kathy Kirby and her team have claimed top honours in the Team Innovation category at this year’s HESTA Australian Nursing Award.

‘No’ the word on homophobia

‘No’ the word on homophobia story link jpegA campaign asking Australians to give their word to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always. was launched live on radio in Melbourne’s CBD

When good health is more than just a game

story link jpegEight Aboriginal students from Drouin Secondary College and four West Gippsland Healthcare Group Aboriginal allied health trainees have taken part in The Deadly Health Race at Warragul.

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Students learn booze lesson

Western Health has joined forces with two local colleges in a bid to reduce the number of emergency department presentations from drug and alcohol abuse among young people in the region.

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Maryborough dialysis service expanded

Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has officially opened Maryborough District Health Service’s dialysis unit extension.

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Graduate nurses gather skills, experience

New nurses at Western District Health Service are taking part in the registered graduate program.

Hospital and Health Services

Health service staff take part in patient safety program
Representatives of 14 Victorian health services have attended a Patient Safety Program in New Zealand.

Western Health innovators win national nurse award
Western Health clinical nurse consultant Kathy Kirby and her team have claimed top honours in the Team Innovation category at this year’s HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

Maryborough marks international nurses day
Maryborough District Health Service Chief Executive Officer Glenis Beaumont’s nursing background came to the fore as she acknowledged International Nurses Day.

Mechanical CPR helps save lives
Alfred Health is the first service in Australia to trial a mechanical CPR machine which performs constant chest compression for patients experiencing cardiac arrest.

Training program boosts Portland emergency department
Portland District Health’s capacity to handle emergency cases is being improved through a new training program.

More plaudits for Royal Children’s
The $1 billion new Royal Children’s Hospital has received two more awards.

Graduate nurses gather skills, experience
New nurses at Western District Health Service are taking part in the registered graduate program.

Frankston ED trials medication technology
Frankston Hospital emergency department is the first in Australia to introduce digital e-prescribing and medication management.

Aged Care

Call for senior award nominations
Minister for Ageing David Davis has called on Victorians to nominate inspirational older people who make a real difference for a 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Award.

The friendly faces of palliative care
A photographic collage has been unveiled in McKenna House, Northern Health’s inpatient palliative care unit.

Bedside symbol helps identify dementia needs
Ballarat Health Services’ ground-breaking work to develop a symbol to identify and help patients with cognitive impairment has been recognised at the Alzheimer’s Australia’s National Conference.

It’s fun to go to the YMCA
As part of Heart Week, Wimmera Health’s Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Group visited Horsham YMCA to take part in a low-impact exercise class.

 

General News

Victoria’s volunteers honoured as thousands give their time and skills
Minister for Health David Davis has paid tribute to the thousands of dedicated volunteers who make a tireless contribution to public healthcare.

Northern Health thanks volunteers
More than 400 Northern Health volunteers were among the six million recognised across Australia for their contribution to their local communities.

Heart Starters series returns to Channel 31
The Heart Starters television series, filmed at MonashHeart, has returned to Channel 31.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Maryborough dialysis service expanded
Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has officially opened Maryborough District Health Service’s dialysis unit extension.

BreastScreen celebrates its 20th anniversary
Almost 200 people gathered at Queens Hall, Parliament House, to celebrate 20 years of breast screening in Victoria.

Seizure study success
A study led by St Vincent’s Chair of Medicine and Director of Neurology Mark Cook has demonstrated it is possible to predict the onset of seizures in adults with focal epilepsy.

When good health is more than just a game
Eight Aboriginal students from Drouin Secondary College and four West Gippsland Healthcare Group Aboriginal allied health trainees have taken part in The Deadly Health Race at Warragul.

New Quit campaign
Quit Victoria’s new antismoking campaign depicts a man dying of a smoking-caused disease in a tender moment with his wife during the final stages of his illness.

Recognition for diabetes champion
Western Health’s diabetes education services manager Cheryl Steele has been recognised by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

$22 million funding to fight heart disease and stroke
The State Government will invest $21.9 million over four years to improve Victoria’s response to heart attacks and strokes.

Mental Health and Drugs

Maternal depression detection goal
A perinatal mental health eLearning program aims at early detection of depression in pregnancy and postnatal depression.

Students learn booze lesson
Western Health has joined forces with two local colleges in a bid to reduce the number of emergency department presentations from drug and alcohol abuse among young people in the region.

Psychologist on fast train to Poland
Ballarat Health Services psychology department clinical manager Kylie McKenzie will train some of the world’s newest motivational interviewing trainers – in Poland.

‘No’ the word on homophobia
A campaign asking Australians to give their word to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always. was launched live on radio in Melbourne’s CBD.