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March 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

$15.2 million in grants for research projects

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The Government is stepping up the fight against cancer with a $15.2 million funding boost to support groundbreaking new research projects.

When the Saints came marching in

When the Saints came marching in story link jpegSt Kilda footballers took a break from their pre-season training to cheer up patients and staff at Peninsula Health.

Mind power

Mind power story link jpegVictorians living with a mental illness in the eastern suburbs are receiving more accessible support with the opening of a new regional office.

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South east well-served by new staff

Southern Health has welcomed new teams of intern doctors, graduate nurses and graduate midwives across many sites covering Melbourne’s south east.

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Fresh faces greet patients at Victoria’s hospitals and health services

Nursing numbers are growing at Peninsula Health with 49 undertaking the Graduate Nurse Program.

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Graduates aplenty at Bendigo Health

Bendigo Health has plenty of new faces with the arrival of new interns, allied health professionals and graduate nurses.

Hospital and Health Services

$15.2 million in grants for research projects
The Government is stepping up the fight against cancer with a $15.2 million funding boost to support groundbreaking new research projects.

When the Saints came marching in
St Kilda footballers took a break from their pre-season training to cheer up patients and staff at Peninsula Health.

Rehab another day at the office
A unique Return to Work/Study program at Caulfield Hospital targets patients diagnosed with high-level cognitive and linguistic deficits.

University beckons for patient Luke
Warragul student Luke Morgan had just finished his Year 12 exams when he was assaulted during end of year celebrations.

Health guidelines go global
Guidelines developed by Ballarat Health Services to enhance care for injured patients have been published internationally.

New menu provides food for thought
Sunshine Hospital’s speech pathology department has designed a visual menu to address the needs of inpatients with communication difficulties.

Monash centres on cancer care
Southern Health has reaffirmed its commitment to people living in south-east Melbourne with the launch of the Monash Cancer Centre at Monash Medical Centre Moorabbin.

Fresh faces greet patients at Victoria’s hospitals and health services:

Southern
Southern Health has welcomed new teams of intern doctors, graduate nurses and graduate midwives across many sites covering Melbourne’s south east.

Eastern
Dr Leah Harcourt and Dr Bronwyn Cooke are among 56 interns—or first year hospital medical officers—at Eastern Health.

Peninsula
Nursing numbers are growing at Peninsula Health with 49 undertaking the Graduate Nurse Program.

Ballarat
Ballarat Health Services is buzzing with the arrival of more than 50 new medical and nursing staff.

Wimmera
Six division one registered nurses have graduated from Wimmera Health Care Group’s Graduate Nurse Program.

Latrobe
Latrobe Regional Hospital has welcomed 32 graduate nurses to its ranks.

Bendigo
Bendigo Health has plenty of new faces with the arrival of new interns, allied health professionals and graduate nurses.

Video closes the distance
Nurses in south west Victoria are embracing new video conferencing technology to deliver vital chronic wound care to the elderly close to home.

$20,000 for community health centre
Disadvantaged communities in the eastern suburbs will have access to even better services with a $20,000 boost for the Inner East Community Health Service.

Scanner a boost for patient care
Ballarat Health Services is introducing extra, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment to provide even better patient care.

Gifts bring patient comfort in Hamilton
Hospitals are not normally the place for a party but a new ice-making machine caused celebration in the chemotherapy and palliative care units of Western District Health Service’s Hamilton Base Hospital.

New staff put the bite on dental wait list
Ballarat Health Services has recruited three new staff to its public dental clinic.

Book provides info for patients
Wimmera Health Care Group has launched a new communication booklet for patients and their families.

Barwon Health goes with the flow
Barwon Health has introduced a new method to monitor patient flow, improving efficiency and readiness of beds.

Kinder kids take fear factor out of hospital
There’s nothing scarier than a visit to the hospital when you’re only four years old.

General

Students learn to save lives
Victorian students will be taught how to perform CPR as part of a $3.7 million Government program to give the community life-saving skills.

Website wins global award
Southern Health websites have won international 2009 Interactive Media Best in Class Awards.

Conference to focus on a healthier rural Victoria
Workshops featuring a Rural directions—for a stronger healthier Victoria theme will be among highlights of Rural Health Conference in April.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Victorians encouraged on H1N1 vax
Victorians wanting to protect themselves from the 2009 H1N1 influenza strain can still obtain vaccine from their general practitioner or local health service.

Peninsula school first
Students at Hastings Westpark Primary School have been recognised for making healthy eating and physical activity a top priority.

Aged Care

Guides prove popular with older Victorians
Three Department of Health aged care publications have proven so popular they are being reprinted.

Mental Health

Mind power
Victorians living with a mental illness in the eastern suburbs are receiving more accessible support with the opening of a new regional office.

Boost for Wimmera mental health
Horsham Psychiatric Services has recruited an extra full-time consultant psychiatrist to provide even better mental health care to Wimmera residents.