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March 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Children show a love of reading

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Patients and staff at The Royal Children’s Hospital swapped bandages for books and stethoscopes for stories to launch the National Year of Reading at the RCH.

Love to love you, baby

story link jpegSnippets from Beautiful Boy by John Lennon and Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder will be played when babies are born at Sandringham Hospital.

A Valentine’s Day plea for heart health

A Valentine’s Day plea for heart health story link jpegFebruary 14, 2012, was Sue Cummings’ first Valentine’s Day without husband and soul mate Karl Giersch.

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Wide range of experience ahead for Northern nurses

An intake of 39 is taking part in the 2012 Northern Health graduate nurse and midwife transition to practice program.

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Western Health welcomes young doctors

The Western Health intern intake has this year jumped from 55 to a record 66.

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New hospital, ambulance station for Alexandra

Minister for Health David Davis officially opened the $20.6 million new Alexandra District Hospital and the town’s new 24-hour ambulance station.

Hospital and Health Services

Patients give thumbs up to Victorian hospitals
Yea and District Memorial Hospital and Timboon and District Healthcare Service have topped the latest Government survey into patient satisfaction in Victorian hospitals.

Children show a love of reading
Patients and staff at The Royal Children’s Hospital swapped bandages for books and stethoscopes for stories to launch the National Year of Reading at the RCH.

Interns gain rural experience in Wangaratta
Northeast Health Wangaratta is providing internships for eight recently registered medical practitioners.

Trauma system assures survival
Victoria’s world-class major trauma system is regularly offering a lifeline to some of the state’s most critically-injured patients.

Love to love you, baby
Snippets from Beautiful Boy by John Lennon and Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder will be played when babies are born at Sandringham Hospital.

Leading the way in tumour radiation therapy
Stereotactic gated radiotherapy treatment for liver and lung tumours is ready for use in the Alfred’s William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre.

Spine injury under scope
Austin Health physiotherapist David Berlowitz will develop a research database with the potential to advance spinal cord injury research.

Wide range of experience ahead for Northern nurses
An intake of 39 is taking part in the 2012 Northern Health graduate nurse and midwife transition to practice program.

Western Health welcomes young doctors
The Western Health intern intake has this year jumped from 55 to a record 66.

Hospital garden a breath of fresh air
Residents of Maldon Hospital, in Central Victoria, are surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful garden setting.

Busy summer in Portland emergency department
Tiger snake bites, a fish hook embedded in a hand and a bump on a head from a jet ski were among the reasons for a particularly hectic summer at Portland District Health.

New nurses now call Bendigo their home
Bendigo Health has welcomed 30 newly-registered nurses and four enrolled to its 120-month graduate nurse program.

Victory visit gives sick kids a boost
Children in the Northern Hospital’s Children’s and Adolescent Health Unit gave illness the boot with a little help from their A-league soccer Melbourne Victory football club friends.

New hospital, ambulance station for Alexandra
Minister for Health David Davis officially opened the $20.6 million new Alexandra District Hospital and the town’s new 24-hour ambulance station.

General News

Transplants save more lives in Victoria
A total of 107 Victorian families made the generous decision to donate the organs of a loved one in 2011, said Minister for Health David Davis opening DonateLife Week.

Organ donation – talk about it
During DonateLife Week Northern Health urged people to discuss their wishes regarding organ and tissue donation with their families.

Donation of iPads helps local families
A Kyabram Youth Club donation of $3,000 will provide iPads for Campaspe Early Childhood Intervention Service program workers.

Auxiliary raises equipment funds
Sorrento/Portsea auxiliary members have raised more than $24,300 for Rosebud Hospital.

A Valentine’s Day plea for heart health
February 14, 2012, was Sue Cummings’ first Valentine’s Day without husband and soul mate Karl Giersch.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Blood pressure treatment first
In an Australian first, Victorians with chronic high blood pressure will have access to a revolutionary new treatment at St Vincent’s and the Alfred Hospitals.

Health boost for Wangaratta High School students
Students now have unprecedented access to medical, mental health and support services at Wangaratta High School during school hours.

Mental Health and Drugs

Eastern clinic reduces self-harm
People who present to emergency departments with thoughts of self-harm will now have access to tailored support, thanks to a Victorian-first initiative led by Eastern Health.

Smart advice on drink law
A new smartphone app will help parents and young people understand new Victorian laws regarding alcohol and minors.

Revamped service win for young people
A restructure of Ballarat Health Mental Health Services has resulted in a 28 per cent increase in the number of young people accepted for mental health treatment.

Aged Care

Grants program opens for culturally-diverse seniors
A new small grants program to create or expand opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors to participate in the community is now open.

Cooks find a way to residents’ hearts
Maryborough District Health Services lifestyle coordinator Karen Aston visits the Dunolly Nursing Home every Tuesday to supervise residents in the kitchen.

Austin Health pharmacists help reduce medication errors
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is using an Austin Health Pharmacy-led project to develop national guidelines around the provision of interim medication charts.