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March 2013 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Message for mums on oral health – start early

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The State Government has established an innovative program to promote better oral health among children and pregnant women.

Bass Coast BreastScreen boost

Bass Coast BreastScreen boost story link jpegWomen on the Bass Coast can now access the latest breast cancer screening technology at Bass Coast Regional Health.

Wally’s anniversary but hospital gets gift

Wally’s anniversary but hospital gets gift story link jpegFormer Rugby League superstar Wally Lewis celebrated his sixth anniversary living seizure-free by making a significant donation to the Austin Hospital’s epilepsy program.

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Bendigo home for nurses

Bendigo Health has welcomed 30 newly-registered nurses.

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Special care for babies at Sunshine

In a carefully orchestrated move, Sunshine Hospital’s 17 smallest patients were transferred from the old special care nursery to a new facility in the acute services building.

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New era for ambulance station

Phillip Island residents and tourists facing life-threatening medical emergencies will benefit from a new 24-hour ambulance station in Cowes.

Mental Health and Drugs

New mental health head
Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has announced the appointment of Paul Smith as Executive Director of the Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division.

Youth mental health service for Bendigo
A new youth-focussed service responds to the health and mental health needs of young people in the Bendigo and Loddon Mallee area.

Hospital and Health Services

Bendigo home for nurses
Bendigo Health has welcomed 30 newly-registered nurses.

Special care for babies at Sunshine
In a carefully orchestrated move, Sunshine Hospital’s 17 smallest patients were transferred from the old special care nursery to a new facility in the acute services building.

New era for ambulance station
Phillip Island residents and tourists facing life-threatening medical emergencies will benefit from a new 24-hour ambulance station in Cowes.

In to bat for organ donation
The Victorian program for this year’s DonateLife Week included more than 50 events and activities statewide.

Wally’s anniversary but hospital gets gift
Former Rugby League superstar Wally Lewis celebrated his sixth anniversary living seizure-free by making a significant donation to the Austin Hospital’s epilepsy program.

New midwife has seen it all before
With four children, Kylie Hosking has plenty of knowledge about the type of care pregnant women want to receive.

Award for maternity centre data system
The Royal Women’s Hospital maternity service has won the Risk Management Award at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

Trial on heart treatment
Western Health’s cardiology department is participating in a study to compare chronic heart failure treatments.

Ballarat midwife wins award for clinical, theoretical excellence
Ballarat Health Services midwife Kerry Radford has been awarded the Irving Buzzard Midwifery Prize.

Choice selection on menu at St Vincent’s
St Vincent’s Melbourne has launched an improved patient menu that offers more choice and increased variety.

Ambo station adds to Kinglake recovery
Premier Ted Baillieu has officially opened the new Kinglake ambulance station in an area still rebuilding following the Black Saturday bushfires.

Donation brightens Frankston day
An upgrade to resuscitation equipment will benefit children admitted to Frankston Hospital’s emergency department.

Aged Care

Project ensures care for older people
St Vincent’s Melbourne is one of 35 Victorian health services participating in the Improving Care for Older People project.

Commissioner to stand up for Victorian seniors
The State Government will establish a new Commissioner for Senior Victorians to boost community participation in an age-friendly society.

General News

Alfred researchers make HIV wake-up call
Researchers at The Alfred have moved a step closer to finding a cure for HIV by successfully luring the ‘sleeping’ virus out of infected cells.

Peninsula Health pilots family violence program
Peninsula Health’s community health division will pilot an innovative program to address adolescent violence in the home.

iPhone app encourages road crossing safety
A new road safety iPhone app – created by Caulfield Hospital’s community health service, with Monash University Accident Research Centre – is the first of its kind

Post-treatment support for cancer patients
The Royal Women’s, Royal Melbourne and Western Health are implementing a new model of care for patients who have completed breast cancer treatment.

Northern Health looks to future education of young professionals
Northern Health has officially opened the Northern Health Clinical Education Buildings at Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Broadmeadows Health Service and Craigieburn Health Service.

Nominations call to health and medical researchers
Victoria’s young health and medical researchers are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2013 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Message for mums on oral health – start early
The State Government has established an innovative program to promote better oral health among children and pregnant women.

Bass Coast BreastScreen boost
Women on the Bass Coast can now access the latest breast cancer screening technology at Bass Coast Regional Health.

Cardiac cath lab for Kardinia House
Even more Barwon South Western residents can access the highest-quality cardiac services with a new unit for cardiac procedures at Barwon Health.

Community health service opening completes south-west Victorian redevelopment
Minister for Health David Davis has joined Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine to officially open the new state-of-the-art home for community health services at Warrnambool Base Hospital.

Playground smoking to be banned
The Government is taking its fight against smoking to children’s playgrounds and sporting events to protect Victoria’s most vulnerable from the effects of second-hand cigarette smoke.

Collaboration key to care
Chief executives of Melbourne Health, Doutta Galla Community Health, Merri Community Health Services and the Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local have signed The Collaborative Framework 2012–2017.

Boost for Ballan and beyond
The $2 million state-of-the-art, expanded Ballan and District Hospital has been opened by Minister for Health David Davis.