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March 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Latest batch scrub up at The Royal Melbourne

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The Royal Melbourne Hospital continues to attract the best and brightest as more than 70 interns and 120 graduate nurses arrive at work.

New surgery rehabilitation centre for Werribee

New surgery rehabilitation centre for Werribee story link jpegPatients in Melbourne’s west recovering from surgery or injury have better access to rehabilitation services with the opening of a $28 million facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Closing the gap in eastern suburbs

story link jpegAboriginal people presenting to hospitals in the eastern suburbs will have more support with the appointment of Joanne Voce.

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Nurses feel at home at Bendigo Health

Bendigo Health has welcomed 40 newly-registered nurses.

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Program helps kinder kids get ready for school

Aboriginal children attending Dala Lidj – Woolum Bellum Kindergarten in Morwell have improved their language, fine and gross motor skills thanks to a partnership between the kinder and Latrobe Community Health Service.

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Career change assists patients

Karen Bakker loved delivering meals to patients as part of her job in Maroondah Hospital’s kitchen.

General News

Victoria leads the way on organ donation
More Victorians are donating their organs to save lives than residents of any other state or territory in Australia with a record number of organ donors in 2013.

New surgery rehabilitation centre for Werribee
Patients in Melbourne’s west recovering from surgery or injury have better access to rehabilitation services with the opening of a $28 million facility at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Silver service from funding foundation
The Ballarat Health Services Foundation this year marks a quarter of a century raising funds for BHS and its predecessor, the Ballarat Base Hospital.

Ballarat clinical leaders program hits the target
A group of Ballarat Health Services (BHS) medical, nursing and allied health staff are attending this year’s clinical leadership program.

Spotlight on people in health workforce
The People in Health Summit and Awards will showcase outstanding education and training initiatives to grow and develop Victoria’s health workforce.

Fellowship to facilitate melanoma research
The head of the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre’s Bioinformatics and Cancer Genomics Laboratory Associate Professor Tony Papenfuss has received the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Melanoma Research Fellowship.

Stem cell hope for Crohn’s disease
Stem cell therapy is showing promise as an alternative treatment path for people living with severe Crohn’s disease.

Baby bonus
After six months waiting for a liver, Norm Lewis received a life-changing phone call.

Hospital and Health Services

Latest batch scrub up at The Royal Melbourne
The Royal Melbourne Hospital continues to attract the best and brightest as more than 70 interns and 120 graduate nurses arrive at work.

Career change assists patients
Karen Bakker loved delivering meals to patients as part of her job in Maroondah Hospital’s kitchen.

Theatre opening marks 120 years of operation for Williamstown Hospital
The historic 120th anniversary of the Williamstown Hospital has coincided with the official opening of its new operating theatre.

Nurses feel at home at Bendigo Health
Bendigo Health has welcomed 40 newly-registered nurses.

Goulburn Valley peachy destination for graduates
Twenty-four graduate nurses and 30 medical interns have settled in at Goulburn Valley Health.

Sandringham Hospital marks 50 years
Sandringham Hospital is as much a part of the bayside community today as it was to those who helped establish it 50 years ago.

Facilities boost for regional paramedics
During the official opening of the new Melton ambulance branch, Minister for Health David Davis unveiled a Memorial Plaque for Peter Watson.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Workforce advised on flu vax
Minister for Health David Davis has urged Victoria’s 130,000 healthcare employees to lead the way in immunising against influenza in preparation for the 2014 season.

Program helps kinder kids get ready for school
Aboriginal children attending Dala Lidj – Woolum Bellum Kindergarten in Morwell have improved their language, fine and gross motor skills thanks to a partnership between the kinder and Latrobe Community Health Service.

Emma conquers food fear
Emma Coles, 7, has finally begun eating solid food after a prolonged battle with severe food aversion.

Comprehensive plan to tackle cardiac disease
Victoria’s first comprehensive heart plan will prevent the disease and boost access to vital cardiac care services.

Quit pilot takes off at The Alfred
Seven Victorian hospitals will take part in a highly-practical pilot program to increase support for every patient to quit smoking.

Dental service puts bite on Aboriginal oral care
Rebecca Crawford is helping improve the oral health of Aboriginal people across the state.

New role for HIV cure researcher
Renowned HIV researcher Professor Sharon Lewin has been appointed Director of the Melbourne-based Doherty Institute.

Immunisation program targets pre-schoolers
The Victorian Government is setting an ambitious new target to have 95 per cent of children fully immunised before they start school.

Closing the gap in eastern suburbs
Aboriginal people presenting to hospitals in the eastern suburbs will have more support with the appointment of Joanne Voce.

Brush up for World Oral Health Day
Dental Health Services Victoria is inviting entries to the Smile for a Selfie photo contest.

Mental Health and Drugs

Mental Health Act puts people at the forefront
Victoria’s new Mental Health Act will put people with mental illness and their families at the centre of decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery.