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March 2016 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Up on the Roof

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Young cancer patients have received a special sneak preview of the world-class Victorian Comprehensive Centre and its newly-completed rooftop gardens, ahead of the official opening in the middle of the year.

Surgery and all that jazz

Surgery and all that jazz story link jpegWestern Health trainee surgeon Matilda Anderson is one of 30 Australians awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2016.

New Chief Medical Officer

New Chief Medical Officer story link jpegExperienced cardiologist Associate Professor Andrew Wilson has been appointed as the state’s Chief Medical Officer.

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Aboriginal health workforce team plan recognised

The Department of Health and Human Services has received an Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector award.

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New interns join Northern Health

Forty-one medical interns have joined Northern Health.

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Device gives hope to people with paralysis

Melbourne medical researchers have created a minimally-invasive brain machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope to walk again with the power of thought.

Health Service Performance and Programs

New Chief Medical Officer
Experienced cardiologist Associate Professor Andrew Wilson has been appointed as the state’s Chief Medical Officer.

Surgery and all that jazz
Western Health trainee surgeon Matilda Anderson is one of 30 Australians awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2016.

CASA promotes services to Ballarat community
The Ballarat Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) has developed a brochure to promote its services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Royal Melbourne’s famous face
One of the Royal Melbourne Hospital allied health team’s newest members – Beagle cross King Charles Cavalier Rudy, short for Rudolf – is Facebook famous.

Breakthrough therapy targets leukaemia
Melbourne medical researchers have shown that patients with an advanced form of leukaemia can achieve complete remission with a novel tablet treatment.

HIV elimination a step closer
Thousands of Victorians at high risk of HIV infection will now have access to the latest prevention treatment with the State Government expanding access to Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

New interns join Northern Health
Forty-one medical interns have joined Northern Health.

Anniversary for critical care facility
When Dwayne Pitts was discharged to a general ward after spending 69 days in Sunshine Hospital’s ICU fighting for his life, his team of intensive care nurses cried.

Device gives hope to people with paralysis
Melbourne medical researchers have created a minimally-invasive brain machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope to walk again with the power of thought.

Sport, Infrastructure and International Engagement

Up on the Roof
Young cancer patients have received a special sneak preview of the world-class Victorian Comprehensive Centre and its newly-completed rooftop gardens, ahead of the official opening in the middle of the year.

Defibrillators safeguard for grassroots sports
Grassroots sports clubs are being equipped with life-saving defibrillators, courtesy of the State Government.

Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing

Website helps older patients stay healthy
An online resource shows older patients and their families how to stay well in hospital.

Oral care on the fly
A purpose-built dental clinic on wheels is how locals in country Victoria best describe the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic as it travels around the state over the next 48 weeks.

App a boon for dental students
Dental Health Services Victoria has launched an app for university students doing their clinical placements at Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Webinar for aged care facility workers
A Palliative Care Australia series of web-based seminars aims to build skills and confidence in advance care planning and end-of-life care.

Sessions offer help to stroke survivors
A St. Vincent’s Hospital team is encouraging health professionals to refer stroke survivors and their caregivers into an innovative program.

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks
Ken Holmes recently celebrated his 78th birthday but he is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Aboriginal health workforce team plan recognised
The Department of Health and Human Services has received an Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria Leadership in the Public Sector award.

Nurse takes palliative care personally
Rural Northwest Health nurse Debbie Cook has provided a personal touch to palliative care by making a patchwork quilt.

General

Health services make their mark on 2016 Australia Day Honours list
Victoria’s health services were well-represented in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.

Opening with ease
Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) and HealthShare NSW have mandated that public hospital suppliers provide ratings to show how easily their products can be opened by people who are frail, aged or unwell.

Fun run a top event
Macedon Ranges Health’s 2015 Colour Fun Run and Walk was named community event of the year at the 2016 Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony in Kyneton.

Boort earns its walking stars and stripes
Boort District Health workmates, volunteers and members of the community accomplished a mean feet feat with a ‘virtual’ walk across the USA.

Hospital volunteers receive Australia Day honour
A small team of volunteers that helps hundreds of daily visitors at Sunshine Hospital has received an Australia Day Award for community service.

Victorians receive Ambulance Service Medals
Six Victorians received Ambulance Service Medals (ASM) in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.