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March 2018 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

Ear, ear – there’s a bear in here

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Victoria’s first regional Cochlear Care Centre will provide crucial services for Geelong and surrounding communities.

Test could predict preterm delivery

story link jpegA major study by Melbourne researchers could result in a test to accurately predict if pregnant women will experience preterm labour.

Austin Health offers support to Aboriginal patients

Austin Health offers support to Aboriginal patients story link jpegAustin Health has welcomed new Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) Jacob Nelson.

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Getting to know you

Extra-curricular activities are encouraging young doctors training in the Wimmera to return after their placements.

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Graduate paramedics in drive to save lives

Nearly 100 paramedics have hit the road to help save lives and give Victorians the treatment they deserve.

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Female doc network speaks up for change

A trio of female Melbourne doctors is inspiring change in their profession by creating the Doc to Doc Network.

Health and Wellbeing

Graduate paramedics in drive to save lives
Nearly 100 paramedics have hit the road to help save lives and give Victorians the treatment they deserve.

Ear, ear – there’s a bear in here
Victoria’s first regional Cochlear Care Centre will provide crucial services for Geelong and surrounding communities.

Community encouraged to talk about cancer
Australia’s first cancer pop-up shop – at a shopping centre in Melbourne’s western suburbs – has been a success.

Record lung transplants performed
More than 100 people received new lungs at The Alfred last year, a milestone for the transplant program.

Special program makes hospital visits bearable
A special program at the Northern Hospital is making visits less confronting for children.

Test could predict preterm delivery
A major study by Melbourne researchers could result in a test to accurately predict if pregnant women will experience preterm labour.

Post-surgical pain prevention takes off
An Austin Health-led international trial aims to be a game-changer in the prevention of post-surgical pain.

Breathing space for patients in the north
Northern Health has opened a state-of-the-art respiratory function laboratory offering a full range of testing.

Violence prevention funds keep hospital workers safe
More hospitals and mental health services will boost security for frontline health workers, visitors and patients thanks to the third round of the State Government’s Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.

Road to recovery leads to Frankston ED
‘My eyesight started to fade and it was like flying in an aeroplane through a cloud – initially you just see some white but then it quickly turns completely white and you can’t see at all.

New doors open at Latrobe Regional Hospital
Gippsland residents now have better access to world-class care on their doorstep following completion of the $73 million redevelopment of Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Study gives hope on pregnancy condition
Researchers at Mercy Hospital for Women and the University of Melbourne have made a finding which could change the treatment of ectopic pregnancy.

Break for emergency patients with fractures
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is pioneering a model of care to allow more people with fractures to be treated by their local GP rather than a hospital orthopaedic specialist.

Renal transplant record at Royal Melbourne
The Royal Melbourne Hospital renal transplant team performed a record number of operations in 2017.

Maroondah intent on closing mental health gap
A special event at Maroondah prevention and recovery care (PARC) has shone a light on the importance of cultural inclusiveness as a way to provide better mental health care to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Technology at the heart of breast cancer treatment
The simple act of taking a deep breath is helping reduce the risk of heart damage for women with left-sided breast cancer.

Telehealth on in the Wimmera
Wimmera Health Care Group is partnering with West Wimmera Health Service to help people in urgent care centres see a doctor locally.

Eye and Ear skills surgeons using virtual reality
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is using virtual reality simulators to train the next generation of eye surgeons.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Free flu vax to protect children
The State Government is acting to protect Victorian children from the next flu season.

New test will diagnose common STI
A new Australian-developed diagnostic test to be rolled out across the country will check for a little known sexually transmitted infection (STI) which about 400,000 Australians are likely to have.

General

Getting to know you
Extra-curricular activities are encouraging young doctors training in the Wimmera to return after their placements.

Female doc network speaks up for change
A trio of female Melbourne doctors is inspiring change in their profession by creating the Doc to Doc Network.

Health service leaders honoured
Royal Melbourne Hospital heart rhythm department head Jonathan Kalman was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Australia Day awards.

Austin Health offers support to Aboriginal patients
Austin Health has welcomed new Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) Jacob Nelson.

Study finds pregnant women lack nutrition knowledge
Most pregnant women are uninformed about their dietary requirements and may not be receiving the nutrients they need, a study at the Royal Women’s Hospital has shown.

Anniversary for Healesville Hospital
Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health has marked a year of delivering patient care to the community.

Drowsiness study may reduce road toll
A world-first study which has identified novel ways of detecting driver drowsiness could be the breakthrough to reducing the road toll.

Peninsula nurse at forefront of cardiology research
Julie Plunkett has spent much of her life co-ordinating research projects, most recently in the cardiology department at Peninsula Health.