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March 2019 – Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, Australia

First look at new hospital

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A group of 50 nurses and midwives from Sunshine Hospital have had a sneak peak inside the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Teddy day binds kids to doctors and students

Teddy day binds kids to doctors and students story link jpegKids, parents and Melbourne University students had the Northern Hospital foyer buzzing during a special Teddy Bear Hospital day.

Kids say hey dee ho to Mercy Place residents

Kids say hey dee ho to Mercy Place residents story link jpegSummer fun came to Mercy Place Nixon when a group of children from Hey Dee Ho playgroup visited the Mordialloc home.

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Ambulance graduates swell paramedic numbers

Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos has met 20 new paramedic graduates who have completed their university degree and begun operational shifts.

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Department team leaders in the public service

The team behind the Department of Health and Human Services SafeScript initiative has been acknowledged at the IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

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Girls inspired to pursue science careers

Aspiring female scientists have been encouraged and inspired at the Royal Women’s Hospital to pursue their passions.

Health and Wellbeing

New laws boost nurse and midwife ratios
New legislation will enable nurses and midwives to deliver the highest quality care for Victorians.

First look at new hospital
A group of 50 nurses and midwives from Sunshine Hospital have had a sneak peak inside the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Alfred service provides nutrition support
Marjorie ‘Mardi’ Carter relies on a feeding tube into her small bowel for all her nutrition.

Ambulance graduates swell paramedic numbers
Minister for Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos has met 20 new paramedic graduates who have completed their university degree and begun operational shifts.

Rural lifestyle boosts nurse numbers
An influx of nursing staff has bolstered clinical numbers at Rural Northwest Health.

Western Health program has diabetes detection impact
A revolutionary Western Health program dubbed ‘artificial intelligence’ for GPs is improving the detection of diabetes across the state.

Wimmera cancer centre opens to patients and public
The first patients have been treated at the new Wimmera Cancer Centre.

Ballarat Health delivers cardiology pharmacy clinic via telehealth
A new cardiology pharmacist clinic at Ballarat Health Services will provide access to a specialist pharmacist for people living with heart disease in the Grampians region.

Northern Hospital launches new oncology clinic
Northern Health has opened its new oncology and haematology symptom and urgent review clinic (SURC).

Stroke unit opens at Royal Melbourne
Victoria’s lifesaving stroke care unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital has opened its doors for the first time.

Digital tools bring cancer trials to rural areas
More cancer patients from rural and regional Victoria will access clinical trials closer to home using the teletrial model with digital technology, thanks to a $1.5 million State Government funding boost.

Chronic wound clinic opens on Peninsula
People with chronic wounds will be able to access specialist treatment and support at Peninsula Health Mornington Centre’s new clinic.

Teddy day binds kids to doctors and students
Kids, parents and Melbourne University students had the Northern Hospital foyer buzzing during a special Teddy Bear Hospital day.

Message to staff on patient experience
Numurkah District Health Service has developed an efficient and effective way to capture patient feedback after an urgent care centre (UCC) visit.

Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Department team leaders in the public service
The team behind the Department of Health and Human Services SafeScript initiative has been acknowledged at the IPAA Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

First graduates complete dual diagnosis program
The first two patients have successfully completed a three-month treatment cycle using Victoria’s newest dedicated dual diagnosis program for people dealing with drug and/or alcohol problems alongside mental health issues.

General

Health sector champions honoured on Australia Day
Melbourne Health’s Kate Drummond and Mary Galea were recognised as members (AM) of the Order of Australia (general division) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.

Kids say hey dee ho to Mercy Place residents
Summer fun came to Mercy Place Nixon when a group of children from Hey Dee Ho playgroup visited the Mordialloc home.

Tests show patients can lose allergies
The State Government is providing a grant through the Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund to support the testing of inpatients at Austin Health and Peter MacCallum for antibiotic allergies.

Organ donations save record number of lives
A record 529 lives were saved in Victoria last year – more than in any other state – thanks to the generosity of organ donors and their families, new figures released by the Organ and Tissue Authority show.

Course enhances wheelchair skills
Victorians with spinal cord injuries can learn invaluable wheelchair skills thanks to an innovative service launched by Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan.

Northern staff challenged to eat smart
Northern Health dedicated February to healthy eating with a four-week staff smart eating challenge.

Medical school marks Shepparton milestone
The Shepparton community and University of Melbourne Medical School have marked a milestone – the 20th anniversary of the university’s Department of Rural Health.

Girls inspired to pursue science careers
Aspiring female scientists have been encouraged and inspired at the Royal Women’s Hospital to pursue their passions.

Busy summer for Phillip Island service
The State Government’s free, 24-hour medical and nursing service on Phillip Island has treated more than 2,100 locals and holidaymakers over summer.

Pioneering researcher for eye centre
Professor Keith Martin has been appointed managing director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

Top medical researcher for Melbourne
Internationally-renowned clinician scientist Professor Sir John Savill has been named executive director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH).

Parents urged not to forget kids in cars
Victorian parents are being warned to always look in the backseat before locking the car to avoid accidentally leaving children behind.