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March 2021 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Royal Children’s takes organ donation to heart

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The Royal Children’s Hospital has performed its 200th heart transplant.

The healing power of music

The healing power of music story link jpegFor more than 20 years, registered music therapists have been supporting cancer patients to alleviate physical and emotional pain and enhance their hospital experience.

Chemistry keeps romance alive

Chemistry keeps romance alive story link jpegAfter a combined 88 years contributing to hospital pharmacy, 43 years working together and 34 years married – with two beautiful children – Monash Health senior pharmacists Domenica and Jeff Davies may just have found the perfect formula for successfully combining marriage and work.

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Graduates welcomed to Kyabram

Kyabram District Health Service (KDHS) welcomed nine new graduates for 2021.

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Heart surgery waking up process studied

A research project in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit and cardiothoracic ward is investigating ways in which cardiac surgery patients wake up from their anaesthetics in ICU.

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Monash leads the way on better treatment outcomes

A genetic test developed at Monash Health is set to improve identification, diagnosis and personalised treatment for cancer patients, leading to better outcomes.

Health Services

Royal Children’s takes organ donation to heart
The Royal Children’s Hospital has performed its 200th heart transplant.

Baby named for hospital, western heroine
A couple who moved to the western suburbs in January named their baby after the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she was born two weeks later.

Mildura move a marvellous decision
When Dr Tom Gleeson packed up his family and moved from western Queensland to Mildura early last year the plan was to spend 12 months and then maybe head back home.

Parents give thumbs up to cot cards
New parents at Eastern Health maternity wards are loving the re-designed cot cards, according to Angliss Hospital midwife unit manager Maryse Meale.

Monash leads the way on better treatment outcomes
A genetic test developed at Monash Health is set to improve identification, diagnosis and personalised treatment for cancer patients, leading to better outcomes.

Breakthrough on medication for hard-to-treat cancers
Cell Therapies – a state-of-the-art facility within Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – joins only a handful of sites globally able to manufacture a medication for hard-to-treat blood cancers.

Telehealth hub a patient positive
Northern Health’s telehealth hub enables clinicians to use a video call or phone for appointments with patients.

Graduates welcomed to Kyabram
Kyabram District Health Service (KDHS) welcomed nine new graduates for 2021.

Language no barrier for virtual ED patients
Northern Health’s virtual emergency department now offers interpreting services for patients who are more comfortable speaking to emergency doctors and nurses in their own language.

COVID effects on ‘mini stroke’ in focus
Monash Health researchers have led an international study that looked at the effect of COVID-19 on the management pathway of transient ischemic attack (TIA) treatment pathways.

Heart surgery waking up process studied
A research project in the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit and cardiothoracic ward is investigating ways in which cardiac surgery patients wake up from their anaesthetics in ICU.

New docs ease into health service internships
Medical interns have settled into health services throughout the state after warm welcomes and orientation weeks.

Mental Health

Keeping our healthcare workers healthy
A virtual support centre for healthcare workers will make sure those who dedicate their time to caring for Victorians have access to dedicated physical and mental health support when they need it, no matter where they live.

The healing power of music
For more than 20 years, registered music therapists have been supporting cancer patients to alleviate physical and emotional pain and enhance their hospital experience.

Community Based Health

Workshops focus on country inclusion
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health is undertaking a series of training workshops focused on LGBTIQA+ affirmative healthcare.

Online system speech therapy winner
A simple swap to an online tool has improved the experience of Latrobe Valley parents whose children are receiving treatment for stuttering.

General

Child head injury guidelines created
Australia’s and New Zealand’s first set of clinical guidelines for children’s head injuries has been created by a network of specialists based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

Park Hill resident paintings are picture perfect
At the grand age of 95, June Alderslade is as passionate about drawing and painting as she was when a girl.

Join the giant international virtual conference
Victoria’s GIANT STEPS 21 flagship healthcare quality and safety conference will tackle a timely subject – crises drive change.

Citation for Peninsula Health psychiatrist
Improving services to people in the community with significant mental health problems is what drives Richard Newton every day.

Health services celebrate Australia Day Honours
Monash Health senior pharmacist Rodney Whyte and former director of pathology Kevin Ericksen have been acknowledged in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Love is in the air for Mercy Place residents
Whether it has lasted decades or has just been discovered, love was the cause of celebrations for Mercy Place residents on Valentine’s Day.

Aged care training boost to strengthen skills
The State Government is boosting training for aged care workers with a major investment that will improve care for residents across Victoria.

Cancer care professional on the ball
It was 1973 and a young Dr David Ball had moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to embark on three years’ training in radiation oncology.

Chemistry keeps romance alive
After a combined 88 years contributing to hospital pharmacy, 43 years working together and 34 years married – with two beautiful children – Monash Health senior pharmacists Domenica and Jeff Davies may just have found the perfect formula for successfully combining marriage and work.