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May 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Frankston Hospital maternity expansion on track

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Construction works on the Government’s $8 million expansion of Frankston Hospital’s maternity services are on track.

Boys and girls come out to play

Boys and girls come out to play story link jpegDandenong Hospital has opened a new Monash Children’s playground.

Looking good, feeling better

Looking good, feeling better story link jpegYarra Ranges Health in Lilydale is offering free Look Good...Feel Better workshops to local women undergoing, or about to have, treatment for cancer.

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Students volunteer at dental hospital

Eight University of Melbourne students have put up their hands to take part in a new volunteer program at the Royal Dental Hospital.

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The eyes have it

Restoring sight to those with total blindness is the aim of an ambitious project underway in Melbourne.

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Study shows postnatal exercise reduces depression risk

Exercising for three months after giving birth can reduce the risk of maternal postnatal depression (PND), a University of Melbourne study conducted at Angliss Hospital has revealed.

Hospital and Health Services

$4 billion health boost focus of Budget
Victorian patients are set to be the biggest winners from the 2010 State Budget with a record $4 billion boost to build on the historic health investment and reform agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments.

Government builds on world-class services
The Government is determined to keep building world-class hospitals to support Victorian families in suburbs, towns and especially regional cities, Minister for Health Daniel Andrews said.

Hopelessly devoted to Olivia’s cancer cause
The Government will deliver a $1.2 billion investment in cancer treatment to save lives by making world class cancer treatment and research available to more Victorians.

Frankston Hospital maternity expansion on track
Construction works on the Government’s $8 million expansion of Frankston Hospital’s maternity services are on track.

Boys and girls come out to play
Dandenong Hospital has opened a new Monash Children’s playground.

Sunshine Hospital projects progress
Western Health is making significant progress on the construction of major capital projects at Sunshine Hospital.

Western Health combating Occupational Violence
Western Health is taking steps to combat occupational violence through a Department of Health-funded pilot program.

Apnoea patient wakes to the joy of sleep
An Austin Health trial is testing electrical nerve stimulation to the tongue as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea.

DVD features survivors
Filmmaker Jill Rice and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre nurse researcher Allison Hatton have produced a DVD to help people diagnosed with lung cancer.

Study looks at long-term cardiac care
A study to investigate a long-term maintenance program for cardiac patients is underway at Caulfield Hospital.

Lions share
The Mt Eliza Lions Club saw its most recent donation in action when members visited the Frankston Hospital women’s health unit.

Eastern clinics bring service close to home
Eastern Health has responded to the need for lymphoedema services in the eastern suburbs by establishing clinics at Angliss Hospital, Box Hill Hospital and Yarra Ranges Health in Lilydale.

Rehab revamp
Paralympic swimmer Sam Bramham shared his ‘striving for Paralympic gold in the pool’ story as he reopened the Rehabilitation Unit of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Royal Park Campus.

Trauma cases rise
Alfred Hospital data reveals that an average of three critically-ill patients required life saving intervention each day during 2008–09—more than ever before.

Marcus sets the pace on MRI use for heart kids
Surgeons at Southern Health’s MonashHeart have become the first in Australia to implant a paediatric pacemaker compatible with MRI scans.

New CEO for northeast
Rural Northeast Health Wangaratta’s new Chief Executive Officer Margaret Bennett has taken up her role.

Mental Health and Drugs

Youth the focus of mental health investment
A major youth mental health package is the centrepiece of the 2010 State Budget outlay in the Government’s nation-leading mental health reform strategy—Because Mental Health Matters.

Program ensures staff from overseas feel right at home
Ballarat Health Services has set up a program to ensure the retention of its overseas-trained psychiatrists.

Big mental health project underway
Victorians with a mental illness will benefit from the largest Victorian mental health development in 50 years thanks to the Government’s $69 million redevelopment of the mental health facility at Dandenong Hospital.

General News

GP clinic aims to ease ED pressure
Sandringham Hospital is taking part in the three-month trial of an after-hours GP clinic aimed at easing the increasing number of emergency department presentations.

Study shows postnatal exercise reduces depression risk
Exercising for three months after giving birth can reduce the risk of maternal postnatal depression (PND), a University of Melbourne study conducted at Angliss Hospital has revealed.

Water not wasted at Sunshine Hospital
A water tank installed at Sunshine Hospital is expected to save more than five million litres of water by the end of the year.

Exercise and diet the key to dealing with obesity
Western Health’s obesity clinic at Footscray Hospital has refocused the way obesity is treated by concentrating more on diet and exercise before lap band surgery is considered an option.

Water wise in Cranbourne
Southern Health and South East Water have launched a program at Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre to recycle and reuse waste water from dialysis treatment.

The eyes have it
Restoring sight to those with total blindness is the aim of an ambitious project underway in Melbourne.

Additions to pastoral services
Northern Health’s Pastoral Care Services has expanded with the first group of Muslim volunteers completing training.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Guides offer help on vitamin D deficiency
A Department of Health campaign aims to improve consistency of advice about vitamin D deficiency.

Looking good, feeling better
Yarra Ranges Health in Lilydale is offering free Look Good...Feel Better workshops to local women undergoing, or about to have, treatment for cancer.

Students volunteer at dental hospital
Eight University of Melbourne students have put up their hands to take part in a new volunteer program at the Royal Dental Hospital.

Aged Care

Seniors warned on alcohol, medications
Seniors who may be at a greater risk of health complications by inadvertently mixing their medications with alcohol are targets of a Peninsula Health initiative.

Boost helps Victorians remain living at home
Seniors and people living with a disability in Victoria will receive an extra 225,000 hours of care and support thanks to an $18.5 million funding boost from the Commonwealth and State Governments.