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May 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

New homes a haven for those in need of support

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Innovative new housing for people with a severe mental illness has been officially opened by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Wimmera children get together for speech therapy

story link jpegWimmera Health Care Group is trialling a new speech therapy format for children.

Students, staff lose locks for cancer cause

story link jpegStudents and teachers of Mt Erin Secondary College shed their locks to raise money for local cancer patients.

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April falls day no joke for older people

Eastern Health used April 1 to remind older people about falls prevention.

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Robot to unlock keyhole surgery

New robotic technology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will reduce the time cancer patients spend in hospital for highly-complex keyhole surgeries.

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Cycling award recognises a community leader

Frank Carlus left the Murray to Moyne 2011 cycling event a happy and tired man.

General News

Extra $2.5 billion builds healthier Victoria
The Victorian Government is expanding the health system to benefit all Victorians through an additional investment of more than $2.5 billion over the next four years in the 2011–12 Victorian Budget.

Landmark plan to map future health needs
Health Minister David Davis has released the Victorian Government’s priority plan for the future development of Victoria’s health system.

Pantry doors open in Avoca
The Avoca campus of Maryborough District Health Service is an important resource for the whole community.

Ambo membership fees halved and 340 more staff to serve Victoria
Victorian Government Budget funding of $241.9 million will halve membership fees and $151 million will employ 340 additional ambulance staff over the next five years.

Cycling award recognises a community leader
Frank Carlus left the Murray to Moyne 2011 cycling event a happy and tired man.

Conference to encourage participation in society
La Trobe University’s Institute for Social Participation invites submissions of abstracts for its forthcoming Social Participation: Knowledge, Policy and Practice conference.

Eccentric surgeon’s life on display
The conduct of a surgeon who drank and served champagne to guests watching as he performed operations with bejewelled hands would be condemned today as outrageous and unacceptable.

…from the Secretary
The month of May sees us celebrate the contribution of midwives and nurses to the health sector and the community.

Hospital and Health Services

Robot to unlock keyhole surgery
New robotic technology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will reduce the time cancer patients spend in hospital for highly-complex keyhole surgeries.

Team learns from overseas studies
Visits to leading brain injury rehabilitation services in the UK and Canada completed the fact-gathering mission of a small Caulfield Hospital team.

Wimmera children get together for speech therapy
Wimmera Health Care Group is trialling a new speech therapy format for children.

New emergency care at Werribee Mercy
Minister for Health David Davis has officially opened the new short stay unit in the Werribee Mercy Hospital emergency department.

Cool new treatment on trial
An international clinical trial led by researchers at the Royal Women’s Hospital has shown a simple cooling treatment could save newborn lives at risk from lack of oxygen to the brain.

Rural Northwest Health marks 120 years of service
Rural Northwest Health welcomed 55 guests to dinner at Yarriambiack Lodge to celebrate 120 years of health service provision.

Strategies to stamp out superbugs
Northern Health has implemented a range of strategies to combat superbugs and to prevent their spread.

Brain research gain as new centre opens
Austin Health welcomed 150 neuroscientists, neurologists and support staff to its Heidelberg campus when the Melbourne Brain Centre opened one of two new buildings.

Mental Health

Budget betters access to mental health care
Victorians with a mental illness will be able to access improved and integrated hospital and community-based mental health care services under the Victorian Government’s $104.8 million investment in mental health.

New homes a haven for those in need of support
Innovative new housing for people with a severe mental illness has been officially opened by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and drugs program to reduce harm
The Victorian Government is investing $188 million in new funding for improved prevention and treatment services to reduce the harm that alcohol and drugs cause in the community.

Global experts gather for alcohol conference
Researchers at Eastern Health’s Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre joined colleagues from around the world as part of an international conference on alcohol research.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Students, staff lose locks for cancer cause
Students and teachers of Mt Erin Secondary College shed their locks to raise money for local cancer patients.

Map pinpoints places that provide arthritis care
People living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions now have access to an online map of services that support their health care.

Aged Care

$217.9 million boost for older Victorians
The Government will help seniors live active and healthy lives with more than $217.9 million over the next four years in the 2011–12 Victorian Budget.

April falls day no joke for older people
Eastern Health used April 1 to remind older people about falls prevention.

Program helps keep people in community
Maryborough District Health Service’s Hospital Admission Risk Program is preventing avoidable hospital presentations and admissions.

Boost for palliative care service funds
A Victorian Government Budget boost of $34.4 million over the next four years will help Victorian families who require palliative care services.

Residents game to play
Since the introduction of an activities program for residents at the Maryborough District Health Service’s Dunolly nursing home – everyone’s a winner!

Search for special senior
The call is out for nominations for the 2011 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.