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May 2012 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Health funds increase in Budget

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The Government has increased health spending to $13.68 billion in the State Budget.

Smart move by Aboriginal teens

Smart move by Aboriginal teens story link jpegRespectful relationships, sexual health and feeling proud to be an Aboriginal teenager are some of the topics covered in a new DVD and YouTube clip.

Parent estimate carries weigh in ED

Parent estimate carries weigh in ED story link jpegParents of paediatric patients in Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department have been asked to estimate their child’s weight.

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DVD trains staff to help families in EDs

Doctors, nurses, educators, paediatricians and Department of Health staff have helped launch the Preparing a child for a procedure in the emergency department: A child and family-centred approach DVD.

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Victoria gets serious about workplace health

Four Victorian workplaces will employ new projects to reduce stress, cut prolonged sitting at desks and prevent violence against women in a push to create healthy workplaces.

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International award for Alfred ICU

The Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was once again ranked the best in the world in an international survey of nutrition practices for critically-ill patients.

Hospital and Health Services

Health funds increase in Budget
The Government has increased health spending to $13.68 billion in the State Budget.

Heart procedure first for Northern Health
Northern Health is paving the way to innovative research and surgery with the success of a world-first heart procedure.

International award for Alfred ICU
The Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was once again ranked the best in the world in an international survey of nutrition practices for critically-ill patients.

DVD trains staff to help families in EDs
Doctors, nurses, educators, paediatricians and Department of Health staff have helped launch the Preparing a child for a procedure in the emergency department: A child and family-centred approach DVD.

Hospitals benefit from equipment fund boost
Victorian hospitals and patients will benefit from a $35 million Government funding boost to buy state-of-the-art replacement medical equipment.

Bare builds baby bonds
Frankston Hospital’s Special Care Nursery is promoting skin-on-skin contact as the best way for parents and their baby to bond.

Parent estimate carries weigh in ED
Parents of paediatric patients in Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department have been asked to estimate their child’s weight

Scanners ensure blood matching
Hand-held scanners and information-rich barcodes are making a difference at the bedside in The Alfred Hospital by helping ensure patients are matched with the right blood product.

Aged Care

Support for senior Victorians
The Government has committed additional funding in the 2012/2013 Budget to provide more support and services for older Victorians

Film charts journey of dealing with dementia
A DVD, developed by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, provides information for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Eastern Health study aims at falls prevention
Eastern Health is undertaking research into ways of preventing falls.

Call for Senior of the Year nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Call for aged care facility tenders
The Victorian Government call for tenders is the first step towards developing a not-for-profit residential aged care facility in North Williamstown.

Maryborough acts to beat chronic disease
The Australian Diabetes Council is persuading people with – or at risk of developing – diabetes and other chronic lifestyle diseases to BEAT IT by taking part in a specially-tailored program to be conducted by Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS).

General News

MonashHeart focus of television series
A new series to screen on Channel 31 will examine Melbourne’s busiest cardiac service, MonashHeart.

$3.3 million for research on traumatic brain injury
Harnessing Victoria’s neurotrauma expertise is the focus of a multi-million dollar grant received by the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI).

Victoria gets serious about workplace health
Four Victorian workplaces will employ new projects to reduce stress, cut prolonged sitting at desks and prevent violence against women in a push to create healthy workplaces.

Northern Health salutes ANZACs
Bundoora Extended Care Centre, which provides continuing care for local war veterans and widows, has hosted a commemorative ANZAC Day Service for the ninth year.

Palliative care manager gains global recognition
Austin Health’s manager of Palliative Care Services Molly Carlile has been named Educator of the Year by the International Journal of Palliative Nursing in London.

Mental Health and Drugs

Budget increases access to mental health services
A record $1.14 billion for mental health in the 2012/13 Victorian Budget will provide better access to mental health services across the state, says Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Guide helps on drugs, alcohol
The Youth Support and Advocacy Service has launched a practical, evidence-based guide for services and practitioners helping young people and families deal with alcohol and other drug-related issues.

Website supports mental health recovery
Wodonga Adult Mental Health Service has developed a website to provide practical strategies, information and ideas about how people can manage life situations.

Home-based help for those with a mental illness
Community support and treatment will be available to thousands more Victorians with a mental illness as a result of a significant funding boost.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Smart move by Aboriginal teens
Respectful relationships, sexual health and feeling proud to be an Aboriginal teenager are some of the topics covered in a new DVD and YouTube clip.

Blues back prostate cancer research
Minister for Health David Davis joined the Pratt Foundation and Carlton Football Club star Bryce Gibbs to announce the first recipient of the Richard Pratt Fellowships in Prostate Cancer Research.

Boost for leukaemia research
A research centre to fast-track leukaemia and other blood cancer research projects from laboratory to hospital bedside has been opened by Minster for Health David Davis.

Children at the heart of new Monash clinic
Victorian children have access to the State’s first paediatric heart murmurs clinic – at Melbourne’s MonashHeart.