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May 2014 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

The goal is no smoking

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Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new two-year partnership between Healthy Together Geelong, Geelong Football Club and Quit Victoria designed to encourage Geelong residents to quit smoking.

Operation iPad at Ballarat Health

story link jpegChildren facing surgery at Ballarat Health Services are finding the experience less stressful, thanks to the local Telstra Business Centre Plus IT and its donation of four iPads.

Bendigo Health leads supermarket food tours

Bendigo Health leads supermarket food tours story link jpegBendigo Health – with Diabetes Australia Vic – is hosting healthy supermarket tours.

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Beaufort branch opened

Minister for Health David Davis officially opened the Beaufort ambulance branch, a home for the first paramedics to be based in the town.

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More NICU cots for vulnerable newborns

Minister for Health David Davis has announced an expansion of five cots for Victoria’s neonatal intensive care system, which looks after our most vulnerable newborns.

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Mornington rehab centre opens

Patients on the Mornington Peninsula recovering from surgery or illness now have better access to rehabilitation beds and services.

General

Building a healthier Victoria
The Government is building a healthier Victoria by investing in new facilities to deliver world-class health care, says Minister for Health David Davis.

$1.4 billion boost for health system
The Government will invest an additional $1.4 billion in the health of Victorians in the 2014–15 Victorian State Budget, providing hospitals with unprecedented capacity.

$171 million investment for mental health and drug treatment
The Government will invest an extra $171 million over the next four years in the 2014–15 Victorian State Budget to better support Victorians with a mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction, says Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

Focus on e-health
Health service chief executives and chief information officers, clinicians and e-health experts have been urged to join government policy makers at Australia’s Health Informatics Conference (HIC) 2014.

World plan for health sector
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan and Minister for Health David Davis have released a new $17.8 million plan to boost exports and jobs in Victoria’s world-leading health sector.

‘D-day’ during ‘O-week’
A collaboration of volunteers communicated the importance of organ and tissue donation to thousands of university students during Orientation Week at 31 locations.

Health Service Performance and Programs

New CEO for Border
Executive Director of Nursing at Cabrini Health Susan O’Neill has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Albury Wodonga Health.

Ballarat marks radiotherapy anniversary
Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) has marked the first anniversary of radiotherapy treatment provision.

Northern takes arteries to heart
In March 2009, Northern Health was the first health service in Australia to use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to examine heart arteries.

Latrobe Regional Hospital to expand
The Latrobe Regional Hospital will receive a $73 million expansion.

Symposium addresses bed-bound patient care
More than 170 healthcare professionals from across Victoria attended Wimmera Health Care Group’s Skin Integrity Symposium.

Health service access to product catalogue
Hospitals will find it easier to achieve savings and identify best value-for-money with the release of the Victorian Product Catalogue System.

Operation iPad at Ballarat Health
Children facing surgery at Ballarat Health Services are finding the experience less stressful, thanks to the local Telstra Business Centre Plus IT and its donation of four iPads.

More NICU cots for vulnerable newborns
Minister for Health David Davis has announced an expansion of five cots for Victoria’s neonatal intensive care system, which looks after our most vulnerable newborns.

Mornington rehab centre opens
Patients on the Mornington Peninsula recovering from surgery or illness now have better access to rehabilitation beds and services.

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Ageing

The goal is no smoking
Minister for Health David Davis has launched a new two-year partnership between Healthy Together Geelong, Geelong Football Club and Quit Victoria designed to encourage Geelong residents to quit smoking.

National award for Morwell health assessment centre
The Community Health Assessment Centre established during the response to the Hazelwood open cut coal mine fire has won a national public safety award

Ballarat nurse centre expands to meet needs
Ballarat residents have better access to vital nursing services with the Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare expansion complete.

Funds for mental health crisis response
A $15.1 million Government investment over four years will change the way mental health, police and emergency services across the state work to respond to mental health crises in the community.

Bendigo Health leads supermarket food tours
Bendigo Health – with Diabetes Australia Vic – is hosting healthy supermarket tours.

From field to table
Wimmera Health Care Group’s health promotion team won the best exhibit prize at this year’s Wimmera Machinery Field Days.

Mental Health Complaints Commissioner to improve care
Lynne Coulson Barr has been named Victoria’s first Mental Health Complaints Commissioner.

Tribute to VCCC donors
Commonwealth Minister for Health Peter Dutton and Victorian Minister for Health David Davis paid tribute to the generosity of the Ian Potter Foundation for its $15 million gift to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project.

Call for Senior of the Year nominations
Nominations are invited for the 2014 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Respite program focus is on young carers
In the lead-up to National Youth Week, Ballarat Health Services has highlighted its role in helping young people who provide care to a family member.

HACC course sessions in residential setting
South West TAFE and Lyndoch Living have joined forces in an industry-first partnership which has seen training delivered to students onsite at the aged and community care centre.

Corporate Services

Beaufort branch opened
Minister for Health David Davis officially opened the Beaufort ambulance branch, a home for the first paramedics to be based in the town.

World-class helicopter fleet for Ambulance Victoria
Victorians will have a new fleet of state-of-the-art helicopters from January, 2016, thanks to an estimated $550 million Government investment.

Regulation, Health Protection and Regions

Study the key to student success
Two Maryborough District Health Service nurses have been recognised for their academic achievements.