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November 2009 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Children take comfort from healthcare culture

Children take comfort from healthcare culture story link

The Royal Children’s Hospital has launched a new model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

$24.8 million hospital boost

Seniors flock to statewide festival events story linkWestern suburbs residents now have access to even better quality health services thanks to a $24.8 million Government redevelopment of the Western Hospital in Footscray.

All-rounder receives Victorian Senior of the Year honour

All-rounder receives Victorian Senior of the Year honour story linkThe outstanding contribution of Elizabeth Walpole, 74, to her community has won her the 2009 Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year.

Children piece Casey quilt together story link

Children piece Casey quilt together

A special unveiling ceremony marked Mental Health Week at Casey Hospital.

Comfort the key in 'transit lounge' story link

Students tour with mental health in mind

Twenty-eight Year 11 psychology classes from regional and outer metropolitan schools visited the Cunningham Dax Collection and Mental Health Research Institute as part of the 2009 MINDFIELDS education program.

Expo attracts seniors and a musical star story link

Monash Children’s promotes caring, sharing

Southern Health’s Monash Children’s service hosted a range of activities and programs to celebrate Children’s Week—promoting 2009’s A Caring World theme.

Hospital and Health Services

Hospitals beat swine flu toll to treat more patients
Victorian public hospitals have continued to improve their performance over the past year despite the impact of swine flu on the health system.

Victoria’s public hospitals in the black
Victoria’s public hospitals have recorded a combined financial surplus for the fifth successive year, meaning they are well-funded to deliver better care in the face of growing demand.

Children take comfort from healthcare culture
The Royal Children’s Hospital has launched a new model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

Guide to quality and safety
Hospitals throughout Australia will benefit from a new practical guide to improving the quality and safety of patient care written by two leading Victorian clinicians.

$24.8 million hospital boost
Western suburbs residents now have access to even better quality health services thanks to a $24.8 million Government redevelopment of the Western Hospital in Footscray.

Children piece Casey quilt together
A special unveiling ceremony marked Mental Health Week at Casey Hospital.

Comfort the key
A ‘transit lounge’ at Bendigo Health will improve patient care and free up bed space for patients entering the hospital.

Success for non-invasive prolapse surgery
The Royal Women’s Hospital is leading the world with a new, non-invasive surgical method of correcting vaginal prolapse.

Monash Children’s promotes caring, sharing
Southern Health’s Monash Children’s service hosted a range of activities and programs to celebrate Children’s Week—promoting 2009’s A Caring World theme.

Gynaecology expert joins Royal Women’s Hospital
The Royal Women’s Hospital has a new Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Monash heart of campaign
The Heart Foundation has launched a promotion campaign featuring the Director of Southern Health’s MonashHeart Professor Ian Meredith.

Austin patient breathes easier
In an Australian first, Austin Hospital surgeon Mehrdad Nikfarjam has performed a procedure enabling a patient on ventilation support to breathe independently.

Fellowship allows study of remote rehabilitation
The Alfred Hospital and La Trobe University’s Associate Professor of Physiotherapy Anne Holland has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to expand her work in tele-medicine.

Upgraded ambo station opened
Health Minister Daniel Andrews has opened the refurbished $1.1 million Norlane ambulance station that will service residents of Norlane, Corio, North Geelong, Little River and Lara.

Drugs and Mental Health

Students help reduce mental illness stigma
Mental Health Minister Lisa Neville launched Mental Health Week 2009 in Victoria by honouring a Ballarat student in his effort to reduce the fear and misunderstanding surrounding mental illness.

Students tour with mental health in mind
Twenty-eight Year 11 psychology classes from regional and outer metropolitan schools visited the Cunningham Dax Collection and Mental Health Research Institute as part of the 2009 MINDFIELDS education program.

Guide on depression treatments
A free beyondblue booklet rates depression treatments against up-to-date clinical evidence from Australia and overseas.

New thinking on mental health workforce training
Victorian mental health workers will have access to world class training and support through a new training facility and workforce strategy.

Eastern Health and Turning Point team up on drugs, alcohol
Eastern Health and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre have amalgamated.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Pink ladies salute breast cancer families
One hundred silhouettes formed a mini field of women on Pink Ribbon Day at Latrobe Regional Hospital—saluting those affected by breast cancer and their families.

Sleep problems can now be solved at home
The Alfred Hospital is testing a portable sleep device that could help more people—including shift workers and those in the transport industry—be tested for sleep problems.

Romp and chomp first to reverse childhood obesity
The Geelong community is leading the nation—and the world—in reversing rising trends in childhood obesity thanks to a groundbreaking project running in local kindergartens and childcare centres.

Aged Care

Seniors flock to statewide festival events
About 17,000 seniors and their friends and families marked the start of the 2009 Victorian Seniors Festival at Federation Square—the largest turnout for opening day in the week’s 27-year history.

All-rounder receives Victorian Senior of the Year honour
The outstanding contribution of Elizabeth Walpole, 74, to her community has won her the 2009 Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year.

Expo attracts seniors and a musical star
More than 1,300 people attended the fourth annual Ageing Well Expo.

Older patients benefit from new program
Wimmera Health Care Group has established a program to provide short-term support and active management for older people who have been in hospital.

General

Honour for Chris Brook
The Department of Health’s Wellbeing, Integrated Care and Aged Services Executive Director Chris Brook has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

Social work info session
The Monash University Department of Social Work is holding an information session on its courses.

Health teams help on tsunami-ravaged Samoan island
On the morning of Tuesday, September 29 (Wednesday Australian time) a five metre tsunami, generated by an undersea earthquake, struck the south-east coast of the Samoan island of Upolu.

Royal Melbourne anniversary promotion wins award
Melbourne Health has won a Public Relations Institute of Australia Golden Target Award for its Celebrating 160 years of The Royal Melbourne Hospital promotion.

Social work team marks milestone
Former Public Advocate Julian Gardner was keynote speaker at a celebration to mark 75 years of social work service at the Alfred Hospital.