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November 2010 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

The care is special at Casey

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Casey Hospital’s special care nursery has been expanded.

Award puts cancer kids’ movies in the frame

Award puts cancer kids’ movies in the frame story link jpegA world-first Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre initiative that creates a souvenir movie for children undergoing radiotherapy has been awarded the state’s top initiative for improving the patient experience in 2010.

DVD encourages kids on physical activity

DVD encourages kids on physical activity story link jpegA Department of Health-funded DVD is encouraging children aged three to eight to play and keep active.

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Chadstone has safety at heart

Chadstone Shopping Centre – the southern hemisphere’s largest – has become a safer place to visit with the installation of 10 life-saving defibrillation machines.

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Aussies show their heart

An East Timorese teenager given a life-saving medical procedure in Australia has thanked her medical team and the Australian public for helping to save her life.

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Staff ‘in the pink’ for breast cancer awareness

‘Pink days’ for staff at Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham and Dimboola campuses marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.

General News

State healthcare leaders honoured
The state’s leading health services and individuals have been named in  the 2010 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Award puts cancer kids’ movies in the frame
A world-first Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre initiative that creates a souvenir movie for children undergoing radiotherapy has been awarded the state’s top initiative for improving the patient experience in 2010.

Blueprint for checks in the male
A Victorian-first strategy will act as a blueprint on the health needs of men and what is required to engage them.

Chadstone has safety at heart
Chadstone Shopping Centre – the southern hemisphere’s largest – has become a safer place to visit with the installation of 10 life-saving defibrillation machines.

Documentary follows end of life journey
During the documentary In The End, Geelong Hospital senior intensive care doctor Charlie Corke asks some of the most pressing and difficult questions facing modern medicine.

Staff ‘in the pink’ for breast cancer awareness
‘Pink days’ for staff at Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham and Dimboola campuses marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.

…from the Secretary
This year, 10 ‘sub-regional’ health services have, for the first time, agreed a Statement of Priorities (SOP) with the Department.

Aged Care

Carers get together for a cuppa and a chat
Carers in Melbourne’s north have shared experiences and ideas on how best to help their loved ones, themselves and each other during a Carers Talkback Café session at Bundoora Extended Care Centre.

Study to find key to safe driving
Monash University Accident Research Centre and research partners are conducting a long-term international study of older drivers.

 

Hospital and Health Services

The care is special at Casey
Casey Hospital’s special care nursery has been expanded.

$1.7 million funding for Northern Health equipment
The Northern Hospital will benefit from $1.74 million worth of new equipment allocated under the Department of Health’s Targeted Equipment Program.

Acupuncture trial at The Alfred
A trial to determine whether the ancient art of Chinese acupuncture has a place in western emergency medicine has begun at the Alfred Hospital.

Big deal for little babies in northern suburbs
Northern Health highlighted its services to help premature babies and their families from Melbourne’s north during National Premmie Week.

Novel procedure has patient back in step
He never thought he would walk again but, eight years after a horrific workplace accident, Bill Langenhorst is on the move thanks a revolutionary procedure carried out at the Alfred Hospital.

Aussies show their heart
An East Timorese teenager given a life-saving medical procedure in Australia has thanked her medical team and the Australian public for helping to save her life.

Corneal donations help thousands see
The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital are celebrating the donation of 10,000 corneas to the Eye Donation Service.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

DVD encourages kids on physical activity
A Department of Health-funded DVD is encouraging children aged three to eight to play and keep active.

Canada warms to heat plan
Health Canada plans to incorporate parts of the Department of Health’s heatwave plan in its national heatwave framework.

Fluoridated water means a healthy smile for more Victorians
The number of Victorians living in areas with fluoridated drinking water supplies has risen from 74 per cent to 90 per cent over the last seven years.

Drugs and Mental Health

New service meets prevention and recovery needs
Hume and Moreland residents who experience mental illness have a new facility and support program to guide them on their road to recovery.

Alcohol and medication not a healthy cocktail
Frankston resident Susie was alarmed when she was told that her habit of having a few drinks while on prescription medicines was putting her health at serious risk.

Every dog has his day – Saturday
Alfred Health’s psychiatry department has a new employee who only works one day each week but makes a world of difference to patients.