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November 2011 – Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

The Queen opens Royal Children’s Hospital

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Queen Elizabeth has officially opened the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, almost 50 years after opening the existing facility in 1963.

Kids smile a while during Children’s Week

story link jpegMonash Children’s morphed into a giant theme park to celebrate National Children’s Week

ED staff workshop address paediatric sedation

story link jpegDoctors and nurses from 14 hospital emergency departments across Victoria have taken part in a workshop to address variation in practice and reduce risk related to paediatric sedation.

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Future looks bright after intricate operation

Neslihan Sari has been a patient at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for more than 25 years.

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Honouring our top seniors

Warracknabeal’s Doug McColl, 82, is the winner of 2011 Victorian Senior of the Year Premier’s Award

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Workshop is women’s business

Aboriginal women in Melbourne’s north now have improved access to health services.

Hospital and Health Services

The Queen opens Royal Children’s Hospital
Queen Elizabeth has officially opened the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville, almost 50 years after opening the existing facility in 1963.

Future looks bright after intricate operation
Neslihan Sari has been a patient at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for more than 25 years.

Meerkats find creature comfort in new home
A group of nine meerkats is set to brighten the lives of seriously-ill children at Victoria’s new world class Royal Children’s Hospital.

ED staff workshop addresses paediatric sedation
Doctors and nurses from 14 hospital emergency departments across Victoria have taken part in a workshop to address variation in practice and reduce risk related to paediatric sedation.

Aged Care

More than 1,000 events attract older Victorians
Minister for Ageing David Davis opened the 2011 Victorian Seniors Festival by encouraging seniors to get involved in more than 1,000 events on offer.

Age is no speed limit on the fast lane of life
Edith ‘Mim’ Egan doesn’t have time to be old.

Honouring our top seniors
Warracknabeal’s Doug McColl, 82, is the winner of 2011 Victorian Senior of the Year Premier’s Award

Now for long service leave
Fifteen years ago, Northern Health volunteer Ruby Underhill said ‘it is better to wear out than to rust out.’

Landmark agreement secures new aged care facility
A residential aged care facility will be built in South Melbourne thanks to an agreement between the Government and a not-for-profit aged care provider.

Austin in national Alzheimer’s trial
Austin Health is one of five sites across Australia participating in research aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Mental Health and Drugs

Mental health maintenance – easy as ABC
A new website will help Hume and Moreland residents learn skills and strategies to maintain good mental health.

Reducing stigma focus of Mental Health Week
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge used the official opening of Mental Health Week to launch a booklet to help remove the stigma and mystery surrounding mental illness.

Campaign aims at teen alcohol law awareness
A $1 million education campaign about the supply of alcohol to minors has been unveiled by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge and Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien.

Forum informs drug and alcohol strategy
Experts from across the alcohol and drug sector explored a range of issues at a symposium spearheaded by Eastern Health’s Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and the Australian Drug Foundation.

General News

Our work on show
The Department of Health took its message to the Victorian public during the 2011 Royal Melbourne Show.

Southern Health CEO is Telstra Business Woman of the Year
Southern Health Chief Executive Officer Shelly Park has been named 2011 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.

Kids smile a while during Children’s Week
Monash Children’s morphed into a giant theme park to celebrate National Children’s Week.

Churchill Fellowship for Alfred dietitian
Senior Alfred Health dietitian Emma Ridley has be awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

Gift a thank you to Maroondah Hospital
Vera Sandstrom is a sprightly 106, living a healthy, independent life she credits to the care and dedication of staff at Maroondah Hospital.

…from the Secretary
I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new Royal Children’s Hospital by the Queen on October 26.

Wellbeing and Integrated Care

Dr Carnie retires
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Dr John Carnie has retired after 30 years of service.

Yummy lunch raises breast care funds
BreastWest’s yum cha lunch at Plume Restaurant in Maribyrnong attracted more than 300 people, raising $17,545 – well above the $14,500 target.

Workshop is women’s business
Aboriginal women in Melbourne’s north now have improved access to health services.

Northern Health takes steps to ensure happy feet
Residents with diabetes have been encouraged by Northern Health to take steps to maintaining healthy, happy feet during Foot Health Month.

A word to the wise
Peninsula Health’s Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) program has helped Dromana resident Bruce Robinson take some all-important steps to improve his health.

Access to service improves
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria now have greater access to sexual health services with a new Melbourne Sexual Health Centre program.

It’s a dog’s life: Ruff!
Minister for Health David Davis has urged Victorians to talk to their parents and grandparents to see if there is a risk of serious eye disease in their family tree.